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Fragility of WTO’s Bali Package Exposed

Monday, July 21, 2014

GENEVA, Jul 21 (IPS) - The "fragility" of the World Trade Organization's ‘Bali package' was brought into the open at the weekend meeting in Sydney, Australia, of trade ministers from the world's 20 major economies (G20).

Refugees Living A Nightmare in Northern Pakistan

Monday, July 21, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jul 21 (IPS) - Some fled on foot, others boarded trucks along with luggage, rations and cattle. Many were separated from families, or collapsed from exhaustion along the way. They don't know where their next meal will come from, or how they will provide for their children.

Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 19 (IPS) - Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be stalked by its effects.

U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Globally in Energy Efficiency

Friday, July 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 18 (IPS) - A new ranking has lauded Germany for its energy efficiency, while condemning the United States for lagging near the bottom.

Child Migrants – A “Torn Artery” in Central America

Friday, July 18, 2014

TEGUCIGALPA, Jul 18 (IPS) - The migration crisis involving thousands of Central American children detained in the United States represents the loss of a generation of young people fleeing poverty, violence and insecurity in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America where violence is rife.

Why No Vetoed Resolutions on Civilian Killings in Gaza?

Friday, July 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 18 (IPS) - As the civil war in Syria continues into its fourth year, the Western nations sitting on the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) have unsuccessfully tried to condemn the killings of civilians, impose punitive sanctions and accuse the Syrian government of war crimes - in four vetoed and failed resolutions.

Do Not GM My Food!

Friday, July 18, 2014

BERLIN, Jul 18 (IPS) - Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted world-wide criticism by environmental, nutritionists and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger and malnutrition.

Caribbean Grapples with Intense New Cycles of Flooding and Drought

Friday, July 18, 2014

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 18 (IPS) - As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector.

As Winds of Change Blow, South America Builds Its House with BRICS

Friday, July 18, 2014

MONTEVIDEO, Jul 18 (IPS) - While this week's BRICS summit might have been off the radar of Western powers, the leaders of its five member countries launched a financial system to rival Bretton Woods institutions and held an unprecedented meeting with the governments of South America.

India’s Cut-Rose Sector Pushes Past Barriers

Friday, July 18, 2014

BANGALORE, Jul 18 (IPS) - Neat rows of pampered-looking rose plants, drip-irrigated and ‘misted' by tiny sprinklers, grow inside temperature-controlled greenhouses with high domes opened periodically for fresh air, offering 10 million cut-rose stems for export each year.

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