Geography http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25376/all en REFILE-Andean glaciers melting at 'unprecedented' rates -study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/andean-glaciers-melting-at-unprecedented-rates-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By (Inserts The at end of first paragraph)</p> <p>LIMA, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Climate change has shrunk Andean glaciers between 30 and 50 percent since the 1970s and could melt many of them away altogether in coming years, according to a study published on Tuesday in the journal The Cryosphere.</p> <p>Andean glaciers, a vital source of fresh water for tens of millions of South Americans, are retreating at their fastest rates in more than 300 years, according to the most comprehensive review of Andean ice loss so far.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/andean-glaciers-melting-at-unprecedented-rates-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earth Geography Physical geography Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:14 +0000 5738076 at http://www.globalpost.com Travel Picks: Top 10 places off the beaten path http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/travel-picks-top-10-places-the-beaten-path <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - While the arrival of a new year often means diets and resolutions, it also means a slew of new vacation days. With their upcoming travels in mind, the members and editors of VirtualTourist.com (<a href="http://www.virtualtourist.com" title="www.virtualtourist.com">www.virtualtourist.com</a>) have selected their "Top 10 Places off the beaten path". Reuters has not endorsed this list: 1. Chile Stretching 4,270 km (2,653 mi) along the Pacific Ocean, Chile's length and range of latitudes (from subtropical to subAntarctic) create incredible biodiversity and a variety of natural settings to see and enjoy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/travel-picks-top-10-places-the-beaten-path" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Earth Geography Hospitality Human Interest Member states of the United Nations Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:00:21 +0000 5739321 at http://www.globalpost.com France's Hollande to fly to Mali Friday - report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/blank-headline-received <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande will fly to Mali on Friday night to meet the West African country's interim president in the capital Bamako the next day, France's Liberation newspaper reported.</p> <p>Quoting unnamed sources, it said Hollande also planned to visit the fabled desert city of Timbuktu, which French and Malian forces seized back from Islamist rebels who had held the northern part of the former French colony since last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/blank-headline-received" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa François Hollande Geography Geography of Africa Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:00:55 +0000 5742753 at http://www.globalpost.com North Mali off-limits for Western staff: Red Cross http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/north-mali-limits-western-staff-red-cross <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The international Red Cross said Monday it is keeping northern Mali off-limits for Western staff for security reasons, despite the retreat of radical Islamists there.</p> <p>"Our staffing has remained the same since before the revival of the conflict, with around 100 staff in northern Mali," said Wolde Gabriel Saugeron, spokesman for the Africa division of the International Committee of the Red Cross.</p> <p>"We work with expats, but non-OECD expats, for obvious security reasons," he told reporters, referring to a grouping of Western nations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/north-mali-limits-western-staff-red-cross" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography Mali AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:00:55 +0000 5745309 at http://www.globalpost.com UN resumes food aid in north Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/un-resumes-food-aid-north-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations said Tuesday it had resumed food aid operations in northern Mali, which were frozen after a French-led offensive against radical Islamists began there last month.</p> <p>"The World Food Programme has relaunched its distribution of food and nutritional supplements in the north of Mali," the UN food agency's spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva.</p> <p>She said seven boats carrying 600 tonnes of aid left the river port of Mopti at the weekend bound for a district in the Timbuktu region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/un-resumes-food-aid-north-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography Geography of Africa Hospitality AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:46:31 +0000 5746265 at http://www.globalpost.com UN eyes north Mali aid access within days http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/un-eyes-north-mali-aid-access-within-days <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations said Wednesday it hopes to have full access for aid operations in northern Mali within days, but warned that the security situation there was still a concern.</p> <p>"We now have access back into central Mali," said David Gressly, who steers operations in the region of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/un-eyes-north-mali-aid-access-within-days" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography Mali War AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:46:26 +0000 5747615 at http://www.globalpost.com Islamic states back efforts to regain Mali territory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/islamic-states-back-efforts-regain-mali-territory <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Islamic states said on Thursday they support efforts to help Mali "regain its territorial integrity," in an apparent reference to France's military intervention in the African country.</p> <p>In the final statement of the 12th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, delegates stressed "firm support for current efforts by Mali to regain its territorial integrity and its authority over all national territory."</p> <p>The text does not explicitly mention French military operations in Mali.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/islamic-states-back-efforts-regain-mali-territory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Earth Geography Mali War AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:00:52 +0000 5749180 at http://www.globalpost.com Argentine gauchos cling to trademark riding pants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/argentine-gauchos-cling-trademark-riding-pants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Argentina's gauchos, or cowboys, are a proud lot. As economic forces trigger changes in agriculture -- namely a big rise in soybean farming -- they try to preserve their century-old lifestyle, including the trademark "bombacha" or baggy riding pants.