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Latin America’s Relative Success in Fighting Hunger

Friday, May 29, 2015

SANTIAGO, May 29 (IPS) - The Latin American and Caribbean region is the first in the world to reach the two global targets for reducing hunger. Nevertheless, more than 34 million people still go hungry.

Scores of Sri Lankan Tamils Still Living Under the ‘Long Shadow of War’

Friday, May 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - In many ways, Jayakumari Balendran epitomizes the plight of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka's northern and eastern provinces, both during and after the island nation's 26-year-long civil conflict.

Leaked Internal Documents Show U.N. Ignored Child Abuse

Friday, May 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - Leaked United Nations documents show high-level staff knew of abuses by soldiers in the Central African Republic and failed to act, all while planning the removal of U.N. whistleblower Anders Kompass.

First Dutch Town to Ban Trade in Nazi Gear

Friday, May 29, 2015

AMSTERDAM, May 29 (IPS) - Huizen, a small town of less than 50,000 inhabitants, has become the first town in the Netherlands to prohibit the sale of Nazi paraphernalia.

Relief Organisation Urges Mandatory Funding for Humanitarian Appeals

Friday, May 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - The United Nations is not only overwhelmed by a spreading humanitarian crisis, largely in Africa and the Middle East, but also remains hamstrung by a severe shortfall in funds, mostly from Western donors.

U.N. Security Council Takes 'Historic' Stand on Killings of Journalists

Friday, May 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - When war breaks out, most non-combatants run the other way. But a handful of courageous reporters see it as their duty to tell the world what's happening on the ground. And many pay a high price.

Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan Continues to Worsen

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MUNICH, Germany, May 28 (IPS) - After peace talks failed earlier this month, the ongoing conflict in South Sudan between government forces and opposition forces that began at the end of 2013 is having a severe impact on the country's food security and civilian safety.

Sri Lankan Women Stymied by Archaic Job Market

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MIRIGAMA, Sri Lanka, May 28 (IPS) - Wathsala Marasinghe, a 33-year-old hailing from the town of Mirigama, just 50 km from Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, once had high hopes that the progressive education and employment policies of this South Asian island nation would work in her favour. Today, she feels differently, believing that "an evil system" has let her down.

Opinion: Let's End Chronic Hunger

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ROME, May 28 (IPS) - At the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), heads of government and the international community committed to reducing the number of hungry people in the world by half. Five years later, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lowered this level of ambition by only seeking to halve the proportion of the hungry.

ACP Aims to Make Voice of the Moral Majority Count in the Global Arena

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BRUSSELS, May 27 (IPS) - "Four decades of existence is a milestone for the ACP as an international alliance of developing countries," Dr Patrick I. Gomes of Guyana, newly appointed Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries, said at the opening of the 101st Session of the group's Council of Ministers.

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