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Argentina and United Arab Emirates Open New Stage in Bilateral Relations

Friday, February 05, 2016

, Feb 05 (IPS) - With United Arab Emirates' foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit to Argentina, the two countries launched a new stage in bilateral relations, kicked off by high-level meetings and a package of accords.

Extremism threatens press freedom

Friday, February 05, 2016

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb 05 (IPS) - Pakistan continues to remain one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, where frequent attempts to restrict press freedom are commonplace and challenges to expanding media diversity and access to information abound.

IPS joins in the call to enforce international law to protect journalists

Friday, February 05, 2016

ROME, Feb 05 (IPS) - While our goal at Inter Press Service is to provide information – a precious global public good – we naturally applaud all efforts to foster and promote the safety of journalists, and so applaud UNESCO's international conference in Paris on Friday February 5, 2016 with media executives and member states to discuss just that.

After 20 Years, Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Still in Political Limbo

Thursday, February 04, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 04 (IPS) - After nine years in office, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will step down in December perhaps without achieving one of his more ambitious and elusive political goals: ensuring the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

"This year marks 20 years since it has been open for signature," he said last week, pointing out that the recent nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) – the fourth since 2006 -- was "deeply destabilizing for regional security and seriously undermines international non-proliferation efforts."

“A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work?”

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Rome, Feb 04 (IPS) - "During the first months in Italy, I always prayed for rain. I spent hours checking the weather forecast" said Roni, a 26 year old graduate from a middle-income family in Bangladesh. His father, a public servant and his mother a home maker, Roni had to sell umbrellas on the streets of Rome for more than a year before finding a summer job by the sea at a coffee shop, popularly known as a ‘bar' in Italy.

Europe is disintegrating while its citizens watch indifferent

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Rome, Feb 04 (IPS) - We are witnessing the slow agony of the dream of European integration, disintegrating without a single demonstration occuring anywhere, among its 500 millions of citizens. It is clear that European institutions are in an existential crisis but the debate is only at intergovernmental level.

Cameron at large: Want Not to Become a Terrorist? Speak Fluent English!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Cairo, Feb 04 (IPS) - "Do you speak English fluently? No? Then you risk to become a terrorist!." IPS posed this dilemma to some young Muslim women living in Cairo, while explaining that this appears to be UK prime minister David Cameron's formula to judge the level of Muslim women's risk to fall, passively, into the horrific trap of extremism.

Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast escalates

Thursday, February 04, 2016

TURKEY, Feb 04 (IPS) - The latest footage to come out of Sur, the historical district in Diyarbakir that has been under total lock down by Turkish armed forces for the past sixty days, shows a level of devastation one would sooner expect in Syria. In more ways than one – empty streets lined with debris, bombed-out buildings, tanks and soldiers shooting at invisible assailants – the situation in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeastern regions resembles a war zone.

2 Billion Couples and 10 Relationship Challenges

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

NEW YORK, Feb 03 (IPS) - The relationship challenges that the world's 2 billion couples confront vary considerably by circumstances, including age, sex, education, income, marital status, family size, length of relationship, urban-rural residence, customs, religion and region of the world. Nevertheless, 10 major challenges among married and cohabiting couples may be identified across countries.

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