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A man who claimed he wanted to kill disabled people left at least 19 dead and 26 others injured after a knife attack at a care facility in Japan.
Petrified staff at the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility in Sagamihara, south of Tokyo, called police at about 2.30am local time after the suspect, named by Japanese media as Satoshi Uematsu, launched his attack.
Solar Impulse 2, which landed in Abu Dhabi, is first plane powered by the renewable energy source to tour the globe
Solar Impulse 2 has completed the first round-the-world flight by a solar-powered aeroplane, after touching down in Abu Dhabi early on Tuesday.
The final leg of the feat, aimed at showcasing the potential of renewable energy, was a bumpy one, with turbulence driven by hot desert air leaving the solo pilot, Bertrand Piccard, fighting with the controls.
Pilgrims head for Polish city but six-day event could raise tensions between liberal pontiff and country‚Äôs conservative church
Hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims are heading to Krak√≥w in Poland for six days of music, prayer and spiritual masterclasses, with Pope Francis headlining an event labelled by some as ‚ÄúGlastonbury with God‚ÄĚ.
More than 330,000 pilgrims have registered for World Youth Day, a global Catholic festival that last took place three years ago in Rio, with tens of thousands more expected to attend. Most will be Europeans but more than 180 countries will be represented at the event, which starts on Tuesday.
Directors and employers of Ferrovial told they risk prosecution over firm‚Äôs role at offshore detention sites
The company that has taken over the management of Australia‚Äôs offshore immigration detention regime has been warned by international law experts that its employees could be liable for crimes against humanity.
Spanish infrastructure corporation Ferrovial, which is owned by one of the world‚Äôs richest families and the major stakeholder in Heathrow airport, has been warned by professors at Stanford Law School that its directors and employees risk prosecution under international law for supplying services to Australia‚Äôs camps on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
Research found that 23% of violent clashes in ethnically divided places were connected to climate disasters
Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather.
The role of severe heatwaves, floods and storms in increasing the risk of wars has been controversial, particularly in relation to the long drought in Syria. But the new work reveals a strong link in places where the population is already fractured along ethnic lines.
Sixteen children were among the victims trapped inside the building as fire ripped through a thatched roof, police say
A house fire during a party in Madagascar has killed 38 people, including 16 children, after ripping through a thatched roof, police said.
The victims ‚Äď the youngest only six months old ‚Äď were trapped inside the house in the town of Ambalavato, in the rural centre of the island about 310 miles (500km) south of the capital Antananarivo, when the fire broke out on Saturday night.
With humanitarian aid for Syrian city cut off by government forces, United Nations ambassadors warn of unfolding catastrophe
The United Nations in New York has backed calls for regular 48-hour ceasefires around the Syrian city of Aleppo but plans for a specific UN resolution appeared to have foundered because of Russian objections.
The call for action to save Aleppo came as a further 20 Syrian civilians were killed in air raids on the city and key hospitals were targeted.
Less than two weeks before the start of the Games, 19 of 31 buildings have yet to pass full checks, with teams hinting they may demand compensation
Less than two weeks ahead of the Olympics, the Rio 2016 organising committee has acknowledged that 19 of the 31 buildings in the Athletes Village have yet to pass safety tests.
With hundreds of athletes turning up by the day, this will add to concerns prompted by gas and water leaks and at least one power outage. The Guardian has also learned that a short circuit caused a small fire on Saturday.
Isis and homegrown extremism challenge western-backed kingdom pressured by economic crisis, refugee flows and repercussions of the war in Syria
King Abdullah II of Jordan, looking regal in army dress uniform, gazes down from a poster on the General Intelligence Department office near the Palestinian refugee camp at Baqa‚Äôa, where guards man new watchtowers flanking the metal gate and high wall across the front of the unmarked stone building.
Security has been tightened since the first day of Ramadan when a young man arrived at the local branch of what all Jordanians call the mukhabarat in the early morning and gunned down five employees before fleeing. The suspected killer, Mahmoud al-Masharfeh, was captured later that day.
Mossack Fonseca files name hundreds of mining firms, raising concerns about use of tax havens to exploit the continent
Offshore companies connected to 44 of Africa‚Äôs 54 countries appear in the Panama Papers leak, according to new research.
More than 1,400 companies in the files of the offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca have names that indicate mining or resource extraction interests ‚Äď raising fresh concerns about how tax havens can be used to exploit the natural wealth of the world‚Äôs poorest continent.
The South China Morning Post is being asked to explain how it obtained an interview with a young activist who was detained by Chinese authorities
Hong Kong‚Äôs most prestigious English-language newspaper is facing calls to explain how it obtained a controversial interview with a young Chinese activist amid fears of Beijing‚Äôs influence on the 113-year-old broadsheet.
The calls, from activists, media experts and former and current journalists at the South China Morning Post, come after the newspaper published a story in which a 24-year-old legal assistant, who had spent nearly a year in secret detention, claimed she regretted her activism.
Russian authorities hope residents and visitors will be as keen to hunt Napoleon and Tchaikovsky as Nidoking and Tirtouga
Moscow authorities have developed a Pokemon Go-style app in the hope of piggybacking on the game‚Äôs popularity to promote the history of the city.
The app encourages users to hunt for historic people connected to the city and ‚Äúcatch‚ÄĚ them by taking a selfie with a 3-D representation of each figure on their smartphone, according to Moscow‚Äôs department of information technologies.
Possums, stoats and other introduced pests to be killed in ‚Äėworld-first‚Äô extermination programme unveiled by PM
The New Zealand government has announced a ‚Äúworld-first‚ÄĚ project to make the nation predator free by 2050.
The prime minister, John Key, said on Monday it would undertake a radical pest extermination programme ‚Äď which if successful would be a global first ‚Äď aiming to wipe out the introduced species of rats, stoats and possums nation-wide in a mere 34 years.
The chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has announced her resignation on the eve of the party‚Äôs convention, dealing a blow to hopes of demonstrating unity in the face of the threat from Donald Trump.
Police hunt for mill managers after illegal underage worker Sagar Barman, nine, dies from internal injuries
Police in Bangladesh have arrested a spinning mill worker for allegedly torturing a nine-year-old boy to death with an air compressor, the second such claim in less than a year, officers said.
Sagar Barman, who worked at a textile mill in Rupganj town, just south of Dhaka, died of internal injuries in a hospital in the capital late on Sunday. His family alleges that eight workers were involved in forcing the compressor into the boy‚Äôs rectum and turning on the machine.
Police said he was taken to a federal prison but revealed no further details
Plot was announced last week when 10 Brazilians were arrested
Brazilian police say they have arrested the last suspect who was sought in the case of a group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on social media and shared ideas about attacking the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The federal police said in a statement late on Sunday that the man was caught in the city of Comodoro, in the central west region of Brazil.
Brian Everidge accused of attempting to pull off a caper straight out of Seinfeld, hoping to cash in on bottles bought out of state
In a memorable episode of Seinfeld, two characters hatch a plot: instead of returning bottles in New York for a 5-cent refund, round up a load of containers and run them to Michigan, where the return is double, at 10 cents each.
In reality, the ploy ‚Äď returning bottles purchased outside of Michigan to capitalize on the refund ‚Äď is illegal under the state‚Äôs bottle deposit law. And a Michigan resident is finding out just how steep the penalties could be.
Remains of man discovered in parked sedan in Santa Clarita
No evidence the death was crime-related, police officials say
A massive wildfire destroyed at least 18 homes and threatened 1,500 more on Sunday as flames churned through tinder-dry canyons north of Los Angeles. In one neighborhood, authorities found the burned body of a man.
Australian prime minister says he is ‚Äėdeeply shocked and appalled‚Äô by footage of teenager being hooded in a restraint chair and other apparent abuses
Australia‚Äôs prime minister has launched a public inquiry after the broadcast of footage of children in detention being abused, hooded and bound in a manner likened to Abu Ghraib and Guant√°namo Bay.
Malcolm Turnbull announced a royal commission hours after the airing of shocking footage showing the treatment of the children at the Don Dale detention facility outside Darwin in the Northern Territory.
Supporters of man known as Waleed fear removal from detention centre will lead to him being returned to Manus Island
A Sudanese asylum seeker has been forcibly removed from Melbourne immigration detention after a standoff between protestors and police in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The man, given the pseudonym Waleed, was taken by border force guards, and Victorian and federal police. The van taking Waleed to Melbourne airport was followed by friends and refugee rights activists who physically blocked the entrance to gate 24 at the back of Melbourne airport, and then surrounded the van when it stopped, preventing police from reaching Waleed inside.
