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Unleashing Africa’s Full Potential

Friday, December 02, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 02 (IPS) - Africa is the cradle of mankind and home to the youngest population in the world. We have a historic opportunity to realize the full potential of our continent in sharing the prosperity we have earned, in enhancing economic growth and in promoting and entrenching democratic ideals.

UN “Profoundly Sorry” for Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Friday, December 02, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 02 (IPS) - For the first time, the United Nations issued a formal apology for their role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and announced new steps to alleviate the ongoing health crisis.

ISDS Corporate Rule of Law

Thursday, December 01, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 01 (IPS) - Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in ostensible free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have effectively created a powerful, privileged system of protections for foreign investors that undermine national law and institutions. ISDS allows foreign corporations to sue governments for causing them losses due to legal or regulatory changes.

Fidel Castro, an Extraordinary Leader in Tumultuous Times

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Ending AIDS Needs Both Prevention and a Cure

Thursday, December 01, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 01 (IPS) - Eighteen million people, just slightly under half of the people living with HIV and AIDS globally, are now taking life-saving medication, but global efforts to end the disease still largely depend on prevention.

Pervez Musharraf Sets out ‘Higher’ Comeback Plans

Thursday, December 01, 2016

LONDON, Dec 01 (IPS) - Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf says he intends to make a second bid for a political comeback next year, aiming to return from self-imposed exile to forge a new party that would bridge ethnic and sectarian divides.

Subway Will Modernise – and Further Gentrify – Historical Centre of Quito

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

QUITO, Nov 30 (IPS) - Success can kill, when it comes to cities. Spain's Barcelona is facing problems due to the number of tourists that it attracts. And the historic centre of Ecuador's capital city, Quito, a specially preserved architectural jewel, is losing its local residents as it gentrifies.

Rohingya Refugees Trapped in Limbo

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DHAKA, Nov 30 (IPS) - Amid growing persecution by Myanmar's military, thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims in its western state of Rakhine have fled their frontier villages and are languishing along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border for lack of shelter and emergency supplies.

Looking into the Eyes of Central American Refugees in a Time of Hate and Fear 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Nov 30 (IPS) - Ten years ago I arrived in Mexico for the first time. A heavy backpack strapped around my waist, I toddled over a large, concrete bridge that divides Mexico and Guatemala.

Journalists Honoured for their Courage, Resolve

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (IPS) - Journalism has become one of the world's most dangerous professions, making the courageous achievements of this year's four International Press Freedom Award winners particularly meaningful.

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