News headlines in July 2013

  1. Report Finds Pattern of Inequity in Development Aid

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - Despite global efforts to provide development aid, the world's poorest are getting poorer, says a new report by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

  2. U.S. Hedge Funds Paint Argentina as Ally of Iranian 'Devil' – Part Two

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    LOS ANGELES, Jul 31 (IPS) - Vulture capitalist Paul Singer has hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in his legal battle with Argentina over the country's 2001 debt default.

  3. Fight Against Drought Is Grounds for Political Divorce in Brazil

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 31 (IPS) - The decisions taken by the Brazilian government in the fight against drought in the country's semiarid Northeast are an example of the disconnect between politicians and the citizens, which triggered an unexpected wave of protests in June.

  4. World's Poorest Nations Slowly Mending

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (IPS) - The number of "least developed countries" (LDCs), which rose from the original 24 back in 1971 to the current 49, is beginning to shrink - haltingly.

  5. Egypt-Like Disputes Stir Tunisia

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    TUNIS, Jul 31 (IPS) - As political divisions threaten to destabilise the national transition process in Tunisia, Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh has set deadlines for finalising the new constitution and holding elections. Not everyone is convinced these will be met.

  6. Zimbabwe Votes in Critical Test of Freedom

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    HARARE, Jul 31 (IPS) - "We definitely can't miss this grand chance to cast our vote. It's like Zimbabwe is just gaining independence; the excitement to see a new government coming into power is just incredible and we hope we get a new Zimbabwe rolling again," 38-year-old Mildred Saungweme from Harare's Hatfield suburb, told IPS.

  7. Kirkuk Plays Dice With Violence

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    KIRKUK, Iraq, Jul 31 (IPS) - Two teams struggle to find an olive under one of the 11 cups displayed on a tray. The traditional game sin-u-serf  (tray and cup in Kurdish) is only played during the Muslim fasting month. In one of Iraq's most violent cities, it is nothing less than a challenge to death.

  8. Pope Opens Unprecedented Dialogue with Afro-Brazilian Religions

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 30 (IPS) - At odds since colonial times, Catholicism and Afro-Brazilian religions have embarked on a process of mutual acceptance. Pope Francis added words and gestures to this reconciliation of two groups that share a common interest: confronting the growth of evangelical and neo-Pentecostal churches.

  9. Mixed Verdict for WikiLeaker Bradley Manning

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jul 30 (IPS) - A U.S. military judge ruled Tuesday that Private Bradley Manning, the young soldier who shared a mountain of classified data with the rogue pro-transparency group WikiLeaks, is not guilty of "aiding the enemy".

  10. Torturers Escape Prison in Argentina

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    BUENOS AIRES, Jul 30 (IPS) - The progress made by Argentina in trials for crimes against humanity committed by the 1976-1983 dictatorship has been tarnished by a growing number of human rights violators escaping from prison.