Makaa or charcoal is often used in cooking methods in Kenya and other countries in Africa.

The push to end harmful cooking methods worldwide


A third of the world’s population cooks with fuels that produce harmful fumes when burned. Breathing in the fine particles produced by cooking with wood, charcoal, coal, animal dung and agricultural waste can penetrate the lungs and cause multiple respiratory and cardiovascular problems, including cancer and strokes. Women and children are most at risk. Fifty countries gathered in Paris on Tuesday to raise funds to replace dangerous cooking with clean ones. Marco Werman speaks with Dymphna van der Lans, CEO of the Clean Cooking Alliance.

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Two MSF aid workers shot dead in Somalia

South Sudan: UN troops step in to prevent ethnic violence


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2011: year for self-immolations


From Mohamed Bouazizi to Tibetan monks, why did so many people light themselves on fire this past year?

New Year’s Eve: Dutch giraffes soothed by pop music


Dutch obsession with New Year’s Eve fireworks rattles giraffes at Netherlands zoo; only pop music can calm the animals.

Nigerians plan mass strike as fuel subsidy ends

Unions in Nigeria say they’ll call a nationwide strike “within days” after the government removed a fuel subsidy that has reportedly doubled prices in some parts of the country.

South Sudan: Jonglei violence displaces “at least 20,000”


Tens of thousands of people, mostly women and children, have fled into the bush to escape violence between rival tribes in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.

Swaziland activists accuse Coca-Cola of supporting King Mswati III

Activists accuse Coke of propping up Swaziland’s regime.