News headlines in March 2012, page 3

  1. Rights Group Criticises Afghan 'Moral Crimes'

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    A new report from Human Rights Watch says hundreds of women and girls in Afghanistan have been imprisoned for 'moral crimes', including running away from home and sex outside marriage.

  2. Careless Handling of Benin’s Medical Waste Could Cost Lives

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    Fifteen-year-old Aicha is one of the many spice vendors hawking their wares in the Dantokpa market, in Benin's economic capital, Cotonou. But a closer look at her tidy stall reveals a disturbing detail: the powdered spices are packaged in recycled medicine vials.

  3. Chad Famine — Mothers Breaking Apart Anthills in Search of Food

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    'Only God knows what will happen to me and my children - for two months there's been nothing to eat. We're living like beggars,' Henriette Sanglar, a mother of four in the Moursal quarter of the Chadian capital, N'Djamena, told IPS.

  4. Drone Technology Takes Off

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) held its conference this month in Israel for the first time. Do future wars by land, sea and air belong to robots?

  5. Palestinian Prisoners Fight Back With Hunger

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    As 29-year-old Palestinian prisoner Hana Shalabi enters day 43 of her open- ended hunger strike Thursday from a hospital bed in northern Israel, over two dozen other Palestinian prisoners have now followed suit, refusing food as a way to protest their arrest, detention and treatment in Israeli prisons.

  6. Kazakhstan Divided Over Fugitive Banker

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    As the trial began this week of 37 alleged participants in a strike-related riot, the man who did the most to help the striking oil workers and to publicise their cause, Mukhtar Ablyazov, remained far beyond the Kazakhstan government’s grasp.

  7. South Africa No Longer the Gateway to the Continent

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    South Africa’s membership of the bloc of leading emerging economies and its unique position in Africa heralded the country’s role as a gateway into the African continent. However, trade experts question whether it can live up to this position as investors begin to increasingly look towards other African markets.

  8. Ahead of Revived Talks, US Wavers: Diplomacy or Sanctions for Iran?

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    A former top state department official singled out diplomatic engagement as the best available option for ending decades of 'mistrust and misunderstanding' between Washington and Tehran.

  9. Ahead of Revived Talks, US Wavers: Diplomacy or Sanctions for Iran?

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    A former top state department official singled out diplomatic engagement as the best available option for ending decades of 'mistrust and misunderstanding' between Washington and Tehran.

  10. Scientists Claim Their Place in Struggle for Food Security

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Weather events such as extreme temperatures and drought caused global agricultural losses of 11.4 billion dollars in 2011, while 12 million hectares of farmland are lost to land degradation every year, and unsustainable agricultural practices contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases.