News headlines in April 2014, page 2

  1. Sri Lanka Prepares ‘Certificates of Absence’

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    COLOMBO, Apr 29 (IPS) - Five years after the end of a bloody and protracted civil war, Sri Lanka has begun its first survey of families of the missing in order to assess their needs.

  2. Morocco Divided Over Equality

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    CASABLANCA, Apr 29 (IPS) - Morocco stands divided over a proposal for equal inheritance rights for men and women: modernists see this as application of equality arising from the new constitution, and Islamists see in this a violation of Sharia law.

  3. U.S. Calls Egypt’s Latest Mass Death Sentences “Unconscionable”

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 29 (IPS) - Five days after approving the transfer of 10 Apache helicopters to aid Egypt's "counter-terrorism" campaign in Sinai, the administration of President Barack Obama denounced as "unconscionable" the latest round of mass death sentences against members of the Muslim Brotherhood handed down by an Egyptian court Monday.

  4. U.S. Food Aid Reforms May Be Rolled Back

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 28 (IPS) - Lawmakers here may roll back recent landmark reforms to how the United States provides international food aid, despite warnings that doing so would reduce assistance for some two million people worldwide.

  5. Debt and Dirty Energy Weigh Heavy on Puerto Rico's Utility

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    SAN JUAN, Apr 28 (IPS) - Everyone in Puerto Rico agrees that the island's ailing Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is badly in need of an overhaul, both in engineering and economic terms.

  6. Kerry Draws Israel Hawks' Ire Amid Failed Talks

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 28 (IPS) - In the wake of the collapse of U.S.-led peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the angry rhetoric around this conflict has only escalated.

  7. Bangladesh Fights Off HIV

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    DHAKA, Apr 28 (IPS) - Shohagi, 19, walks down a corridor to an audience of about a dozen commercial sex workers. In a loud and confident voice, the fellow sex worker shares her knowledge on the use of a condom.

  8. Egyptian Quacks Mutilate Millions

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    CAIRO, Apr 27 (IPS) - Saber Abd El-Mawgoud began his career with castrating sheep and goats before moving on to humans. His first human experiment was a young boy he attempted to circumcise back in 1999 on the insistence of the boy's father.

  9. Caribbean Fears Loss of "Keystone Species" to Climate Change

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    CODRINGTON, Barbuda, Apr 26 (IPS) - A marine biologist has cautioned that the mass deaths of starfish along the United States west coast in recent months could also occur in the Caribbean region because of climate change, threatening the vital fishing sector.

  10. Russia ‘Liquidating’ Civil Society

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    MOSCOW, Apr 26 (IPS) - NGOs working in Russia are facing more repression in the form of even tighter legislation on foreign funding as part of what some rights activists say is a concerted campaign to "liquidate" civil society in the country.