News headlines in February 2014, page 5

  1. New Discontent Arises in Bosnia

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    BELGRADE, Feb 22 (IPS) - Thousands of people have rallied in streets of major Bosnian cities since last week, demanding social justice, decent living conditions and resignation of top officials who they openly blame for unprecedented poverty and the country's economic decline.

  2. Poverty Rises Amidst Gold

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    SYDNEY, Feb 22 (IPS) - Natural reserves such as gold, copper, nickel, gas and timber are being extracted in the western Pacific island states of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to feed the soaring economies of East and South East Asia. But despite these Pacific nations recording economic growth rates of 6-11 percent over the past seven years, opportunities for human development have not been grasped.

  3. U.S. Adopts Israeli Demand to Bring Iran’s Missiles into Nuclear Talks

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

    Feb 22 (IPS) - The Barack Obama administration's insistence that Iran discuss its ballistic missile programme in the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement brings its position into line with that of Israel and senators who introduced legislation drafted by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC aimed at torpedoing the negotiations.

  4. South-South Cooperation Takes Off in Arab World

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    Feb 21 (IPS) - As the concept of South-South cooperation (SSC) continues to strengthen worldwide, some of the richest countries in the Arab world have been reaching out to the poor and the needy in the developing world.

  5. In Bali, a Pivotal Moment for Climate Postponed

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 (IPS) - Facing a crucial meeting this week in Bali, the board of the U.N.'s Green Climate Fund (GCF) once again postponed drawing out the bulk of policy that will guide the fund as it prepares to open later in 2014.

  6. Conflict on DRC, Zambia Border Threatens Regional Trade

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    LUSAKA, Feb 21 (IPS) - Truck driver Alfred Ndlovu transports cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) mineral rich Katanga Province to South Africa twice a month. He has been doing this for the last five years but now he is considering giving it up because he fears for his life every time he crosses the border.

  7. Chinese Shadow-Boxing Hurts Ties With Philippines

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    MANILA, Feb 21 (IPS) - Dissatisfied with the Philippines' response to the 2010 Manila hostage crisis, which led to the death of eight Hong Kong residents and injuries to seven others, authorities took the unprecedented decision late January this year to impose travel restrictions against Filipino officials. The restrictions took effect Feb. 5.

  8. Recession and Repression Fuel Anger

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    KIEV, Feb 21 (IPS) - As Ukraine's capital experiences the worst violence in its post-Soviet history, some protestors are warning that the festering discontent with the regime which led to the current crisis is unlikely to disappear overnight even if a solution to the current impasse is found.

  9. Website Gives Real-Time Snapshot of Deforestation

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (IPS) - A new website launched Thursday will allow governments, businesses, civil society and private citizens to monitor near real-time loss and gain in forest cover in every country around the world.

  10. U.S. Backing First Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (IPS) - The U.S. government has announced that it will be offering substantial loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors, giving a major boost to what would be the first such projects to go forward in the United States in more than three decades.