Studies have proven that there is one reason why people don't do more referral business: they don't ask. There are two reasons why, they forget or they don't have a strong enough relationship with their clients, so they don't feel comfortable
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I believe some people create and publish websites for the sole purpose of tormenting their visitors. Browsing various websites and navigating the Web can often be like trying to read on an airplane while a kid kicks the back of your seat and the baby next to you alternates between screaming, crying and drooling on you.
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Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions.† The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be.
Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills:
Even when English is the common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed. Slow down, speak clearly and ensure your pronunciation is intelligible.
Seven Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To Improve Your Results
OverviewAbraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail."† As managers, leaders and change agents, we want to improve our organizational performance.
Do you want to be #1-10 on Google and other search engines? Do you want quadruple your Web sales in five months? Promote your business to the top with these 7 reasons to write and submit how-to articles.
Always include a powerful signature on every email you send out, even to friends. It's even more important when you send out articles to opt-in ezines (no spam) and top web sites in your field--more important than your article's message.
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If you are like many professionals out there, you know your subject; you are excellent at your craft. You have a great service and maybe a great product to sell.
Many businesses lose money yearly because they don't think creatively about the future.† They run their businesses doing what they think they should: dealing with customers, dealing with problems, ordering for their business, and paying their expenses.
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Announcement of construction in occupied Palestinian territories is second since Donald Trump became US president
Israel has approved a massive new building programme of Jewish settlement homes in the occupied Palestinian territories, following hard on the heels of the swearing-in of the US president, Donald Trump.
The defiant move, in opposition to most recent international opinion, comes as Israeli politicians have rushed to exploit what they see as a pro-Israel and pro-settlement US administration.
Beijing warns White House to tread carefully after Rex Tillerson likens island-building to Russia‚Äôs taking of Crimea
China has warned the US to ‚Äúspeak and act cautiously‚ÄĚ after the White House said it would act to foil Chinese attempts to ‚Äútake over‚ÄĚ the South China Sea, amid growing hints that Donald Trump‚Äôs administration intends to challenge Beijing over the strategic waterway.
At a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, the foreign ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, urged Washington to tread carefully ‚Äúto avoid harming the peace and stability of the South China Sea‚ÄĚ.
Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up trilateral commission to monitor breaches of ceasefire that came into effect last month
Tortuous efforts to install a credible international body to entrench and broaden the patchwork ceasefire in Syria have partially succeeded on the second and final day of talks in Kazakhstan.
Discussions ended with agreement among the three sponsors of the talks ‚Äď Russia, Turkey and Iran ‚Äď to set up a trilateral commission to monitor and enforce the ceasefirethat came into effect last month. Under the agreement, the three countries will act together to monitor the ceasefire, and take steps to urge those responsible for breaches to desist.
Belgian says she wants to rid stigma around condition in which people are born with mix of male and female sex characteristics
Belgian fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has revealed she is intersex and that she has gone public in an attempt to reduce the stigma around the condition and encourage other people to embrace their status.
The 29-year-old was born with internal testes and without a uterus or ovaries due to a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome, which means a person is genetically male, but the external appearance of their genitals may be female or somewhere between male and female.
E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed
From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A - the molecules that pair up in the DNA helix - the lines between humans and all life on Earth are spelled out.
Now, the first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms.
Highest court to debate if practice violates laws against mistreatment of animals after police tried to disrupt first bullfight in Colombia‚Äôs capital city in four years
Colombia‚Äôs highest court is to consider a national ban on bullfighting just days after protesters battled with riot police as they tried to disrupt the first bullfight in the country‚Äôs capital city in four years.
Officers used pepper spray and teargas against the demonstrators on Sunday as they shouted ‚Äúmurderers‚ÄĚ and ‚Äútorturers‚ÄĚ at bullfighting enthusiasts on their way to Bogota‚Äôs iconic redbrick bull ring.
Fears that Vladimir Putin will try to influence German, French and Dutch elections have led to cash injection
The EU is to escalate its efforts to counter Russia‚Äôs hybrid warfare campaign in the wake of Donald Trump‚Äôs election, as fears grow that Vladimir Putin will seek to influence elections across Europe.
With national elections happening in Germany, France and the Netherlands in the coming months, extra resources have been made available to the EU‚Äôs East Stratcom taskforce, which is seeking to collate and counter Russian attempts to influence votes through misinformation and propaganda.
A 14-month government ‚Äėcleanup‚Äô of internet access services will make it harder for users to access websites that are usually censored or restricted
China has begun a crackdown on the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, making it harder for internet users to circumvent the Great Firewall.
The nation‚Äôs ministry of industry and information technology announced a 14-month ‚Äúcleanup‚ÄĚ of internet access services, including making it illegal to operate a local VPN service without government approval.
