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Paradise lost: idyllic French villages turn to far right

Puget-th - Halfway between mountains and the Mediterranean, the southern French village of Puget-Theniers is old, idyllic and a picture of the quiet rebellion under way in rural areas.

'Forgotten' rural France seethes over big city bias

Varzy - With its deserted streets, "For Sale" signs and weeds pushing through the pavement, the village of Varzy symbolises the plight of the depressed French hinterland, a key theme in the presidential race.

'Forgotten' rural France seethes over big city bias

Varzy - With its deserted streets, "For Sale" signs and weeds pushing through the pavement, the village of Varzy symbolises the plight of the depressed French hinterland, a key theme in the presidential race.

'Forgotten' rural France seethes over big city bias

Varzy - With its deserted streets, "For Sale" signs and weeds pushing through the pavement, the village of Varzy symbolises the plight of the depressed French hinterland, a key theme in the presidential race.

Rural Germany an 'integration laboratory' for refugees

Berlin - German villages and small towns could hold the key to socially integrating a mass influx of refugees who would in turn help revitalise dwindling rural populations, experts say.

Half of world's rural populations cannot access health care: UN

Ginebra - More than half the population of rural areas worldwide do not have access to basic health care, with four in five rural Africans lacking services, the United Nations said Monday.

Facebook aims to give free web access to 100 countries this year

Social network giant Facebook has announced an aggressive expansion of its internet.org program that aims to connect more people to the web. It means that 100 developing countries could get free net access this year.

Google close to sending solar-powered drones into the sky

Google has announced at Mobile World Congress that it is close to an official launch of its Project Titan solar-powered drone program. The first drones could be flying before the end of the year.

Sunderland to host 19th annual maple syrup festival Special

This weekend, the village of Sunderland in Durham Region welcomes visitors to its annual maple syrup festival. The event is hosted in support of various charitable and community fundraising projects, and emphasizes family fun.

Eddie Friel talks destination development in Hills of Headwaters Special

Orangeville - Tourism guru Eddie Friel highlights the importance of destination development in the tourism industry, and challenges the rural Ontario community of The Hills of Headwaters to tell the stories of its history, heritage and culture.

Escape to a rural bed & breakfast in Spain this spring Special

Holidays on the coast can often turn into a "been there, done that, got the t-shirt" kind of scenario. Yes, its great every now and then to visit the coastal resorts, but how about finding out more about the real-life Spain by venturing inland?

Town of Markham to become Ontario's newest city on Canada Day

Markham - Welcome to the Town of Markham? No. You mean, welcome to the City of Markham. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of obtaining city status. Markham will officially become Ontario's newest city on July 1.

A rural medical project in Sierra Leone Special

Wes Strickland is an American businessman and philanthropist living and working in Canada. In this interview he tells me about his humanaitarian work in Sierra Leone (West Africa) and the people working with him.

'Crime wave' predicted as recession blights rural areas

The recession and a shortage of police could be paving the way for a rural ‘crime wave’ in the UK as theft figures spiral.

Canadian Physicians Donate a Day to Africa

If you are a Canadian physician with a strong desire to help solve some problems in rural Africa, 7th April is your day. More than 30 Canadian physicians have pledged to ‘Donate a day for Africa’ supporting World Health Day in April.

Alaska's education system under fire, rural students lagging

Either shape up or we will do it for you is what an Alaska Superior Court Judge ruled at the end of last month during a decision surrounding the lawsuit Moore vs. State of Alaska. Rural children entering elementary are years behind urban children.
 

