Global population reaches 7 billion people

  • U.S. army to provide equipment, intelligence to fight Boko Haram
    U.S. army to provide equipment, intelligence to fight Boko Haram Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    By Daniel Flynn N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - The U.S. military will share communications equipment and intelligence with African allies to assist them in the fight against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, the commander of U.S. Special Forces operations in Africa said. West African military commanders have long complained that cross-border operations against Islamist groups, from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali to Boko Haram in Nigeria, have been obstructed by lack of compatible communications equipment, making it hard to swap information and coordinate. More »

  • Climate change hampering world food production, say scientists
    Climate change hampering world food production, say scientists Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    A peasant looks for good corn during harvest of a drought-affected crop in La Tuna community in Madriz, 200 km from Managua, on November 17, 2014 More »

  • Investments in water in poor nations give big benefits - World Bank Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Investing to provide drinking water for 750 million people in poor nations who lack clean supplies makes clear economic sense with bigger than expected health benefits, World Bank estimates showed on Friday. A parallel drive to improve sanitation, especially in India where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made basic toilets a national priority, would also yield strong returns without even considering improved human dignity. "Provision of basic water and sanitation facilities ... would be a good investment in economic terms," Guy Hutton, senior economist at the World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program, wrote in a report. Universal access to basic drinking water at home would cost $14 billion (9 billion pounds) a year until 2030 and yield benefits of $52 billion (34 billion pounds), or about $4 for every dollar spent, according to the preliminary findings that will form part of a wider review. More »

  • Greece gets creative in bid to ease debt burden
    Greece gets creative in bid to ease debt burden Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis in Rome, Italy, on February 3, 2015 More »

  • Greece seeks EU allies but Germany holds firm
    Greece seeks EU allies but Germany holds firm Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Greek Finance Yanis Varoufakis will travel to Paris on Saturday, his office says More »

  • New Greek government steps up battle with creditors
    New Greek government steps up battle with creditors Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Greece's new government dramatically escalated its battle with the country's international creditors, saying it would no longer meet with EU and IMF auditors and rejecting fresh loans offered for February. More »

  • Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think
    Poll shows giant gap between what public, scientists think Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it's a problem that we don't know what they're talking about. More »

  • Economic powers warn Greece not to renege on reforms
    Economic powers warn Greece not to renege on reforms Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) and Interior Minister Nikos Vroutsis attend the new government's first cabinet meeting in Athens, on January 28, 2015 More »

  • Greek government to hold first talks with EU leaders
    Greek government to hold first talks with EU leaders Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Greece's new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) greets the outgoing finance minister Gikas Hardouvelis after a hand-over ceremony in Athens on January 28, 2015 More »

  • Greek government reverses austerity policies, stocks hit
    Greek government reverses austerity policies, stocks hit Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (C) arrives on January 28, 2015 for his first cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in Athens More »

  • Europe to resume satnav launches in March: Arianespace
    Europe to resume satnav launches in March: Arianespace Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Europe in March will resume satellite launches for its troubled Galileo navigation system, hoping to boost by at least six the number of orbiters this year, Arianespace and the European Commission said Wednesday. More »

  • Greece scraps key privatisations, stocks hammered
    Greece scraps key privatisations, stocks hammered Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Greece's radical new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L) and Interior Minister Nikos Vroutsis attend the new government's first cabinet meeting on January 28, 2015 at the Greek Parliament in Athens More »

  • Greece wants 'pan-European' deal on growth, new government says
    Greece wants 'pan-European' deal on growth, new government says Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Greece's new anti-austerity government on Wednesday called for a "pan-European New Deal" for bloc-wide growth and denied seeking a "showdown" with Europe over controversial plans to redraft its multi-billion bailout. More »

  • Greek cabinet set for first meeting since poll upset
    Greek cabinet set for first meeting since poll upset Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Greece's new radical left-led government prepared to meet Wednesday for the first time to hammer out a strategy for renegotiating the country's giant bailout, after storming to power on a promise to reject years of harsh austerity policies. More »

  • Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister
    Greece names hardline anti-bailout finance minister Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Yannis Varoufakis is an outspoken political economist who holds dual Greek and Australian nationality More »

  • Greek rejection of bailout terms would be 'fatal': Bundesbank member
    Greek rejection of bailout terms would be 'fatal': Bundesbank member Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    People walk in front of the Bank of Greece headquarters in central Athens on January 22, 2015 More »

  • Athens stocks plunge on fears over bailout repayments
    Athens stocks plunge on fears over bailout repayments Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    View of the Athens stock exchange where the main Athex index was down 6.39 percent in early trading, reaching a low of 761 points, before recovering to 783 points, off 3.69 percent at the close More »

  • Planets in ancient solar system
    Planets in ancient solar system Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Five Earth-sized planets have been discovered in a solar system so ancient it was born not long after the dawn of time. More »

  • Pfizer earnings slip on loss of drug patent exclusivity
    Pfizer earnings slip on loss of drug patent exclusivity Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Pfizer produces the potency pill and says it expects revenues to run between $44.5-$46.5 billion More »