Reagan-era rule bans international NGOs with US funding from providing abortions or offering information, ‚Äėignoring decades of research‚Äô says Democrat
In one of a number of sharp reversals from the Obama era, Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning international NGOs from providing abortion services or offering information about abortions if they receive US funding.
Siamogale melilutra, which grew up to 2 metres long, frolicked in the country‚Äôs south-western wetlands about 6.2m years ago
Scientists have unearthed fossils of an otter as big as a wolf that frolicked in rivers and lakes in a lush, warm and humid wetlands region in south-western China about 6.2m years ago.
The outsized otter, called Siamogale melilutra, weighed about 50kg (110lb) and measured up to 2 metres (6.5ft) long, making it bigger than any of its cousins alive today, the researchers said on Monday.
Stephen Schwarzman, who is expected to head the US president‚Äôs business advisory council, addresses Canadian concerns after meeting Trudeau in Calgary
A senior business adviser to Donald Trump has told Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government that Canada has little reason to worry about the president‚Äôs push to renegotiate Nafta, as Canada prepares for what could be a tumultuous overhaul of its relationship with the US.
On Monday, Trump‚Äôs senior business adviser said Canada had little cause for concern. ‚ÄúCanada finds itself, frankly, in a really very special status,‚ÄĚ said Stephen Schwarzman, the chief executive officer of investment firm Blackstone Group LP. ‚ÄúThings should go well for Canada in terms of any discussions with the United States.‚ÄĚ
Beno√ģt Hamon‚Äôs favourable mention of UK Labour leader after winning first round of primary outrages rival Manuel Valls
As the divided French Socialist party this week chooses between a radical leftwing outsider and a centre-left former prime minister trying to defend the status quo, it hasn‚Äôt taken long for a C-word to be bandied around both as praise and insult: Corbyn.
Beno√ģt Hamon, the dark horse leftist who wants to introduce a universal wage, tax robots and legalise cannabis, is seen as having a chance of winning the final round of the primary race to become the Socialist party‚Äôs presidential candidate on Sunday. When he topped the first round with 36%, he was quick to namecheck the UK Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as an example of how voters, particularly young ones, want a return to a new form of solidarity politics and the spiritual fundamentals of the left.
Firefighter Fabio Jerman said the discovery of the three shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdog pups meant there were still air pockets in the collapsed building ‚Äď ‚Äúan important sign of life, which gives us hope,‚ÄĚ he said.
Batman v Superman is a close contender in the Golden Raspberry awards, as the longlist of last year‚Äôs ‚Äėcrop of cinematic crap‚Äô is released
It‚Äôs shaping up to be one of the great movie face-offs of the year: Batman v Superman v Zoolander. The nominees for the Golden Raspberry awards, AKA the Razzies, have been announced, and it looks like it will be a titanic battle to the death between the superhero smackdown movie and the cameo-bedecked fashion-industry satire.
In fact, Zoolander 2 leads the nomination list with nine, including worst actor and supporting actor for Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, as well as one for the pair as a ‚Äúscreen combo‚ÄĚ. (Stiller gets another personal nom as worst director.) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is just behind on eight, with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill duelling for worst actor, and hitherto acclaimed performer Jesse Eisenberg in the worst supporting list.
Decision on Fessenheim plant comes after pressure from Berlin and need to comply with legal cap on atomic energy generation
The French energy firm EDF has voted to begin the process of closing France‚Äôs oldest nuclear power station after pressure from Germany and a law capping the country‚Äôs reliance on atomic power.
The EDF board approved plans on Tuesday to close the 39-year old Fessenheim plant in north-east France, allaying fears that the company, which is 85%-state owned, would drag its heels until President Fran√ßois Hollande left office later this year.
Overwhelmed counsellors and medical staff in Sierra Leone must contend with suspicion and a collapse in funding
The history of Africa‚Äôs oldest psychiatric hospital is written on the walls of its isolation units, desperate messages chiselled into the woodwork like scars. ‚ÄúI came here for I don‚Äôt have any money,‚ÄĚ reads one note in a corner of the room. ‚ÄúPeople want me to run from my father‚Äôs house,‚ÄĚ reads another. ‚ÄúYou go nowhere,‚ÄĚ announces a third. ‚ÄúStay out.‚ÄĚ
Since the hospital opened in the early 19th century, most Sierra Leoneans have aspired to do exactly that, avoiding this imposing building perched high on a hill above the capital, Freetown.
People should not wear communist symbols without real understanding of their history, argues Anastasiia Fedorova for the Calvert Journal
The hammer and sickle have made a stellar return to the fashion world in the form of a voluminous red hoodie, adorned with the Soviet symbol and worn by Kim Kardashian.
Setting aside the irony that two weeks earlier her husband had cosied up to the US president-elect, Donald Trump ‚Äď one of the world‚Äôs most staunch capitalists whose relationship with Russia has been under intense scrutiny this week ‚Äď Kardashian‚Äôs fashion choice raises some ethical questions about appropriating communist symbols.
Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example
The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack.
But there is another threat hiding in plain sight: the abuse of anti-corruption laws in Romania, a country often lauded as an example of successful reform in central and eastern Europe.
Whether it was arrival of capitalism, social instability or denim, monumental changes followed Gorbachev‚Äôs resignation in 1991
After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR.
To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one.
Founder of city‚Äôs first Arabic bookshop lets children read in their own language and escape the isolation of refugee life
Tucked in a corner across from Istanbul‚Äôs Kariye museum is a haven for young Syrians who want to do one simple thing: read. Pages, a bookstore and cafe, represents one man‚Äôs ambitious quest to change the lives of Syrian youth.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm incredibly happy,‚ÄĚ said Samer al-Kadri, 42, founder of the first Arabic bookstore in the city. ‚ÄúI get to meet this generation, between 18 and 25 years old. This generation is surprising me with their understanding, their openness, their dialogue.‚ÄĚ
Here are three Labour MPs indicating that they will vote against triggering article 50. That would mean defying the whip if, as expected, Jeremy Corbyn tells them to vote in favour. (See 2.11pm.)
From Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, which is estimated to have voted 77% remain, according to the Chris Hanretty figures. (Votes were counted by local authority area, not by parliamentary constituency, which is why the constituency figures are estimates.
In the chamber for the statement on Article 50. My vote will reflect the views of my constituents. I'm in Parliament to represent them.
I will not vote to destroy jobs and prosperity in #Exeter & the wider South West with a hard Tory #brexit. I will vote against #Article50.
I've written a blog on Article 50 and today's ruling. As ever, any queries or concerns do get in touch. My thoughts: https://t.co/ZiYqXuCF13
The new leader of Sinn Fein at Stormont has said the Brexit ruling ignores the will of the people, the Press Association reports. The devolved assembly will not have to be consulted when Parliament votes on triggering EU exit negotiations by the end of March, the supreme court concluded. Michelle O‚ÄôNeill called on the Irish government to help secure special status for Northern Ireland within the EU once the UK leaves - despite Britain‚Äôs highest court rejecting that argument. She said:
Clearly the ruling again ignores the will of the people of the North who voted by a majority to stay in the European Union ...
We believe that the North needs to have designated status.
Thinktank warns over planned tax cuts and infrastructure investment as Congressional Budget Office says current spending plan will add $10tn to debt
Donald Trump‚Äôs tax-cutting and spending plans could add another $6tn to the US public debt over the next 10 years, independent budget analysts calculated, as the Congressional Budget Office warned the US‚Äôs current spending plans alone could trigger a financial crisis.
The CBO released its latest assessment of the US budget and economic outlook on Tuesday. The CBO reported that Trump would inherit a $559bn deficit for 2017 and still-sluggish economy that will, on its current course, add another $10tn to the public debt over the next decade.
After the Munich crisis of 1938, my mother, Marjorie Sayer, who has died aged 99, realised that war was inevitable.
For the next year she spent all of her spare time training in first aid and driving. When the second world war did break out in 1939 she joined the Auxiliary Ambulance Service and was stationed in Bloomsbury, central London, and then in Hammersmith.
Rival politician Ahmad Ishchi claims Abdul Rashid Dostum‚Äôs bodyguards tortured him and held him for five days
Afghanistan‚Äôs attorney general has ordered the arrest of nine of the vice-president‚Äôs bodyguards after a rival politician alleged he was raped and tortured.
The warrants were issued after Abdul Rashid Dostum and his bodyguards ignored three summons for questioning over accusations that they beat the victim in public and held him for five days while the guards sodomised him with a rifle.
Vladimir Yershov, from Rostov-on Don, is a craftsman who specialises in making traditional Cossack and Turkish clay tobacco pipes by an old method. The unique pipes are sold to private collections worldwide, as well as museums in Russia, the Czech Republic and Japan
US defence secretary James Mattis tells UK counterpart Michael Fallon that defence ties were the ‚Äėbedrock of our security‚Äô
James Mattis, the new US defence secretary, has reassured his British counterpart that Washington has an ‚Äúunshakeable commitment‚ÄĚ to Nato, despite Donald Trump previously casting the military alliance as obsolete.
During a phone call with Michael Fallon on his first full day in office, Mattis ‚Äúemphasized the United States‚Äô unshakeable commitment to Nato‚ÄĚ, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.
After relaxation of rules on possession, campaigners await judgment on punishment for cultivation
Until recently, anyone caught with cannabis twice in 12 months in Georgia faced up to 14 years behind bars. Today you can carry enough for more than 200 joints, after the constitutional court in effect decriminalised possession of the drug.
The landmark ruling follows the case of 27-year-old Beka Tsikarishvili, who was arrested in 2013 with 65 grams of cannabis, which he said was for his own use. Facing a long sentence, he argued imprisonment was unlawful because it infringed his human dignity.
