News headlines in August 2012, page 2

  1. Australian Detention Centres Risk Violating Human Rights

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 (IPS) - Australia's recent decision to move asylum seekers to offshore detention facilities has alarmed human rights organisations.

  2. Peru Identifies Civil War Victims – at Snail’s Pace

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    LIMA, Aug 30 (IPS) - Of the 69,000 people killed during the 1980-2000 armed conflict in Peru, at least 16,000 were buried in secret unmarked graves. So far, only 2,064 of these bodies have been recovered, and just 50 percent have been identified, according to a new report.

  3. Farming Among the Waste in Cameroon

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    YAOUNDÉ, Aug 30 (IPS) - Cameroonian urban famer Juliana Numfor has six plots of land where she grows maize, cassava, sweet potatoes and leafy vegetables, including cabbages, wild okra and greens.

  4. Biomass Plant Lights up Rural Senegal

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    KALOM, Sénégal, Aug 30 (IPS) - A new power plant in the eastern Senegalese village of Kalom is generating more than just electricity. Powered by agricultural waste, the station has lit up homes, lightened women's domestic burdens and even put a little money in some residents' pockets.

  5. Despite Possible Attacks, Gaza Plans Half-Billion-Dollar Desalination Plant

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    STOCKHOLM, Aug 30 (IPS) - Last May the European Commission reported that scores of infrastructure projects in the Gaza Strip, financed mostly by the European Union, have been damaged or destroyed, wittingly or unwittingly, by Israeli military forces in the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

  6. Kashmir's Roads Turn Militant

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    SRINAGAR, India, Aug 30 (IPS) - The violence that killed thousands in Kashmir during the turbulent 1990s has eased; now killer roads are taking their toll.

  7. Knocking on an Uncertain Gateway to the World

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    RAFAH, Gaza, Aug 30 (IPS) - “I waited from 10 am till 5 pm for my wife to cross from Egypt. She was among many hundreds who were coming into Gaza. Some waited since 6 am, some since the day before.”

  8. Hurricane Isaac Highlights Vulnerabilities in the Caribbean

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    HAVANA, Aug 30 (IPS) - The impact of Hurricane Isaac as it made its way through the Caribbean region highlighted both the fragility of some countries in the face of extreme meteorological events, which are expected to become more and more intense, and the different strategies adopted to mitigate the risk of disasters.

  9. Within 'Special Cell' of Delhi Police, A History of Falsifying Evidence - Part 3*

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (IPS) - The Delhi Police Special Cell, which has accused an Indian journalist and four Iranians of conspiring to bomb an Israeli embassy car in Delhi Feb. 13, has a long history of planting evidence on those it has accused and of obtaining false confessions, according to court records now cited by critics of the police unit.

  10. U.S.: Government and Industry Partner to Promote Electric Cars

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    ATLANTA, Aug 29 (IPS) - A 120-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to the nationwide Electric Vehicle (EV) Project aims to promote and expand the use of electric vehicles in the United States.