At least 15 people were killed and 45 injured in a knife attack at a facility for disabled people in Sagamihara, Japan. Japan‚Äôs public broadcaster NHK said the 26-year-old suspect was arrested after turning himself in to police. The attack is one of the worst crimes in Japanese postwar history
The new complex will also feature a museum and seminary, designed as a symbol of resilience for persecuted worshippers
A huge Yazidi temple is under construction in a small Armenian village, intended as a symbol of resilience for a persecuted religious tradition.
The temple is being built in Aknalich, about 35km from Yerevan, the Armenian capital. Seven domes will surround a central arched roof, crowned with a gold-plated sun. At 25m high, it will be built from Armenian granite and Iranian marble and house a 200-square-metre prayer hall.
Anti-government forces remain in control of a police station in Yerevan as 50 injured when authorities try to clear out protest camp. Eurasianet.org reports
Clashes between anti-government demonstrators and police are intensifying in the Armenian captial, where armed men have been holding hostages for four days and protesters erected barricades on a nearby avenue.
More than 50 people were injured in the clashes near a police station in Yerevan after police moved in late on Wednesday night to clear out the protest camp. Authorities said 51 people have been hospitalised, 28 of them police officers, and about 30 protesters have been detained.
Plan to erect a statue of the bloodthirsty tsar has drawn outrage from locals in Oryol, RFE/RL reports
Residents in the city of Oryol are campaigning against what has been billed as Russia‚Äôs first-ever statue commemorating Ivan the Terrible, the 16th-century tsar.
Despite being known for the brutal massacre of Novogrod in 1570 ‚Äď and for allegedly killing his own son ‚Äď officials plan to erect the statue near a children‚Äôs theatre in time for the 450th anniversary of the southwestern city, which was founded as a fortress by Ivan IV ‚Äď known as ‚Äúgrozny‚ÄĚ (terrible) in Russian.
Ozersk, codenamed City 40, was the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear weapons programme. Now it is one of the most contaminated places on the planet ‚Äď so why do so many residents still view it as a fenced-in paradise?
‚ÄúThose in paradise were given a choice: happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness. There was no third alternative.‚ÄĚ (From the dystopian novelWe, by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1924)
Deep in the vast forests of Russia‚Äôs Ural mountains lies the forbidden city of Ozersk. Behind guarded gates and barbed wire fences stands a beautiful enigma ‚Äď a hypnotic place that seems to exist in a different dimension.
When campaigners won a legal battle to force the state to treat pregnant women with HIV, the Cotlands centre had to find a new purpose. Bhekisisa reports
Every Sunday the long, ebony cars rolled in. ‚ÄúFor some reason our children tended to die over weekends,‚ÄĚ recalls Sister Kethiwe Dube, a worker at the Cotlands children‚Äôs Aids hospice in Turffontein, Johannesburg.
In 2002, deaths at the 70-bed hospice were at a peak: 87 infants passed away ‚Äď an average of more than seven a month. So many succumbed to Aids between 1996 and 2003 that three memorial walls were created for them in Westpark, one of Johannesburg‚Äôs largest cemeteries.
Though he hides behind humorous robes, the new foreign minister‚Äôs racist comments about Africa expose a wistfulness for empire
In the days since his appointment as the UK‚Äôs foreign minister, Boris Johnson‚Äôs offensive statements about Africans, Americans, Europeans, Papua New Guineans, Russians, Turks and pretty much everyone in the world outside Britain have received significant coverage.
This comes as no surprise. Johnson has been a public figure for many years, and in that time he has penned some fairly remarkable commentaries. He is often witty, but lately his humour has grown rather tiresome. The schoolboy who makes jokes about blowing up his farts doesn‚Äôt seem so funny when the school is burning down after one of his stunts.
With smartphone use and web penetration soaring, Africa is set for a tech revolution ‚Äď but only if its infrastructure can support it
You can buy sunlight with your phone, conduct an eye test on someone 100 miles away and attend a church service on your iPad. There are apps for investing in cows, for sending parcels and for mapping unrest. And soon you‚Äôll be able to deliver blood and medicines by drone.