Timor-Leste withdraws from Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (Cmats), which divides oil and gas revenue
Timor-Leste has withdrawn its Australian espionage claims in the permanent court of arbitration as a ‚Äúconfidence-building measure‚ÄĚ, as the two countries continue to negotiate over their maritime border.
The Russian emergency ministry has released footage showing firefighters saving pigs and piglets from a blaze at a farm in the Siberian region of Tomsk. According to the ministry, when the fire started up to 200 pigs were in the farm. Most of them were saved by firefighters, who carried them in pairs, one under each arm, out of the burning building as they squealed loudly.
Refugee facilities in Belgrade, where it is -15C, have been described as ‚Äėworse than the jungle in Calais‚Äô by aid workers
Hundreds of new refugees and migrants, many of them children, are arriving in Serbia every day despite the prospect of sleeping rough in sub-zero temperatures and reports of violent treatment, Save the Children has said, as it calls on the EU to do more to help.
Girls aged five to 16 receive ¬£2.20 less per week than boys and are allowed less financial independence, report shows
The gender pay gap by which women earn significantly less than men during their careers begins early in childhood with boys receiving 20% more pocket money than girls, according to a report.
Not only do girls receive less money, they are allowed less financial independence; they are less likely to receive regular payments than boys, and are more dependent on others to buy items for them and manage their money on their behalf.
On 18 January 2016, senior lawyers, judges and jurists from many countries and international organisations wrote a letter to the Guardian to express our deep concern about the unprecedented crackdown on criminal defence and human rights lawyers that began on the night of 9 July 2015 with the enforced disappearance of lawyers Wang Yu and Bao Longjun, and their 16-year-old son, and has most recently included the emergence of lawyer Li Chunfu from over 500 days of incommunicado detention with signs of serious mental illness, as well as physical suffering.
From 9 July 2015 to the present, hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members have been subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, wrongful criminal convictions and forced disappearance.
The Ukraine | Toast and relative risks | So many ‚Äėso‚Äôs | And anyway | Weetabix in 1950s Malta
Tony Burson (Letters, 21 January) asks why some countries are (or were) preceded by the definite article. In the case of Ukraine, it was in the past known as ‚Äúthe Ukraine‚ÄĚ. However, the name is an Old Slavic word for ‚Äúborderlands‚ÄĚ, implying that the (now independent) country is merely an outlying part of Russia. Ukrainian nationalists were, understandably, not happy to be minimised in this way, so the definite article is only now used by the unwise. Dr Richard Carter London
The weekend‚Äôs Women‚Äôs Marches were historic events that showed the world the depth and passion of the anti-Trump movement. But we have to keep it going
On Saturday night, for Donald Trump‚Äôs inauguration ball, police turned an entire grid square of Washington DC into a maze of fences, checkpoints and deserted roads, just to protect the partygoers. But even the cleverest maze has to have an entrance ‚Äď and it took just a couple of hundred peaceful but courageous protesters to block it. As a result, thousands of rich people had to thread their way across a square mile of wire and concrete in their tuxedos and taffeta.
I know it annoyed them because I walked with them. In the absolute silence, I could hear they were angry and afraid. They looked, collectively, like a George Grosz painting of the Weimar elite come to life.
Marching is the spontaneous-ish expression of energy, among other things; it seems, in the moment, obvious that it can be harnessed and transformed into something more concrete. A day or two later, that seems just as vital, but less self-evident. The momentum of the crowd dissipates and it‚Äôs hard to maintain the energy on your own. Nevertheless, you must ‚Äď stifled solidarity leaves you more than disappointed, it leaves you gripped by an arid fatalism that, if memory serves, ends in thinking Blur v Oasis is more important than people v profit. These are some practical acts, not exhaustive, not all of them exactly acts, and not including direct action.
Spain‚Äôs foreign minister spoke out against Trump administration‚Äôs decision to remove Spanish-language content in a country of 57 million Hispanic people
Spain has expressed concern over the disappearance of the US White House‚Äôs Spanish-language website since Donald Trump came to power, saying it was ‚Äúnot a good idea‚ÄĚ in a country with millions of Hispanics.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that the website was being updated.
While European cities led by Paris and Frankfurt wage campaigns for London‚Äôs financial business, some experts predict New York could benefit most of all from the fallout of Brexit on the UK capital
New York and London function as two prongs of one global economy. Banks and other financial companies headquartered in New York usually have their second biggest offices in the British capital, and vice versa.
For years, that‚Äôs made economic sense. For London-based companies, New York provides an unparalleled density of financial firms, a regulatory framework in which to do business, and access to non-European markets. London provides much of the same for New York-based companies who need access to European markets.
