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Singapore Arts Fest Pushes Boundaries Beyond Tradition

Sunday, March 29, 2015

PARIS, Mar 29 (IPS) - As Singapore mourns the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, the late prime minister's vision of a dynamic and vibrant state is being reflected in a major arts festival in France.

THE U.N. AT 70: U.N. Reform Must Benefit All Countries

Saturday, March 28, 2015

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Mar 28 (IPS) - U.N. anniversaries are occasions for stocktaking - not all of it positive. But there is a lot of good that the U.N. has done and is doing and there are many good, dedicated people working silently but effectively within the U.N. system where I have also worked for a part of my long diplomatic career.

Activists Protest Denial of Condoms to Africa’s High-Risk Groups

Saturday, March 28, 2015

HARARE, Mar 28 (IPS) - Tatenda Chivata, a 16-year old from Zimbabwe's Mutoko rural district, was suspended from school for an entire three-month academic term after he was found with a used condom stashed in his schoolbag.

Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric

Friday, March 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 (IPS) - As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric.

Cash-Strapped U.N. to Seek Funds for Syria at Pledging Conference in Kuwait

Friday, March 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 (IPS) - A cash-strapped United Nations, which is struggling to reach out to millions of Syrian refugees with food, medicine and shelter, is desperately in need of funds.

Impunity Fuels Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centres in Spain

Friday, March 27, 2015

MÁLAGA, Spain, Mar 27 (IPS) - "They mistreat you, they don't respect you. I've seen beatings, suffering, and you can't defend yourself. When you're locked in there it's as if you were in another world," Salif Sy, a Senegalese man who in 2011 spent eight days in an immigrant detention centre (CIE) in Madrid, told IPS.

Israel Using Live Ammunition for Palestinian Crowd Control

Friday, March 27, 2015

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Mar 27 (IPS) - A Palestinian youth lost his fight for life this week after lying critically injured in Ramallah Hospital for days after Israeli soldiers used live ammunition as a method of crowd control against stone-throwing Palestinians near a Palestinian refugee camp.

Afghanistan’s Economic Recovery: A New Horizon for South-South Partnerships?

Friday, March 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 (IPS) - First the centre of the silk route, then the epicenter of bloody conflicts, Afghanistan's history can be charted through many diverse chapters, the most recent of which opened with the election of President Ashraf Ghani in September 2014.

Turkey Investing in Coal Despite Cheaper Renewable Energy

Friday, March 27, 2015

GENEVA, Mar 27 (IPS) - In response to rising demand for electricity, pressure to keep prices affordable and a need to maintain energy security, the Turkish government plans to increase electricity generation from coal.

Decent Employment Opportunities for Young People in Rural Africa

Friday, March 27, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, Mar 27 (IPS) - Over half of the African continent's population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts. 

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