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Palestinian mobile startups welcome the benefits of 3G

Palestinian mobile providers began offering 3G plans in the occupied territories this week after an Israeli ban was lifted. Now, Palestinian startups in the occupied West Bank are looking to future opportunities. The two main Palestinian network providers, Jawaal and Wataniya, released their 3G bundles to the public on January 23 and 24, respectively. Founded…

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Why are aid organisations increasingly targeted?

When the United Nations and Red Cross headquarters in Baghdad were destroyed a few weeks apart in 2003, the events shocked the world. Today, attacks on aid groups - such as Wednesday's assault on Save the Children in Afghanistan - generate far fewer headlines. Similar attacks have gone from being "unconscionable" to "regrettable but expected".…

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Eucalypts: 10 things you may not know about an iconic Australian

You'd be hard pressed to go more than 10 minutes without spotting a eucalyptus tree in Australia. They dominate our landscapes from the bush to our backyards, paddocks, parks and pavements. And they even have their own national day — on March 23. Illustration of Eucalyptus obliqua (Wikimedia commons) Illustration of Eucalyptus obliqua They are…

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Afternoon naps are good for you — so don’t feel guilty

By Nicole Lovato, Flinders University Posted January 26, 2018 07:33:14 Photo: Naps have many benefits, including improving memory, reaction times and mood. (Unsplash: Anthony Mapp, CC0) Related Story: How 'coffee naps' can help you power through the day You may be familiar with that feeling of overwhelming sleepiness during the mid-afternoon. It's common, occurs whether…

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Oldest known human fossil outside Africa discovered in Israel

Human ancestors left Africa far earlier than previously thought, discovery of prehistoric jawbone and tools suggest The fossil is an upper jawbone with several teeth; stone tools were also found nearby. Dating places the tools and jaw as being between 177,000 and 194,000 years old. Photograph: Rolf Quam/Handout A prehistoric jawbone discovered in a cave…

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Britain has been ‘cowed’ by Brussels, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

Fresh attack on Theresa May’s handling of Brexit underlines fears of Eurosceptic MPs Tory Eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said Brexit should not be a ‘damage limitation exercise’. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters Tory divisions over Brexit have been starkly exposed by the backbench Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has stepped up his condemnation of Theresa May’s approach…

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Billions of pieces of plastic on coral reefs send disease soaring, research reveals

A major new study estimates 11bn pieces of plastic contaminate vital reefs and result in infections: ‘It’s like getting gangrene,’ scientists warn Spawning coral wrapped in plastic. Photograph: Lalita Putchim/Science Billions of pieces of plastic pollution are snagged on coral reefs, sending disease rates soaring, new research has revealed. The discovery compounds the damage being…

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Tessa Jowell calls for global cooperation to help cancer patients

Labour peer given standing ovation for moving speech in House of Lords about her brain cancer Tessa Jowell has received a standing ovation in the House of Lords for a moving speech about her brain cancer in which she urged peers to support an international initiative to share resources, research and new treatments. The former…

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