Having a say in what your city or neighbourhood should be like is often complicated, time-consuming and full of confusing jargon. A new wave of digital tools are trying to make the process transparent and interactive
Imagine if next time you saw a plan for an oversized monster tower block proposed for your street, you could get out your smartphone and swipe left to oppose it? Or see a carefully designed scheme for a new neighbourhood library and swipe right to support it?
Tinder for urban planning might sound far-fetched, but it is already being trialled in the sun-kissed Californian city of Santa Monica. City authorities are trying to gauge public opinion on everything from street furniture and parking, to murals and market stalls for their forthcoming urban plan, using a digital tool modelled on a dating app.
Myanmar‚Äôs commercial capital is overrun with an estimated 120,000 stray dogs, which attack children and carry the threat of rabies. Mass culling was recently stopped but spay, neuter and vaccinate programmes have yet to start
Zu May Naing was playing with her brother outside their house in Bago Region, close to Myanmar‚Äôs commercial capital of Yangon, last month when a pack of stray dogs rounded on the 18-month-old.
Her mother, San Thar Myint, found her lying prone on the ground, bleeding and in shock. ‚ÄúHer temperature was over 100 [degrees fahrenheit] before they got to the operation room,‚ÄĚ she says.
The art of street photography was long dominated by men and the ‚Äėmale gaze‚Äô, but new project Her Side of the Street celebrates women‚Äôs role in the practice
Throughout history, women have often been subject to observation and evaluation from men as they walk down city streets ‚Äď whether ogled as objects of desire or judged for their appearance or even presence in certain spaces. In literary and social history, men have usually been the ones who watch, rather than be watched; the urban observer which 19th-century poet Baudelaire made famous as the ‚Äúfl√Ęneur‚ÄĚ.
In her recent book, Lauren Elkin wrote of the ‚Äúfl√Ęneuse‚ÄĚ, the woman who reclaimed power by walking through ‚Äď and writing about ‚Äď the city streets in defiance of convention, challenging the cultural assumption at the time that women on the street were either sex workers or homeless.
Nate Berg tells the story of Rebuild By Design, a competition ‚Äď and now its own organisation ‚Äď based on taking a more proactive approach to disaster response in cities; but how far can you prepare for the effects of climate change?
Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan to create what he called ‚Äúthe first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city‚ÄĚ. The blueprint, known as PlaNYC and released on Earth Day, outlined more than 100 projects and policies to create that sustainable city by 2030.
It set a precedent for local action on climate change; cities around the world began drafting their own sustainability plans. But then in October 2012, it got a harsh reality check.
How do you improve a neighbourhood without causing land prices to rise? Residents along a polluted waterway in San Juan set up a community land trust to help save their homes, as well as the environment
For years a graffiti message has appeared throughout San Juan, Puerto Rico‚Äôs capital, as an urgent demand: Dragado ya! (meaning ‚Äúdredging now!‚ÄĚ).
Even passersby who have never set foot in the eight barrios making up the Ca√Īo Mart√≠n Pe√Īa community ‚Äď a large informal settlement along 3.75 miles of canal in the central city ‚Äď know the message points to the dire need to dredge the waterway, which has become so clogged with refuse that those driving by with the windows down can immediately smell the stagnant waters.
It‚Äôs only a five-minute flight from Kinshasa to its rival city, Brazzaville ‚Äď but as the DRC slides into a bloody political crisis, an international border, the Congo river and centuries of colonialism continue to separate central Africa‚Äôs volatile twins
Sunday morning, and the crowds are thronging the myriad churches on the ragged western edge of Kinshasa. Congregations file into the barn-like halls to hear priests and preachers. Down on the terrace of Chez Tintin, one of Kinshasa‚Äôs best known restaurants and nightspots, only fishermen and two tourists from the central town of Kisangani brave the warm, driving rain.
Beyond the plastic tables and chairs, a low brick wall, and the pilgrims, is the Congo. Though 4,500km from its furthest source, the great river is less than 1,000 metres wide at this point, and surges through the narrow bottleneck with tremendous power. The resulting rush of foaming brown water is the reason for the existence, the proximity and the enmity of arguably the world‚Äôs two closest capital cities: Kinshasa, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazzaville, of the confusingly similarly named Republic of Congo.
From an elevated 19th-century pneumatic railway to a skyscraper cathedral and a Native American alternative to the Statue of Liberty, Never Built New York chronicles ambitious plans for the city which never saw the light of day
For 43 years a UN-patrolled no-man‚Äôs land has dissected Cyprus‚Äô capital. As Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet for final peace talks, Helena Smith, who grew up on the island, questions whether reunification has a chance
Some call it the dead zone; some a no-man‚Äôs land; some the green line. For more than four decades, a United Nations-patrolled buffer zone has bisected Nicosia, running through the middle of the Cypriot capital and dividing its historic heart.
