News headlines in March 2011, page 3

  1. CORRUPTION: Post-Mubarak Egypt Probes Public Land Contracts

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Egyptian authorities have opened dozens of criminal investigations into hundreds of millions of dollars worth of public land contracts that were awarded illegally to real estate developers associated with former President Hosni Mubarak without proper procedures at below market rates.

  2. Ouattara Forces Seize Cote d'Ivoire Towns

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of Cote d'Ivoire's presidential election, say they have seized control of another two central towns in their advance toward the country's capital.

  3. SRI LANKA: Latest Elections Reinforce Status Quo

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    The latest elections in Sri Lanka serve as yet another reminder that despite all its follies, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government is unshakable.

  4. Libya Uprising Hits West's Dinner Tables

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Linkages between the Libyan uprising and shelling out more money than usual at a local market in the West may not at first seem apparent but the common denominator is oil.

  5. INDIA: Fukushima Revives Debate Over Nuclear Liability

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    The Fukushima disaster has prompted calls to review legislation passed by Indian parliament in August 2010 that capped compensation payable, in the event of a nuclear accident, at 320 million U.S. dollars.

  6. ZIMBABWE: Farmers Sceptical About 'Complicated' Exchange Market

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Kindness Paradza has a mission. After he lost his job as a journalist when the ZANU-PF government closed his newspaper in 2004, he ploughed his life savings into a 2,000 ha farm he received as part of Zimbabwe’s controversial 'land reform programme'.

  7. CENTRAL AMERICA: Big Fish Eat the Small Fish

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Thousands of small-scale fishers in Central America are fighting for survival in the face of free trade deals, transnational corporations, mega tourism projects and pollution that is harming marine life.

  8. SYRIA: The Second 'Damascus Spring' A Long Way Off

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Caught in a wave of pro-democracy and pro-government protests, the Syrian political landscape seems far more complex than its Tunisian and Egyptian counterparts, where demonstrations ousted decades' old regimes. President Bashar al-Assad’s speech today may however give new momentum to pro-democracy protests.

  9. Assad Blames 'Conspirators' for Syria Unrest

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, has blamed 'conspirators' for two weeks of anti-government protests that have rocked the nation.

  10. MEXICO: Villagers Complain of Health Risks from Nuclear Plant

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Brenda Mancilla, a 23-year-old Mexican woman, has suffered from tuberous sclerosis, a genetic disorder that causes the growth of benign tumours in body organs, since she was five months old.