Living in a democratic society is better for human health, says new research. According to the research, published on the Lancet, countries that switched to democracy saw a rise in people's life expectancy and reduced deaths due to cardiovascular disease, diseases such as cancer and cirrhosis, and road traffic...
Faces with a record level of air pollution, South Korea has passed a set of legislation which has designated the problem a "social disaster". The newly passed bills allow authorities access to emergency funds to the tune of US$2.65bn, to fight the menace through measures such as mandatory installation of...
Roberto Ricciuti, University of Verona; Antonio Savoia, University of Manchester, and Kunal Sen, University of Manchester The ability to raise revenues from taxes – called “fiscal capacity” – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of any state. Being able to tax citizens, and collect it efficiently, is a cornerstone...
Only less than one-tenth of members of national and state legislatures in India are women, shows an analysis. According to the analysis by Association for Democratic Reforms, a civil society organisation, only 440, or 9% of the 4,865 MPs/MLAs across the country are women. According to the census. 48.5% of...
Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has announced that he will not run for another term, in the wake of mass protests that erupted in the country. Bouteflika, who is in his fourth term, postponed elections scheduled for April to announce a new leadership. In a letter to the Algerian people released by...
West African nation Guinea Bissau voted on Sunday to elect members of a new parliament, to end the political crisis that has rocked the country since 2015. The results of the peaceful voting, in which candidates from the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cap Verde (PAIGC),...
People of North Korea have voted in a general election to the rubber-stamp legislature, known as the Supreme People’s Assembly, on Sunday. In the namesake-election, however, people are not provided with choices of candidates. They vote for just one approved name. Held in a carnival atmosphere in Pyongyang, the election...
Protests are growing in Algeria against the decision of the ailing president to contest for a fifth term. The protests, which so far has been without violence, have had millions participating, according to observers. They are supported by journalists, lawyers, unions and the influential association of veterans of the war...
Venezuela has been staying under total electricity blackout for two days, which has forced the government to order schools to be closed and workers to stay home. Venezuela’s vice-president, Delcy Rodríguez said that it was “an act of electric sabotage committed by Venezuela’s extreme-right opposition” on a hydroelectric plant in...
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday announced major changes to modernize and strengthen the organisation, which included the creation of a new structure and operating model. Under the changes, the organisation will establish a new department of Digital Health and a new Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery. A WHO...

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