It was a casualty of war: at first, the result of inter-communal fighting that took the form of Turkish Cypriot ghettos in the 60s; then as a no-man‚Äôs land between ceasefire lines delineated by little more than what two opposing armies agreed were their last defended positions.
Headquarters to the Nazis and then the Soviets, the East German military camp of W√ľnsdorf was once home to 75,000 Soviet men, women and children. Now ‚ÄėLittle Moscow‚Äô has been abandoned ‚Äď but one man keeps the memories alive
Rusty keys jangle as J√ľrgen Naumann searches for the right one. He has 15 on one bunch, 25 on another. The last caretaker of the Red Army‚Äôs former headquarters in Germany, he has access to all the buildings in what was once known as the Forbidden City ‚Äď and remains a restricted area 23 years after the last Russian troops left for good.
‚ÄúYou get to know the keys over the years,‚ÄĚ Naumann says. But it still takes a while to locate the right one. A dull click, and the door creaks open to reveal a dimly lit hall with marble tiles. Naumann‚Äôs footsteps echo across the empty space as he switches on the electricity, illuminating two panoramas: one showing Soviet Moscow, the other Alexanderplatz in East Berlin, two huge photos from a world that no longer exists.
Campaigners warn Trump‚Äôs reinstatement of a policy cutting aid to organisations who offer abortion services will devastate family planning provision
Each day she sets out to speak to young girls about family planning, Elizabeth Akoth, 23, sees how myths about the use of contraceptives are entrenched in her western Kenyan community.
When she explains the various methods they can use to prevent unintended pregnancies, they ask searching questions such as, ‚ÄúIs it true drugs offered for family planning can lead to death?‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDo they even work?‚ÄĚ
Bidi Bidi camp was opened six months ago but already hosts a fifth of all the South Sudanese fleeing violence and hunger in their home country
Moses Roba still has the scar on his face from when the glass shattered. It runs around the outside of his right eye, starting at the tip of his eyebrow and curving down to the top of his cheekbone. He got it, he says, when rebels opposed to South Sudan‚Äôs President Salva Kiir attacked his car near his home in the small border town of Nimule. The rebels wanted to steal the vehicle, he claims. But he said no.
‚ÄúI refused, so they shoot me, they shoot the vehicle,‚ÄĚ he says. A piece of glass sliced through the side of his face, missing his eye by a centimetre. His car was torched. After that, Roba decided to leave his home country and, along with his wife and three children, made the short but perilous journey south into Uganda.
The status of refugees is not recognised in Thailand, leaving the few hundred Syrians there unable to work or go to school, at constant risk of deportation
After prayers, Nassr, 58, lights one of the 60 cigarettes he will smoke that day. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the stress,‚ÄĚ he shrugs apologetically. ‚ÄúThe tension of being an illegal refugee in Thailand.‚ÄĚ
As the minaret‚Äôs call fades, the noise from Bangkok‚Äôs khlong boats intensifies as they carry commuters along the waterways. Together with two Iraqi friends Nassr, a Palestinian Syrian, watches the bustle, wishing he could get a job.
Head of Save the Children urges British government to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to protect children in Yemen facing extreme deprivation
The British government should increase diplomatic efforts with Saudi Arabia to defend children facing a desperate situation in Yemen, the head of Save the Children has said.
Speaking on his return from Yemen, where civil war and a sea blockade has pushed the country to the brink of famine, Kevin Watkins said there had been a ‚Äúsingular failure to deploy British soft power to defend children‚Äôs rights that are being violated on a daily basis‚ÄĚ.
Donald Trump‚Äôs scepticism about climate change makes it vital that the case for better planning and preparation is articulated in a politically astute way
Donald Trump‚Äôs inauguration as US president poses a grave threat to the major progress made in the battle against climate change over the past decade. The top 20 things that Trump has pledged to ‚Äúget rid of‚ÄĚ include US commitment to the Paris climate agreement and payments to the UN climate fund, which helps developing countries tackle global warming.
Those working to help poorer states adapt to the impact of climate change and become more resilient to its effects must emulate the approach adopted by the global green movement, which is preparing to fight its corner in the struggle to limit the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Faced by a huge challenge, international donors and aid organisations converging on Helsinki to discuss the Syrian aid response will need ambition and innovation
In March it will be six years since the start of Syria‚Äôs descent into ruinous conflict. We can hope that the latest ceasefire and talks generate progress towards ending the war. But we must also be realistic about how long it will take to reach effective peace.
Meanwhile, the millions of men, women and children whose lives have been uprooted by the conflict need to find ways to live and pursue their ambitions and aspirations. They require housing, jobs, education and healthcare ‚Äď and the communities and countries that are hosting them need support to make this possible.
Awareness campaign aims to stop trafficking and black market trade in body parts by reminding doctors to ask bereaved families about organ donation
Doctors in India are to get text alerts reminding them to ask families to donate the organs of deceased loved ones as part of a campaign to solve the country‚Äôs organ shortage, which has fuelled a black market trade.