There‚Äôs free Facebook, mobile banking, and the promise of cashless societies and digitised land records. And from Accra in the west to Kigali in the east, a spray of ‚Äútech hubs‚ÄĚ talk about ‚Äúleapfrogging‚ÄĚ technology and incubating start-ups.
Police investigate after photo appears to show child‚Äôs arm being wrenched behind his back following altercation on Clitheroe-Manchester train
Police are investigating claims that a man put a child into an armlock for refusing to take his feet off the seats on a train.
Images were posted online appearing to show a man wrenching a boy‚Äôs arm behind his back on a train. Witnesses reportedly said the incident followed a confrontation in which the man threatened to give three children a ‚Äúclip round the ear‚ÄĚ.
Prime minister announces inquiry the morning after ABC‚Äôs Four Corners airs footage of teenagers being teargassed, hooded and restrained for hours. Follow all the reaction and developments
Adam Giles is now taking questions from the media.
He is insisting that he had never seen the Four Corners footage before: ‚ÄúI can tell you that this vision was new to me. I have never seen that vision that was on television last night ... What came out last night was new information that I understand that both the police nor Attorneys-General had been aware of in the past.‚ÄĚ
Adam Giles said he watched Four Corners with ‚Äúhorror‚ÄĚ.
‚ÄúWhat we saw was vision of young Territorians in custody who were supposed to be seeking ... an opportunity for rehabilitation, and I think it‚Äôs certain, by looking at that vision, that that wasn‚Äôt always the case.‚ÄĚ
Guo stripped of rank after closed military trial seen as president Xi Jinping‚Äôs latest effort to increase control over army
Former top Chinese military leader Guo Boxiong was sentenced on Monday to life in prison for accepting bribes, the official Xinhua news agency said ‚Äď the latest high-profile conviction in president Xi Jinping‚Äôs crackdown on corruption.
For a decade, Guo was one of the two vice-chairmen of the Central Military Commission, second only to China‚Äôs president in the top body of the People‚Äôs Liberation Army (PLA). He retired in 2012 and was expelled from the ruling Communist party last year.
Government accused of dismissing its responsibility to care for unaccompanied minors as ‚Äėsomebody else‚Äôs problem‚Äô
The UK is shirking its responsibility to care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, dismissing them as ‚Äúsomebody else‚Äôs problem‚ÄĚ, a report has concluded.
Unaccompanied migrant children have been systematically failed by the EU and its member states, including the UK, and as a result, thousands are living in ‚Äúsqualid‚ÄĚ conditions, treated with suspicion by authorities and preyed upon by traffickers and people smugglers, according to the House of Lords EU home affairs subcommittee report. More than 10,000 children are estimated to have gone missing.
Archaeologists find seventh century system below Palenque, which houses tomb of Pakal whose sarcophagus some erroneously believe depicts him in spaceship
Archaeologists at the Mayan ruin site of Palenque in Mexico have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of an ancient ruler named Pakal.
The archaeologist Arnoldo Gonzalez said on Monday that researchers believe the tomb and pyramid were purposely built atop a spring between 683-702 AD. The tunnels led water from under the funeral chamber out into the broad esplanade in front of the temple, thus giving Pakal‚Äôs spirit a path to the underworld.
Health officials register a drop in the number of infections
Numbers signal endemic phase, in which virus is present but spreads slowly
Colombia has declared an end to its Zika epidemic with the spread of the virus levelling off in the country after infecting nearly 100,000 people ‚Äď even as it continues to sweep through other areas of Latin America, and is keeping some athletes away from the Olympic Games in Brazil.
‚ÄúColombia is the first country in the Americas to declare a close to the epidemic,‚ÄĚ said Fernando Ru√≠z, the deputy health minister.
Federal health officials also warn against sex without a condom with male or female partner who has spent time in virus-affected region
US health officials are strongly urging doctors to ask all pregnant women about a possible Zika infection at every check-up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also warned that the virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected female partner.
On Monday morning, as Germans woke to the latest news that a 27-year-old Syrian man, denied asylum in their country, had blown himself up near a music festival in Ansbach, the fear was palpable. And, holed up in her rural retreat in Uckermark, north-east of Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel was an obvious target for those looking for someone to blame.
