The jungle metropolis: how sprawling Manaus is eating into the Amazon

Informal settlements are expanding, with a new occupation try every 11 days, and the threat to the rainforest is severe Antonio Pinto’s makeshift home on the outskirts of Manaus is an open-air shack, one of dozens of similar dwellings of timber and tarpaulin scattered around the hills. Around them is the evidence of the use […]

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Colombia and Brazil clamp down on borders as Venezuela crisis spurrings exodus

Venezuelas neighbors plan to dispatch more security personnel while Brazil prepares to relocate thousands of refugees to countrys interior Venezuela Colombia and Brazil clamp down on borders as Venezuela crisis spurs exodus Venezuela’s neighbours plan to dispatch more security personnel while Brazil prepares to relocate thousands of refugees to country’s interior John Otis in Cucuta […]

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Influx of refugees from Yemen divides South Korean resort island

Arrival of refugees has sparked debate about countrys role in accept asylum seekers Hamza al-Odaini had two routes before him after he graduated from secondary school in Yemen: be forced to pick up a firearm and battle in the civil war now in its fourth year, or flee the country. In the end, his mother […]

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Corruption, incompetence and a musical: Nauru’s cursed history

The once-wealthy island now barely survives on income from Australias detention regime and is pinning its economic hopes on undersea mining Nauru is banking on fields of mineral-rich smooth brown boulders about the size of a potato that lie on the sea floor around the tiny island as the possible savior of its fragile economy. […]

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Tunisian fishermen await trial after ‘saving hundreds of migrants’

Six men arrested at sea say they insured migrant ship in distress and towed it to safety Friends and colleagues have rallied to the defence of six Tunisian men awaiting trial in Italy on people smuggling charges, saying they are fishermen who have saved hundreds of migrants and refugees over the years who risked drowning […]

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Flame at Sea review- masterly and moving look at the migrant crisis

In this masterly documentary, Gianfranco Rosi contrasts the lives of the desperate thousands landing along the shores of a Sicilian island with the everyday existence of the locals Gianfranco Rosis beautiful, mysterious and moving cinema is a documentary that looks like a neorealist classic. It is a portrait of Lampedusa, the Sicilian island where desperate […]

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Egypt migrant boat death toll rises to 148

Authorities bring to shore more bodies from capsized angling boat after arrest of four suspected people traffickers The number dead in a migrant barge calamity off Egypts coast climbed to 148 on Friday as rescuers recovered more bodies from the Mediterranean. Survivors have said up to 450 migrants were on board the fishing vessel that […]

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‘A tale of two crises’: a husband and wife document Europe’s refugee crisis

The HBO documentary It Will Be Chaos goes inside the Italian island that is on the frontline of an international problem On the arid Italian island of Lampedusa, known as the” door of Europe “, 400,000 migrants have arrived by way of the Mediterranean sea in simply the past two decades. With a population of […]

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‘ Do-gooders’ no more: Lampedusans turn against refugee tide as patience wears thin

The Italian islanders have turfed out the mayor who offered a haven to migrants, and now they want other Europeans to share the burden Anyone looking for an insight into the growing disenchantment of ordinary Italians as their country is left to deal alone with a summertime surge of migrants on its southern shores should […]

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Abu Dhabi: the town where citizenship is not an option

Four-fifths of the UAEs population are classed as foreigners. So how do you find belonging in a city that will never permanently be home? Abu Dhabi Indian School, founded in 1975 , not long after the Trucial Nation became the United Arab Emirates, sits by Muroor Road. It was here that, in 1986, garmented in […]

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