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Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal
“The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering…” (The Guardian)

Millions of premature births could be linked to air pollution, study finds
“Air pollution could be a contributing factor in millions of premature births around the world each year, a new report has found…” (The Guardian)

More than 70 killed in Isis suicide attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistan
“Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least 70 people and injured about 150 at a crowded shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday…” (The Guardian)

Mark Zuckerberg pens major Facebook manifesto on how to burst the bubble
Mark Zuckerberg has written a long-winded riposte to criticisms of Facebook and growing anti-globalization sentiment. (The Guardian)

Last supermarket before Antarctica
“At the world’s end, where South America meets the stormy polar seas, cruise ship tourists are promised a wild and untouched land. Also a shopping mall in the free trade zone…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Wannabe workshop to the world
“Vietnam is prospering but working conditions remain harsh. Business leaders hoped the Trans-Pacific Partnership would help make it an offshore manufacturing base to rival China. That may not happen…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Passing through
“The US president’s executive order to build a massive wall along the border with Mexico brings to mind other such endeavours: among them, the 3,286 km long fence separating India from Bangladesh, the longest geopolitical barrier in the world…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

No more two-state solution
“After Donald Trump took office, Israel announced the construction of 6,000 new settler homes. Now Trump has warned Binyamin Netanyahu such building ’may not be helpful’ for peace. Israel’s far right demands more than building: it wants to annex the Palestinian territories…” (Le Monde diplomatique)
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