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US environmental lawyer wins Swedish rights prize

A US environmental lawyer who defended Americans whose drinking water had been contaminated by chemicals won the 2017 Right Livelihood Award on Tuesday, the jury for the Swedish human rights prize announced.

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

The Brazilian government backed off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve Monday after blistering domestic and international criticism.

China fines tech firms over online content

China has fined several of the country's biggest technology firms for failing to remove illegal online content as the authorities intensify their policing of the internet.

Chinese football club told to focus on goals, not gods

The Chinese FA have told Super League side Henan Jianye to seek salvation from goals rather than the gods after Taoist priests performed an on-pitch ritual -- and the team duly won at home for the first time in over three months.

Angola's Dos Santos: a family business

Critics of outgoing Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos accuse him of stripping his country of much of its vast oil wealth to enrich himself and his family.

Five key events that shaped Abe's career

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has called a snap election, first came to power in 2006-2007. He returned as prime minister in 2012, a rare comeback in Japanese politics.

Could Japan's Abe 'do a Theresa May'?

Seeking to capitalise on a fractured and weak opposition and a healthy lead in the polls, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stunned Japan by gambling on a snap election more than a year before it was due.

Mud and misery for refugees as Bangladesh tent city grows

Two hours' walk from the nearest road, with no toilets or clean water and little proper shelter, the vast area of scrubland Bangladesh has set aside for more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees is a miserable place to call home.

Doctors and hospitals among Taliban casualties of war

After the Taliban closed his local health clinic, Afghan farmer Haji Fazel Ahmad was forced to rent a car to take his sick wife to the nearest hospital six hours away. To his dismay the insurgents had shut that too.

EU 'digital summit' upstaged by Germany and Brexit

A summit of European Union leaders in Estonia intended to chart out a digital future for the continent is set to be upstaged by less utopian issues including Brexit and the unexpected rise of the far right in Germany.

Angola's political Lazarus

Angola's new president, Joao Lourenco who will be sworn in Tuesday, is a former general who spent several years in the political wilderness after angling for the top job in the 1990s.

Trump to host Thai junta chief at White House next week

US President Donald Trump will host Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the White House next Tuesday, in a personal coup for a Thai autocrat who was shunned by Barack Obama's administration for his regime's poor rights record.

Crime jumped 15% in biggest US cities last year: FBI

Violent crime jumped nearly 15 percent in America's biggest cities last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Monday, amid an increase in murders in large cities ravaged by gangs.

Daunting challenges facing Angola's new president

Angola's incoming president Joao Lourenco faces a slew of challenges that include dwindling oil prices, rampant poverty, soaring unemployment and the long shadow cast by his predecessor and his family.

Bulgarian village goes Chinese in yoghurt craze

The Bulgarian villagers hunker over their books, struggling with their Mandarin words and characters. But they are not going to China -- the Middle Kingdom is coming to them. Because of yoghurt.

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