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World Bank: Developing countries need bigger economic buffers

The World Bank on Tuesday urged developing countries to build up their buffers against financial storms arising from the high-income countries, especially in Europe. Developing countries have fewer means to weather shocks to their economies than they had in 2007, before the global financial crisis accelerated, and need to prepare…

UN: Syria now in full-scale civil war

Syria is now in a full-scale civil war, UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Tuesday, as UN observers reported they were fired on as they tried to enter a town feared to be the target of a new massacre. The news came as the Syrian government accused Washington of…

First and only woman to win the Nobel Economics Prize Elinor Ostrom dies at 78

Elinor Ostrom, the first and only woman to win the Nobel Economics Prize since it was first awarded 40 years ago, died Tuesday, said Indiana University. She was 78. The university where Ostrom worked since 1965 and conducted groundbreaking research on the ways people organize themselves and manage resources said…

Family of ‘Canadian Psycho’ victim says loss is ‘devastating’

The family of a Chinese student murdered and dismembered in Montreal called their loss “devastating” on Tuesday and urged the extradition of suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta, now in a German jail, as soon as possible. Magnotta, dubbed the “Canadian Psycho,” allegedly stabbed Lin Jun with ice-pick, carved up his body…

Skeleton from ‘vampire’ ritual unearthed in Bulgaria

Another centuries-old skeleton of a man who was subjected to a ritual to stop him from turning into a vampire was unearthed in central Bulgaria Tuesday, archaeologist Nikolay Ovcharov said. “The skeleton was tied to the ground with four iron clamps, while burning ambers were placed on top of his…

Scientists: China’s soil pollution could be a bigger long-term problem than air or water

Nowhere is the global push to restore degraded land likely to be more important, complex and expensive than in China, where vast swaths of the soil are contaminated by arsenic and heavy metals from mines and factories. Scientists told the Guardian that this is likely to prove a bigger long-term…

Tokyo named world’s most expensive city

Tokyo has regained the dubious honour of being the world’s most expensive city, where a cup of coffee will set you back £5.25, a newspaper £4 and a litre of milk £2. The Japanese capital topped the annual cost-of-living survey by the HR consultants Mercer, which ranks cities according to…

Athens HIV infections rise 1,450 percent after authorities canceled needle exchange program

The head of Médecins sans Frontières Greece has accused the Athens authorities of pursuing a wrong and dangerous public health strategy that ignores the root causes of disease outbreaks and penalises those most at risk. Reveka Papadopoulou, the general director of the medical aid charity’s Greek branch, said cases of…

Industrial music scares off pesky Sydney bats

A huge colony of fruit bats that live in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens are such a pest that desperate officials have taken to blaring industrial noise and banging sounds to scare them off. And the ploy appears to have worked. A week ago some 5,000 of the large mammals could be seen hanging in trees throughout the park,…

Israel ‘to evacuate Tel Aviv’ in event of missile attack

Israel will evacuate the entire population of Tel Aviv if it is hit by missiles, particularly if they have unconventional warheads, the commander in charge of Israel’s central region told AFP. Colonel Adam Zusman, chief of the Home Front Command in Israel’s Gush Dan region, which encompasses the city of Tel Aviv and its environs,…

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