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African megacities look to cable cars as traffic solution to relieve congested streets

Mike Pflanz Cable cars could soon be strung above some of Africa's most chaotic and traffic-clogged cities, taking thousands of commuters to work in just a fraction of the time they do now.

World Bank learns most PDFs it produces go unread

PDFs aplenty - but who is reading them?

Christopher Ingraham What if someone had already figured out the answers to the world's most pressing policy problems, but those solutions were buried deep in a PDF, somewhere nobody will ever read them?

Catastrophic warming to hit poor, says World Bank

Tom Arup THE World Bank has warned the planet is on track to warm by 4 degrees this century, leading to more extreme heat waves, lower crop yields and increased flooding, possibly as early as 2060.

World Bank spends billions on coal power

Juliette Jowit LONDON: Record sums were invested last year in coal power - the most carbon-intensive form of energy on the planet - by the World Bank, despite international commitments to slash the carbon emissions...

Obama's World Bank job surprise

New York US President picks an expert in public health born in South Korea as his nominee.

MH17: Obama gains over Putin as US pushes European Union on sanctions

US President Barack Obama's position on Russian sanctions may get more backing from Europe after the MH17 disaster.

Terry Atlas and Jonathan Allen President Barack Obama's response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine reflects the conclusion of US officials that time, evidence and world opinion are increasingly on his side...

Emerging nations bloc to open mini-IMF development bank

Simon Romero Rio de Janeiro: At a meeting in Brazil on Tuesday, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa announced they were establishing a development bank to challenge the influence of...

Afghan rivals agree to recount

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai

Erin Cunningham US Secretary of State John Kerry persuades rival presidential candidates to agree to a full recount of votes.

How China's gift of an aeroplane put Tonga, New Zealand at odds

Real Tonga Airlines

Nick Perry It's almost 10am, but the barista at this tiny Pacific kingdom's domestic air terminal has yet to make a single cup of coffee.

Nothing exceeds like excess

A young woman kisses another on the neck at 'Rockstar Party'

Dave Tacon With its 166,000 millionaires, Shanghai – known in the 1930s as the whore of the Orient – is once again the adventurer’s paradise with its own brand of exotic and seedy glamour.

US downgrades Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on human trafficking

David Brunnstrom Countries now in the same category as North Korea and Syria, among the world's worst centres of human trafficking.

Afghanistan election could bring first peaceful power transfer - or more violence and fraud

The work begins: Afghan election workers move election material into a polling station in Herat.

Ernesto Londono Either Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani will replace Hamid Karzai as president, but the Taliban has vowed to violently thwart Saturday's historic election.

A wake-up call for the architects of the new Iraq

More Iraqis fled to camps this week to escape sectarian violence.

Paul McGeough Barack Obama’s oblique acknowledgement that the US had left the people of Iraq at the mercy of a thug in a suit was the reality check that Americans had to have.

Afghans ignore Taliban threats and vote again in final test

An Afghan resident holds up her inked finger and voter registration card after casting her ballot.

Praveen Menon More than 7 million Afghans turned out to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai, braving violence that left at least 46 dead.

Empire of the sands

DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 22:  Anchor Adrian Finighan presents the news during a live broadcast of Al Jazeera English on March 22, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. (Photograph by Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images) Al Jazeera

Jennifer Byrne Set up and funded by Qatari royalty, Al Jazeera has proven to be a ground-breaking news network - but its reporting has not come without some compromises.

Pro-Western politician Abdullah Abdullah leads Afghan presidential vote

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah.

Tim Craig and Mohammad Sharif A pro-Western candidate has emerged from Afghanistan's April 5 presidential contest with the most votes but still must compete in a runoff election, Afghan election officials said Saturday.


Inequality mars China's rise to biggest economy

William Pesek According to new data from the World Bank, Asia's developing economies appear to be even more powerful than previously thought.

Afghan relatives mourn victims of mudslide

An Afghan woman cries after losing her family in the landslide.

Mushtaq Mojaddidi Survivors of a landslide that entombed a village in northern Afghanistan are mourning hundreds of dead relatives as aid teams rush to care for 700 families left homeless.

Missing Nigerian girls - from #bringbackourgirls hashtag to global action

First Lady Michelle Obama in a Twitter photo appealing for release of Nigerian girls.

Robert MacPherson Social media sites have exploded with urgent appeals to #bringbackourgirls, ramping up global awareness of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists 24 days earlier.

Taliban launch 'spring offensive' to cleanse 'the filth of the infidels' from Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban fighters have launched a 'spring offensive' against NATO forces since losing power in 2001.

Ben Sheppard Kabul: Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan announced the start of their annual "spring offensive" on Thursday, vowing a final summer of bloody attacks on foreign forces before the 13-year NATO combat...