The drive, ‚ÄúPoochna mat bhoolo‚ÄĚ ‚Äď ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt forget to ask‚ÄĚ in Hindi ‚Äď will target 300,000 doctors. It represents the latest in a string of awareness campaigns in India after a kidney racket involving a poor woman was uncovered at a top Mumbai hospital last year.
Kutubdia‚Äôs islanders don‚Äôt have much of a carbon footprint ‚Äď most don‚Äôt have regular electricity. But they are facing the reality of a changing climate, and soon tens of millions of their fellow Bangladeshis will be at risk
A row of mangrove trees sticking out of the sand, exposed by low tide off Kutubdia island in the Bay of Bengal, is all that remains of a coastal village that for generations was home to 250 families. The villagers were forced to flee as their land, which had been slowly eroding for decades, was finally engulfed by the ever-rising tide five years ago.
For theembattled people of Ali Akbar Dial, a collection of disappearing villages on the southern tip of the island in Bangladesh, the distant trees serve as a bittersweet reminder of what they have lost and a warning of what is come. The low-lying island of Kutubdia has one of the fastest-ever sea level rises recorded in the world, placing it bang on the front line of climate change, and the islanders are fighting a battle they fear is already lost.
Kutubdia, an island of fishing villages and salt farms, has halved in size in 20 years, with family homes destroyed by ever-encroaching tides. In nearby Cox‚Äôs Bazar, more frequent storms have had a severe impact on fishermen‚Äôs catches
Aid workers in Borno state say displaced people living in camps have no plans to go back home despite government claims that insurgents have been defeated
The homecoming of tens of thousand of Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency has been prevented by enduring fear of the Islamists and reluctance to return to areas of the country‚Äôs north-east devastated by the campaign against the militants, according to aid workers.
The continued threat posed by Boko Haram was underlined on Monday when twin suicide bombings killed two people at a university in Maiduguri. The city is the provincial capital of Nigeria‚Äôs north-east Borno state, the epicentre of the group‚Äôs seven-year campaign to create a regional Islamic caliphate.
In the country‚Äôs southern marshes, the government is helping families to rebuild their floating communities, 25 years after the land was drained
The morning of 20January 1992 began much like any other for the Mohammed family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Rising at first light, they roused their herd of buffaloes and drove the beasts snorting and protesting into the surrounding wetlands to graze. After a quick breakfast of bread and yoghurt, washed down with sugary tea, they readied themselves for a long day out on the water.
But on that day, one of the coldest on record, five-year-old Hanaa and her mother caught no fish and gathered no reeds. No sooner had they paddled past the last of their neighbours‚Äô floating reed houses than a squadron of government fighter jets emerged from the mist, guns blazing. They reduced the artificial islets to embers, and killed many of the buffaloes. Not content with shooting up a few villages as punishment for locals‚Äô alleged harbouring of defeated Shia rebels, Saddam Hussein soon dispatched his engineers to divert the Tigris and Euphrates rivers away from the marshes. The effects were disastrous. By the turn of the last century, the Middle East‚Äôs largest wetlands had withered from a peak of 20,000 sq km to almost nothing.
Chair of international development committee calls progress ‚Äėdisappointing‚Äô as government rejects proposals that followed 2016 anti-corruption summit
The British government is failing to live up to promises to tackle corruption, according to the chair of the international development committee, Stephen Twigg.
On Monday the government rejected recommendations made by the international development committee (IDC) in the wake of a major anti-corruption summit hosted in London last year by the former prime minister David Cameron. These included the introduction of country-by-country reporting of multinationals‚Äô profits and payments.
Intensifying ethnic conflict in South Sudan has led UN investigators to warn that the country is on the brink of genocide. More than a million people have fled the country to neighbouring states, while many more have taken shelter in UN camps such as Malakal, home to more than 33,000 people
The implications of the US‚Äôs reinstatement of the global gag rule, plus how African women are joining forces to improve their lot
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Women‚Äôs rights have topped the agenda over the past week. Our video explainer spells out the implications of the ‚Äúglobal gag rule‚ÄĚ, which has just been reinstated by the Trump administration. Campaigners say it will deny access to life-saving family planning and sexual and reproductive health services, and endanger the lives of millions of women around the world.
From incessant rains to flooded rice fields, the economic impact of global warming has been keenly felt in the coastal town of Cox‚Äôs Bazar
Bangladesh is already one of the most climate vulnerable nations in the world, and global warming will bring more floods, stronger cyclones. At the dry fish yards, close to the airport at the coastal town of Cox‚Äôs Bazar, women are busy sorting fish to dry in the sun. They say the process, which begins in October, can continue through to February or March if the weather is good.
But Aman Ullah Shawdagor, a dry fish businessman who employs 70 people, says high tides and seasonal changes have hit his business hard. Last year there were four cyclones, more than ever before. In 2015, there was only one.
