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Zelikan health center opening in Zelikan Camp-Duhok, Iraq. Photo courtesy of AMAR Foundation.

The humanitarian fallout from Mosul is expected to be the worst of 2016. This is really saying something, given the scale of the Syrian crisis, and what’s happening in Yemen and South Sudan. As the battle rages on and humanitarian agencies have received, or are waiting to receive refugees, the media’s focus hasn’t been as much on the human side of the story.


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‘Asian Super Grid’ dreams of connecting the world with clean energy

A proposed ‘Asian Super Grid’ is attempting to pave the way for global access to “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” by 2050. Major energy companies in China, Japan, Russia and South Korea recently signed an agreement to investigate the economic and technical feasibility, but even supporters are concerned about the political feasibility.

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Watch the best and worst international charity videos of 2016

The worst international charity video for this year features a sad young girl waiting to join the rest of her classmates by having a foreign sponsor. The winner of the dubious “Rusty Radiator Award” from the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund only gets worse.

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Vital changes to farming practices remain a tough sell

Environmentalists have long been pushing for the use of regenerative agriculture, an alternative approach to farming they say can help the world’s poorest farmers and fight global food insecurity. Some experts say the biggest limitation of the approach may just be convincing enough of the world to adopt it.

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