‘Most of honey exported by China is blended with syrup’

‘Most of honey exported by China is blended with syrup’

Shortly before dawn most days, José Eduardo Moo Pat sets out from his home in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with a protective suit and his metal smoker for calming honey bees. He drives six miles through low-lying tropical jungle to tend to his 30 hives nestled in a clearing. His work...

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HRW: Fighting inequality central to post-coronavirus economic recovery

HRW: Fighting inequality central to post-coronavirus economic recovery

Coronavirus has widened inequalities further in countries and societies that were already grappling with the social and economic vice, which for long time has been a trigger of inter-class hostility, Human Rights Watch has documented in its December 2020 report. Based on data collected in some of world’s megacities like...

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Bali’s extortionist monkeys can spot high-value items, then ‘demand’ ransom

Bali’s extortionist monkeys can spot high-value items, then ‘demand’ ransom

At the Uluwatu temple in Bali, monkeys mean business. The long-tailed macaques who roam the ancient site are infamous for brazenly robbing unsuspecting tourists and clinging on to their possessions until food is offered as ransom payment. Researchers have found they are also skilled at judging which items their victims...

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Opinion: Facebook founder Zuckerberg can’t fix what he won’t own up to

Opinion: Facebook founder Zuckerberg can’t fix what he won’t own up to

In June 2017, Mark Zuckerberg changed Facebook’s mission. Speaking at the company’s first Community Summit in Chicago, he explained that the best part of Facebook is its “meaningful groups,” those that address a user’s passions or needs and connect them with others who share those interests. At the time, there...

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Election of a black president created violent backlash we’re witnessing in the US

Election of a black president created violent backlash we’re witnessing in the US

Watching the storming of the Capitol last week, many progressive critics of American foreign policy concluded that the country’s chickens were finally coming home to roost. This was the blowback from America’s many military interventions, forever wars and coup attempts. Regime change had returned to Washington. For these critics, the...

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Covid re-infections are rare, but can still spread the virus

Covid re-infections are rare, but can still spread the virus

Most people who catch and recover from Covid-19 are likely to be immune for several months afterwards, a study of more than 20,000 health-care workers in the United Kingdom has found. The study – called SARS-CoV-2 Immunity and Reinfection Evaluation (SIREN) – concluded that immune responses from past infection reduce...

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Threats of violence force Biden to change travel plans to his inauguration

Threats of violence force Biden to change travel plans to his inauguration

Almost every other detail of that day, however, is in flux, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the impeachment of his predecessor on Wednesday and the attempted insurrection on the very spot where President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in. After last week’s failed insurrection at the US Capitol by supporters...

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Coronavirus vaccine: Africa has a mountain to climb

Coronavirus vaccine: Africa has a mountain to climb

The announcement by the African Union on Wednesday that it plans to buy approximately 300 million doses of coronavirus vaccines for the continent comes as a big relief for a part of the world that has been hit harder by the economic setbacks unleashed by the pandemic than the virus...

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How coronavirus vaccine rollout faces a two-shot problem in the US

How coronavirus vaccine rollout faces a two-shot problem in the US

More than nine million shots have been given, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and just shy of 400,000 people have received the second dose that confers 95 per cent protection against the virus. That seems like good news – but just about everyone watching the process...

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House passes motion to invoke 25th Amendment and kick Trump out of office

House passes motion to invoke 25th Amendment and kick Trump out of office

The House of Representatives passed a nonbinding measure Tuesday night calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office. One Republican, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, joined all Democrats in voting 223-205 to pass the largely symbolic measure. The nonbinding measure...

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