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NEW MOON - January 19-26

(March 21 to April 19)

The New Moon in Aquarius throws the spotlight on your growing popularity! More sociable and treasured than ever, your satisfaction ratings just keep rising — but at the same time, so does the sensation that every move you make has become the focus of gossip and that everyone is getting ready to pass judgment on you. Remember: every red carpet opportunity comes hand in hand with cameras flashes in your face. But for now, enjoy the dolce vita without spending too much time pondering the risks and responsibilities of success!

(April 20 to May 20)

Now that you have left Saturn’s stumbling blocks behind you, it is time to re-open your heart and turn your mind to career plans. There will be many opportunities in both areas. Work is at the center of your attention, although bursts of enthusiasm alternate with real worries. The best idea is to relax and take things as they come. Satisfaction is on its way.

(May 21 to June 21)

The Aquarian New Moon revives your curiosity, the driving force behind your sign. You feel a need to travel and to fill your eyes and mind with new things. Make the most of every opportunity that this very favorable New Moon will offer you. A weekend away will lead to a trip to far-off places. The word of the month is "expansion."

(June 22 to July 22)

A change of image is required, and the New Moon will push you to trim away the dead wood so that you can flourish again, finer and healthier than before. You are in a transformative phase in every aspect of your life, from a burning desire to clean out your house and throw away everything you no longer use, to a decision to close the door on a number of old friendships that have lost their soul.

(July 23 to August 22)

This will be a rich and stimulating month, bringing the possibility of new contracts or job offers that will give you a push out of the impasse in which you have been stuck recently. We are not yet talking about the role which will win you an Oscar, but you will be more than just an extra in the background of the scene. You should accept some small compromises, be patient and look to the long-term. This is just the beginning!

(August 23 to September 22)

The New Moon pushes you to take better care of yourself both mentally and physically. It is about time you treated yourself to a massage, or a gym membership, or simply by setting aside some time for relaxation. Don’t underestimate the importance of our ancestors’ claim: mens sana in corpore sano — a healthy mind in a healthy body!

(September 23 to October 23)

A wave of inspiration will activate your creative side, both at work and in everyday life. If your writer’s block (either literal or metaphorical) has had you staring at a blank page for months, you will regain your inspiration and flow. You will also feel a renewed sense of trust in your own abilities, which is never a bad thing!

(October 24 to November 20)

The New Moon draws attention to some worries about home and family. You receive many requests for help from friends and relatives, but after helping all and sundry, you are left with the strong feeling that there is no time left for you. Try not to set aside your own projects, especially those that will set you on the path to greater independence. You need a breath of fresh air: It may be the right time to start thinking about a change of scenery.

(November 21 to December 22)

Your natural curiosity and love of exploration are stimulated by this week’s New Moon. Many people born under this sign are returning from a recent transfer or have just started a new job. You need to patrol your new neighborhood, grasp the rules and dynamics and establish new allies. For Sagittarians working in communication, this month brings many opportunities to express yourself, especially in writing.

(December 23 to January 20)

We are all feeling the ripples of the crisis, but you seem to be more disadvantaged by the global recession. Financial worries come and go on a regular basis, increasing your levels of anxiety and frustration. The New Moon in Aquarius marks the start of a month in which your finances will be at the center of your attention. There are challenges on the horizon, but you will find original and successful solutions.

(January 21 to February 21)

The New Moon is in your sign this month, marking the start of a new cycle which be characterized by the desire to cut ties with the past, ties that are preventing you from living life to the fullest. Recently freed from the chains of Saturn, a personal revolution is in the cards, but only if it is well thought-out and implemented, and not just an act of angry rebellion against a life that no longer fits you.

(February 22 to March 20)

This month will start with a period of reflection, thanks to the New Moon in Aquarius. Thinking back over the last few months, you may feel that a bit of confusion has clouded your sign. You feel called to take things seriously and make things happen in your field of interest, but the road ahead twists and turns, full of obstacles. It is time to draw up a new strategy. If you can combine intuition (your strong point) and common sense (which you often lack), you will discover that your path is long and bright; a few sharp turns are no longer cause for fear.

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In Northern Kenya, Where Climate Change Is Measured In Starving Children

The worst drought in 40 years, which has deepened from the effects of climate change, is hitting the young the hardest around the Horn of Africa. A close-up look at the victims, and attempts to save lives and limit lasting effects on an already fragile region in Kenya.

Photo of five mothers holding their malnourished children

At feeding time, nurses and aides encourage mothers to socialize their children and stimulate them to eat.

Georgina Gustin

KAKUMA — The words "Stabilization Ward" are painted in uneven black letters above the entrance, but everyone in this massive refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, calls it ya maziwa: The place of milk.

Rescue workers and doctors, mothers and fathers, have carried hundreds of starving children through the doors of this one-room hospital wing, which is sometimes so crowded that babies and toddlers have to share beds. A pediatric unit is only a few steps away, but malnourished children don’t go there. They need special care, and even that doesn’t always save them.

In an office of the International Rescue Committee nearby, Vincent Opinya sits behind a desk with figures on dry-erase boards and a map of the camp on the walls around him. “We’ve lost 45 children this year due to malnutrition,” he says, juggling emergencies, phone calls, and texts. “We’re seeing a significant increase in malnutrition cases as a result of the drought — the worst we’ve faced in 40 years.”

From January to June, the ward experienced an 800 percent rise in admissions of children under 5 who needed treatment for malnourishment — a surge that aid groups blame mostly on a climate change-fueled drought that has turned the region into a parched barren.

Opinya, the nutrition manager for the IRC here, has had to rattle off these statistics many times, but the reality of the numbers is starting to crack his professional armor. “It’s a very sad situation,” he says, wearily. And he believes it will only get worse. A third year of drought is likely on the way.

More children may die. But millions will survive malnutrition and hunger only to live through a compromised future, researchers say. The longer-term health effects of this drought — weakened immune systems, developmental problems — will persist for a generation or more, with consequences that will cascade into communities and societies for decades.

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