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Brazil: Appetite for beef eats into rainforest

Brazil: Appetite for beef eats into rainforest

First they burn the forest, then the cattle arrive and then the soybeans. The global appetite for soy and beef has been driving the Amazon's destruction for decades now. The consultancy firm Pecsa hopes to teaches cattle ranchers sustainability.
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South Africa: Transforming African health care

South Africa: Transforming African health care

Dr. Ernest Darkoh's mission is to revolutionize health care in Africa. He set up the company BroadReach to provide doctors with data that could help them prevent disease.
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Deutsche Welle
Brazil: Reforming the garbage economy

Brazil: Reforming the garbage economy

Until 2018, almost 2,000 illegal waste pickers worked on the largest garbage dump in Brasilia. Now they're part of the city's waste management program. Even at the university, you can study climate friendly garbage disposal.
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Deutsche Welle
China: All work and no play for kids

China: All work and no play for kids

All work and no play is normal for a seven-year-old in China. Education is a top priority. Children learn languages, study math and do sport too, well into the evenings and even on weekends.
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Deutsche Welle
Madagascar: Midwives saving lives

Madagascar: Midwives saving lives

Hygiene is of utmost importance. Midwives at Madagascar's state-run health centers get regular training, to combat maternal and infant mortality. And thanks to a new health insurance scheme, more women are now able to go to the doctor.
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Deutsche Welle
India: Global Teen

India: Global Teen

Karanraj Dewasi from India loves going to school. His father is a teacher. But he's worried about environmental pollution and that he might not have the same standard of living as his parents and grandparents.
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How UAE educators are looking to redefine literacy for children

How UAE educators are looking to redefine literacy for children

Conjuring up ideas to engage children with books is what Emirati author and illustrator Maitha Al Khayat has been doing for more than ten years.
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Euronews
Bangalore: India's Silicon Valley is drowning in trash

Bangalore: India's Silicon Valley is drowning in trash

Bangalore, India's top high-tech city is drowning in trash despite new regulations. Now an organization there is collecting organic waste and turning it into environmentally-friendly biogas.
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Amazon.ae relates running a regional e-commerce giant to basketball

Amazon.ae relates running a regional e-commerce giant to basketball

Syrian-born Ronaldo Mouchawar once had ambitions to be a basketball player. Ultimately, however, he followed in the footsteps of his father who was a merchant, and the man who inspired the name of his online auction site, ‘Souq.com’ in 2005.
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Euronews
What is Libra and could it rival the UAE remittance industry?

What is Libra and could it rival the UAE remittance industry?

Libra, the proposed global digital currency led by Facebook, has raised concerns amongst some governments and financial authorities around the world.
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Euronews
Global Snack: Fish and Chips

Global Snack: Fish and Chips

There's nothing more British than fish and chips. But some of the best in Oxford are made by Kazem Hakimi, who was born in Iran. He came to Britain in the 1960s and opened his chippie in 1988.
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Rwanda: Building resilience to rain

Rwanda: Building resilience to rain

Rwanda is often called the "land of a thousand hills". But its topography also makes it vulnerable. Heavy rain often leads to soil erosion, which can cause entire villages to be flooded. An initiative helps protect farmers against these risks.
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Al Habtoor Chairman criticizes Trump and welcomes UAE income tax

Al Habtoor Chairman criticizes Trump and welcomes UAE income tax

From humble beginnings, Emirati billionaire Khalaf Al Habtoor founded his eponymous company in 1970 and grew it to become one of the UAE’s most successful conglomerates.
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How are underprivileged women in Lebanon being empowered through luxury bags?

How are underprivileged women in Lebanon being empowered through luxury bags?

