News headlines in July 2012, page 5

  1. Arms Trade Treaty Called a 'Leaky Bucket'

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 (IPS) - As heated negotiations on a global Arms Trade Treaty near their close Friday at United Nations headquarters in New York, members of civil society as well as some U.N. member states are highly disappointed by what they call the draft text's numerous loopholes.

  2. Climate Change and Poverty, a Deadly Cocktail for Dominicans

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    SANTO DOMINGO, Jul 26 (IPS) - "Nobody mourns the poor, you know." That is the grim conclusion of a resident of La Ciénaga, one of the many poverty-stricken settlements clustered along the banks of the Ozama River in the Dominican capital, and which are at the mercy of the weather.

  3. Silenced by U.S., Sex Workers Speak from Kolkata

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    KOLKATA, Jul 26 (IPS) - Bare-chested and beaming in the company of many like him, London-based male sex worker Thierry Schaffauser wipes the beads of sweat trickling down his face on a humid Kolkata evening, and slams U.S. President Barack Obama.

  4. Security Gaps Fuel Cote d'Ivoire Prison Escapes

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    ABIDJAN, Jul 26 (IPS) - Eliane Negui knew just what to do when she got word that a group of inmates had escaped from Abidjan’s main prison, MACA, earlier this month. After all, the 24-year-old, who has lived across a dirt road from the facility for nine years, had witnessed the same scenario just two months before. 

  5. In the Pursuit of Education: Burkina Faso’s School for Shepherds

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    OUAGADOUGOU, Jul 26 (IPS) - Salou Bandé is proud to stand at the front of the only classroom in the village of Bénnogo, 90 kilometres north of the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, sharing his knowledge with his students. He is part of an initiative to improve education for nomadic children in the West African country.

  6. Protesters: Free Trade Deals, Drug Patents Derail AIDS Fight

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Jul 26 (IPS) - As the nineteenth International AIDS Conference continued in Washington Tuesday, thousands of protesters marched on the White House with a set of demands to end the epidemic.

  7. Syria Bolsters Troops in Battle for Aleppo

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    DOHA, Qatar, Jul 25 (IPS) - Activists say thousands of troops have been sent to Syria's second city, Aleppo, as clashes were reported in the city for the sixth consecutive day.

  8. Voracious Lionfish on Caribbean's Menu

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Jul 25 (IPS) - In a case of "if you can’t beat them, eat them," Caribbean countries have embarked on a new strategy to deal with the invasive lionfish, whose voracious appetite is wiping out fish stocks from Bermuda to Barbados in what scientists believe to be the worst marine invasion in history.

  9. Record Aid Shortfall Abandons Millions to Their Fate

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 25 (IPS) - Global funding for humanitarian aid interventions saw the biggest shortfalls in 10 years in 2011, according to a new report, raising questions about the international community’s ability to meet a 20-percent greater need for 2012 driven by drought and conflict.

  10. Cultivating Toxic Crops

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    LAHORE, Jul 25 (IPS) - At a time when spiraling input costs and perennial shortages of irrigation water are breaking countless farmers’ backs, a small village community on the outskirts of Lahore appears to have been spared.