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Dwindling biodiversity threatens food security, says UN

Dwindling biodiversity threatens food security, says UN

By choosing to eat the same meals again and again, people are putting the future of the food supply at risk, a United Nations report has said. Farming and fishing practices could be revamped and new crops introduced.
  • The White House has said it will keep some troops in Syria as a peacekeeping force after most US forces pull out from the country. The move could be an attempt to get European allies to send soldiers to Syria as well.
  • The former stronghold of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar is to be demolished. Authorities in the city of Medellin plan to replace the building with a park dedicated to the victims of narcotics trafficking.
  • At the same time Russia is trying to attract foreign investment, the country's security services have arrested US businessman Michael Calvey. Is the Kremlin shooting itself in the foot? DW's Miodrag Soric reports.
  • After going unseen for 40 years, scientists have rediscovered a bee in Indonesia so large that it is nicknamed the flying bulldog. Researchers feared the giant bee had gone extinct.
  • Regional leaders will soon need to discuss how Turkey will deal with an influx of former Islamic State fighters attempting to transit the country on their way back to their homelands from neighboring Syria and Iraq.
  • Many Venezuelans have no access to food or medical supplies. Acting President Nicolas Maduro denies that any humanitarian crisis is taking place and has called on the military to block any aid from entering the country.
  • US actor Jussie Smollett is accused of reporting a fake racist and homophobic attack to police. Police allege that the Empire actor used the staged attack to promote his career.
  • The move has come amid rising tensions in Kashmir after an attack on an Indian military post. Pakistan's PM Khan separately authorized his military to respond decisively to any aggression by India.
  • The anti-Semitic attack on the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in Paris has shocked Europe. But people who are genuinely surprised must not have been paying attention to the events of recent years, DW's Martin Gak writes.
  • The chancellor has backed the European Commission president in the face of aggressive attacks from Hungary. Still, she declined to call for removing Orban's party from the conservative bloc in the European Parliament.
  • For the 5,400 Burundian soldiers fighting in Somalia, it's time to go home, the African Union says. Burundi's President Nkurunziza disagrees and is fighting the decision.
  • An Afghan migrant in Germany is willing to pay a fine imposed on activist Elin Ersson. The Swedish activist was charged with violating aviation law after keeping a plane from departing with an Afghan deportee on board.
  • Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has dismissed the government, saying they have not improved the country. Nazarbayev plans to propose measures of his own to strengthen social welfare.
  • The head of the Labour Party was in Brussels for talks with Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator. Corbyn said his party was determined to stop a chaotic no-deal exit.
  • After years of crisis and a controversial name change deal with Macedonia, Greeks are desperately clinging onto their illustrious past, a potent symbol of Greek national pride. Anthee Carassava reports from Athens.
  • Sixty-five opposition lawmakers resigned from parliament ahead of protests calling for the government to step down. The EU warned against a repeat of weekend violence and called the resignations damaging to democracy.
  • Crises and disasters threatened more than 132 million people in 2018, and many of them hardly made the headlines. The Care aid organization looks at humanitarian issues that were underreported last year.
  • Iraqi and foreign IS fighters have been transferred to Iraq from Syria. It was unclear if European IS fighters and family members were among those shipped to Iraq.
  • Under the banners of accountability and transparency, Pope Francis has opened an unprecedented summit on sex abuse in the Catholic Church. He said that serial criticizers of the church were in league with the devil.