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U.N. Denies Dragging Its Feet on U.S.-Iran Visa Dispute

Friday, April 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - After two long weeks of raging controversy over Washington's refusal to grant a U.S. visa to the Iranian envoy to the United Nations, the U.N.'s office of legal affairs is being accused of moving at the pace of a paralytic snail - only to seek more time while remaining non-committal on the dispute.

U.S. Foreign Aid Approach Is Outdated, Experts Say

Friday, April 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 18 (IPS) - U.S. foreign aid is becoming increasingly outdated, analysts here are suggesting.

Ostracised and Isolated: Muslim Prisoners in the U.S.

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Apr 18 (IPS) - Such stigma now surrounds the word ‘terrorist' that most recoil from it, or anyone associated with it, as though from a thing contagious; as though, by simple association, one could land in that black hole where civil liberties are suspended in the name of national security.

South Sudan Dictates Media Coverage of Conflict

Friday, April 18, 2014

JUBA, Apr 18 (IPS) - As rebel forces loyal to South Sudan's former vice president Riek Machar declared on Tuesday Apr. 15 that they had captured the key oil town of Bentiu, the government has been accused of clamping down on local media in an attempt to influence the reporting on the conflict.

COLUMN: Gabriel García Márquez, the Story-Teller of the Country of the War Without End

Friday, April 18, 2014

MONTEVIDEO, Apr 18 (IPS) - The first time I read Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) was when I was proofreading the galleys of "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor", which the Editorial Sudamericana was getting ready to reprint in Argentina.

Civil Society Wants More Influence in New Development Agenda

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Apr 17 (IPS) - Making international cooperation more effective requires a civil society with greater influence in the negotiations of the development agenda that the world's governments are to adopt in 2015, civil society representatives said at an international meeting in Mexico.

U.S. Terror Suspects Face “Terrifying” Justice System

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW YORK, Apr 17 (IPS) - The sun is just setting as the group huddles closer together, their faces barely visible in the gathering dusk. Simple, hand-made signs read: ‘Stand for Justice'.

Our Planet's Future Is in the Hands of 58 People

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ROME, Apr 17 (IPS) - In case you missed it, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third and final part of a report on Apr. 13 in which it says bluntly that we only have 15 years left to avoid exceeding the "safe" threshold of a 2°C increase in global temperatures, beyond which the consequences will be dramatic.

Sweet Dreams are Made of Rwandan Ice Cream

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BUTARE, Rwanda, Apr 17 (IPS) - From all across Rwanda, and even from parts of neighbouring Burundi, people flock to the southern town of Butare to a little shop called Inzozi Nziza or Sweet Dreams. They come here for a taste of something of the unknown, something most have never tasted in their lives — the sweet, cold, velvety embrace of ice cream.

Biofortified Tortillas to Provide Micronutrients in Latin America

Thursday, April 17, 2014

KIGALI, Apr 17 (IPS) - Latin America is one of the regions in the world suffering from "hidden hunger" - a chronic lack of the micronutrients needed to ward off problems like anaemia, blindness, impaired immune systems, and stunted growth.

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