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Africa's resources: re-examining the management of oil and gas

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A closer look at Trump's Afghan policy

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THE DEBATE

New President, Old War: Trump outlines his strategy for Afghanistan

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MEDIAWATCH

Trump: An expensive president to protect

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ENCORE!

Edinburgh at 70: front row at the Festival

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Oil theft: a multi-billion dollar business fuels Mexican cartels

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BUSINESS DAILY

French government, employers and unions begin final discussions on labour reforms

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IN THE PAPERS

'Here are six costly failures from America’s longest war. No. 1: cashmere goats'

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IN THE PAPERS

Charter of transparency…but no official ‘first lady’ title for Brigitte Macron

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DOWN TO EARTH

We meet the people behind fascinating environmental, health and technological innovations in a bid for sustainable solutions to our changing world. Saturday at 7.20 pm. Or you can catch it online from Friday.

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Japan: Robots that care

This week, Down to Earth explores Japan's efforts to embrace robots to fill the gap left by a growing shortage of manpower.It's no secret that Japan is facing a demographic crisis. Its population is aging and its birth rate is on the decline. The Japanese government admits it doesn't have enough nurses to care for the one in four people aged over 65, a ratio that will only increase in the next few decades.

 
Robots to the rescue?
 
To ease the burden on medical staff, Japanese hospitals and retirement homes have opened their doors to robots. For the moment most are being used for companionship but others are delivering medication or even helping patients to walk.
 
While Japan continues to invest tens of billions of yen into developing the most advanced robots in the world, some question whether healthcare is the most appropriate application for the technology.

 

Sustainable Minute: EcoCube, an innovative way of recycling

By Mairead DUNDAS , Marina BERTSCH , Juliette LACHARNAY , Anna-Gaëlle Brault

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