News headlines in October 2011, page 5

  1. MIDEAST: UNESCO Becomes a New Battleground

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Palestine’s bid to become a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has created a tense atmosphere here, as the United States threatens to cut financing if the application is approved.

  2. PHILIPPINES: Prisoners Find Their E-Families

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    For the first time since giving birth in prison 13 years ago, Sarah, an inmate in the Philippines’ largest detention centre for female convicts, saw her daughter via Skype video chat in her prison cell.

  3. WEST AFRICA: Solar Panels Light Up Remote Villages

    Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Frequent power cuts have led people in rural areas of Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal to turn to solar energy for electricity.

  4. In Latin America, Closing the Gender Gap Brings Fresh Challenges

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Over the past four decades in Latin America and the Caribbean, women have made remarkable strides in education, health, labour, and beyond, with girls now outperforming boys in school, the rate of working women more than doubling in many countries, and female participation rising in politics.

  5. U.S.: New Inequality Data Likely to Boost 'Occupy' Movement

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    A major study on income equality by a non-partisan government agency is likely to boost the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement, whose standing with the general public appears on the rise, according to a new poll.

  6. U.S.: Police Tear Down Occupy Oakland; Protesters Say It's Not Over

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    As the sun came up over Oakland City Hall Wednesday, Mike Porter, 24, was standing behind police barricades, watching a public works crew power wash the plaza that had been home to some 200 participants in the Occupy Oakland movement.

  7. BRAZIL: Boycott of Dam Hearing Shows 'Radical' Foreign Policy Shift

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    Activists opposed to the construction of the Belo Monte hydropower dam in the Amazon jungle say the Brazilian government's decision to boycott an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing represents a 'radical' shift in the country's foreign policy.

  8. GUATEMALA: Costly Botched Port Ruins Beach Town Economy

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    'Now it's really dangerous to go out to sea, because of the huge waves. The few who brave it do so to survive,' said fisherman Venancio Morales, one of the residents of the Guatemalan beach town of Champerico who have been affected by the construction of an unfinished new port.

  9. Seven Billion People, Seven Billion Possibilities, Says UNFPA

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    When Adnan Nevic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina back in October 1999, he was hailed as the world's six billionth person, triggering a visit to Sarajevo by then Secretary- General Kofi Annan.

  10. DEATH PENALTY: Why Innocence Didn't Matter for Troy Davis

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

    'Innocence matters' is one of the slogans used by activists opposing the U.S. state of Georgia's execution of Troy Davis, up until the day the sentence was carried out by lethal injection on Sep. 21.