News headlines in August 2016, page 3

  1. Uruguay’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    GENEVA, Aug 22 (IPS) - In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the Uruguay government violated its rights by instituting tobacco control measures.

  2. The UN Must be at the Forefront of the fight for Civic Rights

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    BERLIN, Aug 22 (IPS) - The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 provides the foundation for citizens' rights to participate in shaping their communities.

  3. Literature Professor Probes Novels of the Anthropocene Age

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    TAIPEI, Aug 22 (IPS) - A literature professor at Cornell University in upstate New York, Nick Admussen, has recently published an online literary essay about writing novels in the Anthropocene Age.

  4. India's New Maternity Benefits Act Criticised as Elitist

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    NEW DELHI, Aug 19 (IPS) - The passage of the landmark Maternity Benefits Act 1961 by the Indian Parliament, which mandates 26 weeks of paid leave for mothers as against the existing 12, has generated more heartburn than hurrahs due to its skewed nature.

  5. Deadly Yellow Fever Spreading, Amid Global Vaccine Shortages

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 (IPS) - As deadly yellow fever spreads to seven provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), new measures have been introduced to ensure that as many people as possible are immunised, despite global shortages of the yellow fever vaccine.

  6. UN Admits it Needs to do More After Causing Haiti Cholera Epidemic

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    NEW YORK, Aug 18 (IPS) - Six years since UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti, the United Nations has finally accepted a greater degree of responsibility for its role in causing the outbreak, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives, and affected hundreds of thousands more.

  7. The Time is Ripe to Act against Drought

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    WINDHOEK, Aug 18 (IPS) - Let us start with some good news.  Sort of.  The strongest El Niño in 35 years is coming to an end.

  8. 133 Organisations Nominate Syria’s White Helmets for Nobel Peace Prize

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 18 (IPS) - Syria's White Helmets - the volunteers who rescue civilians from collapsed buildings - could be the "most popular" nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize ever, according to human rights group, the Syria Campaign.

  9. Olympic Games – More Media Show than Sports Event

    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 18 (IPS) - Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics gave it a new multipurpose heroine, Rafaela Silva, whose defeat of the favourites in judo has made her a strong voice against racism and homophobia. Not only is she black and poor, but she just came out as gay.

  10. US To Push for UN Security Council Ban on Nuclear Tests

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (IPS) - As part of his nuclear legacy, US President Barack Obama is seeking a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution aimed at banning nuclear tests worldwide.