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Opinion: BRICS for Building a New World Order?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

LONDON, Jul 01 (IPS) - As the leaders of the BRICS five meet in the Russian city of Ufa for their annual summit Jul. 8–10, their agenda is likely to be dominated by economic and security concerns, triggered by the continuing economic crisis in the European Union and the security situation in the Middle East.

Perfecting Detection of the Bomb

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

VIENNA, Jun 30 (IPS) - An international conference has highlighted advances made in detecting nuclear explosions,tracking storms or clouds of volcanic ash, locating epicentres of earthquakes, monitoring the drift of huge icebergs, observing the movements of marine mammals, and detecting plane crashes.

Toilets with Piped Music for Rich, Open Defecation on Rail Tracks for Poor

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - As most developing nations fall short of meeting their goals on sanitation, the world's poorest countries have been lagging far behind, according to a new U.N. report released here.

Cuba: Blazing a Trail in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - In 2013, an estimated 240,000 children were born with HIV. This was an improvement from 2009, when 400,000 babies tested positive for the infection, but still a far cry from the global target of reducing total child infections to 40,000 by 2015.

Foreign Investment Fell Worldwide in 2014, U.N. Says

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - Global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows in 2014 declined 16 per cent to 1.2 trillion dollars, according to this year's newly released World Investment Report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Bangladeshi Migrants Risk High Seas and Smugglers to Escape Poverty

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TEKNAF, Bangladesh, Jun 30 (IPS) - Though he is only 16 years old, Mohammad Yasin has been through hell and back. He recently survived a hazardous journey by sea, crammed into the cargo-hold of a rudimentary boat along with 115 others.

U.N. Chief Seeks Equity in Climate Change Agreement in Paris

Monday, June 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - When the 193-member General Assembly hosted a high level meeting on climate change Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any proposed agreement at an upcoming international conference in Paris in December must uphold the principle of equity.

Black Women in the Americas Launch Decade of Struggle

Monday, June 29, 2015

MANAGUA, Jun 29 (IPS) - They say they are tired of waiting for justice after centuries of neglect and contempt due to the color of their skin. Black women leaders from 22 countries of the Americas have decided to create a political platform that set a 10-year target for empowering women of African descent and overcoming discrimination.

U.S. Urged to Ramp up Aid for Agent Orange Clean-Up Efforts in Vietnam

Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jun 29 (IPS) - A key senator and a D.C.-based think tank are calling for Washington to step up its aid in cleaning up toxic herbicides sprayed by the United States in Vietnam during the war that ended 40 years ago.

U.S. Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama's Emissions Cuts

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK, Jun 29 (IPS) - In a setback to the Barack Obama administration's clean energy plans just five months ahead of a critical climate change summit in Paris this December, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked an initiative to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

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