News headlines in July 2013, page 4

  1. Malian Politicians Warn of Election Fraud

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    BAMAKO, Jul 27 (IPS) - An increasing number of Mali's political groups have warned of widespread fraud ahead of the presidential election on Sunday Jul. 28.

  2. Will Prayers Save Farmers in the Land of the Gods?

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    UTTARKASHI, India, Jul 27 (IPS) - Over a month after flash floods in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in north India left 1,000 dead and 6,000 missing, the government has yet to release a full agricultural impact assessment, sparking fears about the extent of damage to the region's farmland.

  3. U.S. and EU Frustrate Peasants’ Rights Declaration

    Saturday, July 27, 2013

    GENEVA, Jul 27 (IPS) - Staunch opposition by the U.S. delegation and, to one extent or another, by European countries has blocked the approval this year of a draft multilateral declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, which is backed by the developing world.

  4. Q&A: 'Angela Merkel Is the Decider of Our Fate'

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    LISBON, Jul 26 (IPS) - "Who do I call if I want to call Europe?" This famous question attributed to former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger has an obvious answer today: Angela Merkel, the conservative German chancellor.

  5. U.N. Struggles to Reach Displaced in South Sudan

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 (IPS) - Following fighting in the South Sudan state of Jonglei , the United Nations is trying to coordinate a humanitarian effort to help tens of thousands of people who have fled to the bush. The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an operation to provide food for those who have escaped the conflict.

  6. Biochar Could “Turn Back Clock” on Climate

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Jul 26 (IPS) - Even as policymakers around the world wrestle with how to cut future emissions of global greenhouse gases, some scientists and environmentalists are increasingly turning their attention to the carbon dioxide that is already in the atmosphere, trying to discern ways that this level can be efficiently and safely brought down.

  7. Kurds Find a German Healing Touch

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Iraq, Jul 26 (IPS) - "I witnessed a Turkish tank made in Germany destroying a Kurdish village. Civilians, children included, were wounded, and many were taking shelter inside a besieged church," said Media, the German nurse who has become legendary in the Kurdish mountains of northern Iraq and is known here only by this name.

  8. Olympics Gold Medalist Sets Sights on Ethiopia’s Parliament

    Friday, July 26, 2013

    ADDIS ABABA, Jul 26 (IPS) - Ethiopia's track legend Haile Gebrselassie is mostly known for one thing – his world records. The two-time Olympic gold medallist, multiple world 10,000 m champion and holder of more than 27 world records in distances ranging from 1,500 m to the marathon, is now contemplating running a different race – for political office.

  9. Activists Demand Justice for Victims of Clerical Sex Abuse in Mexico

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    MEXICO CITY, Jul 25 (IPS) - Human rights groups are calling for the Committee on the Rights of the Child to bring the Mexican state to account, as it has done in other countries, for failing to investigate widespread reports of sexual abuse of minors in Catholic institutions.

  10. Nepal Moves to Curb Child Labour

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    KATHMANDU, Jul 25 (IPS) - Last December, Pradeep Dongol, child protection officer at the Kathmandu-based Children and Women in Social Service and Human Rights (CWISH), received an urgent call from one of the NGO's many offices in Nepal's sprawling capital city.