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Women’s empowerment in Bangladesh

Friday, February 12, 2016

RANGAMATI, Bangladesh, Feb 12 (IPS) - On a gloomy weather in a hilly suburb in Tarabonia, three women keep themselves busy stitching clothes. The informal shop-cum tailoring outlet is the only one of its kind in the neighbourhood and so the shop has a good record of sales of apparels. Minu Bai Marma, a 27 year-old housewife who runs the rented shop, gives a smile and attends to her regular customers. Customers keep ordering for new dresses, especially before festivals and Minu and her husband earn a fairly good amount of profits to run the family.

Novel Joint Committee Enhances Relations between the UAE and Panama

Friday, February 12, 2016

PANAMA CITY, Feb 12 (IPS) - The visit by the United Arab Emirates foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to Panama ended Thursday Feb. 11 with the creation of a novel Joint Cooperation Committee on trade and investment.

Views split on nuclear deal implementation (part two)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

OXFORD, Feb 11 (IPS) - The implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal with the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany) on January 16, which resulted in the lifting of the sanctions imposed on Iran, has split the views of current and former US politicians.

Rise of middle class undermined in East Europe & Central Asia

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 (IPS) - The UN's post-2015 development agenda, which was adopted by world leaders at a summit meeting last September, includes a highly ambitious goal: the eradication of extreme poverty by the year 2030.

The decline in poverty, as reflected in the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ended last December, had one positive fallout: the rise of a new middle class graduating largely from the ranks of the poor.

The new normal in Fata

Thursday, February 11, 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 11 (IPS) - A military operation by Pakistan's army has been proving fatal for Taliban militants who held sway over vast swathes of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for over a decade. They crossed over the border from Afghanistan and took refuge in Fata after their government was toppled by US-led forces towards the end of 2001. After a few years, when they got a toe-hold in the region, they extended their wings to all seven districts of Fata. Not any more.

UN Chief Focuses on World’s First Humanitarian Summit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (IPS) - As the global humanitarian crisis continues to devastate civilian lives in conflict zones, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the international community to ensure "no-one in conflict, no-one in chronic poverty, and no-one living with the risk of natural hazards and rising sea levels, is left behind."

Eight Cooperation Accords Strengthen Ties between Colombia and UAE

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOGOTÁ, Feb 10 (IPS) - "I am honoured to be in Colombia at a time when important steps towards peace are being taken," the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said after meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Kidneys going cheap in poor estate community

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TALAWAKELE, Sri Lanka, Feb 10 (IPS) - One and half years ago, Johnson, a 20- something youth, hailing from Sri Lanka's tea plantations, received an unusual request. The caller, someone Johnson knew casually, made an offer for his kidney. "It was for a half a million rupees (around US $3,500)," he said.

Violence is a preventable disease

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

BELFAST, Feb 09 (IPS) - The World Health Organization has said that ‘Violence is a preventable disease' and people are not born violent, rather we all live in cultures of violence. This can be changed through nonviolent peacemaking and the persuit of ‘just peace' and nurturing of cultures of peace.

UN Seeks Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 09 (IPS) - The United Nations says it is determined to end female genital mutilation (FGM) – a ritual practiced mostly in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia and even among some migrant communities in Europe.

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