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At 230,000 acres, Thomas fire is now the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history

By Melissa Etehad, Ruben Vives, Harriet Ryan and Alene TchekmedyianContact Reporters (Los Angeles Times) Santa Barbara County was under siege from the Thomas fire Sunday as fire crews fought to keep the destructive blaze from the region’s picturesque beach communities. Authorities said the out-of-control blaze had scorched 230,000 acres by Sunday evening, making it the fifth largest wildfire in modern…

‘Addis has run out of space’: Ethiopia’s radical redesign

As Addis Ababa creaks under the weight of a mushrooming populace, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest housing project is under way. But who benefits? by Tom Gardner in Addis Ababa Monday 4 December 2017 07.30 GMT – The Guardian  rapped in a white shawl and sporting a wide-brimmed cowboy hat, Haile stares out at his cattle as they graze in…

US quits UN global compact on migration, says it’ll set its own policy

By Faith Karimi, CNN Updated 2116 GMT (0516 HKT) December 3, 2017 (CNN) The United States notified the United Nations that it will no longer take part in the global compact on migration, saying it undermines the nation’s sovereignty. The US has been a part of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants since it was…

Silent killers SO2, NO2 turned Delhi into a gas chamber in November

Since pollution control agencies were busy with the exceptionally high levels of particulate matter — PM2.5 and PM10, the most dominant pollutants in Delhi’s air, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide escaped scrutiny. By Joydeep Thakur Hindustan Times, New Delhi The concentration of poisonous gases such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide rose up to seven times their…

‘No Such Thing as Rohingya’: Myanmar Erases a History

By HANNAH BEECH DEC. 2, 2017 – The New York Times SITTWE, Myanmar — He was a member of the Rohingya student union in college, taught at a public high school and even won a parliamentary seat in Myanmar’s thwarted elections in 1990. But according to the government of Myanmar, U Kyaw Min’s fellow Rohingya do not…

Triple talaq: India considers jail for ‘instant divorce’

2 December 2017 – BBC Husbands who attempt “instant divorce” could be sentenced to three years in prison under draft legislation being considered in India. The traditional practice involves a Muslim man saying “talaq” (divorce) three times – in any form, including email or text message. It was declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court in…

The Lady and the Pope

Eileen Shields-West, Contributor 11/27/2017 11:05 pm ET – Huffington Post Beloved, beautiful and revered, Aung San Suu Kyi was the rebel with the fragrant flowers in her hair who outlasted a combined 15 years of confinement to come as close as possible to claiming power in Myanmar. It was a story of grace and resilience that…

Rwanda agrees to resettle 30,000 Africans enslaved in Libya

Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban – africanews.com   23/11 – 00:40 RWANDA The Rwandan government has offered to take in thousands of African migrants trapped in Libya under enslaved conditions, its foreign ministry chief said on Wednesday. Louise Mushikiwabo told a local media portal that the government was ready to find space for Africans in Libya even though…

Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya Provokes Outrage Worldwide

“I am horrified,” the UN secretary-general said. By Huffington Post After a video surfaced showing migrants apparently being sold at auction in Libya, people worldwide have been calling for action. Last week, CNN published a report on modern slavery in Libya, featuring a video that reportedly was shot in August and appeared to show a man selling African migrants…

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