Congolese rumba star had already been deported from Kenya following outcry over video footage of him assaulting a dancer
One of Africa‚Äôs most popular musicians, Koffi Olomide, has been barred from appearing in concert in Zambia, shortly after he was deported from Kenya when a video emerged showing him kicking one of his female dancers.
Syrian who killed himself and injured 15 others at festival had video of pledge on his phone, says Bavarian interior minister
A video found on the phone of the Syrian asylum seeker who blew himself up in Ansbach in Germany shows him declaring his support for the leader of Islamic State, the Bavarian interior minster has said.
Joachim Herrmann said that according to an initial translation of the Arabic-language video, the man announced a ‚Äúrevenge‚ÄĚ attack against Germany. ‚ÄúI think that after this video there‚Äôs no doubt that the attack was a terrorist attack with an Islamist background,‚ÄĚ said Herrmann.
Actor was previously convicted of killing three endangered animals but higher court in Rajasthan has overturned the verdict
The Bollywood star Salman Khan has been acquitted of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago, a verdict that overturned a lower court‚Äôs ruling that would have sent the actor to jail.
Khan and seven other people, including Bollywood actors, had been accused of killing a gazelle and two antelopes over two days in 1998 while filming a movie in Rajasthan state.
Efforts to honour victims of Spanish civil war blighted by allegations of mistake in redeveloping cemetery
M√°laga‚Äôs efforts to honour victims of the Spanish civil war have been blighted by allegations that the city council has accidentally built a dog park on the site of a mass grave that once contained the remains of hundreds of people massacred during the conflict.
About 4,500 people are thought to have been shot against the walls of the city‚Äôs San Rafael cemetery and then buried in huge pits, making it one of Europe‚Äôs largest mass graves.
Man who killed himself and injured 12 when he detonated rucksack outside music event in Germany had application refused
A 27-year-old Syrian man who killed himself and injured 15 others when he detonated a rucksack of explosives outside a music festival in southern Germany was due to be deported to Bulgaria after having his application for asylum turned down.
Bavaria‚Äôs interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, said his personal opinion was that the attack in Ansbach appeared to have been driven by Islamic extremism, but other authorities cautioned against a rush to judgment.
Just over a week ago, hundreds of thousands of Turkish citizens took to the streets to oppose an attempted military coup. AFP photographers Bulent Kilic and Ozan K√∂se documented that dramatic night and the days following it
Andrew Tyrie says CPS should provide parliamentary committee with information on UK role in abducting terror suspects
A leading Conservative MP has described the failure of government agencies over a decade to come clean about Britain‚Äôs role in rendition ‚Äď secretly seizing and jailing terror suspects and alleged Islamist extremists ‚Äď as a scandal, saying it was crucial to find out who was responsible.
Andrew Tyrie, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on extraordinary rendition, said it was essential the Crown Prosecution Service provides a committee of MPs and peers with the evidence it gathered before it decided not to bring criminal charges.
Jodhpur in the Indian state of Rajasthan is home to solar power initiatives, the world‚Äôs best hotel and fried semolina balls so good they‚Äôre legendary. Priyanka Sacheti guides us through the serpentine bylanes of her city
With its efficient urban planning, Singapore has long had a highly regulated approach to public space. Can community-focused projects like the redevelopment of the abandoned Tanjong Pagar station enliven the city-state?
It‚Äôs a public holiday in Singapore, and drizzling rain has given way to sticky, hot weather. But this hasn‚Äôt dissuaded visitors at Tanjong Pagar station. In the mid-morning sun, families and couples walk along the railway tracks. Young children are particularly eager to totter over the old steel slats. Almost everyone is taking photos ‚Äď whether with a selfie stick or a DSLR.
Jenny Goh, a 57-year-old mother and entrepreneur, is among the early visitors, telling me: ‚ÄúIf you don‚Äôt take photos then when it‚Äôs gone, it‚Äôs really gone.‚ÄĚ She has brought her grown-up daughter with her to see the station from which, as a child, she used to take the train to Malaysia to see her relatives. When the service stopped running in 2011, Goh was among the crowds who witnessed the last train pulling out of the station. Malaysia‚Äôs Sultan of Johor was behind the wheel.
