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UN agency urges support for small farmers to help them not just get by, but thrive and feed others
Tuesday 24 January 2017|Food Security|  Views:: : 9 |

  Highlighting growing challenges, such as climate change and natural resource scarcity, facing small farmers in developing countries, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency called for information technology tools that can help boost their resilience as well as feed a growing world population.

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Holding Europe Together in the Age of Trump
Tuesday, 24 January 2017|Political|  Views:: : 4 |

  Germany, like many of its European neighbors, fears that the policies of the incoming U.S. government could change the global order — and not for the better, from where Berlin sits. Chief among Germany's concerns are that U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will make good on his campaign promises to improve relations with Russia,..

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Time to act on water scarcity
Mon,23 January 2017|Food Security|  Views:: : 18 |

  Growing water scarcity is now one of the leading challenges for sustainable development, and that challenge is poised to intensify as the world's population continues to swell and climate change intensifies, FAO Director-General JosĂ© Graziano da Silva warned today.

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Gambia’s Jammeh leaves power after 22 years
Mon, 23 January 2017 15:30|Political|  Views:: : 21 |

  Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh flew out on 21 Jnuary from the country he ruled for 22 years to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis. Jammeh refused to step down after a December 1 election in which Barrow was declared...

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International Law Is Under Siege in the South China Sea
Mon, 23 January 2017 14:50|Deplomacy|  Views:: : 26 |

  China’s seizure of a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) in the South China Sea last month garnered widespread attention. The drone was an oceanographic research instrument, available for commercial purchase off the shelf and without any...

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650-mile trench stakes out claim for bigger Kurdish territory in Iraq
Fri, 20 January 2017 15:40|Security|  Views:: : 28 |

  On the plains north and east of Mosul, far from the battle in the city centre, a new frontline is taking shape. Mounds of earth have been heaped above a trench gouged out of the ground along about 650 miles (1,050km) of northern Iraq, which before the...

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Can Russia realistically integrate with China and Europe at the same time?
Friday, 20 January 2017|Political|  Views:: : 3 |

  The concept of a “Greater Europe” was not the only lively topic of debate at the Jan. 12-14 Gaidar Economic Forum in Moscow. The possibility of a free trade agreement between the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and China’s One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR) also energized pundits, who described this as an “alignment.

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