Low turnout expected amid widespread disaffection after months of political crisis
Algeria on Thursday held a presidential vote bitterly opposed by a protest movement that sees it as a regime ploy to cling on to power.
After almost 10 months of political turmoil, all 61,000 polling stations around the country opened as planned at 8am (7am GMT), the official APS news agency reported.Continue reading...
The former first lady of the Philippines is revealed as a monstrous, loathsome, absurdly queenly figure in Lauren Greenfield’s superb documentary
Green groups say 52% vote against federal government facility should rule out region as potential site
Residents in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges have voted narrowly against having a nuclear waste dump in their region.
About 52% of the people who took part in the ballot voted against the federal government’s facility being established on land near Hawker.Continue reading...
Borrowers have accused NGOs of charging unfairly high interest, demanding rapid payback, and reporting debts to the police
The world’s largest NGO has been forced to conduct an internal review of a money-lending scheme it runs for the poor in Sierra Leone after some borrowers amassed significant debts and were reported to police when they couldn’t repay loans.
The Dutch justice system is cutting jail populations by offering specialist rehabilitation to people with mental illnesses
When Stefan Koning, who has a history of psychosis, was found guilty of threatening a stranger with a knife, a long custodial sentence might have felt like the only answer.
In fact, after a short spell in jail, he is back at his home in Amsterdam.Continue reading...
Reducing meat and dairy consumption will cut methane and allow forests to thrive
Livestock production needs to reach its peak within the next decade in order to tackle the climate emergency, scientists have warned.
They are calling for governments in all but the poorest countries to set a date for “peak meat” because animal agriculture is a significant and fast-growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions.Continue reading...