As the north Indian city‚Äôs real estate market has developed over the years, so has its residents‚Äô dislike of bathtubs, apparently.Gurgaon resident Namrata Mehta documents the city‚Äôs many discarded baths on the website Broken Toilets
Cycling is now shedding its ‚Äėloser‚Äô image in the Chilean capital, and bikes are enjoying a renaissance. This movement around the city has, in part, brought greater social mobility, and is bridging long-term class segregation
Back in 1980, a Chilean bank ran a TV advert in which a man cycles across Santiago to meet his sweetheart. As he wobbles through the traffic, a bouquet of flowers in his hand, motorists, builders and school kids ridicule him. ‚ÄúC√≥mprate un auto, perico!‚ÄĚ they shout ‚Äď ‚ÄúGet yourself a car, mate!‚ÄĚ
The hapless cyclist reaches his lover‚Äôs house and hands her the bouquet. She gazes adoringly into his eyes. But then she sees his bike. ‚ÄúGet yourself a car, mate!‚ÄĚ she scolds him. As the ad ends, she hauls him off to the bank to take out a loan.
The Big Apple‚Äôs early 20th-century building boom transformed the city with skyscrapers, subways and an awful lot of cement ‚Äď as documented in these photographs from the New York Public Library‚Äôs archives
Special report: With just weeks to go until the start of the Games is it possible to assess exactly how this city of more than 6 million has really been impacted ‚Äď for good and bad ‚Äď by the awarding of the Olympics? Jonathan Watts and Bruce Douglas visit five key sections of the city to assess the event‚Äôs likely legacy, and hear tales of corruption, hope and claims of thousands of families displaced
The run-up to every Olympics is marked by anxiety and controversy, but Rio de Janeiro has arguably outdone all of its predecessors on this score. Against a backdrop of economic recession, the impeachment of Brazil‚Äôs president Dilma Rousseff, a Zika epidemic, resurgent crime and water pollution, the city‚Äôs officials are not only having to fight off accusations of corruption, incompetence and unbalanced priorities, they are also battling to justify whether the Games were worth hosting in the first place.
In this polemical combat, the establishment - the Rio city government and the International Olympics Committee - argue the event boosts economic developments and raises the global profile of the host. Challenging this is an array of social activists, critical academics, political opponents, displaced residents and environmental campaigners who argue that the Olympics are disruptive, destructive and skewed to benefit a wealthy elite.
Vietnam‚Äôs first metro system continues to be delayed, but in a city with more motorbikes than households ‚Äď and whose love affair with the car is only increasing ‚Äď the real obstacle may be shifting public attitudes
Hunkering down under a sliver of shade along Cau Giay Street, west of Hanoi‚Äôs city centre, Ha Van Son reclines on the seat of his motorbike taxi. The tree overhead offers little respite from the blistering sun, but he needs to earn a living, so he lowers his kickstand to the pavement and waits. Across the street, some new competition is being built. T-shaped beams tower above the narrow, clogged road: the beginnings of Vietnam‚Äôs first metro system.
The thirty-something driver isn‚Äôt worried about job security, though. Like so many of his compatriots, he has accustomed to flitting from one job to the next, according to the whims of the nation‚Äôs rapidly growing economy. ‚ÄúIf Vietnam wants to develop, we should get the metro,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúIt will reduce vehicles on the roadsand make our society more modern.‚ÄĚ
The Spanish city ‚Äď grappling with the effects on residents of 27 million tourists a year ‚Äď has banned Segways from the waterfront over the summer
Segways have lots of advantages: they‚Äôre environmentally friendly, silent and sort of fun ... maybe. What‚Äôs more, despite being a common joke in film and TV shows, they have found a solid economic niche: city tours. But they can also be tremendously annoying for pedestrians.
Barcelona, for now at least, has had enough. After summer upon summer of what the mayor‚Äôs office calls ‚Äúcomplaints and problems‚ÄĚ from residents of Ciutat Vella ‚Äď the central neighbourhood and the one most affected by mass tourism ‚Äď the city council has provisionally banned Segways from the waterfront for the summer months.
Lack of investment and regulation means life is hard for the men, women and children panning for tiny fragments of gold along Madagascar‚Äôs river beds
A drumming sound reverberates across the bridge and over the valley: the gold panners are hard at work.
Dotted along the edges of a river bed are hundreds of people, rhythmically banging wooden poles into the red earth. They are gold miners ‚Äúsampling‚ÄĚ the dry soil for the precious metal. Crouched alongside them are other workers, carefully panning piles of earth through homemade metal sieves.
