News headlines in February 2010, page 3

  1. POLITICS-NIGER: First Moves by Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    As its promised transition to democratic rule begins, the military junta that overthrew Nigerien president Mamadou Tandja on February 18 has named a former information minister, Mahamadou Danda, as the new prime minister while retaining legislative and executive powers for itself.

  2. HONDURAS: No Calm for Lobo on Home Front

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Less than a month into his term, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo is facing street protests, complaints of human rights violations, and criticism of the truth commission he set up to investigate the Jun. 28 coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya

  3. DEATH PENALTY: On Trial for Their Lives - by Public Opinion

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    The death penalty remains an apparently fixed feature in many societies because it enjoys the approval or consent of a large majority of the population, or is based on supposed ancestral values or traditions.

  4. RUSSIA: Outpaced by China in Africa

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Russian efforts to acquire oil and gas fields in Africa and prospect for minerals on the resource-rich continent have yielded little success over the past decade due to lack of a coherent national strategy, experts say.

  5. Q&A: Brazil Leans on South America to Adopt Its Digital TV Standard

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    Brazil is lobbying hard to get the rest of Latin America to adopt the Brazilian version of the Japanese digital television standard, as Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela have already done.

  6. Q&A: ‘Our Movement is Unique for Women from Burma’

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Women who fled conflict and oppression in military-ruled Burma have become a potent political force during their lives in exile, says a leading women’s rights activist from the South-east Asian country’s Shan ethnic minority.

  7. SRI LANKA: Halt in EU Tariff Scheme Gives Workers the Jitters

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    For garment factory workers like Anoma Piyaseele, the European Union’s (EU) concessionary tariffs for imports from Sri Lanka meant little more than a vague term for policymakers to deal with — until news came that they would be suspended soon.

  8. MEDIA-INDIA: More Women Now, But Few in Top Posts

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Young Indian women are increasingly taking to careers in journalism, but this trend is restricted to the metropolises and to non-decision making positions in media organisations, leading women journalists say.

  9. MALAWI: Extra Money Allocated for Drought Relief

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Maize farmer Anita Yunus has lived near the Mulanje Mountain in southern Malawi for over 30 years. And she does not remember there ever being a drought in the area.

  10. DEATH PENALTY: Post-Genocide Countries Ban Executions to 'End Revenge'

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    More than 1,000 activists and experts attending this week's Fourth World Congress Against the Death Penalty in this Swiss city are building a network of cooperation to support local organisations campaigning for human rights in countries that retain capital punishment.