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Remittances help migrants’ families and the UK | Letters

Remittances help migrants’ families and the UK | Letters

This is a win-win situation, for individuals and countries receiving remittances and for a more financially and socially inclusive UK, writes Dipti PardeshiFriday is the International Day of Family
Christopher Colclough obituary

Christopher Colclough obituary

Economist who helped shape the direction of education in developing countriesThe economist Christopher Colclough, who has died aged 70 of cancer, did much to shape the course of education in
Nature versus nurture of a growing human population | Letters

Nature versus nurture of a growing human population | Letters

Having fewer children is a no-brainer, write Robin Maynard and Jonathon Porritt. The overconsuming west must not blame the global south, says Christine Galavotti. It is ironic that Italy bears the
Nicaragua canal protesters are in a minority | Letters

Nicaragua canal protesters are in a minority | Letters

Every poll in Nicaragua has shown that the interoceanic canal has majority popular support, writes John Perry, and Helen Yuill says the canal raises a wider question faced by all developing
Britain spent 'twice as much on overseas fossil fuels as renewables'

Britain spent 'twice as much on overseas fossil fuels as renewables'

Nearly half of £6.1bn energy spending in developing countries from 2010-14 went on oil, coal and gas-fired schemes, data showsThe UK has spent more than twice as much overseas support on fossil fuels
The Observer view on global crises and the need for international action | Observer editorial

The Observer view on global crises and the need for international action | Observer editorial

So far this year, at least 140 million people across 37 countries have been left in need of humanitarian aid. But most of them will not get itFor tens of millions of people around the world, 2017 has
Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

Do more to help poor nations cope with climate change, IMF tells rich countries

World faces disaster if those who contributed ‘lion’s share’ to global warming don’t aid low-income countries, IMF saysThe International Monetary Fund has told rich countries they must do more to help
Food ruined by drought could feed more than 80m a day, says World Bank

Food ruined by drought could feed more than 80m a day, says World Bank

Bank calls for water to be treated as valuable resource as study into impact details lack of water’s devastating lifelong scars on children The food produce destroyed by droughts would be enough to
Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks

Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks

Scientists optimistic of creating early-warning system after identifying two-year gap between clearance of forests inhabited by fruit bats and emergence of virusScientists studying links between the
Forced to live in a cemetery: the secret shantytown for Juba's homeless | Sam Mednick

Forced to live in a cemetery: the secret shantytown for Juba's homeless | Sam Mednick

A graveyard in South Sudan’s capital has become home to thousands of people desperate for shelter, their flimsy tents lining the ground among the tombstones Shielding her eyes with one arm, the frail,
$2bn EU-Africa 'anti-migration' fund too opaque, say critics

$2bn EU-Africa 'anti-migration' fund too opaque, say critics

Trust fund intended to prevent migration by tackling insecurity and poverty suffers from lack of clarity, say observers The European Union has been urged to shed more light on how it is spending
'Terrible conditions': police uncover abuse and exploitation on farms in Sicily

'Terrible conditions': police uncover abuse and exploitation on farms in Sicily

Action follows Observer investigation into claims of forced labour and sexual exploitation among Romanian migrant women employed as agricultural workersEight arrests have been made and legal
Father finally reunited with daughter lost in chaos of Rwanda's 1994 genocide

Father finally reunited with daughter lost in chaos of Rwanda's 1994 genocide

Leonard Sebarinda had not seen Jeanette Chiapello since she was taken to Italy for adoption aged two, but a brother’s search brought a joyful reunionA 70-year-old father has been reunited with his
The Chinese 'miracle' elixir that threatens donkeys around the world

The Chinese 'miracle' elixir that threatens donkeys around the world

Chinese demand for donkey gelatine is hammering the Chinese and African donkey populations, putting the price of donkeys out of reach for subsistence farmersIt was a bout of period pain that led to
One in four people say those in same-sex relationships 'should be charged as criminals'

One in four people say those in same-sex relationships 'should be charged as criminals'

Major survey across 77 countries and territories finds that 28% of respondents – including 17% of participants in the UK – share this viewMore than one in four people across the world think people
'It feels like Dominica is finished': life amid the ruins left by Hurricane Maria | Janise Elie

'It feels like Dominica is finished': life amid the ruins left by Hurricane Maria | Janise Elie

With almost every building damaged or reduced to rubble, no power and little water, survivors of September’s storm are relying on shelters and a trickle of aidWhen it rains or the wind blows in the
Animal rights activists and Inuit clash over Canada's Indigenous food traditions

Animal rights activists and Inuit clash over Canada's Indigenous food traditions

Seal meat on a Toronto restaurant’s menu has stirred up a decades-long conflict over anti-hunting campaigns, which the Inuit say threaten their existenceA newly opened restaurant in Toronto sparked
Historic change to aid rules allows use of funding when lives are at stake

Historic change to aid rules allows use of funding when lives are at stake

Rare change to international aid regulations means crisis-hit states will no longer be denied vital support because they are deemed too wealthyAid money can now be used to deal with humanitarian
Miss Peru contestants accuse country of not measuring up on gender violence

Miss Peru contestants accuse country of not measuring up on gender violence

Beauty pageant competitors refuse to list vital statistics during live TV broadcast, instead stating figures on violence against women in PeruIt was that moment in the beauty pageant where the
Pakistani police arrest men for marching girl naked through village

Pakistani police arrest men for marching girl naked through village

Incident is revenge for brother’s alleged affair and is latest in which village councils use women and girls to settle family disputesPakistani police have arrested eight men for marching a