An initiative in Lebanon is harnessing the talent of disadvantaged women to produce high fashion handbags.
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Norwegian melancholy

Norwegian melancholy

Bergen is the rainiest town in Europe. Is that why it has brought forth so many famous writers? Tomas Espedal is from there; Karl Ove Knausgard, his most famous student, spent years there. We visit Norway, the special guest at the Frankfurt Book F...
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Maldives: Building boom in marine paradise

Maldives: Building boom in marine paradise

The Maldives are on a construction drive, aimed at boosting tourism. New airports, artificial islands and luxury resorts are springing up everywhere, exacting a huge toll on the environment and the lives of the local people.
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Uganda: Living in fear

Uganda: Living in fear

Being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in Uganda means living in fear. The church says homosexuality is immoral. Now the government is said to be considering plans to introduce the death penalty for gay sex.
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Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef: “Nobody should be above satire”

Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef: “Nobody should be above satire”

Since he burst upon the comedic scene in Egypt back in 2011, political satirist, author and stand-up star Bassem Youssef, has been endlessly compared to The Daily Show’s former host, John Stewart.
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Euronews
Picture power: Middle East photographers focus on people behind the news

Picture power: Middle East photographers focus on people behind the news

Capturing someone’s life story in a single moment is what Oslo-based photographer Afshin Ismaeli does for a living.
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How Tunisia’s tech start-ups are changing the entrepreneurial ecosystem

How Tunisia’s tech start-ups are changing the entrepreneurial ecosystem

With more than one-third of Tunisia’s graduates unemployed, many young nationals are taking matters into their own hands by creating their own tech companies.
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How to reach consumers through social media? GITEX experts answer

How to reach consumers through social media? GITEX experts answer

As the number of people on social media increases, using online platforms to reach consumers is a growing trend for brands around the world.
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Can MENA horror films to go mainstream? Yes, says Emirati filmmaker

Can MENA horror films to go mainstream? Yes, says Emirati filmmaker

The genre of horror has not been much explored by filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa to date, nor achieved mainstream success.
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What were the highlights of El Gouna Film Festival’s third edition?

What were the highlights of El Gouna Film Festival’s third edition?

The third edition of the El Gouna Film Festival came to a close on September 27.
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Action man Steven Seagal & actress Hend Sabry attend El Gouna Film Festival

Action man Steven Seagal & actress Hend Sabry attend El Gouna Film Festival

During the 9-day run of Egypt’s 3rd edition of the El Gouna Film Festival, Hollywood actors rubbed shoulders with regional movie stars.
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Kenya: Cleaning up the Nairobi River

Kenya: Cleaning up the Nairobi River

The river that runs through the Kenyan capital once teemed with life. Today it's the most polluted waterway in the country. Together with young residents from the city's informal settlements, Frederick Okinda is working to change that.
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A plant's best friend - the importance of pollinators

A plant's best friend - the importance of pollinators

Many plants need help with pollination and propagation. Insects are by far the most important pollinators, but birds and even lemurs can also transport pollen from one plant to another.
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Sir Bani Yas Church and Monastery: UAE’s oldest Christian site opens to the public

Sir Bani Yas Church and Monastery: UAE’s oldest Christian site opens to the public

Located around 200 kilometers from the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, on the eastern coast of Sir Bani Yas Island, lies the country’s oldest Christian site.
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Euronews
Local communities help UNESCO restore war-torn MENA heritage sites

Local communities help UNESCO restore war-torn MENA heritage sites

A consequence of war and social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa in recent decades, has been the destruction of some of the region’s most ancient, treasured and culturally important monuments.
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Euronews
Global Living Rooms: Quito, Ecuador

Global Living Rooms: Quito, Ecuador

Artists Reyna Franco and Gerald Espinoza come from Venezuela but they live in Quito, Ecuador. DW visits them at home.
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Tortoise protection in Cambodia

Tortoise protection in Cambodia

Some 60 percent of all turtles worldwide are threatened, endangered or critically endangered. At the ACCB in Cambodia - where turtles are eaten and also used in traditional medicine - conservationists are working to protect endangered tortoise spe...
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Boosting inclusion with wheelchairs

Boosting inclusion with wheelchairs

An estimated three million people in South Africa have disabilities and struggle to lead normal lives. Her daughter's disabilities inspired Shona McDonald to set up an NGO that makes wheelchairs.
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Global Teen: Football-crazy in Jordan

