All the Spoils

Gabon and the Bank of America recently finalized a “debt-for-nature swap,” the first on the African continent, to reduce its debt payments in exchange for promises to invest in conservation measures. Specifically, Gabon will expand a marine park and reform its fishing rules to protect...

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New Blood

The BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will add six more countries into its ranks, as key members Russia and China seek to expand the influence of the loose economic bloc to counteract Western global dominance, the Washington Post reported. After a...

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Going Bigger

Nicaragua banned a Jesuit religious order from operating in the country, the latest move by President Daniel Ortega against the Catholic Church and opposition figures, the Associated Press reported. On Wednesday, officials said the Catholic order, known as the Society of Jesus, had failed to comply...

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Ukraine, Briefly

This week, Yevgeny Prigozhin, chief of the Russian mercenary Wagner Group more recently known for a rebellion against Russia’s military, reportedly died in a plane that crashed near Moscow, CNN reported Thursday. Russian authorities investigating the incident confirmed that Prigozhin’s name was on the passenger...

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Of Predators and Parents

Scientists discovered that crocodiles are able to detect distress calls from the infants of other species, including humans and bonobo apes, the New York Times reported. In a new paper, the giant reptiles appeared to be attracted to the wailing cries of young animals, even though...

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