A prisoner of climate change, Nouakchott faces challenges of flooding and erosion that have been exacerbated by preparations for the Arab League summit
The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott‚Äôs new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof ‚Äď and the floor ‚Äď of his family‚Äôs small compound.
‚ÄúThe water table has risen more than usual this year. The toilets are overflowing. We are flooded again,‚ÄĚ says the 36-year-old computer technician, standing in a shallow pool of water in his yellow-tiled courtyard.
India‚Äôs ambitious sanitation drive has created a health hazard, with many toilets built cheek by jowl with family water supplies
June in Odisha state‚Äôs Puri district, and the mercury is hitting 39C. The monsoon is still days away but, when it comes, the Mahanadi river could flood low-lying villages, as it often has done. One such village is Aaruha, a network of congested huts surrounded by vast rice fields.
Chaibi Swain, 52, lives here with her husband, a rice farmer. Her home is little different to the rest of Aaruha‚Äôs low-rise dwellings, but it has a toilet, which puts her among a small minority in rural Odisha. Eight out of nine people in Odisha‚Äôs villages do not use toilets, instead defecating in the open, leaving them vulnerable to diseases. The Swains, with their tiny toilet, which empties into a leach pit ‚Äď a hole in the ground used to compost faeces when there is no sewage system ‚Äď are the face of progress.
It is two years since the last case of wild polio in Nigeria. Ensuring every child is vaccinated should free the entire continent of the disease inside a year
In Nigeria, if we‚Äôre diligent and careful, we may never see another child lose the use of their legs to polio.
Thirty years ago, millions of children went unvaccinated against a preventable disease that persisted and paralysed in nearly every country in the world. Since then, the number of unvaccinated children has dropped precipitously. While we still have work to do to ensure not even one child is missed, the biggest challenge Nigeria has to contend with now is complacency.
While China has given more than 400 million people legal rights over forest land, vast swaths of forestry in India are being degraded, leaving locals without land
There was a time when the area leading up to the village of Usku Dadjo in the state of Jharkhand, east India, was dense forest. But because residents did not have the right to manage their land, the forest was steadily degraded by outsiders. Now, only sand and scrub remain.
Last year, the community started to reclaim traditional lands using India‚Äôs groundbreaking 2006 Forest Rights Act. While the community has not yet received any response from the government, residents have put up signs asserting their right to the land.
Heavy lending triggered by bold efforts to combat inequality and poverty could spell return to difficult era of late 80s and early 90s, says UN trade body
Although African countries need to tap new streams of funding if they hope to implement an ambitious blueprint to end inequality and poverty, they must beware borrowing too much and potentially triggering debt crises such as those experienced in the 1980s and 1990s, says the UN‚Äôs trade body.
Britain is well placed to support and shepherd the UN‚Äôs efforts to reassert peace-building as a central tenet of its work
As the UK heads towards Brexit, and reviews its place in, and relationships with, the wider world, it must not lose sight of its role in building peace.
Despite understandable anxiety, suspicion and mistrust today, British people are still likely to be living, some years from now, in a democratically governed, prosperous and peaceful UK. That is more than many citizens in other parts of the world, from Syria to parts of Mexico, can say. We need to keep things in perspective.
As levels of conflict rise in some parts of Africa, the AU needs to harness the organisation‚Äôs traditional flair for prevention and mediation
The African Union thrives or fails according to how successful it is in preventing and resolving conflict. Over the past 14 years, since its foundational meeting in Durban, South Africa, the AU has constructed an impressive peace and security architecture. It has presided over an impressive decline in armed conflicts and military coups.
Last year, the commissioner for peace and security asked us to review peace efforts in Africa with a view to informing AU policies. Our report is published on Thursday. The next six months, as the AU chooses a new chair for its commission, are a chance to examine the state of peace and security in Africa ‚Äď and, more important, the direction in which the AU can steer the continent.
A ban on minors being tested for HIV is preventing the Philippines from tackling a surge in infections, particularly among young men
When Rey* first got an HIV test, his mother went with him. He was 17 and her consent was required by law.
