News headlines in 2009, page 4

  1. IRAN: Revolutionary Guards Tighten Economic Hold

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    News that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is withdrawing a billion dollars from the country's Foreign Reserve Fund in order to complete Phases 15 and 16 of the gigantic South Pars gas project has generated concern among Iranian analysts, who believe the move reveals the military organisation's excessive power over Iran's economy.

  2. ARGENTINA: First Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    After a months-long legal battle, two gay men in Argentina became the first homosexuals to marry in Latin America, in a wedding that took place in the southernmost province, Tierra del Fuego, the only one governed by a woman.

  3. SRI LANKA: A Nation Struggles to Forget a Tragedy

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    Waves hitting a train and carriages half submerged in water. Scores of men, women and children leaping above the water, hands outstretched, bodies strewn all over.

  4. JAPAN: Solar Trend Catches Fire among Households

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    The global community may have been dismayed by the outcome of the recently concluded climate change talks in Copenhagen, but Mami Naito, 42, is not about to put off dealing with this global phenomenon in her own small way. 'We very much like the idea of joining the efforts to prevent global warming,' says the mother of two.

  5. LEBANON: Hip-hop Kindles Hopes in Destroyed Refugee Camp

    Tuesday, December 29, 2009

    The hip-hop beats ringing through the muddy, unlit streets of this burnt-out Palestinian refugee camp seem incongruous. But the rhymes are camp-grown - and courageous.

  6. BALKANS: Serbs Bank on EU Laws to Regain Seized Property

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    Prominent theatre actor Tanasije Uzunovic loves to take long walks in the large Kalemegdan Fortress Park but generally avoids the Dedinje neighbourhood, a more popular green zone in the Serbian capital.

  7. CHINA: What Price Young Lives?

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    As more and more rural Chinese bid farewell to their impoverished home villages in their pursuit of a better life in bigger cities, leaving behind their young children in the care of relatives or aging parents seems only a small price to pay, especially in times of financial crisis.

  8. MALI: Mobilising in Defence of Migrants

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    The number of migrants being deported and returned to Mali is increasing. Civil society has mobilised to support the returnees.

  9. U.S.: Aborted Bombing Puts Yemen in the Limelight

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    The attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner by a Nigerian allegedly associated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has propelled long-neglected Yemen into the media spotlight here.

  10. URUGUAY: 'Dry Toilets' Provide Ecological Solution in Slums

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    Marisabel's modest home had no plumbing, like the rest of the dwellings in this poor suburb on the outskirts of Montevideo, the capital of this small South American country.