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Monthly archives: February 2014

Kiribati: Tiny island's struggle with overpopulation

The Pacific island chain of Kiribati is one of the most densely settled places on Earth. The BBC’s Julian Siddle investigates how the island is dealing with its overpopulation problem. Kiribati is perhaps best known as one of the countries most likely to disappear due to climate change. Most people who live on Kiribati’s main island – South Tarawa – rely on the surrounding seas for their livelihoods. The ocean […]

Cancer 'tidal wave' on horizon, warns WHO

Large numbers of people do not know there is a lot they can do to reduce their exposure to risk. The globe is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists. It predicts the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented. The WHO said there was now […]

Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' - EU Commission

The extent of corruption in Europe is “breathtaking” and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem has presented a full report on the problem. She said the true cost of corruption was “probably much higher” than 120bn. Three-quarters of Europeans surveyed for the Commission study said that corruption was widespread, and more than half said the […]

Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' - EU Commission

From country to country the pattern of corruption varies a lot The extent of corruption in Europe is “breathtaking” and it costs the EU economy about 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says. EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem is now presenting a full report on the problem. Writing in Sweden’s Goeteborgs-Posten daily, she said corruption was eroding trust in democracy and draining resources from the legal economy. For […]

On the piste in North Korea: Regime's luxury ski resort opens for business

  STORY HIGHLIGHTS Beijing-based tour company posts exclusive photos and video taken from North Korea’s “luxury ski resort” The resort has a 120-room luxury hotel and 11 ski runs The tour company runs into Dennis Rodman and North Korean pop girl group during visit Skiing is not the first thing that immediately springs to mind when thinking about North Korea. But a luxury resort in the isolated nation is now […]

Can couples really get stuck together during sex?

  It sounds like a scene from a trashy sex comedy. But stories of getting stuck during sex have been with us for centuries – and some of them might just be true. An emergency trip to hospital is never pleasant, but it’s certainly not something you would want to happen after sex. “It’s not the most romantic ending a couple can imagine,” says Dr Aristomenis Exadaktylos, author of a […]

Good migrations: Avoiding mistakes when you relocate

Hayley Spraggett’s first clues that working overseas would require a lot of attention to cultural differences and finessing her presentation came well before she ever got her first job. It turned out that her UK-friendly two-page curriculum vitae (CV) would just not cut it down under. Instead, recruiters advised her to include every job she had ever held. “In Australia, they want to see everything that you’ve ever done and […]

2nd Feb Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day (Canadian French:Jour de la Marmotte; Pennsylvania German: Grundsaudaag, Murmeltiertag) is a day celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.Modern customs of the […]

Volcanic ash smothers part of Indonesia, kills 15

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Hot ash up to 700 degrees raced down the mountain’s slope in just a few minutes Jakarta Post: This is the first time Mount Sinabung’s eruptions have resulted in deaths A recovery operation was scheduled for Sunday The 15 victims simply couldn’t outrun the searing debris that billowed out of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung. Plumes of ash had spewed more than a mile into the sky Saturday and descended […]

Volcanic ash smothers part of Indonesia, kills 15

akarta, Indonesia (CNN) — The 15 victims simply couldn’t outrun the searing debris that billowed out of Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung. Plumes of ash had spewed more than a mile into the sky Saturday and descended in superheated clouds. Scalding ash up to 700 degrees in temperature raced down the slope in just two to three minutes. By the end of several eruptions, at least 15 people had been killed, a government […]