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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.

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.

Is Europe’s Breadbasket Up for Grabs?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Jul 30 (IPS) - Amidst an exodus of some 100,000 people from the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, ongoing fighting in the urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk between Ukrainian soldiers and separatist rebels, and talk of more sanctions against Russia, it is hard to focus on the more subtle changes taking place in this eastern European nation.

Somali Refugees Find an Unlikely Home … In Istanbul

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ISTANBUL, Jul 29 (IPS) - Among the labyrinth of winding narrow streets just outside a major shopping centre in the Kumkapi neighbourhood of Istanbul is a rundown road, congested with shops and apartments stacked atop one another.

In Turbulent Iraq, Children Bear the Brunt of War

Monday, July 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - As the ambulance stopped in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, people rushed in to help. They unloaded six children, from several months to 11 years old, all injured allegedly by an air attack in the neighbouring town of Tuz Khurmatu.

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

Monday, July 28, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 28 (IPS) - In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will start going through the city to supply hundreds of homes and shops.

A Carrot Is a Carrot – or Is It?

Monday, July 28, 2014

BUDAPEST, Jul 28 (IPS) - Food security is often thought of as a question of diversifying supply and being able to move food through areas plagued by local scarcity, relying on the global economic system – including trade and transport – as the basis for operations.

Oil Lubricates Equatorial Guinea’s Entry into Portuguese Language Community

Friday, July 25, 2014

LISBON, Jul 25 (IPS) - Evidently, oil talked louder. By unanimous resolution, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) admitted Equatorial Guinea as a full member, in spite of the CPLP's ban on dictatorial regimes and the death penalty.

AIDS Conference Mourns the Dead, Debates Setbacks

Friday, July 25, 2014

MELBOURNE, Jul 25 (IPS) - The 20th International AIDS Conference concluded today as the first in its history that remembered not just the 39 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS but also those who lost their lives in the crashed MH17 flight carrying six of its delegates, one of whom was the past president of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

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