News headlines in June 2013, page 2

  1. World Bank to 'Cease Provising' Funding for New Coal Projects

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (IPS) - The World Bank is set to consider dramatically cutting down its funding for coal-related power projects, according to a draft strategy document leaked this week.

  2. U.S. Grip on Regional Drug Policy Weakening, Experts Suggest

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (IPS) - The Western Hemisphere's approach to countering the use and flow of illegal drugs may soon change radically, as recently published reports by the Organization of American States (OAS) signal a region less willing to be dominated by the United States and anxious to act on a more multilateral basis.

  3. Acid Survivors Say Theirs Is a Fate Worse Than Death

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jun 28 (IPS) - Women in Pakistan are no strangers to horror. In this country of 176 million, about 90 percent of women have experienced domestic violence; every year, over 1,000 women are murdered in so-called ‘honour killings'. Two years ago, the Thomson Reuters Foundation named Pakistan the most dangerous country in the world for women and girls.

  4. Confrontation Builds Up in Cairo

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    CAIRO, Jun 28 (IPS) - Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's first turbulent year in office will end with two massive rallies in Cairo, both expected to draw hundreds of thousands: one by his mostly Islamist supporters and another by secular opposition forces who demand he step down.

  5. Dreaming Big - But Who Will Fund Southern Africa's Infrastructure Plans?

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    MAPUTO, Jun 28 (IPS) - Mounds of sand and rubble are what are left of sections of Maputo's beachfront road as bulldozers, manned by Chinese construction workers, tear up the road that is being rebuilt. Southern Africa is under construction and the reminders are everywhere.

  6. Angola Slow on Drought Response as People Die of Hunger

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    DUBAI, Jun 28 (IPS) - Church groups, local NGOs and international aid organisations have launched appeals to get supplies to drought-stricken southern Angola where people are reported to be dying from a lack of food and water. It is estimated that between half a million and 800,000 people have been affected.

  7. Polio Fear at Europe’s Door

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    KIEV, Jun 28 (IPS) - The Ukraine is facing a "real threat" of a return of polio as well as outbreaks of other serious diseases such as mumps, rubella and measles because of a combination of state inefficiency and public mistrust of vaccinations, health experts have said.

  8. Egypt Split ‘Between Egyptians and Islamists’

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    CAIRO, Jun 28 (IPS) - The Muslim Brotherhood realised a long cherished dream when it came to power last year. The Muslim Brotherhood had faced continuing discrimination since former president Gamal Abdel Nasser came to power in 1956 until the end of Hosni Mubarak's days.

  9. Obama Suspends Bangladesh's Trade Benefits Over Labour Rights

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jun 28 (IPS) - Citing Bangladesh's alleged failure to respect international labour rights, U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday suspended trade benefits for the South Asian country's exports under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

  10. Cultural Engagement Key to Improving U.S.-Iran Relations – Report

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jun 27 (IPS) - Increasing U.S.-Iran cultural exchanges could lay the groundwork for better relations between the two countries, believes a prominent think tank here, despite the prevalence of stereotypical memes of the United States as the "Great Satan" and Iran as part of the "Axis of Evil".