The man who helped feed the world

In the early 1900s, newlyweds Cathy and Cappy Jones left Connecticut in the US to start a new life as farmers in north-west Mexico’s Yaqui Valley, a little-known dry and dusty place, a few hundred kilometres south of the Arizona border. When Cappy died in 1931, Cathy decided to stay on. By then she had

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The World Grows More Dangerous by the Day

By:  François Delattre My experience at the United Nations Security Council over the last five years has led me to see a harsh truth: The world is growing more dangerous and less predictable by the day. While the tectonic plates of power are shifting under our feet, driven in no small part by the combined

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The unique culture of Japanese convenience stores

In her popular novel, Convenience Store Woman, Japanese author Sayaka Murata tells the story of Keiko Furukura, a worker at an unnamed convenience store who is struggling to find a place in a traditional society due to her status as an unmarried 36-year-old with a blue-collar job. However, the true star of the unorthodox character’s story

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The 12 highest-paid soccer players in the world

Forbes released its 2019 edition of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world , and it is Lionel Messi who takes the top spot with $127 million. For the first time since the list debuted in 1990, three soccer players top the list with Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar rounding out the top three. The three

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The unusual US economic recovery is now its longest

Data released over the next few months will show that the current US economic expansion is the longest on record. But while the US continues to outperform other advanced economies, this success has yet to dispel many Americans’ persistent sense of economic insecurity and frustration; nor does it alleviate concerns about the lack of policy

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UN chief Antonio Guterres: Libya arms embargo must be enforced

All countries must implement a UN arms embargo against Libya with illegal weapons transfers by land, sea and air fueling the current fighting in the oil-rich country, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. Guterres made the appeal in a report circulated on Monday before the UN Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution authorising the inspection

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UAE defends contacts with Sudan military

The United Arab Emirates maintains contacts with Sudan’s interim military rulers and the opposition to help in the country’s peaceful transition, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has said. “Our credibility is our means to contribute to enhancing peaceful transition in a way that preserves the state and its institutions in brotherly Sudan,”

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TMC Chairman Receives Eritrean Ambassador to Sudan

Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt. Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, met in his office on Wednesday with the Eritrean Ambassador to Khartoum, Ibrahim Idris. During the meeting the Eritrean Ambassador conveyed the invitation of the Eritrean President to the TMC Chairman to visit Eritrea as soon as possible. For his part, Al-Burhan appreciated the

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US names envoy to find ‘peaceful political solution’ in Sudan: official

Agencies- The US State Department nominated experienced Africa hand Donald Booth as a special envoy to Sudan Wednesday, hoping he can help craft a “peaceful political solution” between the military rulers and groups seeking civilian rule. Booth, 65, knows the country well, having served as the Obama administration’s special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan

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Sudan’s foreign ministry summons British ambassador: agency

Sudan’s foreign ministry summoned on Wednesday the British ambassador in Khartoum to protest his remarks on political developments in the country, Sudan’s state news agency (SUNA) reported. Britain’s ambassador Irfan Siddiq tweeted last week after attempts to disperse Sudan’s protest sit-in: “No excuse for any such attack. This. Must. Stop. Now”. The spokesman of Sudan’s

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