News headlines in May 2011, page 2

  1. OP-ED: Religion, Out of Place?

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    Brazil is seen as a country of diverse and profound faith. But though religion is an important reference point in the lives of the population, the extent of religious diversity in this sprawling country is not nearly so pervasive as belief itself.

  2. ‘Europe Worsening Hunger Worldwide’

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    With spiralling food prices threatening to leave millions more people hungry every year, European countries must abandon subsidies and higher production targets for biofuels, the anti-poverty group Oxfam warns.

  3. LIBYA: Zuma says Gaddafi Ready for Truce

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    Muammar Gaddafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country, Jacob Zuma, the South African president, has said.

  4. SOUTH AFRICA: Sound Policy Key to Renewable Energy

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    A radical rethink of current energy policy can cut South Africa's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent in 2050 compared to 1990 levels. More than that - after an initial spike in investment - South Africans four decades down the line would pay 23 billion dollars per year less for their electricity compared to business as usual.

  5. Arab Spring Wary of Economic Lifelines

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    Governments and international institutions that once bankrolled the authoritarian regimes of Tunisia’s Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak have begun floating aid packages to speed up the economic recovery and transition to democracy in these countries. Arab revolutionaries have reason to be wary.

  6. EUROPE: New Move to Protect Virgin Forests

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    Seven countries from the Carpathian Region in Eastern Europe have signed a protocol to prevent one of Europe’s last natural and virgin forests from disappearing at the hands of illegal logging.

  7. INDIA: Unwed Tribal Mothers Seek Aid

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    For Janu, walking the streets to beg for alms is the only option for survival. After all, she has a two-year-old daughter to feed, and she herself, at 14 years old, is little more than a child.

  8. MEXICO: Citizen's Trial Finds State Guilty in Deaths of 49 Children

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    'We didn't expect support from so many people in the capital. The authorities have to answer for this, and they must understand that we will not give up until justice is done,' Manuel Rodríguez Amaya told IPS, his eyes still wet from bursting into tears at the end of the citizen's trial.

  9. Germany Pledges Nuclear Shutdown By 2022

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    Germany has decided to shut all its nuclear reactors by 2022 in a drastic policy reversal in the wake of the nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima plant.

  10. Yemen Jets 'Bomb Al-Qaeda-Held City'

    Monday, May 30, 2011

    At least 30 people have been killed by military jet fire in Yemen's southern city, Zinjibar, which is said to be controlled fighters linked to Al-Qaeda.