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For Many Asian LGBT Youth, Homophobia Starts at Home

Monday, July 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - To teenagers, running away can seem like the easiest answer to problems at home, but for Alex* it was his only option when his family refused to accept that he identified himself as a transgender male.

OPINION: The Affinity Between Iraqi Sunni Extremists and the Rulers of Saudi Arabia

Sunday, July 27, 2014

LEIDEN, Netherlands, Jul 27 (IPS) - Which story line sounds the more credible – that linking the rebel movement ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to policies pursued by Iran or that linking the Sunni extremist force to Iran's adversary Saudi Arabia?

South Stymies North in Global Trade Talks

Saturday, July 26, 2014

GENEVA, Jul 26 (IPS) - A group of developing countries brought a tectonic shift at the World Trade Organization on Friday by turning the tables against the industrialised countries, when they offered a positive trade agenda to expeditiously arrive at a permanent solution for food security and other development issues, before adopting the protocol of amendment of the contested Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt’s Food Production

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CAIRO, Jul 26 (IPS) - Less than four percent of Egypt's land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation's population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and raising nutritional standards.

Positive Outlook For Agricultural Prices But Not For World’s Poorest

Friday, July 25, 2014

ROME, Jul 25 (IPS) - The official outlook for agriculture up to 2023 carries optimistic forecasts for agricultural productivity and commodity prices but it is unlikely that the benefits will be shared by the world's poorest.

Oil Lubricates Equatorial Guinea’s Entry into Portuguese Language Community

Friday, July 25, 2014

LISBON, Jul 25 (IPS) - Evidently, oil talked louder. By unanimous resolution, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) admitted Equatorial Guinea as a full member, in spite of the CPLP's ban on dictatorial regimes and the death penalty.

AIDS Conference Mourns the Dead, Debates Setbacks

Friday, July 25, 2014

MELBOURNE, Jul 25 (IPS) - The 20th International AIDS Conference concluded today as the first in its history that remembered not just the 39 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS but also those who lost their lives in the crashed MH17 flight carrying six of its delegates, one of whom was the past president of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

U.S., Regional Leaders Convene over Migration Crisis

Friday, July 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 25 (IPS) - As the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala prepare to meet with President Barack Obama Friday, more than 40 organisations issued a petition urging U.S. lawmakers to meet their "moral and legal obligations" by providing emergency aid to Central American children and families.

Social Protection Needed to Reduce Africa's Inequalities

Thursday, July 24, 2014

YAOUNDE, Jul 24 (IPS) - For the last 13 years, Michael Ndah, 37, has worked for three road construction companies in Cameroon, but it is only in the last two years that his current employer has managed to register him with the National Social Insurance Fund (CNPS). 

Human Development Report Finds South Asia’s Poor on a Knife’s Edge

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COLOMBO, Jul 24 (IPS) - Millions still live in poverty and even those who have gained the security of the middle-income bracket could relapse into poverty due to sudden changes to their economic fortunes in South Asia, the latest annual Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed.

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