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Nigeria - From Sticks and Machetes to Rocket-propelled Grenades

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria, Apr 22 (IPS) - Nigerians are beginning to adjust to the sad reality that they live in a country where suicide bombers and terrorists could be lurking around the next corner thanks to a ready supply of advanced weapons smuggled through the country's porous borders. 

Weak Laws and Capitalist Economy Deplete Kenya’s Natural Wealth

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NAIROBI, Apr 22 (IPS) - Each season Peter Gichangi, a vegetable and arrowroot commercial farmer who owns four hectares of land in Nyeri County, Kenya's Central Province, cultivates his crops near the Nduyi River.

Cuba’s Burgeoning Private Sector Hungry for Flora and Fauna

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HAVANA, Apr 22 (IPS) - The lack of markets to supply raw materials for Cuba's new private sector, along with the poverty in isolated rural communities, is fuelling the poaching of endangered species of flora and fauna.

The Global Trading System Aims to Improve Children’s Lives

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GENEVA, Apr 22 (IPS) - Although some people don't see the connection, the global trading system is aimed at creating some of the essential conditions needed to improve children's lives and their prospects in the future.

Imprisoning Themselves to Stay Safe

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq, Apr 22 (IPS) - "I don't dare tell you who the murderers are but their target is just us, Turkmens," says Ahmed Abdulla Muhtaroglu, sitting by the portrait of his brother killed last year.

Obama Seeks to Reassure Anxious Asians on “Rebalance”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 22 (IPS) - As he embarks Tuesday on a major trip through East Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama will be focused on reassuring anxious – albeit sometimes annoying – allies that Washington remains determined to deepen its commitment to the region.

Mexico’s Climate Change Law - More Than Just Empty Words?

Monday, April 21, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Apr 21 (IPS) - When Mexico's climate change law went into effect in October 2012, it drew international praise. But what has happened since then?

Informal Carpentry Hammers Away Zimbabwe’s State Revenue

Monday, April 21, 2014

HARARE, Apr 21 (IPS) - Tracy Chikwari, a 36-year-old single mother of two and informal furniture dealer in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, is all smiles as she talks about her flourishing business.

India’s Women Lose the Election

Monday, April 21, 2014

NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (IPS) - "Men just do not want to give up their seats, it's as simple as that," says 67-year-old candidate in the Indian election Subhhasini Ali, voicing a gloomy view across women's groups in India.

Poland Uses Ukraine to Push Coal

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WARSAW, Apr 20 (IPS) - A European ‘energy union' plan proposed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as an EU response to the crisis in Ukraine could be a Trojan horse for fossil fuels.

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