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Mbeki slams ANC over S.Africa land redistribution plan

Johanesburg - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday accused the ruling ANC of abandoning its multiracial principles and becoming a "black party" due to its new land redistribution policy.

Firebrand Malema fights for land revolution in S. Africa

Johanesburg - The leader of South Africa's radical opposition EFF party has vowed that his supporters will increasingly seize unoccupied land to put pressure on the government to redistribute land to black people.

S. Africa land reform debate hots up as showdown looms

Vereeniging - "We live like sardines while white farmers live on hectares of land. Bring back our land!" declared Nthabiseng Tshivhenga, a black civil servant.

In rebel Syria, a race to save precious property deeds

Beirut - The external hard drive had been smuggled from Syrian regime territory through jihadist-held towns and into Turkey. When Ghazwan Koronful finally got his hands on it, he sighed in relief.

S.Africa's black majority battles apartheid urban planning

Cape Town - "(Skin) colour gets darker the further away you are" from the town centre, says Lindiwe, a middle-aged squatter explaining how land distribution in South Africa has barely changed since apartheid.

Five ways to halt 'critical' land decay

Medell - Scientists warned Monday that land degradation imperils the health and well-being of billions of people, threatening food and water supplies while fuelling conflict, mass migration and disease spread.

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Medell - Land degradation will unleash a mass migration of at least 50 million people by 2050 -- as many as 700 million unless humans stop depleting the life-giving resource, more than 100 scientists warned Monday.

Scientists to publish first-ever land health report

Medell - Scientists will publish the first-ever analysis Monday of the global state of land and its ability to sustain a fast-growing human population that relies on it for 95 percent of all food.

Quarter of land will be drier under 2 C warming: study

Paris - More than a quarter of Earth's land surface will become "significantly" drier even if humanity manages to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the goal espoused in the Paris Agreement, scientists said on Monday.

Zimbabwe orders illegal farm invaders off land: state media

Harare - Zimbabwe's new agriculture minister has ordered people illegally occupying formerly white-owned commercial farms to vacate, nearly two decades after violent land grabs led by ousted ex-president Robert Mugabe, state media said Thursday.

Taking on tycoons, five residents bid to buy Scottish island

Edinburgh - When tycoons in helicopters began landing on Scotland's Isle of Ulva, its five tenants feared their way of life might be coming to an end.

Tribe near Brazil's biggest city fights to hold on

Jacuba - Located next to Sao Paulo, one of the world's biggest cities, the Guarani-Mbya tribe's reservation here was always easy to miss. Under a new law, it risks disappearing almost altogether.

S.Africa's vexed land reform scores a rare success

Hoedspruit - It was a hard-fought victory for South Africa's black community seeking to reclaim land, and for the Moletele ethnic group it has become a surprising model of wider racial cooperation.

Brazil sacks indigenous agency chief after attack on tribe

Bras - Brazil's government on Friday sacked the head of its agency handling indigenous issues, a week after 13 members of one tribe were wounded in a bloody attack by ranchers in a land dispute.

Brazil promises backing for beleaguered indigenous people

Bras - Brazil's government on Wednesday brushed off criticism that it is failing to protect vulnerable indigenous tribes in the wake of a bloody attack that left 13 people wounded.

Massacre in Brazilian farmland highlights brutal struggle

Rio De Janeiro - The nine men were lowered into the reddish earth they once sweated over, but the burial of their mutilated bodies didn't lay to rest a brutal power struggle in Brazil's agricultural heartland.

British ranch owner murder suspect held in Kenya

Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Tuesday remanded a suspect in custody over the murder of a British man who was shot dead on his ranch earlier this month.Samson Lokayi, 25, was detained on Sunday.

At least 14 killed in Mali land dispute

Bamako - At least 14 people were killed and more than 40 injured in clashes over land between residents of two central Malian villages, a regional official told AFP Sunday.

Kazakhstan accuses protesters of trying to oust government

Astana - Oil-rich Kazakhstan on Friday accused organisers of anti-land reform demonstrations last week of trying to overthrow the Central Asian country's government.

Myanmar police force hundreds from factory area slums

Yangon - Hundreds of Myanmar families were left destitute Tuesday after government workers used mechanical diggers to flatten swathes of Yangon slum housing as the bitter competition for land intensifies in the fast-industrialising city.

Anti-government group wants ownership of seized parklands

Burns - Anti-government protesters pledged to stay on remote federal land they seized Saturday night in Oregon until U.S. officials agree to release ownership to them.

Oregon standoff reflects decades-long fight on land rights

Washington - The occupation of a wildlife refuge by armed protesters in Oregon reflects a decades-old dispute over land rights in the United States, where local communities have increasingly sought to take back federal land.

Farmers, indigenous tribes suffer in Brazil land clashes

Dourados - Brazilian farmer Rui Escobar waves a yellow piece of paper in frustration: it's his title to land that local indigenous tribes argue has belonged to them for far, far longer."This farm has belonged to my family for more than 100 years.

Changes to farm use leading to wasp decline

Exeter - A new study links the fall in numbers of wasps and bees to changes to the use of land, especially a decline in the number of green spaces. An environmental group has argued for greater diversification.

Colombia to buy land for poor in post-war period

Estanzuela - Colombia aims to buy land from private owners and redistribute it among the poor after its 50-year-old war ends, the government said Sunday, addressing the root cause of the conflict.

India's 'living dead' fight for resurrection

New Delhi - For the last two years Ramjanam Mauriya has made countless journeys to Azamgarh magistrate's office in northern India, laden with stacks of documents to prove he is not a ghost."It's frustrating. I am alive, yet they say I am dead," Mauriya told AFP.

Britain's poo-powered bus sets a land-speed record

The land-speed record for the world's fastest service bus was broken last week by a vehicle powered not by polluting diesel but rather clean and green poo. The feat, set by the "Bus Hound," was achieved in Britain and has since been verified as accurate.

Chinese farmer stumbles across 7.85kg of gold on ground

A farmer in a remote region of China has stumbled across a huge gold nugget on the ground on the land. The incredible find has an expected value of at least $250,000.

Raising fish to walk on land

Researchers have turned to a living fish, called Polypterus, into a fish that can walk on land. This was carried out in order to see what might have happened when fish first attempted to walk out of the water.

Megacities and the risks of sinking land

Utrecht - The world's coastal 'megacities' face bigger problems from land subsidence than they do from a potential rise in the sea level.
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