The Statistic

13th November, 2019
Number of people in Latin America and the Caribbean who die annually from diet-related diseases including diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular illnesses: 600,000
Source: FAO


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13th November, 2019
RELEASING: American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors kidnapped in 2016, from captivity at the hands of the Taliban. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the two will be released in exchange for the release of two senior Taliban commanders and a leader of the Haqqani militant group.
ARRIVED: In Mexico where he had been granted asylum, former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who said he had left his country because he feared for his life. 
REINSTATED: Denmark, checks at border crossings with Sweden, after a spate of bombings and shootings in the Copenhagen area which Danish authorities believe were carried out by Swedish gangs.


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In an article first published on The Conversation, TODD LOOKINGBILL and PETER SMALLWOOD, of the University of Richmond in the US, look at how former fields of war are being repurposed as places celebrating peacefulness...

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In an article first published on The Conversation, GARETH DALE, of Brunel University London, looks at the causes of continuing divisions in Germany...

They Said It

"Our society has been pushed to the brink of a total breakdown."
- Hong Kong Police Senior Superintendent Kong Wing-cheung speaking after police battled protestors at several university campuses as parts of the city were paralysed on Tuesday (as quoted on Reuters)


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This Week on the Web

13th November, 2019
'They Tried to Save the Lives of Immigrants Fleeing Danger. Now They’re Facing Prosecution'. JASMINE AGUILERA AND BILLY PERRIGO report for TIME...


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The Word Explained

11th November, 2019
Numen: A spiritual or divine power (can be applied to a specific location or object.)


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