News headlines in April 2011

  1. Moves to Undermine Egyptian Revolution

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    More than two months since former president Hosni Mubarak was forced from office after 30 years in power, local political figures and analysts warn of 'counterrevolutionary elements' still working behind the scenes to thwart Egypt's ongoing transition to democracy.

  2. Food Price Hike Worsens Poverty in Asia

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    An annual meeting of Asian finance ministers and central bank governors in Hanoi is set to address the fate of 64 million people in the region on the brink of extreme poverty. They are the worst affected by soaring food prices, which have hit record highs in the first two months of this year.

  3. Bolivia Steps Up Campaign at U.N. to Legalise Coca Leaf

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    Is coca a dangerous drug that should be tightly regulated, or an essential part of Andean indigenous people's cultural and medicinal heritage? Or perhaps both?

  4. New Dangers Arise at Chernobyl

    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    In the aftermath of the anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in history, Ukrainian authorities have pledged not to abandon those still in need of assistance. But many of the country’s policies may be increasing the risk of a new catastrophe.

  5. SPAIN: ETA Announces End to 40 Years of Extortion

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    The Confebask business association in northern Spain reported that it received a letter from the armed Basque separatist group ETA, announcing the cancellation of 'the revolutionary tax' that it has charged businesses over the last 40 years.

  6. Human Rights Council Issues First-Ever UN Condemnation of Syria

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    The special session on Syria held by the United Nations Human Rights Council Friday agreed on neither an international mission of enquiry, as originally foreseen, nor a lower level fact-finding mission - only a mission by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

  7. YEMEN: Youth Ready to Confront Gender Roles

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    Despite being at the forefront of sweeping changes taking place in the country, the lives of the majority of Yemeni women are restricted to early marriage, motherhood and serving husbands, according to a new study by Women Without Borders (WWB), a Vienna based public relations and advocacy platform for women’s voices around the world.

  8. LATIN AMERICA: Violence in the Age of Innocence

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    The countries of Latin America are working slowly to overcome barriers in the fight against the often brutal violence suffered by children and adolescents in their homes, schools, workplaces or juvenile detention centres.

  9. U.S.: Lethal Injection Treads Murky Ethical Waters

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    The death penalty is in limbo in several states since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated several states' supplies of sodium thiopental (ST), a key drug used in lethal injections, and as the supply of the drug to the U.S. grows even tighter.

  10. SYRIA: Deraa a City Under a Dark Siege

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    As darkness fell across it, Deraa was a city under siege.

    Tanks and troops control all roads in and out. Inside the city, shops are shuttered and nobody dare walk the once bustling market streets, today transformed into the kill zone of rooftop snipers.