What if they were really set free?

THE Ben Abeba restaurant is a spiral-shaped concrete confection perched on a mountain ridge near Lalibela, an Ethiopian town known for its labyrinth of 12th-century churches hewn out of solid rock. The view is breathtaking: as the sun goes down, a spur of the Great Rift Valley stretches out seemingly miles below in subtly changing hues of green and brown, rolling away, fold after fold, as far as the eye can see. An immense lammergeyer, or bearded vulture, floats past, showing off its russet trousers.

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No sex please, we’re Middle Eastern

Endangered pleasures IT WAS a disquieting announcement. On November 25th Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi approved a committee tasked with “improving the morals and values” in his country. Efforts to reduce littering or sexual harassment, both plagues in Egypt, might be welcome.

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And then there were none

Cryin’ Christmas tears FAR from spreading cheer this holiday season, Pope Francis has been in a Grinch-like mood. “There will be lights, parties, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes,” he said in late November. “It’s all a charade.” As the Vatican unveiled its own giant spruce, he sounded downright depressed: “We should ask for the grace to weep for this world, which does not recognise the path to peace.” It is easy to see why the pope is so downhearted

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Africa: Three Ways New Waterless Toilet Will Help Women

[SciDev.Net] A new waterless toilet soon to be trialled in Africa may not start a feminist revolution, but it will go a long way to addressing some urgent and practical needs of women and girls – and for all the international conferences and commitments to empowering women, it is nice to hear about something concrete.

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