News headlines in August 2017

  1. South Asia Faces Fury of Floods

    Sunday, August 20, 2017

    DHAKA, Aug 20 (IPS) - Aid agencies warn of a serious unfolding humanitarian crisis as floodwaters continue to inundate new areas of three South Asian countries, forcing millions of people to flee their homes for shelters.

  2. Civilians Increasingly Bearing Burden of Armed Conflicts in Arab Region

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug 18 (IPS) - The war in Syria has now entered its 6th year and is becoming the world's worst man-made disaster.

  3. Women Slowly Break Barriers in Bangladesh

    Friday, August 18, 2017

    DHAKA, Aug 18 (IPS) - When one thinks of Bangladesh, its political leadership naturally comes to mind as the leaders of the country's major parties are women, including the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader and the Speaker of the National Parliament.

  4. Soy Changes Map of Brazil, Set to Become World’s Leading Producer

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 17 (IPS) - "Our wealth lies in the climate, not in the land," said Antonio Galván, president of the Rural Union of Sinop, a municipality created just 37 years ago, which has prospered due to the continued expansion of soy in Brazil.

  5. Resettling Congolese Refugees in Angola, a New Shot at a Normal Life

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (IPS) - The UN's refugee agency is relocating more than 33,000 Congolese refugees from overcrowded temporary shelters in northern Angola to a more permanent establishment in Lóvua.

  6. When Policies Speak the Same Language, Africa’s Trade and Investment Will Listen

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    MAPUTO, Aug 17 (IPS) - The rising Maputo-Catembe Bridge is a hard-to-miss addition to Mozambique's shoreline.

  7. Minamata Convention, Curbing Mercury Use, is Now Legally Binding

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - The Minamata Convention -- a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force August 16.

  8. Wonder Woman Should STILL be a UN Ambassador

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    NEW YORK, Aug 15 (IPS) - I realize it's a lot easier saying this now after the film of the same name has come out and has taken over $400 million in US box office receipts. It is at present taken the 8th most revenue for a super hero comic book ever.

  9. Population Aging: Hallmark of the 21st Century

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    NEW YORK, Aug 15 (IPS) - While rapid population growth may be the defining feature of the 20th century, with world population nearly quadrupling from 1.6 to 6.1 billion, the hallmark of the 21st century is likely to be population aging.

  10. What Does “Climate-Smart Agriculture” Really Mean? New Tool Breaks It Down

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 14 (IPS) - A Trinidadian scientist has developed a mechanism for determining the degree of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) compliance with respect to projects, processes and products.