News headlines in April 2012, page 3

  1. Peace Lost in the Libyan Desert

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

    The recent outbreak of violence between the largely segregated Zwai and Tabu tribes in Libya’s remote, Saharan town of Kufra shattered the uneasy calm that held since last February’s clashes, resulting in more than 100 deaths. The clashes illustrate the challenges in building a new state.

  2. First School for Transvestites Opens in Buenos Aires

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    With 35 students, the first secondary school specifically for transvestites and other members of sexual minorities who face discrimination in mainstream schools opened in March in the Argentine capital.

  3. Canada's Trade and Aid Appear Increasingly Aligned

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    Canada is ending bilateral aid programmes in eight countries and refocusing efforts in five others due to 'high operating costs', a move which the umbrella group representing Canadian international development organisations say is difficult to immediately measure but will affect some of the poorest countries in the world.

  4. India Serves Up Costly Cocktail of Prophylactics

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    Ignoring widespread concern over the safety, efficacy and cost of pentavalent vaccines, India’s central health ministry has, this month, approved inclusion of the prophylactic cocktail in the universal immunisation programme in seven of its provinces.

  5. Aerial Tramway — a Means of Transport and Social Inclusion

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    'It changed our lives' is frequently heard from commuters who use Metrocable, the aerial cable car system that connects one of the poor hillside neighbourhoods in the Venezuelan capital with the city’s public transport system.

  6. Taking Solace from a Verdict that Can’t Bring Back Loved Ones

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    Saffa Momoh Lahai was just two years old when his father was killed during Sierra Leone’s civil war. Rebels attacked their family home in Kailahun District, in the eastern reaches of the country, and shot Lahai’s father when he tried to resist.

  7. Tribal Farming Beats Climate Change

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    Tribal farmer Harish Saraka has rediscovered the key to sustainable farming in this rain-dependent hinterland of eastern Odisha state — mixed cropping.

  8. Malaria Adds to Myanmar’s Woes

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    Political reforms unfolding in Myanmar (or Burma) are giving health workers a chance to address a resurgence of drug-resistant falciparum malaria in the war-torn ethnic minority enclaves along the country’s eastern borders.

  9. Fragmented Protests Rise in Jordan

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    On a warm Friday afternoon, police cars blocked the roads around the Al Husseini mosque, where hundreds of men were kneeling for the noon prayers. At the end of the service, the crowds rose and marched in a compact protest behind a car bearing a banner for the Islamic Action Front (IAF), the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

  10. In Debt Debate, Most US Voters Prefer Tax Fairness to Cuts

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    A giant digital 'clock' on Sixth Avenue in New York keeps track of a number, currently at 15.6 trillion dollars and counting. As the number soars ever higher into the stratosphere, so U.S. voters are increasingly concerned, for the number represents the debt of the United States.