‘We’ve bred them to their limit’: death rates surge for female pigs in the US

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With sows producing 23 piglets a year on average, intensive farming is called into question over rise in animals suffering prolapse Death rates for female pigs in the US are rising fast, sending alarm bells ringing throughout the farming industry. The mortality rate rose from as many as 25%-50% of sow deaths. The American Association […]

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Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra | Diaa Jubaili

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Pollution and corruption are choking the life out of Basra, says resident and writer Diaa Jubaili Salty, foul water flows through the pipes of Basra: a city racked by high unemployment, broken healthcare and education systems, drugs smuggled in across the borders and cooked up at home with Iranian raw materials. Millions of landmines from […]

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Colombias ayahuasca ceremonies in spotlight after tourist’s drug death

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Western backpackers travelling in increasing numbers into the jungle to take traditional drug administered by shamans A group of backpackers have gathered around the bar in a hostel in Bogot to discuss their next adventure. Some are heading to the Caribbean coast to soak up the sun. Others are drawn to the idyllic villages in […]

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Convicted trafficker leaves Bulgaria’s Celebrity Big Brother after protests

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Rapper Ivan Glavchev departs show for personal reasons, amid complaints over his jail term for coercing women and a child into prostitution A Bulgarian rapper who was convicted of trafficking multiple women and a child into prostitution has announced his sudden departure from Bulgarias Celebrity Big Brother following protests from womens rights campaigners. The sight […]

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Zimbabwe declares state of emergency after cholera outbreak claims 20 lives

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Burst sewers prompt closure of schools and ban on meat and fish sales in Harare as council requests fresh water supplies Zimbabwe has declared a state of emergency after a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare killed 20 people and left more than 2,000 infected from contaminated drinking water. The government has also shut schools […]

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Ugandas brutal treatment of MPs is enabled by global indifference | Robert Amsterdam

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MPs including the Afropop musician turned politician Bobi Wine are allegedly being tortured. The Magnitsky Act can curb this shocking abuse, says lawyer Robert Amsterdam In a country with such a complex and often conflict-prone history, acts of political violence and intimidation are common enough to be unremarkable. But this past week in Uganda has […]

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Weak economic recovery was down to flawed policies, not secular stagnation | Joseph Stiglitz

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Lesson to be learned from 2008 financial crisis is that the challenge was and is – political In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, some economists argued that the US, and perhaps the global economy, was suffering from secular stagnation an idea first conceived in the aftermath of the Great Depression. Economies had always […]

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Elon Musk and Tesla sued over ‘fraudulent scheme’ to go private

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Lawsuits say funding secured tweet broke securities laws and aimed to punish short-sellers Tesla and Elon Musk were sued twice on Friday by investors who say they fraudulently engineered a scheme to squeeze short-sellers, including through Musks proposal to take the electric car company private. The lawsuits were filed three days after Musk stunned investors […]

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EU acts to protect firms from Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran

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Companies told to ignore White House demands to drop all business with Iran The EU has launched an attempt to protect European businesses from Donald Trumps sanctions against Iran as the US administration voiced its intent to apply maximum pressure on Tehran by vigorously applying its punitive measures. The sanctions are to enter into force […]

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