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January 23, 2020

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Soros pledges $1bn to battle 'would-be and actual dictators'

Soros pledges $1bn to battle 'would-be and actual dictators'

US financier and philanthropist George Soros on Thursday pledged one billion dollars for a new university network project to battle the erosion of civil society in a world increasingly ruled by "would-be and actual dictators" and beset by climate change.Spea

China birth rate hits lowest level since 1949

China birth rate hits lowest level since 1949

China's birth rate dropped last year to its lowest level since the Communist country was founded in 1949, adding to concerns that an ageing society and shrinking workforce will pile pressure on a slowing economy.To avoid a demographic crisis, the government r

Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals

Historic German island is nursery for North Sea seals

The birthplace of Germany's national anthem and a practice bombing range for British airmen after World War II, Helgoland island in the North Sea turns cuddly at the turn of the year as grey seals arrive to give birth.The Jordsand society, dedicated to preser

British lawmakers finally approve historic Brexit deal

British lawmakers finally approve historic Brexit deal

Britain's parliament finally approved Brexit on Thursday, allowing it to become the first country to leave the European Union later this month, ending years of arguments that toppled two governments and splintered society.The House of Commons erupted in cheer

Barty to give Brisbane winnings to Australia bushfire victims

Barty to give Brisbane winnings to Australia bushfire victims

World number one Ash Barty will donate all her winnings from this week's Brisbane International to the Red Cross to help the victims of Australia's bushfire crisis.Barty revealed on Sunday that she had already donated Aus$30,000 to the Royal Society for the

India's protesters: a cross-section of society

India's protesters: a cross-section of society

Tens of thousands of Indians have taken to the streets in recent days to voice their anger over a new citizenship law that they say discriminates against the minority Muslim community.But it is not just Muslims who are protesting -- majority Hindus, low-caste