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The World Economic Forum logo. Taken in Davos, Switzerland January 22, 2013. (Credit: swiss-image.ch / Remy Steinegger / Phillips Communications / Flickr)

The world’s most rich and powerful will gather once again for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Monday to discuss how they can tackle the biggest threats to global development. While the slated theme this year is globalization, the problem of inequality appears to be unavoidable.


Social Business
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App helps Indonesian capital get ‘smart’ to improve public services

When a city’s infrastructure and services are ineffective, it may feel good for its citizens to rant on social media about it. Will it make the services better? Probably not. That’s where technology comes in. A team of developers partnering with the government of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta developed an app so citizens can channel their social media savviness to monitor public services.

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News in the Humanosphere: Attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic leaves two dead

Two Moroccan U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic were killed and two others wounded by unknown attackers in the southeast of the country, the U.N. mission there said. The peacekeepers were escorting fuel trucks on Tuesday afternoon about 37 miles west of the town of Obo when they were attacked, the mission said in a statement, adding that the assailants fled into the bush.

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Indonesia resolves to tackle inequality in 2017

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Wednesday that narrowing the wealth inequality gap is at the top of this year’s agenda, and he plans to do so primarily by improving access to land, financial services and education for the poor.

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News in the Humanosphere: Syrians returning to homes in Aleppo, says U.N.

Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction “beyond imagination”, a top U.N. official told Reuters from the Syrian city. In the last couple of days around 2,200 families have returned to the Hanano housing district, said Sajjad Malik, country representative in Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

World Politics
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Israel cuts aid to Senegal over U.N. settlement vote

The Israeli government followed through on its pledge to punish countries for voting to condemn settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It canceled a planned visit by Senegalese Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, recalled its ambassadors and cut aid to the West African nation for sponsoring the resolution.

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