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Mafia primed to feast on Italy's virus devastation

Mafia primed to feast on Italy's virus devastation

As Italy mourns thousands of coronavirus dead, and survivors brace for life in an economic wasteland, one rung of society looks to win big: organised crime."The Italian mafia can turn threats into opportunities," top government anti-mafia investigator Giusep

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Turkey's civil society swung from hope to despair Tuesday after counter-terror police detained leading rights defender Osman Kavala just hours after a court ordered his release from jail. Kavala and eight other defendants were acquitted by a court outside Ist

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