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Mexican 10-month toddler weighing 28 kilos baffles doctors

Tecomán, Mexico | AFP |  Like any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds). He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns a little over …

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Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest

Miami, United States | AFP | With sheet metal roofs, concrete floors, poor ventilation and spotty electricity, crowded urban slums in Africa can expect to get even hotter and deadlier due to global warming, US researchers said Monday. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University analyzed three informal settlements in Nairobi, including the …

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G20 launches plan to fight poverty in Rwanda, Ethiopia

Hamburg, Germany | AFP | G20 nations launched an unprecedented initiative Saturday at the group’s summit in Germany to fight poverty in Africa, but critics called the plan half-hearted. Under German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Investment Compacts”, an initial seven African countries would pledge reforms and receive technical support in order to …

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IN THE INDEPENDENT: Uganda’s bad economy

IN THE INDEPENDENT: Why Ugandans are poorer today than yesterday The lead stories In the Independent this week: ANALYSIS Why is the Catholic Church losing followers?: Figures from the 2014 National Population and Housing Census show that, in the last 10 years, the percentage of Ugandan identifying as Catholics has …

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