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Colombia: Colombia’s GDP Grew 1.8% in 2017, Slowest in 8 Years

16 February 2018

Source: Reuters

Colombia’s economy expanded more than the market expected in 2017 compared with the previous year, even as growth remains tepid in Latin America’s fourth largest economy, the government said on Thursday. Gross domestic product rose 1.8 percent last year - the lowest in eight years - versus 2 percent during 2016, the government’s DANE statistics agency...

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Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Border Impasse: Finding a Way Out of a Tight Spot

15 February 2018

Source: Nurjamal Djanibekova, Eurasianet

The districts of Batken and Lelik are tucked away in a southwest corner of Kyrgyzstan with the northern part of Tajikistan on either side. On occasion, this remote corner of the Fergana Valley is the site of sudden outbreaks of unrest, as rival communities on either side of the border vie for control over the...

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Afghanistan: Afghan Province Declared Landmine-Free after 10-Year Clearance Drive

15 February 2018

Source: Jared Ferrie, Reuters

Afghanistan’s deadliest province for landmines has been declared free of the explosive devices after a decade-long clearance effort, the demining group HALO Trust said on Thursday. The organization said it had cleared more than 600 minefields in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat, opening up 40 million square metres, or 15.5 square miles, of farmland. About 60,000...

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Jordan: Water Closely Linked to World’s Refugee Crisis

15 February 2018

Source: Circle of Blue

Behind barbed-wire fences at this camp in northern Jordan, about 33,000 Syrians—half of them children—exist uneasily, housed in rows of rudimentary shelters that barely protect them from the winter cold. Drinking water must be brought in daily by dozens of tanker trucks or pumped from desert boreholes that overexploit Jordan's largest groundwater basin.

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Myanmar: The Search for More Responsible Rubies

14 February 2018

Source: Joshua Carroll, Frontier

Amber Cernov's jewellery store, Mia Ruby, aims to show that the blood-red gems can be traded in a “responsible” way. That involves avoiding military-run mines and ensuring that all the gemstones are cut, polished and made into finished jewellery inside Myanmar. These policies answer the industry’s critics by keeping money out of the pockets of the...

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Myanmar: Illegal Drinking Water Plants Choking Mandalay Bottlers

14 February 2018

Source: Khin Su Wai, Myanmar Times

Illegal bottled water manufacturers are giving legitimate bottlers in Mandalay Region unfair competition, said Ma Su, chair of the Myanmar Drinking Water Entrepreneurs Association. Ma Su said that only about 200 of the more than 6000 bottled water manufacturers in the region have permits from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Iraq: Iraq Could Save $5.2bn in Four Years from Flared Gas Reduction, Says Siemens

14 February 2018

Source: Jennifer Gnana, National

Iraq could save about US$5.2 billion over the next four years by reducing gas flared from its fields in addition to other power generation efficiency efforts, as the world's third-biggest oil exporter looks to end flaring by 2021, Siemens said.

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Liberia: Liberia's New President Orders Review of Concession Agreements

14 February 2018

Source: Reuters

Liberia’s new President George Weah has ordered a review of concessions entered into by previous administrations, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday. Concessions generally cover government grants of rights, land or property. The statement said a committee would “review and ensure that all contracts entered into by the government of Liberia and concessionaires are...

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Nigeria: Herdsmen Attacks: Ogun to Invoke Anti-Land Grabbing Law on Herdsmen

14 February 2018

Source: Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta

The Ogun State government has vowed to invoke its recent anti-land grabbing law as part of measures to stem the menace of herdsmen/farmers clashes in the state

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Afghanistan: Managing Wastewater to Help Improve Living Conditions

14 February 2018

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

Almost 3,000 people, living side by side, in a confined environment, pose major challenges in maintaining good sanitary and hygiene conditions. In Herat city, for years, wastewater from the Herat Provincial Prison sat festering in pools around the buildings. Apart from the awful smell, the wastewater from the prison was a major health risk for detainees,...

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