SINKING PROSPECTS: Seoul's Han River at sunset. South Korea's economy registered its slowest growth for more than two years in the fourth quarter, underlining recovery concerns despite record low interest rates. (Ed Jones, AFP)
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A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and improve the nation's crop yields, say those involved.
Greek stocks have fallen in volatile trade after anti-austerity party Syriza swept to victory, while European equities kept rising on the ECB's bond-buying plan.
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Halting the spread of Ebola in West Africa will depend on mobilising funds and aid workers before the rainy season hits, warns the World Health Organisation.
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