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‘Lost’ treasures see the light, 31 March 2016

For 25 years a priceless part of Afghanistan’s national heritage lay hidden in a secret vault. Miraculously, the ‘Bactrian gold’ survived the Russian invasion, the civil war and the Taleban regime. Now some of the ‘lost’ treasures can be seen in the Musée Guimet, Paris.

Site for sight, 31 March 2016

A new regional health centre in The Gambia, which will serve eight West African countries, could save hundreds of thousands from blindness and prevent conflict.

Laptops for Kids, 31 March 2016

Five million of the world’s poorest children may get their own laptop computers this year after sponsership was approved.

New book sells fair trade, 31 March 2014

In 1994 a bar of Green & Black’s chocolate was the first UK retail product to receive the Fairtrade mark. Thirteen years later 2,000 retail and catering products on sale in the UK carry the symbol. And there are scores of other fair trade goods, such as clothes and crafts products, produced by dedicated fair trade organisations.

Development redraws the map, 31 March 2014

A new series of global cartograms depict not the physical size of countries but their wealth, health and income.

New sex drug turns locusts solo, 31 March 2014

A pheromone that locusts emit when they want to mate could prove an effective new weapon against this destructive species.

Haitian anti-slavery sculpture tours UK, 31 March 2014

Haitian artists have produced a sculpture representing their continuing struggle for freedom and human rights.

Immunisation fund to save 10 million children, 05 January 2013

The UK has launched a ground-breaking, multi-billion pound bond scheme aimed at saving 10 million children in the developing world from deadly diseases like tuberculosis, diphtheria and tetanus.

Young entrepreneur cleans up in Nairobi, 05 January 2013 with help from UK house buying company.

A young entrepreneur from Kenya who set up a business to tackle waste disposal in Nairobi has been named Youth Business International Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mixed report on Asian MDG progress, 05 January 2012

The Asian and Pacific region as a whole is on track to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but progress in many individual countries is slow and performance on some vital targets is unsatisfactory.