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In Pakistan, Militants Wear Aid Workers’ Clothing

Friday, August 01, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 01 (IPS) - Muhammad Tufail, a 22-year-old resident of Mardan, one of 26 districts that comprise Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, has recently become a volunteer aid worker.

India Stands Firm on Protecting Food Security of South at WTO

Friday, August 01, 2014

GENEVA, Aug 01 (IPS) - The failure of the two major players in global trade negotiations to bridge their differences has put paid to the adoption of the protocol of amendment for implementation of the contested Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) for the time being. 

Nicaragua Pins Hopes for Progress on Grand Canal

Friday, August 01, 2014

MANAGUA, Aug 01 (IPS) - Víctor Sánchez doesn't want gold or the comfortable future income he was promised.

He just wants to live the life he has always lived on his farm along the Banks of the Las Lajas river – but the river is slated to become part of the route followed by the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal.

How Farming is Making Côte d’Ivoire’s Prisoners ‘Feel Like Being Human Again’

Friday, August 01, 2014

SALIAKRO/ABDIJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Aug 01 (IPS) - François Kouamé, prisoner Number 67, proudly shows off a sow and her four piglets. Dressed in his rubber boots, he passes by two new tractors as he happily makes his way to a field where pretty soon cassava and corn plants will start growing. "Look at those sprouts. It is a lot of work!"

Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 31 (IPS) - As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa's most pressing human rights violations.

Cash Transfers Drive Human Development in Brazil

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 31 (IPS) - Every day, Celina Maria de Souza rises before dawn, and after taking four of her children to the nearby school she climbs down the 180 steps that separate her home on a steep hill from the flat part of this Brazilian city, to go to her job as a domestic. In the evening she makes the long trek back up.

World Bank Board Declines to Revise Controversial Draft Policies

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 31 (IPS) - A key committee of the World Bank's governing board Wednesday spurned appeals to revise a  draft policy statement that, according to nearly 100 civil-society groups, risks rolling back several decades of reforms designed to protect indigenous populations, the poor and sensitive ecosystems.

Land Grabbing – A New Political Strategy for Arab Countries

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 30 (IPS) - Food price rises as far back as 2008 are believed to be the partial culprits behind the instability plaguing Arab countries and they have become increasingly aware of the importance of securing food needs through an international strategy of land grabs which are often detrimental to local populations.

China’s ‘Left-Behind Girls’ Learn Self-Protection

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 (IPS) - A normally quiet second-grade student, Yuan Yuan* suffers from a mild mental disorder that impacts her ability to learn and communicate. Her father, also mentally disabled, left her several years ago to find work in the city and his family hasn't heard from him since. Unable to support the family, her mother also left and never returned.

Bill to Fight Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Venezuelans

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CARACAS, Jul 30 (IPS) - Venezuela is gearing up to pass a new law to combat discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, in a country where the epidemic claims nearly 4,000 lives and infects 11,000 mainly young people every year, including increasing numbers of women.

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