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    A report says 26% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to safe drinking water and 46% lacks access to basic sanitation. The U.N. World Water Development Report 2023 came Tuesday on the eve of the first major U.N. conference on water in over 45 years. The report paints a stark picture of the huge gap that needs to be filled to meet U.N. goals to ensure all people have access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. The report's editor-in-chief, Richard Connor, says the estimated cost of meeting the goals is between $600 billion and $1 trillion a year. The three-day U.N. Water Conference opens Wednesday.

      Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni faced calls Wednesday from the United Nations and rights groups to reject an "appalling" anti-gay bill passed by parliament. Ugandan lawmakers had late Tuesday approved the bill outlining harsh penalties for anyone who engages in same-sex activity after a c…

      Health experts proposed detailed plans for a gradual end to anti-virus controls, but the Chinese government rebuffed them and dropped restrictions in December with no preparations to cope with the chaotic aftermath, The Associated Press has found. Over a year ago, scientists called on author…

      China says President Xi Jinping's just-concluded visit to Russia was a “journey of friendship, cooperation and peace.” The trip that ended Wednesday signaled no new progress in ending the bloody conflict in Ukraine while shoring up President Vladimir Putin's standing amid growing efforts to isolate him and his government internationally. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said China remained neutral in the conflict and its efforts were aimed at promoting peace talks. Wang also accused the U.S. of lacking impartiality and “fanning the flames” of the conflict by providing defensive weapons to Ukraine. The U.S. and NATO have supported Kyiv since the start of the conflict, while China is widely seen as providing economic support for Putin's regime.

      Japan’s prime minister has pledged to provide Poland with development support to help the European country assist neighboring Ukraine as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion. Polish Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki hosted Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Warsaw a day after Kishida made a surprise visit to Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Kishida said Japan would offer the Polish government development assistance in lights of "the increasing burden on Poland due to the prolonged invasion of Ukraine.” Japan usually provides the type of promised aid to developing countries, which Poland is no longer, but Kishida says the Japanese government is making a special exception.


      As humankind’s population continues to grow we’re running into a bit of a tradeoff, we’re destroying the habitats of animals to build farms to feed ourselves and releasing a ton of carbon while we do it. But now experts say we could kill two birds with one stone with these: edible mushrooms.

      Solar is the future, after all it’s literally limitless energy provided by the Sun, but many argue that we don’t have enough areas for solar farms. Well, one Swiss company may have figured that out. This is what they’re calling Sun-Ways and could help capture a massive amount of solar energy…

      With EU ministers reaching a deal to supply Ukraine with a million rounds of shells to bolster its defenses against Russia’s invasion, munitions factories across the continent, including in France, are having to ramp up production to meet demand, while the slightest error during the manufact…

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