Crime is booming in sprawling cities of the developing world but fear of attack outweighs the reality and is further dividing already divided populations, a United Nations agency said on Monday. ''Perceptions are worse than reality,'' UN-Habitat's executive director Anna Tibaijuka said.
Britain will call on the European Union to extend sanctions against members of Zimbabwe's ruling elite as the country's humanitarian crisis plumbs new depths, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Thursday. He urged the international community to do everything it can to relieve human suffering in Zimbabwe.
The humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe has become the world's worst but is still largely ignored by the international community, a member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Monday. David Coltart said the crisis in the former British colony had far outgrown the ability of any single nation to tackle.
European power companies are making billions of euros in excess profits in the European Union's battle to beat global warming by cutting emissions of carbon gases, and consumers are paying for it, economists say. The electricity generators are given, free of charge, permits to emit millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, but are then charging consumers.
Britain's Damien Hirst has been crowned the world's most expensive living artist at auction, lifting a title held for years by America's Jasper Johns. It was the high point of a frenetic week of London art auctions that saw records tumbling like ninepins and which is likely to get close to -billion when it ends later on Friday.