Dakar, Senegal
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Hundreds of thousands of people in Senegal and Mauritania are at risk of going hungry in the coming year because not enough grass has grown to feed the region's cattle, analysts said on Friday.

Satellite maps show barren pastures across large swaths of the

Sydney, Australia

Australia will refurbish a naval base and help bring high-speed internet to the tiny Pacific nation of East Timor, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, the latest effort by Canberra to win influence in the region.

The aid package follows similar assistance for Papua

Vatican City

The images of fires destroying wide swaths of Amazon forest this summer have added urgency to preparations for a major October summit of Catholic bishops on faith, sustainability and development in the vast river basin.

It has put further pressure on the meeting’s organizers “to

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

The death toll from Democratic Republic of Congo's year-long Ebola outbreak has climbed above 2,000, government data showed on Friday, as responders battle to overcome community mistrust and widespread security problems.

The government team overseeing the response said the number of

Updated: 9.30am, 31st August, 2019
Sydney, Australia

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in very poor condition because of climate change, over fishing and land clearing, a state agency said on Friday, as it downgraded the reef's status to the lowest level, which could jeopardise its World

Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand is asking travellers to make sure they are immunised for measles before travelling to its biggest city, Auckland, as the country faces its worst outbreak in over 22 years.

"If you’re thinking of travelling into or out of Auckland, you should

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Five wealthy nations have promised new contributions worth almost $US6 billion to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund, which is seeking to refill its coffers this year to ramp up efforts to help poorer countries combat climate change.

The donations come ahead of an official

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Tokyo was named the world's safest city on Thursday by the Economist Intelligence Unit, in an index ranking cities' ability to handle everything from climate disasters to cyber attacks.

Singapore took second place after Japan's capital while another Japanese metropolis, Osaka, came third -

Chennai, India
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Campaigners hailed new hope for child rights on Thursday after a trafficker who tricked five Indian boys into menial work with the promise of better schooling was awarded a rare life sentence.

"This is just the beginning," Narendra Sikhwal, head of Jaipur's child


The GAVI global vaccines alliance on Friday called on donors for $US7.4 billion to help immunise 300 million children against life-threatening diseases between 2021 and 2025, and save up to eight million lives.

GAVI, which is backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World

Church of England bishops have expressed their concerns over a 'no deal' Brexit saying it is "unlikely" that leaving the EU without an agreement will lead to "reconciliation or peace in a fractured country" and expressing their concern over its effect on the poor.

In an open letter

Sydney, Australia

Australia on Thursday proposed legislation to protect people who express their religious faith outside of the workplace, a few months after Rugby Union international Israel Folau was sacked for posting on social media that hell awaited "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers".

Attorney-General Christian Porter said the

Stockholm, Sweden
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Social and political tensions fuelled by climate change have yet to translate into international military confrontations, but local conflicts are heating up due to pressures such as drought and water scarcity, officials and researchers said on Wednesday.

In fragile states like Yemen and

Geneva, Switzerland

Every region in the world, except the Americas, is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of measles, a vaccine-preventable disease that can kill or disable children, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

The WHO's Kate O'Brien put the blame on weak

New York City, US

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed into New York Harbor on Wednesday in a zero-carbon emissions vessel, completing her nearly 14 day journey from England to take part in a United Nations climate summit.

The 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl, who set sail from Plymouth,




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