</p> <p>Famed for their horsemanship, these rugged cowboys of the central 'Pampas' -- vast, fertile plains and grasslands -- helped defeat Spanish troops and win Argentine independence in the 19th century.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/argentine-gauchos-cling-trademark-riding-pants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Americas Geography Physical geography AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 04:45:40 +0000 5751516 at http://www.globalpost.com Zimbabwe arrests 'rude' French tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/zimbabwe-arrests-rude-french-tourists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Zimbabwe police said Wednesday they had briefly detained seven "extremely rude" French tourists in the resort town of Victoria Falls.</p> <p>The group -- aged between 55 and 66 -- were detained for sneaking into a game park and refusing to stump up the $15 entry fee.</p> <p>"They were extremely rude and they even tried to drive off from the police station, but we managed to arrest them," Jairos Chiona, police chief superintendant in Victoria Falls, told AFP.</p> <p>"They refused to pay to watch game at Zambezi national park," he said, adding that they were released after paying a $20 fine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/zimbabwe-arrests-rude-french-tourists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography Geography of Africa AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:32:17 +0000 5754341 at http://www.globalpost.com Suicide car bomb attack in northern Mali: French army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/suicide-car-bomb-attack-northern-mali-french-army <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A suicide bomber in northern Mali drove a car bomb Tuesday at a checkpoint in the city of Kidal manned by Tuareg rebels supporting the French-led offensive against Islamist militants, a French military official said.</p> <p>It was not immediately clear whether the suicide attack against the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) caused any other casualties but the blast was described by residents as a very powerful.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/suicide-car-bomb-attack-northern-mali-french-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography Tuareg War AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:31:24 +0000 5767849 at http://www.globalpost.com 130 wounded in Guinea opposition demo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/130-wounded-guinea-opposition-demo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Violence broke out during a Guinean opposition demonstration in Conakry Wednesday, leaving some 130 people wounded including 68 police, Guinea's security minister said.</p> <p>The new toll was determined after contacting different hospitals in the capital where the wounded were taken, the minister, Maramany Cisse, said on national television.</p> <p>A statement earlier from the offices of government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said there were "51 wounded by stone throwing, including 23 police officers and 28 civilians. One of the injured officers is in critical condition."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/130-wounded-guinea-opposition-demo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography Geography of Africa Politics AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:46:28 +0000 5769046 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Mad Max' accused of destroying Namib desert http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/mad-max-accused-destroying-namib-desert <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Namibian environmental groups and tourism companies expressed fury Monday about a film crew's alleged destruction of sensitive areas in the world's oldest desert while shooting "Mad Max: Fury Road."</p> <p>"They added tracks in untouched areas," tour operator Tommy Collard told AFP from Swakopmund.</p> <p>"What is worse is the film crew tried to remove the marks they left themselves by dragging nets over them, ripping plants out," Collard added.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/mad-max-accused-destroying-namib-desert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Ecoregions Entertainment Geography Physical geography Technology AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:16:45 +0000 5773007 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Every reason to think French hostages in Sahel 'are alive': France http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/urgent-every-reason-think-french-hostages-sahel-are-alive-france <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said there was "every reason to believe" that French hostages being held in the Sahel region "are alive".</p> <p>Le Drian's remarks on French television came amid fears for the lives of French hostages in the area following the reported killing over the weekend of two Al-Qaeda-linked leaders in Mali.</p> <p>sm/mfp/vjf</p> Africa Geography Hostage taking AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:46:04 +0000 5773320 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-UN envoy says Mali neighbours fear contagion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/refile-interview-un-envoy-says-mali-neighbours-fear-contagion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania "obsessed" about contagion</p> <p>* Says may be bigger Islamist threat than Iraq, Afghanistan</p> <p>By Steve Scherer</p> <p>ROME, March 12 (Reuters) - Mali's neighbours fear Islamist fighters may lead rebellions in their own countries after al Qaeda-linked fighters took over much of the north African country before being beaten back by French forces, a special envoy to the region said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130312/refile-interview-un-envoy-says-mali-neighbours-fear-contagion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Geography Physical geography Technology War Thomson Reuters Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:15:16 +0000 5781705 at http://www.globalpost.com Students protest education cuts in Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/students-protest-education-cuts-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands of students and teachers marched in Madrid on Thursday protesting crisis budget cuts and layoffs in schools and universities.</p> <p>"Our education will not pay your debt!" read a banner at the front of the march heading down one of Madrid's main avenues towards the education ministry, to the din of horns and whistles.</p> <p>The national students' union that called the demonstration says Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has cut five billion euros ($6.5 billion) from public education budgets in the past year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/students-protest-education-cuts-spain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Europe Geography Geography of Europe AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:30:41 +0000 5783832 at http://www.globalpost.com