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July 22 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 02:00:03

Child marriage is driven by social norms that accord girls little value: we need legal and social change, and the money to make it happen

A few years ago, there would not have been a girl summit on child marriage. Many people dismissed the practice as tradition or too tricky a problem to overcome, so the issue never made it to the top of the agenda. While many still think these things, the world has come a long way in tackling the issue.

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July 21 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 19:30:00

Girl Summit tackles female genital mutilation and child marriage, as Unicef warns 280 million girls could be brides before 18

More than 700 million women worldwide were married as children, with one in three of them married before their 15th birthday, according to a global prevalence study.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 19:01:01

FGM and child marriage destroy childhoods, but empowering girls and women will boost the lives of boys and men too

Last month, I spent an evening with a group of amazing girls in Mumbai. They spoke with passion of their dreams, of developing the right skills to build a better future for themselves and their families, and of breaking a cycle of what nearly half of all girls in India have so far been unable to do avoid marriage before the age of 18.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 11:34:24

Abuse and poverty is driving children on to Uganda's streets, where many claim to suffer even more at the hands of police

After five years of homelessness, John is an expert at making his bed: he lays a piece of cardboard on a stretch of cement, wraps a large bag around himself and attempts to sleep.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 07:11:35

Biotechnology offers an opportunity to boost the security of staple crops in sub-Saharan Africa. We ignore this at our peril

Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa's development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty existing on less than $1.25 a day live in rural areas, and crop yields across the region are often a fraction of those in developed countries.

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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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