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Rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army making their way to a camp in southern Sudan. The group forcibly recruits children. EPA/Stephen Morrison

Why some rebel groups force kids to fight: it depends on how they are funded

Natural resources are an important factor in explaining why some rebel groups forcibly recruit children into their ranks.
Three species of immature mosquito: the common house mosquito, and the malaria vectors An. arabiensis and An. funestus. Supplied

How higher temperatures and pollution are affecting mosquitoes

Researchers are only beginning to understand the impact of pollution and increased temperatures on the biology of mosquitoes.
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station during a runoff presidential election in Bamako, Mali on Aug. 12, 2018. Reuters/Luc Gnago

Competitive elections are good for democracy – just not every democracy

Elections are supposed to hold politicians accountable: Officials who fear losing their seat will work harder for voters. But in some countries, political competition actually makes government worse.

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