Germany is experiencing a drought, especially in the northern and eastern parts of the country. Farmer's associations are asking the agriculture ministry for emergency aid.
A meeting of German officials to discuss the ongoing drought has failed to produce the result farmers have been hoping for. The Agriculture Ministry said it was still too early to decide on financial aid.
Droughts, floods and storms are hitting Africa with increasing frequency. With so many people dependent on subsistence agriculture, the results can be devastating, and the future looks uncertain.
Originally brought to Japan as pets, raccoons are being released into the wild when they become too big. Now it has become too difficult for Japanese authorities to control them. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
The unusually hot German summer was a hindrance to many farmers, but Germany's winemakers aren't complaining. Estimates show there'll be no shortage of German wine next year — cheers to that!
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