News headlines in February 2013, page 2

U.S. Security Establishment Increasingly Worried about Climate Change

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (IPS) - More than three dozen national security officials, members of Congress and military leaders are warning of the threat climate change poses to U.S. national security, the latest in an indicator that U.S. intelligence and national security circles are increasingly worried about a warming planet.

Q&A: Climate Change Front and Centre in Cuban Development Model

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

HAVANA, Feb 27 (IPS) - Each of Cuba's 168 municipalities faces the challenge of designing its own strategic development which, as well as economic and social progress, minimises the impact of extreme weather and other problems caused by global warming.

24 Nails Dug Into Body, Luckily

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

COLOMBO, Feb 27 (IPS) - Lahandapurege Ariyawathie feels she got off lightly - if returning home with 24 nails embedded in your body is lucky.

Lake Malawi Dispute Instils Fear in Fisherfolk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

KARONGA, Malawi, Feb 27 (IPS) - Since he was nine years old, Martin Mhango from Karonga village in northern Malawi has known no other livelihood than fishing. And for the last 33 years he has been fishing freely on Lake Malawi – that is, until last October when he was detained and beaten by Tanzanian security forces.??

Kenya’s Electoral Opinion Polling Marred by Suspicion

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NAIROBI, Feb 27 (IPS) - When Kenya's only female presidential candidate, Martha Karua, dismissed electoral opinion pollsters who claimed that she stood a mere one percent chance of being elected to office, many said she did so because the results had not favoured her. 

Cuba, an Island of Questions

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

HAVANA, Feb 27 (IPS) - The Cuban National Assembly, the parliament, has just passed a historic milestone: the visible turning point when one momentous and complex phase in the life of the country begins to come to a close, and a door opens on a future that, however hard to predict, will in many ways be different.

Killer Heat Waves and Floods Linked to Climate Change

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Feb 27 (IPS) - Killer heat waves, floods and storms are increasingly caused by climate change, new research reveals.

After Unprecedented Fight, Hagel Confirmed as Obama’s Pentagon Chief

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (IPS) - Ending a long and controversial battle, the U.S. Senate Tuesday voted 58-41 to confirm former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defence.

Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SANTIAGO, Feb 27 (IPS) - In recent years, Chile has become a source, transit, and destination hub for human trafficking victims, experts say. According to judicial authorities, forced labour and sexual exploitation are the crimes most frequently associated with this "modern form of slavery".

Activists Converge on High Court for Challenge to Voting Rights

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb 26 (IPS) - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the constitutionality of key sections of the historic Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

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