News headlines in October 2009, page 3

  1. GUATEMALA: Despite Flaws, Judge Selection Process Improved, Say NGOs

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    A new process aimed at making the selection of judges more transparent in Guatemala failed to block the appointment of several candidates who were questioned by civil society and a U.N.-sponsored commission set up to strengthen and purge the country's justice system.

  2. CHINA: Tide of Opposition Swells as Largest Dam Nears Completion

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Fifteen years after dynamite blasts first shattered the peace of China’s breathtaking Three Gorges, the Three Gorges Dam—the pride of China’s engineering progress—is nearing completion. But the cannonade of criticism bombarding the world’s largest and costliest dam in history is far from over.

  3. GRENADA: Libel Case Sends 'Chilling Signal', Groups Warn

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Grenada Today did not have the staff nor circulation associated with most major Caribbean publications.

  4. AGRICULTURE-KENYA: Finally, a Windfall for Tea Farmers

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Despite the sweltering sun and with a heavy load on her back Mary Muthoni strides to the tea buying centre with joy and pride painted on her face. 'This is a different year,' she smiles, hurriedly greeting other women farmers at the centre. For them, the story is the same: blessings in times of calamity.

  5. PHILIPPINES: Children Worst Hit by Economic Crisis

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    'Fifty pesos ‘kada adlaw; ang beinte niana pamasahe’ (I get an allowance of 50 pesos (about one U.S. dollar) a day, of which 20 pesos (40 U.S. cents) is for fare),' says 17-year-old Dana Jane Estrada.

  6. CLIMATE CHANGE: Set That Limit of 110

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Every single person should set a cap of a total of 110 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next four decades to avoid irreversible and uncontrollable consequences of climate change, under a new proposal.

  7. MIDEAST: Harvesting in Death Zone, With a Song

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    On a quiet October morning, Fida Zaneen, 19, sings a traditional love song as she pulls olives from trees in Beit Hanoun's border region during the annual olive harvest.

  8. MIDEAST: Palestinians File Lawsuits Over Gaza War

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    As the legal and moral implications of the UN Goldstone report on Israel's military assault on Gaza continue to mount, Gazans are taking matters into their own hands and preparing civil lawsuits.

  9. Q&A: EU to Sri Lanka on GSP Plus Probe: ‘No Tit for Tat’

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Despite acrimonious exchanges between Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) over human rights violations on which rests the fate of continued tax-free exports to Europe, development assistance continues unhindered to the Indian Ocean island, according to Europe’s top diplomat here.

  10. AFGHANISTAN: NATO Supporting Insurgents? Not Exactly

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    The U.S. and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) have spent billions of dollars, sacrificed hundreds of lives and worked for years to fight insurgents and foster democracy in Afghanistan.