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Myanmar Turns to Kofi Annan for Help on Festering Rohingya Crisis

Saturday, August 27, 2016

YANGON/LONDON, Aug 27 (IPS) - Myanmar's government has responded to pressure from the international community to tackle religious tensions and persecution of Muslims in Rakhine State by appointing former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan to head a commission to advise on "a sustainable solution" to the crisis.

Addressing the Dangers of Freelance Journalism

Friday, August 26, 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (IPS) - As the reliance on freelance journalists by news organisation has increased, so has the burden of guaranteeing a safe working environment for these journalists, especially when reporting from war-torn areas.

Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State

Friday, August 26, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 (IPS) - "Go and tell my dad that they're holding me here," Maximiliano Gordillo Martínez told his travelling companion on May 7 at the migration station in Chablé, in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. It was the last time he was ever seen, and his parents have had no news of him since.

Kenya Has Made Impressive Gains Under New Constitution, but the Hard Work is Just Beginning

Friday, August 26, 2016

NAIROBI, Aug 26 (IPS) - On August 27 Kenyans will be celebrating not just the promulgation of the new Constitution six years ago, but also the tangible gains made throughout the country.

Chatterjee, new Resident Coordinator, to lead 25 UN agencies in East Africa

Friday, August 26, 2016

NAIROBI, KENYA, Aug 26 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee, the Representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Kenya, has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator, where he will lead and coordinate 25 UN agencies in East Africa. At the same time, he will also serve as the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Devastating Earthquake Demolishes Central Italy

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ROME, Aug 25 (IPS) - At 3.36am on  August 24, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc and destruction in central Italy.

The Lesser Sex

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ROME, Aug 24 (IPS) - Sakina's  glare is empty. Her defeated, glassy eyes scan the room passively. The subdued silence and withered frame expose her fragility.

Ships Bring Your Coffee, Snack and TV Set, But Also Pests and Diseases

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ROME, Aug 23 (IPS) - "Every evening, millions of people all over the world will settle into their armchairs to watch some TV after a hard day at work. Many will have a snack or something to drink…

Smart Technologies Key to Youth Involvement in Agriculture

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BONN, Germany, Aug 23 (IPS) - She is only 24 and already running her father's farm with 110 milking cows. Cornelia Flatten sees herself as a farmer for the rest of her life.

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Monday, August 22, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (IPS) - In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about the profit-oriented approach to biodiversity.

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