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Romania's paediatrician shortage crisis signals red flags about its healthcare system

Several hospitals in towns outside the capital Bucharest operate with only one pediatrician on duty. When they take a vacation, the unit has to shut down.

Rebuilding on the ruins — and the troubled history — of the Calais Jungle

"There is some speculation as to whether the project is motivated by a desire to protect the area’s wildlife, or [...] another attempt at displacing migrants from their living spaces."

Students occupy Dhaka streets demanding road safety in Bangladesh

"The students have turned around a car of a minister who was traveling on the wrong side of the road ... What an unimaginable event!"

Officials blame WhatsApp for spike in mob killings, but Indians say vicious party politics are at fault

"Mob lynching is a political tool being used to polarise society....The idea is to create a fear psychosis by unleashing the mobs on a certain community."

Sharing a passion for permaculture in Suriname

An interview with Alex Yakaumo, a permaculturalist who spends his time lecturing and running workshops about self-sustaining agricultural ecosystems in his community in Commewijne.

One of Europe's last primeval forests crumbles at the hands of the Polish government

Watchdog environmental organizations say at least 160,000-180,000 trees were felled since 2016, after the Polish government tripled the amount of wood to be harvested from Białowieża.

Southern Iraq rages over dire living conditions

With frequent power cuts intensifying the effects of a brutal heatwave, people have taken to the streets to demand better public services, jobs and an end to corruption.

Why Bamyan province brings out the best of Afghanistan

"These pictures give us a clear message: security, awareness and gender equality. I wish to have such gatherings in all provinces."

First Malaria World Congress explores ways forward as elimination efforts stall

The message from the 1st Malaria World Congress: "We're at a crossroads. We neglect #malaria at our peril."

First comprehensive study on child abuse in Madagascar points to alarming level of violence

89% of children report having suffered from domestic abuse at least once and 30% of minors in the island have had a child.

The Nepali “sausage vine” evergreen plant is famous in the United Kingdom, yet remains unknown in Nepal

"We plant and eat fruits of foreign origin like avocado and kiwi...However, we don’t even know that foreigners are trading delicious fruits taken from our own jungles."

Can the United States connect Cubans to the internet? A historical review from the Cuban perspective

There is likely no way for the United States to provide internet access to Cuba without authorization by the Cuban government.

Taiwanese and Vietnamese activists are working together to pursue justice for the victims of the Vietnam marine life disaster

"This is the pain of Taiwanese. If we experience this kind of pain, we should not then inflict it on Vietnam."

Port Harcourt: Nigeria's city of ‘soot so thick’

Soot causes cancer and lung disease, and long-term exposure to soot increases the risk of coronary artery disease.

A fishing village and mangrove habitat in the Philippines faces threats of reclamation

"We will not leave our homes. We will fight so long as there are people supporting us and giving us the strength to fight."

As fuel prices in India hit a four-year high, an outraged public demands tax relief

Due to stronger global prices for crude oil, India is witnessing a rise in retail prices as the country sources 80% of its oil needs from abroad.

Bangladesh's ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on drugs is leaving dozens dead

Human rights advocates say security forces are extrajudicially killing those suspected of drug crimes.

In India, 13 people are killed after police open fire on copper plant protesters

"My Constitution...ensures my right to protest. It ensures my right to life,livelihood,safe and healthy environment. #Thoothukkudi exposes the barbaric assault on these rights."

Bangladesh blasts off with their first ever satellite launch into space

"Successful deployment of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed. Maybe this is how a country changes. So proud."

An uneven playing field for female candidates in Sri Lanka

"They expect more women to come into politics, but when there's no support for us or action taken against harassers, we are left wondering if we are wasting our time."
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