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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.

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

An engineer on the rooftop of a cable car station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. African cities are looking to install similar systems to help relieve congested roads.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

Extra: PNG healthcare

Mike Steketee DOCTORS and nurses are gathered around an operating table conducting an emergency caesarian at the general hospital in Popondetta, a 25-minute flight north over the Owen Stanley Range from Port...

Afghan election produces no outright winner; run-off set

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah received 45 per cent of the vote.

Sayed Salahuddin Afghanistan's presidential election had produced no outright winner, authorities announced, forcing a run-off between the two frontrunners.

Balkans death toll rises to 17 after worst floods in 1,000 years

Gordana Filipovic and Misha Savic The death toll in Serbia from the worst flooding seen in 1,000 years has risen to 17 as the capital Belgrade braces itself for a "flood wave."


'Haunted' president puts his faith in concert of nations

Barack Obama delivers the commencement address, in which he set out the limits of US intervention around the world.

Nick O'Malley Obama’s was the address of a defensive leader of a nation still reduced and scarred by the folly of its war in Iraq. It was not a foreign policy 'reset'.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah escapes assassination attempt in Kabul

Afghan security personnel stand at the site of the suicide attack.

Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt on Friday when two blasts hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least four people just ahead of a hotly...