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Paramedics near the Polish-Belarus border prepare to transport an elderly female member of a Kurdish family from Dohuk, Iraq to the town of Narewka, Poland, on November 9, 2021. Photo: Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
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All roads lead to Belarus on Iraq ‘package deals’

Iraqis willing and able to pay thousands of dollars for would-be "package deals" to the EU via Belarus have several itineraries to choose from. With many stuck at the Belarus-Poland border, AFP spoke to travel agents and migrants
"Adaptation costs are significantly higher than previously estimated, resulting in a growing 'adaptation finance gap'," said an executive summary of the draft IPCC report. Photo: Ashraf Shazly / AFP
"Adaptation costs are significantly high... […]

World needs trillions to face climate threat: draft UN report

Helping vulnerable nations cope with the multiplier effect of climate change will require trillions of dollars, not the billions now on the table at COP26, a draft UN report reveals
A member of a Kurdish family from Iraq holds a sign calling for asylum as they wait for the border guard patrol near Narewka, Poland, near the Polish-Belarus border on November 9, 2021. Photo: Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
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Five things to know about the Poland-Belarus migrant crisis

An influx of migrants on the border between Poland and Belarus -- the EU's eastern frontier -- has led to an escalating crisis, with concerns growing in Europe. Five things to know about the stand-off
US tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft -- collectively dubbed GAFAM -- have been accused of not paying enough taxes, stifling competition, stealing media content and threatening democracy by spreading fake news. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
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Europe’s battle to curb Big Tech

As an EU court upholds a 2.4-billion euro ($2.8-billion) anti-trust fine against Google for abusing its power over rivals in online shopping, we look at how the bloc has tried to regulate Big Tech
Locals stand by a damaged road between Beira and Chimoio in central Mozambique on March 19, 2019, after the area was hit by Cyclone Idai. Photo: Adrien Barbier / AFP
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Hard hit nations demand ‘loss and damage’ help at COP26

While COP26 struggles to rustle up promised funding to help vulnerable states prepare for future climate impacts, nations already reeling from disaster are demanding separate money for "loss and damage"
Youth activists protest against climate inaction on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 5, 2021. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
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Good COP, bad COP: UN climate meet praised and panned

The COP26 climate talks resuming Monday have so far unfolded on parallel planes, with high-level announcements stage-managed by host Britain riding roughshod over a laborious UN process built on consensus
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid was named the 2020 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid was named the ... […]

Hybrid cars’ green credentials under scrutiny

Hybrid cars are increasingly popular in the European Union as eco-conscious drivers turn away from their more polluting counterparts, but environmentalists warn they're not as green as they seem