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Winning Women a Greater Say in Somaliland’s Policy-Making

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HARGEISA, Aug 27 (IPS) - Bar Seed is the only female member in Somaliland's 82-person Parliament, but activists hope upcoming national elections may end her isolation.

Deliberate Targeting of Water Sources Worsens Misery for Millions of Syrians

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26 (IPS) - Imagine having to venture out into a conflict zone in search of water because rebel groups and government forces have targeted the pipelines. Imagine walking miles in the blazing summer heat, then waiting hours at a public tap to fill up your containers. Now imagine realizing the jugs are too heavy to carry back home.

U.N. Chief Warns of Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Northeastern Nigeria

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 26 (IPS) - With over 1.5 million displaced, 800,000 of whom are children, and continuously escalating violence in northeastern Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the humanitarian situation as "particularly worrying" during a visit to the country.

Plant in Chile Opens South America’s Doors to Geothermal Energy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

OLLAGÃœE, Chile, Aug 26 (IPS) - Chile, a land of volcanoes and geysers, has started building South America's first geothermal plant, which would open a door to this kind of renewable energy in this country that depends largely on fossil fuels.

Poverty and Slavery Often Go Hand-in-Hand for Africa’s Children

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

HARARE, Aug 26 (IPS) - "Poverty has become part of me," says 13-year-old Aminata Kabangele from the Democratic Republic of Congo. "I have learned to live with the reality that nobody cares for me."

Majority of Child Casualties in Yemen Caused by Saudi-Led Airstrikes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - Of the 402 children killed in Yemen since the escalation of hostilities in March 2015, 73 percent were victims of Saudi coalition-led airstrikes, a United Nations official said Monday.

U.N. Military Sanctions on Syria May Face Veto by Arms Supplier

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - The staggering statistics emerging from the ongoing five-year-old military conflict in Syria – including over 220,000 killed, more than one million injured and about 7.6 million displaced – are prompting calls for a United Nations arms embargo on the beleaguered regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Alternative Destinations Emerge as Cuba Gets Ready for Tourism Boom

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

El ABRA, Cuba, Aug 25 (IPS) - Along the road to the Viñales valley, travelled by thousands of tourists to Cuba, lies the home of self-taught artist Miguel Antonio Remedios, which he has turned into a sort of museum to show visitors a wooden home typical of this mountainous area in the west of the country.

U.N. Aid Agencies Launch Emergency Hotline for Displaced Iraqis

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - In the hopes of better responding to the needs of over three million displaced Iraqis, United Nations aid agencies today launched a national hotline to provide information on emergency humanitarian services like food distribution, healthcare and shelter.

Security Council, in Historic First, Discusses Gay, Lesbian Rights

Monday, August 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 24 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), whose primary mandate is the maintenance of international peace and security, has occasionally digressed to discuss global issues such as climate change and HIV/AIDS.

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