News headlines in April 2013, page 5

  1. No Money to Fix Rural Zimbabwe’s Taps

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

    HARARE, Apr 25 (IPS) - For the last 13 years, Trynos Mbweku, the headman of Mwenezi district in southeastern Zimbabwe, has had to use a cart to fetch water from the only remaining borehole in his area, which lies some 10 kilometres from his home.

  2. U.S. Proposal Would Require Labelling on Genetically Modified Foods

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - A decades-long push to require the labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients in the United States received a significant boost Wednesday, when bipartisan bills on the issue were simultaneously proposed in the House and Senate.

  3. Trade Unions Fight Walmart in Mexico

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    MEXICO CITY, Apr 24 (IPS) - Trade unions in Canada, the United States and Mexico are preparing protests and legal action against the Mexican subsidiary of Walmart, the world's largest retailer, which is accused of paying bribes and breaching labour rights.

  4. BOOKS: A History of the Search for Justice in the Middle East

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - It's no wonder that Egypt has floundered in its efforts to create a more democratic system from the ruins of the Mubarak regime.

  5. Krill Super-Trawlers Pushing Penguins Toward Extinction

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 24 (IPS) - Everyone loves penguins, but few will know today is World Penguin Day. Fewer still are those who know penguins are threatened with extinction by climate change and giant fishing trawlers from Europe and Asia stalking the oceans around Antarctica.

  6. Homeschoolers Want Legal Vacuum Filled in Spain

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    MÁLAGA, Spain, Apr 24 (IPS) - Isabel Rodríguez decided to pull her then nine-year-old son Ulises out of the school system and homeschool him instead – an alternative chosen by more than 2,000 families in Spain, who are calling for a law that would overcome the legal vacuum surrounding the growing phenomenon.

  7. Caribbean Tourism Stakes Salvation on Greener Policies

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 24 (IPS) - Tourism, widely regarded as the mainstay of Caribbean economies, is being challenged to remain sustainable in an era of climate change and its impact on beaches, rivers and other attractions.

  8. U.S., Others Wrangle over Future Arctic Governance

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - With climate change rapidly opening up new opportunities for shipping and resource extraction across the once permanently frozen Arctic, the United States and other northern countries are being compelled to re-examine their policies, both national and collective, towards this region of growing geostrategic importance.

  9. Palestinians Fight Unlawful Deportation

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    ABEYAT, Occupied West Bank, Apr 24 (IPS) - Hind Ibrahim Abeyat has spent most of her life separated from her father. "Every house in Palestine has something – someone in prison, a martyr," the 19-year-old told IPS from her family home in Abeyat village, near Bethlehem.

  10. Troubled New Year Begins in Sri Lanka

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    COLOMBO, Apr 24 (IPS) - The eve of the much anticipated Sinhala and Tamil New Year, celebrated across the island of Sri Lanka in mid-April to mark the end of the harvest season, was marred by a series of attacks, reminding everyone that "peace" does not mean a lack of violence.