  • Wary Brussels to seek middle ground with Greece's Tsipras
    Wary Brussels to seek middle ground with Greece's Tsipras Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters following victory in the election in Athens on January 25, 2015 More »

  • Disaster reduction talks split on ways of tracking progress Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries are divided on how a new global plan to reduce the risk of disasters should measure progress, with some governments opposed to setting numerical targets for cutting deaths and economic losses and protecting infrastructure. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which is managing the process, wants the new framework to include at least two goals with percentage targets, for lowering the death toll and economic losses from disasters. "I think that is the only thing that will give the international community something measurable to strive for," UNISDR head Margareta Wahlström told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. An alternative proposal is to aim to reduce disaster deaths and economic losses "substantially" - the same unspecific language used in the existing framework. More »

  • Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote
    Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Syriza supporters shout slogans on January 20, 2015 while listening to a speech by party leader Alexis Tsipras in Thessaloniki More »

  • Top 1% 'richer than rest of world'
    Top 1% 'richer than rest of world' Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    The richest 1% of people will own more than the combined wealth of the other 99% by next year unless "staggering" levels of inequality are tackled, Oxfam has warned. More »

  • Infrastructure firm John Laing plans London listing Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    British infrastructure investor John Laing Group is to list on the London Stock Exchange to raise money for new investments and step up its expansion in the United States. John Laing, which was taken private by investment firm Henderson in 2007, could be valued at up to 1 billion pounds in the deal, a source familiar with the matter said. The firm deals mainly in Public Private Partnerships (PPP), where private investors fund and deliver government projects, and has expanded into continental Europe and Australia as well as the United States. Chief Executive Olivier Brousse said the company would focus on building its profile in the United States before looking to new locations. More »

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg brings free Internet to Colombia, mute on China
    Facebook's Zuckerberg brings free Internet to Colombia, mute on China Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg launched a free Internet application in Colombia on Wednesday as part of a drive to bring developing markets online, but remained mute on when and if the company would look to move into China. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America and the fourth in the world to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership with local mobile phone provider Tigo, but the aim is to push the app globally, Zuckerberg told Reuters. The mobile app, aimed at low income and rural users, offers more than a dozen tools via the Android operating system - like encyclopedia Wikipedia, weather websites, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service - without the user incurring any data charges. More »

  • Facebook launches mobile app offering free Internet in Colombia
    Facebook launches mobile app offering free Internet in Colombia Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership with local mobile phone provider Tigo, but the aim is to push the application across the region. ... More »

  • EU lawmakers pass controversial GMO food law
    EU lawmakers pass controversial GMO food law Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved controversial legislation to allow EU member states to decide for themselves whether to allow cultivation of Genetically Modified foods after years of bitter dispute. More »

  • Exclusive - Facebook, Xiaomi discussed possible investment in the Chinese smartphone …
    Exclusive - Facebook, Xiaomi discussed possible investment in the Chinese smartphone … Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    By Denny Thomas and Gerry Shih HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China's top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion (£726.4 million) fundraising last month, but a deal never materialised, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. ... More »

  • Courting voters, Cameron's Conservatives pledge to cut inheritance tax
    Courting voters, Cameron's Conservatives pledge to cut inheritance tax Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives on Sunday pledged to cut inheritance tax so it became a levy only for "the rich" as they sought to woo pensioners and property-owners before a close national election in four months. George Osborne, the Conservative finance minister, gave his strongest signal yet he would reduce the tax -- also known as death duties -- saying he would set out plans before the May 7 election to make the system fairer. ... More »

  • Crunch time for climate change talks
    Crunch time for climate change talks Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    As world leaders gear up for environmental talks, Al Jazeera looks at the damage already done. More »

  • 30 Years Since First UK Mobile Phone Call
    30 Years Since First UK Mobile Phone Call Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    The first ever mobile phone call was made in the UK 30 years ago today, marking the start of a communications revolution. More »

  • Tsunami aid money 'not well spent'
    Tsunami aid money 'not well spent' Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    A key British figure in the tsunami recovery effort has criticised the way aid was spent on the tenth anniversary of the natural disaster. More »

  • Seeing the doctor, overseas: medical tourism booms in Asia
    Seeing the doctor, overseas: medical tourism booms in Asia Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The lines snaking into Bangladesh's overwhelmed hospitals are often so long, says Nusrat Hussein Kiwan, that they extend into the street outside -- too many patients seeking too few quality doctors. More »

  • Global population living six years longer than in 1990: study Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria. In an analysis from the 2013 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, health researchers said, however, that while life expectancy is rising almost everywhere in the world, one notable exception is southern sub-Saharan Africa, where deaths from HIV/AIDS have erased some five years of life expectancy since 1990. ... More »

  • Sarongs, sunglasses, flipflops -- wear your Rio souvenirs
    Sarongs, sunglasses, flipflops -- wear your Rio souvenirs Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    People shop for merchandise at the Olympic superstore during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014 More »