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Traveling by high-speed rail to Mecca

A Spanish-Saudi Arabian consortium is building a 444-kilometre-long high-speed rail line to connect the two Muslim holy cities of Medina and Mecca. The first trains will be delivered later this year. Heinz Krieger reports...

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Paradise is in danger

Most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, according to a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Overfishing is the main culprit. But as Regine Reibling reports...

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Obama’s war on coal

The United States is going after CO2 emissions, announcing that it will reduce them by 30 per cent by 2030. Coal-fired power plants will be the most affected. Critics of the plan accuse President...

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Water up for sale

Still up to its neck in debt, Greece is now looking to privatise one of its public water companies. The plan, which was actually first proposed by European financial and political powers, is being...

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Oceans need better legal protection

Climate change, pollution and overfishing are taking our oceans to the brink of disaster. To prevent further, irreversible exploitation of this natural resource, the oceans should be granted ‘common heritage of mankind’ status under...

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Tesla investors are losing patience

The Californian automaker of high-end electric cars posted a loss in the first quarter of the year, while at the same time outlined plans to increase spending. While the announcements have disappointed investors, it...