News headlines in February 2014

An Equal Share of Wealth Equals Lasting Peace in CAR

Friday, February 28, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 28 (IPS) - While wrangling over Central African Republic's (CAR) wealth in natural resources played a role in the country's crisis, its future peace and stability still partly depends on a solution that factors in how to equitably distribute its national wealth.

Q&A: The Face of the Future is an Adolescent Girl

Friday, February 28, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 28 (IPS) - "The future is today aged 10 and it's an adolescent girl," Kate Gilmore, deputy executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), said in an interview with IPS in Johannesburg.

Arab NGOs Warn IMF Against Sharp Cuts to Subsidies

Friday, February 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (IPS) - Civil society activists from five Arab countries are urging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ease pressure on their governments to reduce food and fuel subsidies until stronger social-protection schemes and other basic reforms are implemented.

Predatory Lionfish Decimating Caribbean Reefs

Friday, February 28, 2014

NASSAU, The Bahamas, Feb 28 (IPS) - The lionfish, with its striking russet and white stripes and huge venomous outrigger fins, wasn't hard to spot under a coral reef in 15 feet of clear water. Nor was it a challenge to spear it.

Shifting Rainy Season Wreaks Havoc on Barbuda's Crops

Friday, February 28, 2014

HIGHLANDS, Barbuda, Feb 28 (IPS) - Water rationing has become a way of life for the 1,800 residents of the tiny island of Barbuda, which has been experiencing prolonged dry periods, especially in the Highlands area near the main agricultural lands.

Ghana’s Small Women’s Savings Groups Have Big Impact

Friday, February 28, 2014

DENUGU, Ghana, Feb 28 (IPS) - Dunwaa Soayare, 45, a smallholder farmer, widow and mother of five had the sort of economic profile that meant she was denied access to credit from Ghana's mainstream banking institutions.

Sri Lanka feels the Heat

Friday, February 28, 2014

COLOMBO, Feb 28 (IPS) - Sri Lanka is heading into a major crisis under extreme heat, with the rains staying away. Fears are growing of power cuts and interruption to water supply because reservoir levels are running scarily low.

Women On The Move, And In Danger

Friday, February 28, 2014

HYDERABAD, India, Feb 28 (IPS) - It was 8.45 pm, and a 22-year-old woman was looking for a cab to go home after a trip to a city mall in India's Hyderabad city. A cab arrived, and the unsuspecting computer engineer got in, little knowing she was stepping into a trap.

Rich Railroad Brings Few Opportunities in Brazil

Friday, February 28, 2014

ALTO ALEGRE DO PINDARÉ/SÃO LUIS, Brazil, Feb 28 (IPS) - The Carajás railroad, regarded as the most efficient in Brazil, runs a loss-making passenger service for the benefit of the population. But this does little to make amends for its original sin: it was created to export minerals and crosses an area of chronic poverty.

Burned, Bombed, Beaten – Education Under Attack Worldwide

Friday, February 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (IPS) - There was a time when images from war zones featured only battlefields and barracks. As warfare moved into the 20th century, pictures of embattled urban centres and rural guerilla outposts began to make the rounds.

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