News headlines in February 2017, page 2

  1. Aid Arrives for Rohingya After Violence

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - A Malaysian aid convoy has arrived in Myanmar with supplies for ethnic Rakhine civilians and Rohingya Muslims.

    The Malaysian government sent hundreds of tons of food and other necessities including clothing and hygiene kits to Myanmar's Yangon region which were then delivered to Rakhine State's capital of Sittwe. Military ships also offloaded supplies in neighboring Bangladesh which has seen an influx of Rohingya refugees since violence was reignited in 2016.

  2. Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    ROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 (IPS) - With an estimated 1 billion migrants today --or one in every seven people-- their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is often inadequate.

  3. Antarctic Ice Lowest Ever - Asia at High Risk – Africa Drying Up

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    ROME, Feb 24 (IPS) - For those who still deny the tangible impact of climate change, please note that the extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing; the Arctic is witnessing exceptional warmth with record low ice volumes--the lowest on record; global heat is putting Asia on higher risk than ever, and Africa is drying up.

  4. Unresolved Brinks North-East Nigeria to Starvation

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - Years of violence and unrest in North-East Nigeria have left millions of people at risk of starving to death. Both the violent up surging of Boko Haram and the government's harsh military crackdown have left already historically marginalised communities with next to nothing.

  5. Merkel Under Pressure for Refugee Policy in Germany

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    MUNICH, Feb 23 (IPS) - Internationally, German chancellor Angela Merkel was praised for her humanitarian decision to open the countries' border to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Iraq. But the decision has considerably reduced her support among Germans. Chances are real that Merkel could lose the chancellorship in the upcoming national elections.

  6. Five Key G20 Powers Break Promise to Help Tackle Corruption

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    ROME/BERLIN, Feb 23 (IPS) - Five key G20 countries are failing to meet commitments to publish data that helps tackle corruption, warns a new report by international anti-corruption watchdogs.

  7. Netherlands to Host Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    ROME, Feb 23 (IPS) - The Netherlands announced that it will work with Japan and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to establish a Global Centre of Excellence to help countries, institutions and businesses to adapt to a warming climate, which is increasing the frequency of natural disasters and causing economic disruptions.

  8. UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

    Thursday, February 23, 2017

    ROME, Feb 23 (IPS) - The available data is enough for the United Nations to literally declare war on oceans plastic: more than 8 million tonnes of leaks into their waters each year – equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing at least 8 billion dollars in damage to marine ecosystems.

  9. Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    ROME, Feb 22 (IPS) - Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations' report.

  10. Shrinking and Darkening, the Plight of Kashmir's Dying Lakes

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    SRINAGAR, Feb 22 (IPS) - Mudasir Ahmad says that two decades ago, his father made a prophecy that the lake would vanish after the fish in its waters started dying. Three years ago, he found dead fish floating on the surface, making him worried about its fate.