News headlines in June 2015, page 4

  1. Opinion: Torgersen Has Died, but His Case Won't Lie Down

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    OSLO, Jun 24 (IPS) - When he died at the age of 80 on Jun. 18 in Oslo, Fredrik Fasting Torgersen had divided Norway for 56 years and the "Torgersen case" had attracted international interest in forensic science circles, among them the U.S.-based Innocence Project.

  2. Corporate Interests Dominate Lobbying With EU Policy-Makers

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    LONDON, Jun 24 (IPS) - The overwhelming majority of lobby meetings held by European Commissioners and their closest advisors are with representatives of corporate interests, according to an analysis published Jun. 24 by Transparency International (TI).

  3. Bougainville Election Intensifies Hopes for Independence

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia, Jun 24 (IPS) - A referendum on independence within the next five years dominated campaigning in the recent general election held in Bougainville, an autonomous region of 300,000 people in the east of Papua New Guinea (PNG), which emerged from a decade-long civil war 15 years ago.

  4. On Kenya’s Coast, a Struggle for the Sacred

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Jun 23 (IPS) - Travel into the heart of Kenya's southern Coast Province, nearly 500 km from the capital city of Nairobi, and you will come across one of the planet's most curious World Heritage Sites: the remains of several fortified villages, revered by the indigenous Mijikenda people as the sacred abodes of their ancestors.

  5. Smart Phones New Tool to Capture Human Rights Violations

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide.

  6. Young People Lend a Hand to Trinidad’s Ailing Watersheds

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    PORT OF SPAIN, Jun 23 (IPS) - For a decade, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) of Trinidad and Tobago had been mapping the country's water quality. Five years ago, they started to notice a worrying trend.

  7. Studying and Working Poses New Challenges for Argentina’s Youth

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Jun 23 (IPS) - Until not too long ago, young people in Argentina faced a choice: whether to study or drop out and go to work. But now most adolescents in Argentina who work also continue to study – a change that poses new challenges for combating school dropout, repetition and truancy, as well as the circle of poverty.

  8. Opinion: Sub-Saharan Africa, Addis and Paris

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    ROME, Jun 23 (IPS) - After the turn of the century, growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) picked up again after a quarter century of near stagnation for most, mainly due to increased world demand for minerals and other natural resources.

  9. Critics of World Bank-Funded Projects in the Line of Fire

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 (IPS) - For an entire month beginning in February 2015, a group of between 40 and 50 residents of the Durgapur Village in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand would gather at the site of a hydroelectric power project being carried out by the state-owned Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC).

  10. Democracy on the Retreat in Over 96 of the 193 U.N. Member States, Says New Study

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 (IPS) - Democracy is on the retreat and authoritarianism is on the rise in more than 96 of the U.N.'s 193 member states, according to a new report released here.