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SUNS # 8608 Friday 26 January 2018

United Nations : FDI flows fell by 16% last year, says UNCTAD (PRIV)
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva)
Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 16% in 2017, to an estimated US$1.52 trillion, with the slump in FDI flows to developed countries being the principal factor behind this global decline, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has said.

United Nations : Aid group shines spotlight on the neglected (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
Though 2017 was marked by stories of humanitarian disasters around the world, many crises remain under the radar with devastating consequences for those affected, a new report says.

Peru : Biodiversity and food security - dual focus of World Potato Congress (PRIV)
(IPS, Lima)
Potatoes were first taken out of Peru, where they originated, 458 years ago to feed the world.

Argentina : Pursues the lithium dream (PRIV)
(IPS, Buenos Aires)
The government of Mauricio Macri dreams of Argentina becoming the world leader in lithium production.

Sri Lanka : Disasters bring upheaval to rural economy (PRIV)
(IPS, Periyakulam)
Last year was an annus horribilis for 52-year-old Newton Gunathileka.

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