Daily Archives: August 2, 2010

Niger’s vicious cycle

Abdul Rahaman is tall and thin. Before dawn this morning, he left his small two-bedroom home in the village of Zantoram in central Niger to look for work. He is prepared to do anything to earn a few coins, a … Continue reading

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Deaths in the desert

There are places, like the medical examiners office in Tucson, Arizona, where the human cost of migration to the United States is counted. “This year, or this particular month of the year, has been one of the worst months ever,” … Continue reading

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Japan’s women toast their own health as life expectancy rises again

Now living to an average of 86.4, Japanese women say longevity down to a fishy diet, exercise and sleep. And sake Japanese women have enjoyed the longest life expectancy in the world for a quarter of a century, according to … Continue reading

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Water, water all around but not a drop to drink

People are still waiting on the mountaintops and on the rooftops of their inundated homes. Water is all over the place but there is no drinking water available. The rainwater has mixed with the sewers and brought with it dead … Continue reading

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Floods in Pakistan Kill at Least 800

Floods driven by record-breaking rainfall have killed at least 800 people and destroyed thousands of homes over the past week, officials said Saturday, in the latest disaster to testPakistan’s already strained government. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/world/asia/01pstan.html

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Niger’s markets are full yet famine shadows the dusty roads

Expensive imports and aid remain out of reach for 12 million people facing country’s worst food crisis in years The billboard propped up at the side of the dusty road offers what the land it stands on cannot provide : a … Continue reading

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Niger fights prolonged drought

Niger’s ruling military government is appealing for urgent assistance from the international community to help feed its people. More than half of the country’s population of 15 million are facing food shortages due to prolonged drought and crop failure and … Continue reading

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Oil rigs off Koh Samui

Koh Samui burst into local and international news over the weekend. A Singapore arm of the massive Priceline.com web-based marketing network awarded Gold Circule Awards to three hotels on the southern island. They offered ”a great online product” according to the … Continue reading

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Vendor eyesore imperils heritage

In the old capital of Ayutthaya, which holds world heritage status, unlicensed vendors cause an eyesore and resist attempts by authorities to move them. Officials fear that unless the problem is solved in the next few months, Thailand could end … Continue reading

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Sea of sewage strips Thai beaches of five-star rating

Only six beaches nationwide have earned a five-star rating on the Pollution Control Department’s latest beach quality index. The PCD’s survey of 233 beaches in 18 provinces, carried out last year, found many beaches have been damaged by pollution and … Continue reading

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