News headlines in 2014

Human Development Report Finds South Asia’s Poor on a Knife’s Edge

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COLOMBO, Jul 24 (IPS) - Millions still live in poverty and even those who have gained the security of the middle-income bracket could relapse into poverty due to sudden changes to their economic fortunes in South Asia, the latest annual Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed.

OP-ED: Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON, Jul 24 (IPS) - Before a sexual violence survivor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has her day in court, she must surmount many obstacles. Poor or nonexistent roads and costly transportation may prevent her from going to a police station to report the crime, or to a hospital to receive treatment for the injuries sustained during the violence.

Cameroon’s Rising Sea Drowns Tourism

Thursday, July 24, 2014

KRIBI, Cameroon, Jul 24 (IPS) - Pierre Zambo is a hotel manager in Kribi, a sea resort town in Cameroon's South Region. In the past his hotel would have "more than 100 tourists each week. But today if I manage to have 50 people registered into my hotel weekly, then it's good business."

Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 24 (IPS) - The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests.

Israel's U.S.-Made Military Might Overwhelms Palestinians

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 23 (IPS) - The overwhelming Israeli firepower unleashed on the Palestinian militant group Hamas in the ongoing battle in Gaza is perhaps reminiscent of the Algerian war of independence (1954-1962) when France, the colonial power, used its vastly superior military strength to strike back at the insurgents with brutal ferocity.

‘Zero Tolerance’ the Call for Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LONDON, Jul 23 (IPS) - Heightening their campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls, United Nations agencies and civil groups have called for increased action to end child marriage and female genital mutilation.

Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All-Time High

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 23 (IPS) - As Tuesday's major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children.

Touaregs Seek Secular and Democratic Multi-Ethnic State

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LEKORNE, France, Jul 23 (IPS) - The government of Mali and Touareg rebels representing Azawad, a territory in northern Mali which declared unilateral independence in 2012 after a Touareg rebellion drove out the Malian army, resumed peace talks in Algiers last week, intended to end decades of conflict.

BRICS – The End of Western Dominance of the Global Financial and Economic Order

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEW DELHI, Jul 23 (IPS) - The sixth BRICS Summit which has just ended in Brazil marks the transition of a grouping based hitherto on shared concerns to one based on shared interests.

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