News headlines in October 2013, page 4

  1. Key Global Financial Agencies Fall Short on Poverty Reduction

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (IPS) - Key multilateral institutions charged with improving regulation of the international financial system are failing to democratise their governance and adequately consider the impact of their actions on the world's poor, says a new report by anti-poverty groups.

  2. U.S. Spying Worldwide May Come Under U.N. Scrutiny

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 (IPS) - When Clare Short, Britain's former minister for international development, revealed that British intelligence agents had spied on former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan by bugging his office just before the disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the U.N. chief was furious that his discussions with world leaders had been compromised.

  3. Cuba’s Dual Currency System: A Death Foretold

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    HAVANA, Oct 25 (IPS) - An end to the country's dual-currency system is one of the reforms most anxiously-awaited by Cubans, who nevertheless reacted with scepticism and doubt to the announcement of a timeline for eliminating the system, blamed for exacerbating social inequalities in the country.

  4. Four Years after a Tamil Defeat, the Diaspora Regroups

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    NEW YORK, Oct 25 (IPS) - Seated at a desk piled high with court documents and yellowed newspapers, Visvanathan Rudrakumaran remembers leaving Sri Lanka and coming to New York for the first time, three decades ago.

  5. Pakistan Drone Story Ignored Military Opposition to Strikes

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (IPS) - The Washington Post on Thursday reported what it presented as new evidence of a secret agreement under which Pakistani officials have long been privately supporting the U.S. drone war in the country even as they publicly criticised it.

  6. Q&A “Terrorist Groups Are Killing, Abducting and Displacing Kurdish People”

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    QAMISHLI, Syria, Oct 25 (IPS) - Kurdish fighters have emerged as a powerful player in the Syrian war thanks to the Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (YPG - "People's Protection Units"), a seemingly well-organised armed group which has so far proved capable of defending the territory it claims in northern Syria.

  7. Bangladesh Ailing After Aila

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    KHULNA, Bangladesh, Oct 25 (IPS) - It has been four years since Cyclone Aila struck Bangladesh, triggering floods and widespread destruction. But the villagers of Koira subdistrict, among the worst affected of the 11 districts hit by the cyclone, are yet to recover from its impact.

  8. Refugees Eating Dogs to Beat Starvation

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    DAMASCUS, Oct 25 (IPS) - Acute food shortages have reached desperate levels in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. Leading religious figures in the camps have issued a fatwa permitting the killing and consumption of cats, dogs, mice, rats and donkeys.

  9. OP-ED: The World Without U.S.

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (IPS) - In his 2007 bestseller The World Without Usjournalist Alan Weisman describes a planet that regenerates itself after the disappearance of human beings. Skyscrapers crumble and bridges collapse into rivers, but the primeval forests take over and the buffalo return to roam.

  10. 'One Day in There Is Like 100 Years”

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    MALAGA, Spain, Oct 24 (IPS) - "It's just like a prison. One day in there is like 100 years," says Jennifer, a 35-year-old Nigerian woman, describing what her aunt went through in the Immigrant Detention Centre (CIE) in this city in southern Spain before she was deported.