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‘No exams until Mugabe resigns’: Zimbabwe students in mass boycott

‘No exams until Mugabe resigns’: Zimbabwe students in mass boycott

University students take to streets over leadership crisis, as dismal jobs market renders their degrees almost worthlessUniversity of Zimbabwe students were doing last-minute revision, still savouring
'Politics is still a man’s game': can Nepal's elections finally bring stability?

'Politics is still a man’s game': can Nepal's elections finally bring stability?

The tortuous journey from Hindu monarchy to secular republic has entailed 26 governments in 27 years, with Sunday’s elections exposing further political riftsVoters in Nepal go to the polls on Sunday
Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters

Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters

Human rights groups fear military has disappeared or killed undercover journalists to starve the world of news about persecution in Rakhine state Reporters working inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state to
Trust no one: Reviews and ratings mean little to India’s online shoppers

Trust no one: Reviews and ratings mean little to India’s online shoppers

Product reviews are an important part of e-commerce, helping consumers make informed choices. But Indians are increasingly distrustful of them. And one of the reasons…
'We're neglected as if we're nothing': sacked workers desperate to get jobs back at Madagascar's port

'We're neglected as if we're nothing': sacked workers desperate to get jobs back at Madagascar's port

Union-busting and dismissals at Madagascar’s main port highlight the struggle facing workers on this impoverished islandFrançois Bia, now a 50-year-old rickshaw driver, began working at the docks in
Police have killed dozens of children in Philippines war on drugs, Amnesty says

Police have killed dozens of children in Philippines war on drugs, Amnesty says

Rights group urges International Criminal Court to open investigation into crimes against humanity committed over past 18 months in brutal state crackdownPolice have killed dozens of children in the
'No longer at the mercy of the madams': India's bank for sex workers | Amrit Dhillon

'No longer at the mercy of the madams': India's bank for sex workers | Amrit Dhillon

Across West Bengal, a bank run by and for sex workers ensures they keep their earnings safe and avoid the loan sharks – and means they can get an official IDAs a sex worker in Kolkata, Rita Roy had no
Women in sub-Saharan Africa forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Women in sub-Saharan Africa forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drainpipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa and Asia, report revealsHospitals are detaining hundreds of thousands
Carl Icahn Will Nominate Four Directors to Xerox Board

Carl Icahn Will Nominate Four Directors to Xerox Board

At Xerox's annual shareholder meeting in 2018.
The day the lights went out: the terrible toll of Malawi's power cuts | John Vidal

The day the lights went out: the terrible toll of Malawi's power cuts | John Vidal

Anger boiled over at last week’s national blackout, which saw babies dying in incubators, yet outages are frequent – for the lucky 10% of people with electricityRural health worker Patrick Kamzitu is
Six men sentenced to death in India for Dalit 'honour' killing

Six men sentenced to death in India for Dalit 'honour' killing

Shankar, 22, was hacked to death in Tamil Nadu by a gang of men including his wife’s father, because they did not approve of him marrying above his casteSix men have been sentenced to death in India
'Illegal and primitive': Pakistan expels foreign aid groups in droves

'Illegal and primitive': Pakistan expels foreign aid groups in droves

Warnings of negative impact on ordinary people and damage to Pakistan’s international standing as 29 organisations are given two months to leaveThe Pakistani government has ordered a number of foreign
If It’s Broken — Fix It: 3 Simple Solutions

If It’s Broken — Fix It: 3 Simple Solutions

Some outsourcing contracts actually ensure poor performance. It’s true! Service levels are too high, penalties drive over-performance in one area at the expense of others, and governance structures
Working among rats and needles for 70p a day: life on Madagascar’s mega dump – in pictures

Working among rats and needles for 70p a day: life on Madagascar’s mega dump – in pictures

About 3,000 people work gruelling 10-hour shifts at Ralalitra, one of Africa’s largest rubbish sites. Doctors fear it could become a breeding ground for plaguePhotographs by Tom MaguireFanja
'Pay to avoid a lashing': women in trousers face threats and abuse in Sudan

'Pay to avoid a lashing': women in trousers face threats and abuse in Sudan

Report reveals officials use risk of imprisonment or beatings over ‘indecent dress’ to swell coffers and target women the authorities wish to silenceFines for wearing trousers and the threat of
The year's top development stories: 2017 in review

The year's top development stories: 2017 in review

As Donald Trump cut funding for family planning and people from east Africa to Yemen went hungry, peace finally gained a foothold in ColombiaThe year began with the inauguration of Donald Trump and
Tensions in tourism: Nepal's middle class claim they are 'unwanted guests' | Pete Pattisson

Tensions in tourism: Nepal's middle class claim they are 'unwanted guests' | Pete Pattisson

Locals who want to join overseas visitors in enjoying the country’s stunning mountains say its tourist industry gives western trekkers preferential treatmentAs Sandeep Poudyal trudged along the last
'Violence has not left our homes': the fight goes on for female guerrillas in Timor Leste | Vincent Bevins

'Violence has not left our homes': the fight goes on for female guerrillas in Timor Leste | Vincent Bevins

Despite their bravery in the struggle against Indonesia for independence, Timorese women are still far from winning the battle for gender equalityMadalena Vidal Soares joined the armed resistance
Thousands march in Lima in protest over pardon for former Peru president

Thousands march in Lima in protest over pardon for former Peru president

Alberto Fujimori, 79, was serving 25-year sentence for corruption and authorising death squad killingsThousands of Peruvians have marched through Lima to vent their outrage over a pardon for the

Avoiding Digital Feudalism Built on Blockchains

Blockchains may be transformative for society, but if that's the case, we should ask what society will remain, regulator Cab Morris argues.