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Latest update : 2014-03-25

California hit by worst drought in 500 years

California is now in its third year of a drought that may turn out to be its worst ever. To make matters worse, the state has just had its warmest winter on record, depriving its parched land of snowmelt in the spring. Some communities are at risk of running out of drinking water, while those worst hit are ranchers and farmers. A lack of green grass means some are having to sell cows they can't afford, while the dry spell may force arable farmers to leave idle half a million acres of cropland.

By Valérie DEFERT , Sébastien VUAGNAT

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2014-12-23 China

China: A tense Christmas in Wenzhou

There are now more Christians in China than there are members of the communist party. And tensions are rising between the Christian community and the government. Nowhere is this...

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2014-12-22 West Bank

Hebron, a city where peace seems impossible

In the absence of any effort to reach a compromise, relations between Palestinians and Israelis continue to deteriorate on the ground. There is one city, among many others, where...

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2014-12-19 Taliban

Video: Pakistan in mourning after school massacre

The Taliban-perpetrated massacre that claimed the lives of 132 school children in Peshawar on Tuesday has been condemned globally, while in the northern Pakistani city every home...

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2014-12-18 Italy

Child migrants: no parents, no passports

Since January 2014 more than 165 000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean on treacherous vessels, to reach Europe, many fleeing war and persecution. An increasing number of...

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2014-12-17 Central African Republic

Hunt for Joseph Kony and LRA militants continues

The Lord's Resistance Army is a rebel group infamous for its brutality. Driven out of Uganda nearly a decade ago, LRA militants are now scattered across the Democratic Republic...

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