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‘Venezuela is facing unconventional war perfected by the US’

IN an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Nicolas Maduro, elected last year after the death of Hugo Chavez, said...

Protests in Brazil raise fears for World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (Brazil): Football supporters fleeing rubber bullets, roads into stadiums blocked by angry crowds,...

Maduro needs tough balancing act to offset narrow win

HUGO Chavez, one of the most outspoken South American leaders of the past century, was never going to be an easy act to follow. But Sunday’s narrow and contested vote has just made it even tougher for his newly elected successor, Nicolas Maduro

‘Safer’ airport for Quito

ONE of the world’s most spectacular and stomach-churning aircraft descents will be consigned to history next week when Quito closes an airport wedged between volcanoes and tower blocks high in the windswept Andes.

Brazil’s reforestation plan

THE misty forests of Miguel Pereira, just two hours drive from Rio’s Copacabana beaches, show the scars of development.

Climate aid too slow

RICH countries have been slow to launch the “fast start” climate funds promised at Copenhagen, the world`s least...

China film industry aims to challenge Hollywood

BEIJING China is to build a record number of cinemas this year in a burst of movie infrastructure development that ...

Vanishing grasslands worry Tibetan nomads

MADUO Like generations of Tibetan nomads before him, Phuntsok Dorje makes a living raising yaks and other livestock...

`Rocket man` wins record payout for land

BEIJING A Chinese farmer who used homemade rockets to fight off developers was celebrated in the state media on...

Armada targets huge sheet of seaweed

BEIJING Chinese authorities have dispatched a flotilla of more than 60 ships to head off a massive tide of algae ...

Hippo on the menu at zoo restaurant

BEIJING Visitors to Beijing zoo are warned not to feed the animals, but they are encouraged to eat them at a...

Eco-row over sand imports

SINGAPORE, which prides itself on being one of the most environmentally friendly nations in Asia, is expanding its...

Was China the real birthplace of golf?

HAINAN (China) A game similar to golf was played in China more than 500 years before the sport in its modern form ...

Why the climate talks failed

THE Copenhagen conference was destroyed from the start by the leak of the `Danish draft` negotiating text to The...

Drought turns southern China into arid plain

DAMOGUZHEN (Yunnan) There is not a drop of water in sight. The baked and fissured earth resembles an ancient desert....

Global switch-off

THE biggest turn-off in human history will start at 8.30pm today in Chatham, a tiny South Pacific island with only ...

Farms `more polluting than factories`

FARMERS` fields are a far bigger source of water contamination in China than factory effluent, according to findings...

Call to ban eating dogs, cats

CHINESE legal experts are proposing a ban on eating dogs and cats in a contentious move to end a culinary tradition...

The rise of China and India

LONDON Over the past 10 years, the global balance of power tipped towards the east. China and India - which together...

Battling clouds

CHINA`S air force is gearing up for its biggest-ever assault on the clouds to ensure blue skies above Beijing for ...


Afghan election and beyond

Education guidelines

The CAR is crashing

An unequal battle


Life without dignity

One-way ‘talks’

Parveen Rehman case

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