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April 17 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 17 2014, 09:01:00

El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman can be charged with homicide for suffering a miscarriage. But a high-profile case that drew global condemnation may prove a catalyst for change

Cristina Quintanilla was 18 years old in October 2004 when, seven months pregnant with her second child, she collapsed in pain on the floor of her family home. "I felt like I was choking, like I couldn't breathe," she says, shaking at the memory.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 17 2014, 07:37:38

Formed by a group of abolitionists in April 1839, Anti-Slavery International is the oldest human rights group in the world. To mark the 175th anniversary of an organisation that has brought hope and inspiration to countless lives, we revisit some of the key moments in its history, from the landmark 1841 conference at London's Exeter Hall to the ongoing Home Alone campaign

12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen on why Anti-Slavery's 175th birthday is nothing to celebrate

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 17 2014, 02:00:14

For me, 12 Years a Slave offered too many modern parallels for the 175th birthday of Anti-Slavery International of which I am a proud patron to prompt anything other than renewed effort

It was 175 years ago, on 17 April 1839, that a group of abolitionists gathered to found the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Today that organisation is known as Anti-Slavery International; it is the oldest international human rights organisation in the world, and I am proud to be a patron.

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April 16 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 16 2014, 09:30:20

Scientists believe a species of bat that preys on a major rice pest in Thailand could boost food security by preventing paddy losses

Bats that prey on a major rice pest in Thailand could save paddy harvests worth millions of dollars and help contribute to better food security, claim scientists in a paper published in Biological Conservation.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 16 2014, 07:35:17

Claim and counter-claim has attended the delayed publication of a report on the likely impact of the Grand Renaissance dam

The opening sentence of Egypt's new constitution describes the country as the river Nile's gift to Egyptians. It is a grand claim, but one that helps explain Egypt's indignation at the ongoing construction of a blockage on the Nile, thousands of miles upstream: the $4.7bn (£2.8bn) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam (Gerd).

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April 15 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 15 2014, 19:01:04

Overseas Development Institute calls for Financial Conduct Authority to investigate Western Union and Moneygram

Britain's leading money transfer companies are imposing a "super tax" on remittances to Africa and should be investigated by the government's consumer watchdog, the UK's leading international development thinktank said on Wednesday.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 15 2014, 09:39:32

Street children who travelled to Brazil to compete in a World Cup of their own had some clear messages for the wider world

Gilbert Azango knows only too well the dangers of life on the street. The 15-year-old lived on the Kibarani rubbish dump in Mombasa, Kenya, for four years.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 15 2014, 07:32:24

Aid effectiveness talks get underway in Mexico, Sierra Leone's priorities questioned, and warnings of a lost generation in Syria

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 15 2014, 05:06:00

In the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia, a unique community has evolved based on egalitarian principles. Zumra Nuru, who founded Awra Amba in 1972, explains how he realised his childhood vision of creating a democratic, self-sustaining society where men and women are equals, while a young couple explain how they have benefited from his vision Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 15 2014, 02:00:18

Report claims vital public services underfunded due to failure to maximise tax revenue from overseas firms

Tax breaks for international mining and agribusiness companies in Sierra Leone have cost the west African country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues, according to a group of NGOs.

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