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Riches in World’s Oceans Estimated at Staggering 24 Trillion Dollars

Thursday, April 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 23 (IPS) - The untapped riches in the world's oceans are estimated at nearly 24 trillion dollars – the size of the world's leading economies, according to a new report released Thursday by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Talk of Death Squads to Combat New Wave of Gang Violence in El Salvador

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, Apr 23 (IPS) - The resurgence of violent crime in El Salvador is giving rise to a hostile social environment in El Salvador reminiscent of the country's 12-year civil war, which could compromise the country's still unsteady democracy.

Opinion: Has the World Reached Peak Plutocracy?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 23 (IPS) - Parents in despair because they can't pay the fees at the privatised neighbourhood school…

Opinion: Peace & Planet: Challenging the Nuclear Powers’ Extremism

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - On the eve of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference five years ago, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that governments alone will not rid the world of the specter of nuclear annihilation.

Two Years After Rana Plaza Tragedy, Rights Abuses Still Rampant in Bangladesh’s Garment Sector

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DHAKA/UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22 (IPS) - Some say they were beaten with iron bars. Others confess their families have been threatened with death. One pregnant woman was assaulted with metal curtain rods.

Saudis Compensate Civilian Killings with 274 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Yemen

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia's right hand does not know what its left foot is up to, belittles an Asian diplomat, mixing his metaphors to describe the political paradox in the ongoing military conflict in Yemen.

East African Environmental Activist Wins Major Prize

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - On Earth Day, Apr. 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido takes the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighbourhood – including her own baby.

Water Politics Polarised in Mexico

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Apr 22 (IPS) - Laura Romero has piped water in her home for only a few hours a day, and at least once a week she is cut off completely. Like the rest of the residents in her neighbourhood in the north of the Mexican capital, she has to store water in containers like drums or jerrycans.

Shift to Renewables Seems a Forgone Conclusion, But Is It Fast Enough?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 21 (IPS) - Climate change may be one of the most divisive issues in the U.S. Congress today, but despite the staunch denialism of Republicans, experts say the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables is already well underway.

Backlash Follows South Africa’s Xenophobic Attacks on Africans

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - Shocking images of South Africans beating foreign-born residents residing in Durban, Johannesburg and other parts stunned the continent which had taken a message of brotherhood from former president Nelson Mandela.

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