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Cubans were jubilant when president Barack Obama visited the island in March, but economic reforms have not progressed in line with the people’s hopes of change. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Is Cuba’s reform going in reverse?

In spite of rapprochement with the US, Cuban president Raúl Castro has put his reform agenda on hold. Why the delay?
Members of Hindu Sena, a right wing Hindu group, shout slogans during a protest against Hillary Clinton in New Delhi. Adnan Abidi/ Reuters

Trump or Clinton? What India really wants from the US election

Regardless of US presidential results, India needs to keep the United States close to maintain the balance of power in South Asia.
The tiny island nation Timor-Leste is fighting its large southern neighbour Australia over rights to an offshore oil and gas field. Adrees Latif/Reuters

What you need to know about Timor-Leste and Australia’s sea border fight

A conflict over the maritime border between the two countries has considerable implications for Timor-Leste’s future security, and its viability as an independent sovereign state.
Sea turtles have been around for 150 million years, but today’s pace of climate change represents an existential challenge. Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Saving Mexico’s endangered sea turtles will be good for tourism too

Climate change and tourism development in Mexico are altering the country's shoreline, endangering the habitat of sea turtles. But tourists prefer pristine, natural beaches, too.
Women across Latin America took to the streets after a 16-year-old girl was raped and murdered in a coastal town of Argentina in October 2016. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Latin American women’s problem: we keep getting murdered

The recent violent rape and murder of a 16-year-old Argentinian girl has sparked a region-wide protest movement against sexual violence in Latin America.
Brazil’s favelas are famous, but so are its ambitious efforts to bring roads, water, electricity, and land rights to its informal urban settlements. eflon/flickr

Is this the end of slum upgrading in Brazil?

For decades, Brazil has worked to improve conditions in its poorest neighbourhoods: building roads, drainage, lighting, and safer housing. Will budget cuts end its ambitious slum-upgrading efforts?
Quito lights up for Habitat III. Alexei Trundle

Habitat III is over, but will its New Urban Agenda transform the world’s cities?

Nation states, UN bodies and civil society gathered in Quito for Habitat III to adopt the New Urban Agenda. So how will the UN's new global urban roadmap transform our cities over the next 20 years?

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