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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.

Obama's World Bank job surprise

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

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...

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's legacy: the great democratic leader who became a follower

Michael Bachelard Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is leaving the Indonesian presidency in a hail of criticism despite the high hopes held when he took up office.

Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss of complete societal breakdown, experts warn

Marc Bastian With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

Mining the legacy of Genghis Khan

Dave Tacon Mongolia was once a land of nomads but a cache of lucrative minerals lies beneath its steppes. Dave Tacon reports on a nation in flux.

Australia's climate stance savagely condemned at New York summit

Unpopular stance: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the UN.

Nick O'Malley Nations big and small have condemned approaches such as those of Australia to climate change.

Death rate for children under 5 has plunged: UN

John Zarocostas A UN report says the number of children under five who die each year fell by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, saving 17,000 lives every day.

Presidential candidate Abdullah rejects Afghanistan election audit amid fraud claims

Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani (left) and Abdullah Abdullah.

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman says, tipping the country deeper into crisis a week before the...

PNG women subjected to horrifying domestic violence

Campaigner: Sophie Mangai is a strong advocate for women's rights in PNG.

Jo Chandler Sophie Mangai, a tall, wiry 60-year-old grandmother and battle-scarred women's rights advocate, leads a protest through downtown Wewak on the Papua New Guinea north coast.

Karzai sees Afghan presidential handover on September 2

Afghan president says his successor will take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving audit to eliminate fraudulent ballots.

Ebola sparks states of emergency

A Nigerian health official preapres to screen passengers at the international airport in Lagos.

Overwhelmed west African nations have called states of emergency as the the death toll from the Ebola epidemic neared 1000, and the World Health Organisation considered global travel restrictions to...

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.

British Airways suspends flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone as Ebola death toll passes 880

A health worker in a protective suit prepares for a shift at an Ebola isolation ward at a mission hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia.

Abby Phillip, Umaru Fofana and Clair Macdougall British Airways announced Tuesday that it has temporarily suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the West African nations afflicted with the Ebola outbreak.

East Timor yearns for real independence 15 years after the UN referendum

Jose Ramos Horta

Shannon Gillies East Timor's former president Jose Ramos-Horta warns that there are no short cuts to peace, to nation-building and state-building in a country that is struggling to build independence on its own...

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...

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...

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.