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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. 

Q&A: 'Protect Your Biodiversity'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ST. JOHN, Antigua, Mar 26 (IPS) - Richard Huber is chief of the Sustainable Communities, Hazard Risk, and Climate Change Section of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organisation of American States (OAS). It's objective? Foster resilient, more sustainable cities – reducing, for example, consumption of water and energy – while simultaneously improving the quality of life and the participation of the community.

Opinion: Appointing a New U.N. Secretary-General

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NEW YORK, Mar 26 (IPS) - With Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's term of office tapering off by the end of 2016, there is increasing chatter in the corridors of the United Nations on his successor.

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