News headlines in February 2013, page 10

Switzerland Checks Mercenaries, Partially

Monday, February 18, 2013

BASEL, Feb 18 (IPS) - The Swiss government has presented a draft law regulating the private military industry but critics argue the law is toothless.

Gangnam Style Finds a Tragic Touch in Gaza

Monday, February 18, 2013

GAZA CITY, Feb 18 (IPS) - "We wanted to do something to bring focus to the plight of Palestinian political prisoners, of which there are around 5,000 in Israeli jails, including hunger strikers, children, women," says Mohannad Barakat, 30, one of seven Palestinians who have made a Palestinian version of the Gangnam style.

Bulgarian Revelations Explode Hezbollah Bombing “Hypothesis”

Monday, February 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (IPS) - When European Union foreign ministers discuss a proposal to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov will present his government's case for linking two suspects in the Jul. 18, 2012 bombing of an Israeli tourist bus to Hezbollah.

Indigenous Youth Speak up to Protect Their Roots

Sunday, February 17, 2013

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 (IPS) - Indigenous youthfrom some of the world's oldest living cultures are stepping forward to steer their communities past the threat of disappearance and into an age of coexistence with an increasingly globalised world.

Political Violence Grips Egypt From All Sides

Sunday, February 17, 2013

CAIRO, Feb 17 (IPS) - Since the second anniversary of the uprising that ended the Mubarak regime, Egypt has witnessed a spate of political violence. Egypt's opposition led by the high-profile National Salvation Front (NSF) blames President Mohamed Morsi for the bloodshed, but many blame the NSF and its leaders.

Argentine Rights Violators under 'House Arrest' Stroll the Streets

Saturday, February 16, 2013

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 16 (IPS) - In spite of repeated violations of house arrest by people convicted of crimes against humanity during Argentina's dictatorship, some activists remain in favour of this lenient alternative to prison, but they want better oversight by the courts.

Climate Rally Draws 'Line in the Sand' on Canadian Pipeline

Saturday, February 16, 2013

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Feb 16 (IPS) - The largest climate rally in U.S. history is expected Sunday in Washington DC with the aim of pressuring President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Yemen’s Youth Denied the Revolutionary Change

Saturday, February 16, 2013

SANA'A, Feb 16 (IPS) - This week in Sana'a thousands of Yemenis – mostly youth - crowded the highway near the landmark ‘Change Square' to celebrate the second anniversary of the revolution. Adjacent to the university, this was the site of a tented encampment that drew tens of thousands of demonstrators throughout 2011.

Climate Change Added to U.S. Government “High Risk” List

Friday, February 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 15 (IPS) - For the first time, a U.S. government auditor has added climate change to a list of issues that pose the greatest financial risk to the government and country. It is also warning that Washington is markedly unprepared to deal with the scope of the problem.

Brazilian Ethanol in the Slow Lane to Global Market

Friday, February 15, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 15 (IPS) - Following a promising start, Brazil's dream of positioning ethanol in the global market on an equal standing with petroleum-based fuels is hindered by new and old challenges.

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