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India’s Modi takes to Twitter

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's penchant for using social media to address the public directly has apparently caused a rift with the mainstream press.
from Index on Censorship on Aug 29, 2014.
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Policy threat as renewables rise to 22% of electricity capacity

Renewable energy growth - now responsible for 22 per cent of world electricity generation - will slow in the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, says the IEA.
from International Energy Agency on Aug 29, 2014.

Deputy UN chief points to 'disastrous' lack of toilets

About 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper toilets, says UN deputy secretary general Jan Eliasson, a failure he said would provide 'disastrous'.
from World Bulletin on Aug 29, 2014.

Jobs, education and social protection top agenda in UN Pacific report

Recommendations for reversing a rising trend of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion in Pacific Island countries are outlined in a new report.
from UNDP on Aug 29, 2014.

Needs soar as Syrian refugees top 3 million

Syria's intensifying refugee crisis will today pass a record 3 million people, amid reports of horrifying conditions inside the country, says the UN refugee agency.
from UNHCR on Aug 29, 2014.
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'Seven of fastest growing economies are in Africa' is meaningless

It's often said that ‘seven out of 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa’. But it's both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds.
from African Arguments on Aug 29, 2014.

Why is it so hard to talk about women and climate change?

Climate change policies will fail unless women have greater influence over decisions, from where to build wells to how to negotiate a global deal, says Hannah Reid.
from China Dialogue on Aug 28, 2014.
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Cairo - city of walls

Since the Arab Spring, the walls have gone up in Cairo. They can’t keep the future out or the people in.
from Le Monde Diplomatique on Aug 29, 2014.
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