News headlines in October 2012, page 3

  1. Wrangling Begins Over New Sustainable Development Blueprint

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 (IPS) - As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) limp towards their target date of 2015, the United Nations is shifting its focus to another long-term action plan: a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  2. Myanmar Accused of Dragging Feet on Ethnic Violence

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (IPS) - With a new surge in sectarian violence in western Myanmar estimated to have killed more than a hundred people in recent days, top officials in the United Nations are criticising the Myanmar government for dragging its feet on addressing the “root cause” of a conflict that could disrupt the delicate reforms process underway in the country.

  3. New Drugs Underused in Averting Maternal Deaths

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (IPS) - In most developing countries, where a woman gives birth still determines whether she lives or dies, despite the availability of inexpensive new medication that is proven to save lives.

  4. Women Using ICTs to Change the World

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain, Oct 26 (IPS) - New technologies can transform society, and the role of women in using these tools to promote change was clearly seen at the first ICT Congress for Peace in this city in northern Spain.

  5. Tough Job? Try Reporting on Corruption in Kazakhstan

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (IPS) - Lukpan Akhmedyarov, a 36-year-old reporter for an independent weekly in western Kazakhstan who was recently ambushed and nearly killed, was awarded the Peter Mackler Award for Ethical and Courageous Journalism this month – the first journalist from that country to receive international recognition in 10 years.

  6. Q&A: Severe Birth Defects Soar in Post-War Iraq

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 (IPS) - A new study confirms what many Iraqi doctors have been saying for years – that there is a virtual epidemic of rare congenital birth defects in cities that suffered bombing and artillery and small arms fire in the U.S.-led attacks and occupations of the country.

  7. Symbol of Native Culture to Be Bulldozed for World Cup

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 26 (IPS) - One victim of the remodelling of Brazil’s Maracaná football stadium in preparation for the World Cup is the old Museum of the Indian, where people from different indigenous groups have attempted to keep their culture alive in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.

  8. Pacific Island Sets Renewable Energy Record

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    BRISBANE, Oct 26 (IPS) - Tokelau, a small Polynesian territory in the central Pacific, has surpassed the rest of the world in replacing fossil fuels and raised the benchmark of achievement on sustainable development.

  9. Q&A: ‘Baloch Groups to Unite Against Pakistan’

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Oct 26 (IPS) - Fighters in the Balochistan province of Pakistan will soon set up a common front to take on the Pakistani military in their fight for Baloch independence, a senior commander of the Balochistan Liberation Front tells IPS in an interview.

  10. Regional Trade Key to African Food Security, World Bank Says

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (IPS) - The World Bank is urging African countries to strengthen regional food trade, suggesting that food security could be greatly enhanced simply by allowing farmers to trade more easily across the continent.