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July 21 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 02:00:03

Despite a comprehensive approach to combating HIV-Aids, ignorance about the disease pervades Tunisian society

Hamdi Sfaxi, who sells prayer rugs outside his local mosque in Tunis, has heard it all before. "If you're going to treat Aids," he says "you need to know where it came from. It didn't exist in the past. The first person to get Aids was a gay man who had sex with a monkey."

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July 18 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jul 18 2014, 11:47:01

Uranium deal between French nuclear firm and Niger government triggers demonstrations, followed by arrests

Transparency campaigners in Niger have been arrested shortly before the French president's visit to Niamey.

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jul 18 2014, 10:36:55

Nasally administered antidote to snake venom to be trialled in India, where the number of fatalities is the highest in the world

Snakebites are a neglected health problem, despite causing up to 84,000 deaths a year worldwide. A new cheap and easy-to-use nasal spray could help reduce the toll, according to researchers.

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jul 18 2014, 09:05:18

International Girl Summit kicks off in London next week with ambitious aim of ending child marriage within a generation

In Ethiopia, girls are abducted on their way to school, raped and then married to their captors; in Ghana, they are married to traditional priests and become "slaves to the gods" to pay for their family's sins; and in Cameroon, girls are promised in marriage to settle debts while still in the womb.

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jul 18 2014, 06:20:18

We asked readers to submit photographs to GuardianWitness showing an alternative side to life in some of the world's most politically volatile locations, in response to Foreign Policy's 'Postcards from Hell' showing images of 50 fragile states. Here are some of our favourites

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Jul 18 2014, 02:00:01

Warning over growing resistance to antiretrovirals dampens hopes that Aids can be eliminated by 2030

In the runup to next week's international Aids conference in Melbourne, Australia, the UN has claimed that Aids-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen by more than a third in a decade, raising hopes that the disease could be wiped out by 2030.

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July 17 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jul 17 2014, 19:01:01

Graça Machel, Bono and Tutu urge prime minister to take lead on UN climate change deal and millennium development goals

David Cameron is warned today by Graça Machel, widow of the late South African statesman Nelson Mandela, that unless world leaders made 2015 a year for development, the consequence would not just be poverty but also growing military conflicts from which the rich would be unable to protect themselves for decades to come.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jul 17 2014, 08:07:47

Philippine capital road-tests ambitious and sustainable scheme to ease traffic congestion and pollution problems

Every morning, millions of commuters battle it out on Manila's roads and railways. The city of 12 million swells to 15 million during week days, forcing traffic speeds down to 5km per hour. During the rush hour, a 30-minute journey can take up to three hours.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jul 17 2014, 06:00:37

An MSF psychologist reveals the trauma of dealing with the Ebola outbreak for medics, cleaners and the families of the dead

Ane Bjøru Fjeldsæter is a 31-year-old psychologist from Trondheim, Norway. For the past month, she has been working for Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, helping to fight the largest ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 600 people in three countries. She provides support and counselling to patients and their families, as well as to the staff whose job it is to deal with the dead bodies.

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July 16 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Jul 16 2014, 11:55:24

Médecins sans Frontières survey of refugees reveals that families buried dead in secret amid safety concerns

Fighting in Central African Republic (CAR) may have claimed more lives than previously thought because many Muslim victims were never taken to state hospitals and families buried their dead at home amid security fears, according to aid workers.

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