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VIDEO: Sudanese farmers have been tapping thorny acacia trees for decades, with one reward in mind: to harvest the prized “gum arabic” resin. But in the harsh drylands where farmers struggle to cope with the arid climate, many are reluctant to take up the arduous profession.

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni agreed Monday to strengthen energy cooperation with Africa's top gas exporter Algeria, the latest European country seeking supply deals to help reduce reliance on Russia.
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Five billion people are exposed to higher heart disease risks through trans fat, the World Health Organization said Monday, calling out countries that have failed to act against the toxic substance.
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Earth's inner core, a hot iron ball the size of Pluto, has stopped spinning in the same direction as the rest of the planet and might even be rotating the other way, research suggested on Monday.
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Sexism remains at an 'alarming' level in France with many young men judging discriminatory or violent behaviour against women to be acceptable, a report published Monday found.
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The death of the world's oldest person at the age of 118 has reignited a debate that has divided scientists for centuries: is there a limit on how long a healthy human can live?
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A man was found guilty on Monday of robbing British cycling star Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta of their high-value watches in a knifepoint attack at their home.
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South Africa said on Monday it was 'friends' with Russia, as it hosted Russia's top diplomat for a visit that has sparked criticism against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.
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Muscovites were braving the threat of arrest to lay flowers at an improvised memorial to victims of a missile attack in Ukraine's central city of Dnipro, AFP journalists witnessed on Monday.
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VIDEO: Residents of China's Wuhan say they are hopeful for the future and no longer afraid of Covid-19, three years after the city was locked down over what was then a mysterious virus.

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The EU on Monday placed 37 more Iranian officials and entities on an asset-freeze and visa-ban blacklist over Tehran's bloody crackdown on protesters.
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