If your meals depended largely on the success of your family farm, would it change the way you felt about new crop technologies? Uganda is debating whether to give its first genetically modified plant, a GM banana, to millions of families for free.
The announcement that Qatar's emir would hand over power to his son is a surprise because royal transfers of power — voluntary ones, that is — are rare not just in the Middle East but around the world. The handover also raises questions about the future of Qatar's outsized role in global affairs.
The anti-apartheid icon and former South African president remains in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital. He's being treated for a respiratory infection. Mandela is 94. In 1999, he danced on stage as Clegg paid tribute.
A rare event has taken place in the Middle East — the ruler of an Arab country has voluntarily stepped down. The emir of the Gulf state of Qatar handed power over to his son in a quiet ceremony in Doha Tuesday.
In China, a U.S. factory executive is being held captive in his office by his own workers. He's Chip Starnes, a co-owner of the Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies. It hasn't been a violent takeover. In fact, Starnes has been able to get a few words out to the press.
Brazil's president has proposed a $25 billion transportation upgrade, in a bid to take the wind out of the sails of the nation's protest movement. After the police aggressively broke up the first demonstrations, the protests spread and grew into the hundreds of thousands.
Qatar's ruler said Tuesday he has transferred power to the 33-year-old crown prince in an anticipated move that puts a new generation in charge of the Gulf nation's vast energy wealth. Qatar has given no official explanation on the transition, but it is widely believed that Sheik Hamad is suffering from health problems.
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