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Rural women of Tripura  India are collecting leafy vegetables (creepers) from road side. Often child...
Rural women of Tripura, India are collecting leafy vegetables (creepers) from road side. Often children too join in collecting such vegetables. These vegetables grow naturally along the road side, wasted land etc. Many of these naturally grown (without human interference) have medicinal value too.
President Obama addressing an audience in Cannon Falls  Minnesota
President Obama addressing an audience in Cannon Falls, Minnesota
White House photo by Pete Souza
How not to develop: the attempt to open tracks in mountains in Nepal has been detrimental to the fra...
How not to develop: the attempt to open tracks in mountains in Nepal has been detrimental to the fragile ecology already threatened by rapid deforestation. This photo shows one of the ill-planned tracks in Baglung district where it was opened few years back but is yet to come to proper use. (Photo courtesy: Arjun Acharya, posted with permission)
Tribal women of rural Tripura  India are bathing in a raod side water supply point. Earlier  owing t...
Tribal women of rural Tripura, India are bathing in a raod side water supply point. Earlier, owing to water scarcity in the rural areas, people had to travel miles to collect water for daily chores. Thanks to Government initiatives, now water is available, not at doorstep, but nearer to residences.
While less corrupt and more efficient societies move forward like sprinters  societies with high lev...
While less corrupt and more efficient societies move forward like sprinters, societies with high level of corruption are doomed to drag themselves, just as this 'human ambulance' is doing, carrying a patient on back in rugged terrain. Better societies would have well-built roads and automobile ambulances and even air ambulances.
A rural family of Tripura  India. Most of the rural people live in bamboo made huts. However  compar...
A rural family of Tripura, India. Most of the rural people live in bamboo made huts. However, comparatively better off families, like the family in photo, live in mud wall rooms. The mud wall rooms are remain cool during scorching summer and a pleasant hot place during winter.
Cortijo La Haza is a rural bed & breakfast in Iznajar  Cordoba Province  Spain.
Cortijo La Haza is a rural bed & breakfast in Iznajar, Cordoba Province, Spain.
Cortijo la Haza
Rural women of North Tripura  India are participating in a  musical chair  game show.
Rural women of North Tripura, India are participating in a 'musical chair' game show.
Realizing that roads play a vital role in developing rural economy  the State Government of Tripura ...
Realizing that roads play a vital role in developing rural economy, the State Government of Tripura,,India, well backed by the Central Government, put special emphasis in building up road network connecting even the remote rural areas of the State.
Cortijo La Haza is a rural bed & breakfast in Iznajar  Cordoba Province  Spain.
Cortijo La Haza is a rural bed & breakfast in Iznajar, Cordoba Province, Spain.
Cortijo la Haza
Cortijo La Haza is a rural bed & breakfast in Iznajar  Cordoba Province  Spain.
Cortijo La Haza is a rural bed & breakfast in Iznajar, Cordoba Province, Spain.
Cortijo la Haza
Number of girl students in schools of Tripura  India have gone up remarkably in post-militancy era s...
Number of girl students in schools of Tripura, India have gone up remarkably in post-militancy era starting from 2004. The rural areas of Tripura witnessed bitter ethnic conflict for more than two decades starting from 1980 till 2004.
Rural women of Tripura  India are enjoying themselves while participating in a musical chair game sh...
Rural women of Tripura, India are enjoying themselves while participating in a musical chair game show.
Running ahead: Rural kids of Tripura  India running in a sports event. Poor and under privileged yet...
Running ahead: Rural kids of Tripura, India running in a sports event. Poor and under privileged yet full of lives - these kids are working hard to beat the odds and excel in life.
Rural tribal people of Tripura  India are taking a break from their work and having a chat at a door...
Rural tribal people of Tripura, India are taking a break from their work and having a chat at a doorstep of a shop. The people of this are, known as Jeolchcher under Ambassa in Dhalai district of Tripura witnessed brutal violence by tribal militants for more than two decades. Most of these rural people suffered a lot owing to militancy. After peace returned, normal development works had started and villagers got a chance to manage a daily square meal for them. Doorsteps of shop in rural Tripura
Rural health workers  called ASHA workers are going out to Damchherra villages in Tripura  India. Th...
Rural health workers, called ASHA workers are going out to Damchherra villages in Tripura, India. These women are playing vital role in providing rural health care to villagers who are mostly poor, ignorant and illiterate. Owing to their continuous effort, pre-natal and post natal death in rural Tripura have significantly reduced. These women, each responsible to oversee particular area, maintain a good rapport and come handy in case of medical emergency to helpless villagers.

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