News headlines in April 2014, page 3

  1. Going Beyond the Arms Trade Treaty to Secure Peace in Africa

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 25 (IPS) - Even as countries around the world have started to sign on to and ratify a landmark international treaty that would for the first time regulate the international trade in conventional weapons, experts here are warning that the treaty in itself will not be able to maintain peace and security in Africa.

  2. U.S.-Dependent Pacific Island Defies Nuke Powers

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 25 (IPS) - The tiny Pacific nation state of Marshall Islands - which depends heavily on the United States for its economic survival, uses the U.S. dollar as its currency and predictably votes with Washington on all controversial political issues at the United Nations - is challenging the world's nuclear powers before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

  3. Interfaith Leaders Jointly Call to Abolish Nuclear Arms

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 25 (IPS) - On the eve of next week's meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), more than 100 representatives of 11 faith groups from around the world have pledged to step up their efforts to seek the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

  4. Brazil Assumes Leadership in Future of Internet Governance

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    SÃO PAULO, Apr 25 (IPS) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed into law an Internet bill of rights just before her opening speech at an international conference on Internet reform in the southern city of São Paulo Wednesday.

  5. Q&A: Investment and Research Key to Resilient African Agriculture

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Apr 25 (IPS) - There is urgent need to increase the proportion of climate finance for adaptation in Africa by increasing public sector budgets for agriculture and exploring partnerships with the private sector.

  6. Reproductive Rights Have a Rocky Ride

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    STOCKHOLM, Apr 25 (IPS) - For policy makers and activists working for sexual and reproductive health and rights, it's been a long road since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994.

  7. OP-ED: As EU Reconsiders Russian LNG, Qatar Waits in Wings

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 25 (IPS) - Throughout the Ukraine crisis, European Union (EU) leaders have become more vocal about their interest in reducing Europe's consumption of Russian natural gas. As a result, Qatar — the world's number-one provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) — is well positioned to play a more influential role in Europe's energy landscape.

  8. India Finds Fishy Ways to Fight Malaria

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    MANGALORE, Apr 25 (IPS) - Thirteen-year-old Sampreeth Monteiro's neighbours are suddenly taking his advice seriously. "Buy a Guppy fish, it will eat all the mosquito eggs in your house. You will not get malaria again."

  9. U.S. Public Feeling More Multilateral Than Isolationist

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - Amidst a roiling and mostly partisan debate over Washington's global role, a survey released here Thursday suggests that President Barack Obama's preference for relative restraint and multilateral - over unilateral - action very much reflects the mood of the voting public.

  10. Post-Rana Plaza, Global Investors Pushing for Systemic Change

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Apr 24 (IPS) - A coalition of 134 institutional investors are calling for global corporations to institute new transparency policies throughout their supply chains and to step up assistance to survivors and families still suffering a year after a major fire led to the collapse of a garments factory in Bangladesh, despite repeated warnings from workers.