News headlines in 2010, page 5

  1. BALKANS: Political Pieces Assemble a Teenager

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    Mila looks like the thousands of teenage girls who visit the newly-opened, glamorous shopping mall in downtown Sarajevo. She’s discreetly dressed in black trousers and jacket, with carefully manicured fingernails. The 19-year- old’s name means 'sweet' or 'kind'. The name is in harmony with her enchanting smile.

  2. BIODIVERSITY: Sealed With a Comeback

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    After 50 years of near absence, grey seals are coming back to Polish coast of Baltic Sea. Not everyone is happy about it.

  3. PAKISTAN: Scientists Turn Sights on Childhood Meningitis

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    She is already eight months old, but Aiman Azam can neither sit up nor clutch anything with her tiny hands. She cannot even hold her neck up or roll on her back. All she does is moan.

  4. AGRICULTURE: Desperation Over Subsidies

    Sunday, December 26, 2010

    As the rains start to fall in Malawi, marking the beginning of the growing season, government is continuing to implement the fertiliser and seed subsidy programme which has since made the country a bread basket in the Southern African Development Community, SADC.

  5. BANGLADESH: Solar Advocates See A Sunshine Nation

    Sunday, December 26, 2010

    Good news may sometimes be hard to come by in this South Asian country, but for solar power advocates here, Bangladesh has been a sunshine nation for the last few years.

  6. SOUTH AMERICA: Rain May Disappear from the World's Breadbasket

    Sunday, December 26, 2010

    South America still has vast extensions of land available for growing crops to help meet the global demand for food and biofuels. But the areas of greatest potential agricultural production -- central-southern Brazil, northern Argentina, and Paraguay -- could be left without the necessary rains.

  7. WIKILEAKS: Africa Offers Easy Uranium

    Saturday, December 25, 2010

    Wikileaks cables have revealed a disturbing development in the African uranium mining industry: abysmal safety and security standards in the mines, nuclear research centres, and border customs are enabling international companies to exploit the mines and smuggle dangerous radioactive material across continents.

  8. MIDEAST: Nazi-Like Jews to the Fore

    Friday, December 24, 2010

    Emotions are running high in this working class town on the Mediterranean adjacent to Tel Aviv, the Israeli metropolis that has long been the symbol of liberal laissez-faire Israel. Principally, anti-Arab emotions: Racism is on the march.

  9. ARGENTINA: Affordable Housing — A Distant Dream

    Thursday, December 23, 2010

    While real estate investment and the number of upscale apartments for sale or rent are growing in the Argentine capital, tens of thousands of poor families are living in crowded shanty towns, and are demanding affordable housing and access to mortgage programmes.

  10. RIGHTS: Guantanamo Closure Recedes Into Distance

    Thursday, December 23, 2010

    President Barack Obama's hopes of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility appear as far from being realised as ever in the wake of new legislation approved by Congress this week.