‚ÄúMy mum and I are pretty close. She has no issues about me being gay and is really supportive. But I know a lot of my friends wouldn‚Äôt dare bring their mums with them to get an HIV test,‚ÄĚ says Rey, from Palawan.
That support is sometimes more than tacit: in December, months before Trump secured the Republican nomination, Putin called him ‚Äúa colorful person, talented, without any doubt‚ÄĚ and said: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not our business to decide his merits, that‚Äôs for US voters, but he is absolutely the leader in the presidential race.‚ÄĚ The Russian president later appeared to qualify his remark.
If Isis was responsible for Saturday‚Äôs suicide attacks, it would be its first on civilians in Kabul and its largest ever in Afghanistan
Until Saturday, Kabul residents mostly knew of Islamic State‚Äôs operations in Afghanistan through reports of pockets of militants fighting under that name in some eastern districts. They had never felt their presence up close.
On Saturday, that appears to have changed. According to the group‚Äôs news agency, Amaq, it was Isis who sent two suicide bombers into a crowd of peaceful, civilian protesters, killing at least 80 and wounding more than 200. The statement called the crowd ‚Äúa Shia gathering‚ÄĚ. Most of the protesters were members of the ethnic Hazara minority.
The Munich shootings are not the first fatal gun attack to be carried out by a German teenager, but the licensing rules have tightened in recent years
Gun ownership in Germany is the highest in the European Union and the fourth highest in the world, with more guns legally owned per capita than in Mexico, Russia or South Africa. More than 5.4 million guns are registered as being in private hands. But it seems it would have been difficult for the Munich gunman to obtain his gun legally without a major failing of German ownership regulations.
To own a semi-automatic 9mm Glock pistol like the kind used in the Munich shootings, a citizen would have had to have been over 18, waited a year for his licence and undergone a psychological evaluation.
Patriotic, misogynistic mood among Republicans is more lurid than what‚Äôs seen in Britain, but the echo is distinct
Donald Trump‚Äôs noisy, shambolic and furious convention in Cleveland broke every rule in the US campaigners‚Äô handbook ‚Äď including the relatively esoteric one that says British politics never, ever gets a mention. Deemed both obscure and irrelevant, the affairs of the UK have been reliably invisible in the US political argument since 1945.
David Smith reads between the lines of the Republican presidential nominee‚Äôs speech to the party convention in Cleveland
Donald Trump: Americans watching this address tonight have seen the recent images of violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities. Many have witnessed this violence personally, some have even been its victims. I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon ‚Äď and I mean very soon ‚Äď come to an end. Beginning on January 20th of 2017, safety will be restored.
David Smith: Trump aims to be fresh and up-to-date by referencing recent news events but the message is as old as the hills. In his 1968 acceptance speech, Richard Nixon said: ‚ÄúAs we look at America, we see cities enveloped in smoke and flame. We hear sirens in the night. We see Americans dying on distant battlefields abroad. We see Americans hating each other; fighting each other; killing each other at home. And as we see and hear these things, millions of Americans cry out in anguish. Did we come all this way for this?‚ÄĚ
Marcia Fudge, the Ohio congresswoman chairing the Democratic national convention, got an earful from a rowdy group of delegates in the convention‚Äôs opening moments. During Fudge‚Äôs opening remarks she was halted by boos and chants from Bernie Sanders‚Äô delegates at any mention of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton
The Republican presidential nominee commented on Debbie Wasserman Schultz‚Äôs resignation following the release of emails among Democratic National Committee employees. The emails appeared to show staff favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Trump said of Clinton: ‚ÄėShe knew what was going on. She knew it‚Äôs a rigged system, that Bernie Sanders never had a chance‚Äô
Police on Monday said that a shooting outside a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, in which two people were killed was not an act of terror. Two teenagers were killed and more than a dozen people were wounded early on Monday in a shooting outside a party at a club in Fort Myers
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, announced her resignation on Sunday following a leak of internal DNC emails that showed officials favoring Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary. The resignation comes on the eve of the Democratic national convention, and on Monday protesters voiced their support for Sanders though he is no longer in the running for the presidency
Two people have been shot dead and at least 14 injured outside the Club Blu Bar and Grill nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, which had reportedly been hosting an event for teenagers. In this video, originally shown as a live stream from the scene via Facebook, NBC 2‚Äôs Chris Lovingood says police had been collecting bullet casings for investigation
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