The order mandates that ‚Äúno vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017 may be filled and no new positions may be created‚ÄĚ until the president implements a longer term plan to cut the federal government workforce by attrition.
Defeat has sharpened divisions within the Democratic party ‚Äď and while they oppose Trump, it is unclear how far they‚Äôre willing to go
For two days, crowds have filled the long, grassy expanse of the National Mall in Washington DC: Friday for Donald Trump‚Äôs inauguration, and Saturday for the Women‚Äôs March (a sort of counter-inaugural).
The mood of the inauguration‚Äôs mass assembly of red Make America Great Again caps was triumphant, while the sea of knitted pink ‚Äúpussy hats‚ÄĚ proclaims a spirit of resistance. But since Democrats have limited power to stop the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress from carrying out their will, the left‚Äôs brave assertions of resistance carry an undertone of anger and despondency.
Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross are competent and knowledgable ‚Äď they just don‚Äôt sound like they will lead the type of upheaval that Trump promised
‚ÄúWe are transferring power ‚Ä¶ back to you, the people,‚ÄĚ Donald Trump told the nation on Friday. ‚ÄúFor too long, a small group in our nation‚Äôs capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.‚ÄĚ Not any more, he pledged.
Well, now the work begins, and last week we got the first chance to see the men, Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, most charged with fulfilling Trump‚Äôs vow.
Caution in China, sorrow and anger in Mexico, cork-popping in Moscow ‚Äď here are some of the global responses to Friday‚Äôs power handover
Germany will need a new economic strategy geared toward Asia should the new US administration start a trade war with China, vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, warning of a ‚Äúrough ride‚ÄĚ hours after Donald Trump was sworn in.
Donald Trump‚Äôs economic nationalism was on full display in his inauguration speech. The president spoke of the ‚ÄúAmerican carnage‚ÄĚ he claims has been wrought on America, leaving ‚Äúrusted out factories scattered like tombstones‚ÄĚ across a nation with ‚Äúlittle to celebrate‚ÄĚ, and blamed it on the outsourcing of US jobs. ‚ÄúAmerica first‚ÄĚ will be his presiding philosophy.
Braggart and bigot now in control of the world‚Äôs most powerful military and economy. Fear and malevolence won
Even the heavens wept. As Donald Trump stepped forward to become America‚Äôs 45th president the cold shower that broke over Washington offered no end of metaphors. His address, however, was literal to a fault. There was no higher calling, no sense of a greater purpose, no florid imagery or impassioned idealism. This was as crude and unapologetic an appeal to nationalism as one might expect from a man incapable of rising to an occasion without first refracting it through his ego.
It is said that presidents campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigned in graffiti ‚Äď the profane scrawls of a mindless vandal ‚Äď and, if his inaugural address was anything to go by, may yet govern in tweets ‚Äď the impulsive, abbreviated interventions of a narcissist.
US intelligence agencies have already concluded that Vladimir Putin interfered in the presidential election in Trump‚Äôs favour. The night before his inauguration, the New York Times quoted current and former senior US officials as saying that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of their inquiries.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed the ongoing controversy over his claims about the attendance numbers for Donald Trump‚Äôs inauguration ceremony at length during his first official briefing on Monday, saying ‚Äėsometimes we can disagree with facts‚Äô. Spicer said he intended to always be honest in his post before criticizing the media for its ‚Äėdemoralizing‚Äô coverage of the new president
In a spate of executive orders signed in his first few days as president, Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, beginning his efforts to dismantle Barack Obama‚Äôs legacy. Trump also approved a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers and a ban on funding for international groups that provide abortions
Real estate developer Bruce Makowsky has unveiled a $250m mansion that he describes as the ‚Äėeighth wonder of the world‚Äô. Located on Los Angeles‚Äôs 924 Bel Air Road, the 38,000 sq ft property has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars, a fleet of luxury vehicles, an 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool, a James Bond-themed indoor cinema and a bowling alley
President Trump held a meeting with the CEOs of several major US companies on Monday and told them they can expect ‚Äėsuch great service‚Äô from his administration if they agree to manufacture more of their products domestically. Pledging to massively cut business taxes, Trump also promised to expedite any planning requests for new factories over environmental regulations which often ‚Äėmake it impossible to get anything built‚Äô
Rescuers take three puppies to safety on Monday after they were found in the rubble of the Italian hotel that was hit by an avalanche. Officials say the discovery of three shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdog pups meant there were still air pockets in the collapsed building, raising hopes that some of the people still missing could be found alive
President Donald Trump will not publish his tax returns, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has told ABC‚Äôs This Week. This means Trump will break a 40-year tradition and not show Americans the extent of his financial interests and obligations. And it contradicts Trump‚Äôs repeated claims before the election that he would release them
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