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Opinion: World Leaders Lack Ambition to Tackle Climate Crisis

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

BRUSSELS/MAPUTO, Apr 01 (IPS) - World governments expect to agree to a new global treaty to combat climate change in Paris in December. As the catastrophic impacts of climate change become more evident, so too escalates the urgency to act.

Lesbians Receiving Unequal Treatment from Cuban Health Services

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

HAVANA, Apr 01 (IPS) - In addition to other forms of discrimination, lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba face unequal treatment from public health services. Their specific sexual and reproductive health needs are ignored, and they are invisible in prevention and treatment campaigns for women.

Opinion: Brazil at the Crossroads

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 01 (IPS) - Even moderately well-informed analysts knew that the Brazilian economy was in dire straits as President Dilma Rousseff initiated her second term in office in January.

Pledges for Humanitarian Aid to Syria Fall Short of Target by Billions

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KUWAIT CITY, Mar 31 (IPS) - When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood before 78 potential donors at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait Tuesday, his appeal for funds had an ominous ring to it: the Syrian people, he remarked, "are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time."

Lawyers, Rights Groups Rally Around Author of ‘Blood Diamonds’, Facing Jail

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NEW YORK, Mar 31 (IPS) - The Southern Africa Litigation Centre, Amnesty International and over a dozen other human rights organisations including the African Commission on Human and People's Rights have signed an open letter demanding justice for crusading Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, whose exposés have offended several military officials and other higher-ups.

A “Year of Eye-Catching Steps Forward” for Renewable Energy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ROME, Mar 31 (IPS) - Driven by solar and wind, world investments in renewable energy reversed a two-year dip last year, brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower oil prices and registering a 17 percent leap over the previous year to stand at 270 billion dollars.

Nicaragua's Future Canal a Threat to the Environment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MANAGUA, Mar 31 (IPS) - The new interoceanic canal being built in Nicaragua has brought good and bad news for the scientific community: new species and archeological sites have been found and knowledge of the local ecosystems has grown, but the project poses a huge threat to the environment.

Opinion: Cuba and the European Union – The Thaw Begins

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MADRID, Mar 31 (IPS) - The visit to Cuba of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Mar. 23-24, and the forthcoming visit in May planned by French President François Hollande, have fast-tracked the agenda of relations between the European Union and Cuba.

U.N. Staffers Caught in Deadly Crossfire in Ongoing Conflicts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KUWAIT CITY, Mar 31 (IPS) - The deadly five-year-old Syrian military conflict, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 mostly civilians, including women, children and aid workers, has not spared the United Nations either.

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