News headlines in June 2009, page 2

  1. MIDEAST: When Drones Become Indiscriminate

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    The concerted effort of international human rights activists to rein in violations of laws of war was given a major impetus when Human Rights Watch researchers presented a report Tuesday on the unbridled use by the Israeli military of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCLAV), commonly known as drones, during Israel's 22-day assault on Hamas in Gaza at the beginning of the year.

  2. CARIBBEAN: Deportation Row Takes Centre-Stage at Caricom

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    Caribbean leaders are due to meet for a full working week starting Thursday to discuss issues ranging from climate change to the global economic crisis.

  3. US-IRAQ: Troops Leave Cities, as Questions Remain

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    U.S. combat troops pulled out of most Iraqi cities Monday, a day before the Jun. 30 deadline for their withdrawal in accordance with the Status of Force Agreement (SOFA) ratified by the Iraqi parliament in November 2008.

  4. DEVELOPMENT: Investment in Agriculture Falls Alarmingly

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    The G8 leaders meeting early July must address a crisis resulting from a sharp decline in investment in agriculture, Oxfam demands in a new study.

  5. ENVIRONMENT: 'Slow Down Living'

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    A group of Christian environmentalists met in Pistoia in central Italy over the weekend to call for an end to mass consumption and a return to family values.

  6. ZIMBABWE: 'Money Comes First, Health Second'

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    With half her body immersed in muddy red water, Esther Nyarambi closely inspects the contents of her wooden panning dish, locally known as zamba. Having spent the entire day pounding gold-bearing rock, she hopes her efforts will be rewarded with even the smallest nugget of gold.

  7. ECONOMY-US: Congress Pushing for Federal Reserve Audit

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is now in support of a historic bill by Republican lawmaker Ron Paul to audit the Federal Reserve (the Fed), the privately run central bank that sets monetary policy for the United States.

  8. CLIMATE CHANGE: Europe Feels the U.S. Sneeze

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    Governments and interest groups around the world followed the U.S. House of Representatives' vote Friday on the first U.S. policy to limit the country's greenhouse gas emissions. They were especially interested in Europe, where a system similar to the bill's cap-and-trade scheme already exists and where EU countries agreed last December to tough emissions targets.

  9. MIDEAST: Not Correct Soccer, But Better

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    In this Arab town in northern Israel, Michael Zantovsky, the Czech Republic ambassador, is throwing an end-of-term party, an event markedly different from customary diplomatic bashes.

  10. BALKANS: Church Hands Out Shock Treatment

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    The torture of drug addicts who had turned to the Serbian Orthodox Church for help has sent shock waves across the country.