News headlines in October 2012, page 5

  1. U.S. Muslims Could Be Critical Voting Bloc

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (IPS) - With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney virtually tied with Election Day less than two weeks away, Muslim voters could play an unexpected critical role in deciding the outcome Nov. 6.

  2. U.S. Outlier in New Push to Reduce Gas Flaring

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (IPS) - An international coalition led by the World Bank is calling for state-backed and private oil producers to reduce “gas flaring” by an additional 30 percent over the next five years, saying that doing so would be equivalent to taking 60 million cars off of the roads.

  3. Adultery Laws Unfairly Target Women, U.N. Says

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (IPS) - When one of the Asian countries embraced Islamic Sharia law back in the 1990s, the rigidly conservative government threatened to enforce a provision that called for convicted adulterers to be stoned to death.

  4. ‘Malala’s Cause Is Our Cause’

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    LONDON, Oct 24 (IPS) - Less than two weeks after being left for dead by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai is standing up on her own two feet.

  5. Mexico Could Say Goodbye to Imported Maize

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    MEXICO CITY, Oct 24 (IPS) - It has been many years since Mexico, the birthplace of maize, has been self-sufficient in this staple food that plays a central role in its cuisine and culture. But new studies indicate that it could produce enough maize to meet its needs within 10 to 15 years.

  6. Nile Powers Uganda Slowly

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    KAMPALA, Oct 24 (IPS) - Uganda is facing the unwelcome possibility of increased costs for building a projected 600-megawatt hydropower plant at the Karuma Falls, on the Victoria Nile, owing to construction delays.

  7. Migrant Women Trapped in Sex Trade

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    PARIS, Oct 24 (IPS) - When French police broke up a Nigerian human trafficking ring that allegedly forced young migrant women into prostitution, the arrests cast a sharp light on the plight of what the authorities called “modern-day slaves”, here and throughout Europe.

  8. Congo Capital's Schools Still Shattered From March Explosion

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    BRAZZAVILLE, Oct 24 (IPS) - Three weeks after the new school year began in Brazzaville, many students in the capital of the Republic of the Congo have yet to attend a single class. The city is still trying to recover from a huge explosion at an arms dump in March.

  9. For U.S. Voters, “Faith” Often Means Political Party, not Religion

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  10. U.S.: Greater Middle East Dominates the Last Debate

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (IPS) - U.S. strategy in the Greater Middle East, which has dominated foreign policy-making since the 9/11 attacks more than 11 years ago, similarly dominated the third and last debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Monday night.