News headlines in August 2010, page 5

  1. HEALTH-INDIA: Infant Deaths Cast Doubt on Vaccination Policy

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    The deaths of four infants during a recent vaccination drive in Lucknow, capital of northern Uttar Pradesh state, has raised questions about the Indian government's plan to introduce five-in-one vaccines in a countrywide immunisation programme.

  2. SOUTH-EAST ASIA: China Flexes Hydropower Muscle

    Friday, August 27, 2010

    After all the turbines in the Xiaowan hydropower station sputtered to life this week in China’s south-west Yunnan province, the Asian giant was able to lay claim to having the world’s largest hydropower capacity.

  3. Mali Nomads Flee Drought

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Nomadic communities in northern Mali's desert regions are facing one of the most serious droughts of the last twenty years.

  4. INDIA: Activists Use Legal Weapons to Stop Thermal Power Plants

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Green activists have various ways of pushing their causes, from enlisting movie stars to launching protests, but India’s campaigners have also been quietly using legal weapons to try to get the projects they oppose, such as thermal plants, stopped or reversed.

  5. SOUTH AFRICA: Public Health Strained by Nurses' Strike

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Striking health workers have continued their work stoppage despite accusations that it endangers patients' lives. They are part of a nationwide strike by public sector workers that has some observers concerned that rising wage demands could harm South Africa's economy.

  6. MEXICO: Environmentalist Peasants Seek Justice

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    Peasant activists Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera hope to find, at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the justice that eluded them in their home country of Mexico, to which they hope to return to rejoin their families.

  7. Obama Resists Pressure for Red Line on Iran's Nuclear Capability

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    President Barack Obama's refusal in a White House briefing earlier this month to announce a 'red line' in regard to the Iran nuclear programme represented another in a series of rebuffs of pressure from Defence Secretary Robert Gates for statement that the United States will not accept its existing stocks of low enriched uranium.

  8. CULTURE-CHINA: Now Showing — Independent Films

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    While Hollywood blockbusters and state-funded historical epics continue to dominate China’s box office, a vibrant independent film scene is quietly growing.

  9. VENEZUELA: Opposition Hopes to Make a Comeback

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    The campaign for Venezuela's Sept. 26 legislative elections is officially on, and the opposition, which boycotted the last vote five years ago, is back in the running, hoping to win enough seats to act as a counterweight to President Hugo Chávez.

  10. CORRUPTION-PERU: Gov't Tries to Track Down Millions from Convicted Officials

    Thursday, August 26, 2010

    The Peruvian government will try to track down funds hidden away by former officials of the Alberto Fujimori regime (1990-2000) and others sentenced for corruption.