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‘Ambassadors of Freedom’ – Palestine’s Resistance Babies

Friday, July 31, 2015

GAZA CITY, Jul 31 (IPS) - Thirteen-year-old Hula Khadoura sits on a large sofa in her grandfather's home in the neighbourhood of Tuffah, Gaza City, her one-year-old twin brothers Karam and Adam on her lap. "I am so happy they arrived," she beams, holding the babies' feeding bottles in her hands.

UAE Described as Pioneer in the Field of Renewable Energy

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - When the government of Kenya hosted a U.N. Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy in Nairobi back in 1981, one of the conclusions at that meeting was a proposal for the creation of an international agency dedicated to renewable energy.

UAE Cracks Down on Religious Extremism

Friday, July 24, 2015

NEW YORK, Jul 24 (IPS) - The United Arab Emirates is cracking down on hate crimes with tough legislation that prescribes up to 10 years in prison or the death penalty if convicted of "takfirism" or Sunni Muslim extremism, according to the text of the decree distributed by the official WAM news agency.

Mideast Arms Build-up Negative Fallout from Iran Nuclear Deal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 23 (IPS) - The nuclear agreement concluded last week between Iran and six big powers, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, is threatening to trigger a new Middle East military build-up – not with nuclear weapons but with conventional arms, including fighter planes, combat helicopters, warships, missiles, battle tanks and heavy artillery.

Despite ISIS Ascendancy, U.S. Public Wary of War

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK, Jul 23 (IPS) - As the Islamic State, known variously as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, consolidates its hold over parts of Iraq and Syria to the degree that it has in many ways become a functioning state, the U.S. public remains divided over any intervention involving ground troops, a new survey shows.

Security Council Defies U.S. Lawmakers by Voting on Iran Nuke Deal

Monday, July 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 20 (IPS) - When all 15 members of the Security Council raised their collective hands to unanimously vote in favour of the recently-concluded nuclear agreement with Iran, they were also defying a cabal of right-wing conservative U.S. politicians who wanted the United Nations to defer its vote until the U.S. Congress makes its own decision on the pact.

Opinion: Iran Deal Has Far-Reaching Potential to Remake International Relations

Monday, July 20, 2015

NEW YORK, Jul 20 (IPS) - The Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council acting in concert with Germany has the potential to remake international relations beyond the immediate goal of stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The Myths About the Nuclear Deal With Iran

Friday, July 17, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 (IPS) - The single biggest misunderstanding about the nuclear agreement with Iran is that it is a bilateral deal with the United States.

In Search of Jobs, Cameroonian Women May End Up as Slaves in Middle East

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

YAOUNDE, Jul 15 (IPS) - Her lips are quavering her hands trembling. Susan (not her real name) struggles to suppress stubborn tears, but the outburst comes, spontaneously, and the tears stream down her cheeks as she sobs profusely.

Nuclear Deal Takes U.S.-Iran Ties Out of Deep Freeze – Partly, at Least

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jul 14 (IPS) - A final deal was reached on Iran's controversial nuclear programme in the early morning hours of July 14 in Vienna, over a decade after talks between Iran and world powers began.

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