News headlines in August 2011, page 2

Watchdogs Blast Ethnic Cleansing in South Kordofan

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

On Jun. 19, Angelo al-Sir, a subsistence farmer from a small village east of Kadugli, capital of the oil-rich South Kordofan state in Northern Sudan, saw his pregnant wife, two of his 10 children, his nephew and another relative killed in an airstrike in broad daylight.

ARGENTINA: Child Allowance Restores Families' Ties with Schools

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Conditional cash transfers to poor families with children in Argentina 'have had a very positive impact,' says an enthusiastic Graciela Dulcich, the principal of a primary school in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

U.S. Muslims Upbeat Despite Scrutiny Since 9/11

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Despite increased public scrutiny since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and well-funded campaigns promoting Islamophobia, U.S. Muslims express a significantly higher level of satisfaction with their lives, their local communities, and the country's general direction than does the public at large, according to a major new survey released here Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

MAURITANIA: Fresh Attempt at Irrigated Agriculture

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In a bid to reduce food insecurity, the Mauritanian government is turning to several new approaches to agriculture, including expanded irrigation schemes, popularising new crops and harnessing the energy of recent graduates.

BRAZIL: Rainforest Defenders Marked for Death

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Raimundo Francisco Belmiro dos Santos, a defender of the Amazon jungle, has requested urgent protection from the authorities in Brazil after reporting that a number of hired gunmen are looking for him, because landowners in the northern state of Pará have offered a 50,000 dollar contract for his death.

HAITI: Patchy Healthcare Adds to Miseries of Women and Girls

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

'I just gave birth on the ground...I had no drugs for pain during delivery,' one Haitian mother tells Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released Tuesday that says a year and a half after the country's devastating earthquake, women and girls are still facing gaps in access to available healthcare services necessary to stop preventable maternal and infant deaths.

Q&A: 'When People Are Mad, They Start to React' to Corruption

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The fight against corruption has taken centre stage in the government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and has led to the resignation or dismissal of several ministers over just a few months.

INDIA: Grave Issues Trouble Kashmiris

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rights activists say that thousands of unmarked graves newly uncovered along the Line of Control (LoC) in Indian Kashmir may hold the bodies of ‘disappeared’ people rather than those of militants killed while trying to cross the fortified de facto border between India and Pakistan.

EGYPT: After Mubarak, Military Trials on the Rise

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Amr El-Beheiry’s trial in a military court lasted just five minutes. The 33-year- old Egyptian was arrested on Feb. 26 and sentenced to five years in prison for breaking curfew and assaulting a public official during a demonstration in Cairo.

Aiming a Kick at Homelessness

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Loud bursts of cheering startled the throngs of tourists posing for pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower here last weekend.

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