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Respectively 60.6% and 62% of women in Liberia and Sierra Leone have experienced at least one act of sexual violence in their life. IStock

The scourge of sexual violence in West Africa, unveiled

More than 40% are victims of violence at least once in their lifetime, according to research. This is likely the tip of the iceberg.
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Earth harbours 20,000,000,000,000,000 ants – and they weigh more than wild birds and mammals combined

Invertebrates are “the little things that run the world”. So researchers decided to count all the ants on Earth, to help monitor how they’re coping with environmental challenges.
In the city of London, security cameras can even be found in cemeteries. In 2021 the mayor’s office launched an effort to establish guidelines for research around emerging technology. Acabashi/Wikimedia

Debate: How to stop our cities from being turned into AI jungles

As states and nations struggle to regulate growing AI use, municipal authorities are often leading the way. An emerging paradigm known as AI Localism can help us better define the way forward.
United States, Russia, Europe…historical tensions are resurfacing.

United States: the end of an illusion of omnipotence

The United States still sees itself as the world’s one and only superpower… The reality is now quite different: for several years, the country has been undergoing a slow but inevitable decline.
The Market Gardeners’ District in Bamberg is made up of several hectares of land encircled by densely built small houses of a distinct style. Unesco

Inside Bamberg’s Market Gardeners’ District, where medieval traditions meet a changing world

Urban farming is an ancient tradition in Bamberg, and the gardeners’ district is an integral part of the World Heritage City, growing food, promoting sustainability and fighting climate change.
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) supports the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country. After nine years in Mali the Yérèwolo movement demands its withdrawal. AFP

Amid popular opposition, is the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali doomed?

Mali’s ruling junta, which has already secured the end of France’s Barkhane operation and has largely moved closer to Moscow, is now targeting the UN mission in the country, the Minusma.
A view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. Ludovic Marin/AFP

War in Ukraine: has the time for EU enlargement arrived?

The war in Ukraine has added new momentum to the argument of expanding the EU eastward. However, institutional and political obstacles to making this dream reality abound.
French Education and Youth Minister Pap Ndiaye speaks during a press conference following a weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on June 14, 2022. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Appointment of Pap Ndiaye as education minister highlights ‘woke’ debate in France

Considered a pioneer of “Black Studies à la française”, Ndiaye’s appointment comes at a time when issues in race and gender have divided the French political class and public opinion.
A worker on an electric cargo-bike ferries goods in Strasbourg, France. Frederick Florin/AFP

Could cargo bike deliveries help green e-commerce?

On paper, swapping gas-guzzling trucks for bikes may sound like an appealing option for greening e-commerce. However, there are sizeable obstacles to implementing this in cities.
The electric car makes it possible to partially decarbonize transportation, but the fate of the batteries after their use remains an open problem. Michael Marais/Flickr

Can electric vehicle batteries be recycled?

Between reuse and recycling, what happens to the batteries of electric vehicles?

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