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A worker paints over graffiti of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg. The inscription reads: "The hero of the new times". Photo: Olga Maltseva / AFP
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The Poisoning of Alexei Navalny – Episode 1: The Crackdown

Who is Alexei Navalny? What do we know about his poisoning? Is there any real opposition left in Russia? And do we have anything to fear from Russia? The answers are to be found in this AFP podcast series
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
Britain's PM Boris Johnson arrives for the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 1. Photo: Phil Noble / Pool / AFP
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COP26: Leaders can ‘make or break hope’ for climate salvation

As #COP26 begins, a question looms: will the summit resemble the Copenhagen debacle of 2009 or Paris six years later which led to the first climate treaty in which all nations vowed to shrink their carbon footprint?
Street artists paint a mural as part of the Grantham Climate Art Prize 2021 on a wall opposite the COP26 climate summit venue in Glasgow. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP
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Warming world in the balance at knife-edge climate summit

The United Nations COP26 summit in Glasgow will task world leaders with turning ambitions to restrain global heating into the actions needed to slash greenhouse gas emissions
If temperatures rise enough to melt the ice sheets above Greenland and West Antarctica, it could lift oceans more than a dozen metres (40 feet)
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Climate scientists fear tipping points (maybe you should too)

Leaders may be going into the UN climate summit in Glasgow with the do-or-die goal of limiting global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, but breaching that cap is not what keeps scientists awake at night
An obsolete vehicle is moved at the Indra Automobile Recycling facility in Romorantin, central France. Photo: Eric Piermont / AFP
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Auto sector shifts gear towards recycling parts, batteries

From ageing electric batteries to old engines to rearview mirrors, the auto industry is revving up its recycling efforts as it faces pressure to reduce its colossal carbon footprint