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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.

Three men dominate Afghan election race

The three front-runners in the Afghan presidential election (from left) Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah and Zalmai Rassoul.

Afghanistan will go to the polls with three contenders dominating the eight-man race to succeed President Hamid Karzai.

Afghan policeman shoots two AP journalists

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who has been killed while covering the presidential election in Afghanistan.

An Afghan police officer has shot at two female journalists working for The Associated Press, killing one and seriously wounding the other, a local official says.

After the genocide, Rwanda looks to technology

As the 20th anniversary of the genocide approaches Rwanda hopes to become the region's Silicon Valley and build up a tech-savvy generation that values national identity over ethnicity.

Sudarsan Raghavan With resentment lingering, the government is in the midst of an ambitious effort to transform itself, the economy and society.

Afghan voters defy Taliban to vote for new president

An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after voting in Herat.

Joshua Partlow They huddled in the rain under plastic sheeting. They ignored death threats and rattling firefights.

Six police killed in suicide bombing, days before Afghanistan election

Afghan police keep watch at the Afghan Ministry of Interior after a suicide bomb attack.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the Afghan interior ministry on Wednesday, killing six police officers just three days before the country's presidential election, which the Taliban have vowed to...

Will Moldova be Russia's 'next victim' after Crimea?

Russia's annexation of Crimea have sparked fears of a similar situation in neighbouring Moldova.

Jean-Claude Juncker, former Luxembourg prime minister and a candidate to become the next European Commission chief, has warned the EU not to let Moldova become Russia's "next victim" after Ukraine.

Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk meets Obama at White House

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House.

Nick O'Malley Sitting in the Oval office with Ukraine's interim Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, US President Barack Obama has again declared the United State's support for Ukraine, telling reporters, ''We will...

Militants attack Kabul election office ahead of Afghanistan poll

Armed response: Afghan police stand guard near the scene of the attack.

Militants launched a gun and suicide attack on an Afghan election commission office in Kabul on Tuesday, police said, less than two weeks before the presidential poll.

What kills more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries?

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012, more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries combined.

Keep your gays and your aid, defiant Uganda tells West

Kenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity and one holds out a condom, as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is expected to sign Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 a controversial anti-gay bill that allows harsh penalties for homosexual offenses, a bill which rights groups have condemned as draconian in a country where homosexuality is already illegal.

Mike Pflanz We won't die poor and we will save homosexuals from damnation, says defiant Ethics Minister.

First among men

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has made it to the top of law, politics and now global finance - but she's had to pay a price. The French head of the International Monetary Fund talks to Peter Wilson.

South Africa's opposition targets ANC vote with black candidate

Anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele (L) hugs opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party leader Helen Zille at a news conference in Cape Town. Ms Ramphele will run as presidential candidate for the DA in this year's South African election.

Amogelang Mbatha South Africa's main opposition party chooses Mamphela Ramphele as its first black presidential candidate in a bid to break the ruling African National Congress's grip on power.

The seven deadly sins of foreign policy

Silvio Berlusconi

Stephanie Carvin Everyone knows people are supposed to be moral, to do unto others as you'd have them do unto you, and so on. But what about states - do they need to be moral, too?

Indonesian VP Boediono quizzed in corruption case

Indonesia vice president Boediono.

Indonesian Vice President Boediono says he has been questioned as a witness by anti-graft investigators over a controversial bank bailout, in a case that could prove problematic for the government...

Dead Sea countries sign 'historic' deal

Dead Sea

Isabel Kershner In a rare display of regional cooperation, representatives of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority sign an agreement on water resources.

Afghanistan goes to the (opinion) polls

Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Afghans are only now getting their first taste of a phenomenon that has been upending conventional wisdom in more established democracies for decades: polling

Too hot, too fast, says UN

A Sri Lankan woman walks on the beach in Colombo

Ewa Krukowska The planet has warmed faster since the turn of the century than ever recorded, almost doubling the pace of sea-level increase and causing a 20-fold jump in heat-related deaths, the United Nations...