Education: Investing in cell phones is helpful in refugee camps where large families share a smartphone

Education: Investing in cell phones is helpful in refugee camps where large families share a smartphone

According to Education Cannot Wait, only 2.6 per cent of global humanitarian funding was earmarked for education in 2019, a number Yasmine Sherif estimates should be at least 10 per cent to ensure access to safe, free, and quality education. Sherif is director of Education Cannot Wait, an organisation that...

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How Covid made education a humanitarian issue: Girls often lost out to boys when accessing technology

How Covid made education a humanitarian issue: Girls often lost out to boys when accessing technology

A dirt road is the only way to reach the remote Peruvian village of Tarucani, located high in the vast arid plains of the Andes, where pink flamingos paddle shallow brooks along the Bolivian border and herds of alpacas forage the dry and sparse vegetation for the few edible morsels....

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New report raises alarm over rising antibiotic resistance as dangerous fungi evolve stronger defences

New report raises alarm over rising antibiotic resistance as dangerous fungi evolve stronger defences

As rates of antibiotic resistance grow alarmingly among disease-causing bacteria, dangerous fungi also are evolving stronger defences, with a lot less fanfare. Every year, infections of moulds and yeasts such as Aspergillus and Candida kill more than 1.5 million people globally, more than malaria and on a par with rates...

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Fears of deadly ‘super variant’ that combines Delta and Omicron cleared after researchers say it never existed

Fears of deadly ‘super variant’ that combines Delta and Omicron cleared after researchers say it never existed

On January 7, virologist Leondios Kostrikis announced on local television that his research group at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia had identified several SARS-CoV-2 genomes that featured elements of both the Delta and Omicron variants. Named by them as ‘Deltacron,’ Kostrikis and his team uploaded 25 of the sequences...

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UN Day of the Dead: By November 1 Covid’s true death toll was millions more than official counts

UN Day of the Dead: By November 1 Covid’s true death toll was millions more than official counts

Last year’s Day of the Dead marked a grim milestone. On November 1, the global death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic passed five million, official data suggested. It has now reached 5.5 million. But that figure is a significant underestimate. Records of excess mortality, a metric that involves comparing all...

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5G networks now available for millions of American but aviation firms are wary it’ll disrupt airport operations

5G networks now available for millions of American but aviation firms are wary it’ll disrupt airport operations

The activation of C-Band frequencies by AT&T and Verizon means that improved 5G networks are now available for millions of Americans. The long-anticipated rollout began on January 19, but with one caveat: Both companies temporarily pushed back plans for 5G networks near certain airports after criticism from the Federal Aviation...

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How Danish authorities use ‘doctored’ reports to deny refugees residency permits, force them out

How Danish authorities use ‘doctored’ reports to deny refugees residency permits, force them out

After Syrians began having their residency permits revoked, nearly every person the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) interviewed on the record for the report spoke out against it. Eight of the sources released a joint statement last March criticising the document as “flawed” and flagging their contributions as “underappreciated”. “I was...

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Living in a limbo: Syrian refugees can’t be repatriated because Denmark has no diplomatic ties with Damascus

Living in a limbo: Syrian refugees can’t be repatriated because Denmark has no diplomatic ties with Damascus

A week after the publication of the Country-of-Origin Information” (COI) report by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the Danish Immigration Service said it would start refusing to extend residency permits for refugees from Damascus. DRC criticised the decision, as it had the 2015 Danish law establishing temporary protection, which it...

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Human rights: Denmark strips Syrian refugees of residency permits, orders them to return home

Human rights: Denmark strips Syrian refugees of residency permits, orders them to return home

Denmark is the first European country to tell large numbers of Syrian refugees to go home. While it hasn’t begun deportations, nearly 400 Syrians from in and around the capital, Damascus, have been stripped of their residency permits and the right to work since 2019. Few of those affected have...

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African giraffe populations grows reversing ‘a silent extinction’ of the gorgeous species in the wild

African giraffe populations grows reversing ‘a silent extinction’ of the gorgeous species in the wild

Giraffe numbers have increased across Africa, new research shows, a rare spot of good news in the conservation world. According to a recent analysis of survey data from across the African continent, the total giraffe population is now around 117,000, approximately 20 per cent higher than it was thought to...

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