Global Teen: Football-crazy in Jordan

15-year-old Saeed Yassen is football-crazy. He's a big fan of Real Madrid and less enthusiastic about Arabic class in school.
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Energy “Trilemma” Debated at World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi

Energy “Trilemma” Debated at World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi

The World Energy Congress, an event and a council which represents more than 150 countries, was established in London in 1924.
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Euronews
Global Teen Peru

Global Teen Peru

Gonzalo Palomino Cruz is 13 years old and lives in Ollantaytambo, near Cusco in Peru. He is worried about climate change and that there is hardly any water in so many places in the world.
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Deutsche Welle
France: learning the art of peaceful protest

France: learning the art of peaceful protest

The "Fridays for Future" demonstrations have brought young people onto the streets around the world to finally spur politicians into action on the environment. In a training camp for activists, they learn how to peacefully fight for a cause.
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Mexico: promoting solar thermal energy

Mexico: promoting solar thermal energy

Renewable energies are the key in the fight against climate change. A startup in Mexico develops solar thermal energy for companies. Parabolic mirrors heat liquids up to 260 degrees Celsius - without generating greenhouse gases.
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Manila: fleeing rising water levels

Manila: fleeing rising water levels

Many slum dwellers in Manila live in constant fear of flooding. Their homes are often right at the water's edge. Rising sea levels make the problem worse. Now they are being relocated.
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How is Women As Partners In Progress promoting gender equality in the MENA region?

How is Women As Partners In Progress promoting gender equality in the MENA region?

The Women As Partners In Progress International Conference in Jordan showcased key initiatives for gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa region.
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Euronews
Politician Paula Yacoubian says she risks her life fighting Lebanese corruption and garbage crisis

Politician Paula Yacoubian says she risks her life fighting Lebanese corruption and garbage crisis

Paula Yacoubian represents what some hope is the future of Lebanese politics.
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Inspire Middle East : rencontre avec la députée libanaise Paula Yacoubian

Inspire Middle East : rencontre avec la députée libanaise Paula Yacoubian

Elle est l'une des rares femmes députées du pays, et n'hésite pas à dénoncer les travers du système politique libanais.
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Tanzania: A divided river

Tanzania: A divided river

The Mara River flows 400 kilometers from Kenya to Tanzania, and also helps feed the Nile. A water management project will hopefully stop this precious resource from being a source of conflict between the countries.
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Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed

Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed

Dubai-based fashion designer Rami Al Ali, who launched his eponymous label in 2000, is best known for dressing celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren and Nancy Ajram.
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Lebanon’s Qasr Moussa: The story of the man who built his own castle

Lebanon’s Qasr Moussa: The story of the man who built his own castle

In the Lebanese mountains, the site of Qasr Moussa - or Moussa Castle - tells the story of a common man who pursued the dream of building his own castle.
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Euronews
The Greening of Armenia

The Greening of Armenia

Environmental protection is costly. An Armenian NGO advises companies on how to make production more sustainable while keeping costs down.
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Deutsche Welle
Mozambique: Protection from cyclones

Mozambique: Protection from cyclones

Cyclone Idai flooded large areas of northern Mozambique earlier this year, washing away homes and destroying crops. But the devastation could have been even worse, had it not been for the nearby Gorongosa National Park with its intact ecosystem.
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Deutsche Welle
Music and Freedom

Music and Freedom

At the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Bochabela String Orchestra performed "Long Way to Freedom", a programme which paid hommage to Nelson Mandela. The orchestra's musicians hail from South Africa's townships. Arts.21 went to go see them.
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It's not all bad news!

It's not all bad news!

According to a group of young Oxford University researchers, it's your own fault if you think life is getting worse. In terms of poverty, life expectancy and infant mortality, global statistics show positive improvement.
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Massai women work as rangers in Kenya

Massai women work as rangers in Kenya

Traditionally, the Maasai people's women don't hold jobs - least of all as wildlife conservationists. But now several Maasai women are being trained as park rangers in Amboseli National Park.
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