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Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

Monday, September 01, 2014

BEIRUT, Sep 01 (IPS) - At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

Jordan’s LGBT Community Fears Greater Intolerance

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AMMAN, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the region is rocked by violence against a backdrop of the rise of radical groups, Jordan's lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community fears that new instability in the Hashemite kingdom could lead to increased intolerance towards the community. 

IPS at 50, Leads That Don't Bleed

Thursday, August 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 28 (IPS) - Tarzie Vittachi, a renowned Sri Lankan newspaper editor and one-time deputy executive director of the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, once recounted the oft-quoted story of an African diplomat who sought his help to get coverage in the U.S. media for his prime minister's address to the General Assembly.

Nepal Landslide Leaves Women and Children Vulnerable

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DABI, Nepal, Aug 27 (IPS) - Living in a makeshift tarpaulin shelter, which barely protects her family from the torrential rainfall or scorching heat of this remote village in southern Nepal, 36-year-old Kamala Pari is under immense stress, worrying about her financial security and children's safety.

OPINION: Towards a Global Governance Information Clearing House

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BERLIN/ROME, Aug 26 (IPS) - Inter Press Service News Agency has braved severe political assaults and financial tempests since 1964, when Roberto Savio and Pablo Piacentini laid its foundation as a unique and challenging information and communication system.

How Midwives on Sierra Leone’s Almost Untouched Turtle Islands are Improving Women’s Health

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MATTRU JONG, Sierra Leone, Aug 26 (IPS) - Emmanuel is a male midwife.

At the age of 26, he lives and works on one of eight islands off the southwest peninsular of Sierra Leone, an hour by speedboat from Mattru Jong, the capital of Bonthe District.

Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity

Monday, August 25, 2014

RANGPUR, Bangladesh, Aug 25 (IPS) - Until five years ago, Shima Aktar, a student in Gajaghanta village in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh, about 370 km northwest of the capital Dhaka, was leading a normal life. But when her father decided that it was time for her to conform to purdah, a religious practice of female seclusion, things changed.

The Darker Side for Gays in Lebanon

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BEIRUT, Aug 24 (IPS) - In a country where civil liberties remain the prerogative of the powerful and wealthy, the Lebanese gay scene is to be treaded carefully.

Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ODDUSUDDAN, Sri Lanka, Aug 24 (IPS) - In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka's former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil.

Women’s Football Struggles for Equal Rights In Uganda

Saturday, August 23, 2014

KAMPALA, Aug 23 (IPS) - Growing up with five brothers, soccer-mad Majidah Nantanda had half a team to compete against at home in Makindye, a suburb in Uganda's capital, Kampala. But at her school, in the 1990s, there were two sports rules: "Netball for the girls and football for the boys," recalls the 32-year-old, as she stands on the sidelines of a boy's game in Makindye.

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