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Rise of middle class undermined in East Europe & Central Asia

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 (IPS) - The UN's post-2015 development agenda, which was adopted by world leaders at a summit meeting last September, includes a highly ambitious goal: the eradication of extreme poverty by the year 2030.

The decline in poverty, as reflected in the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ended last December, had one positive fallout: the rise of a new middle class graduating largely from the ranks of the poor.

The new normal in Fata

Thursday, February 11, 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 11 (IPS) - A military operation by Pakistan's army has been proving fatal for Taliban militants who held sway over vast swathes of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for over a decade. They crossed over the border from Afghanistan and took refuge in Fata after their government was toppled by US-led forces towards the end of 2001. After a few years, when they got a toe-hold in the region, they extended their wings to all seven districts of Fata. Not any more.

UN Chief Focuses on World’s First Humanitarian Summit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (IPS) - As the global humanitarian crisis continues to devastate civilian lives in conflict zones, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the international community to ensure "no-one in conflict, no-one in chronic poverty, and no-one living with the risk of natural hazards and rising sea levels, is left behind."

Eight Cooperation Accords Strengthen Ties between Colombia and UAE

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOGOTÁ, Feb 10 (IPS) - "I am honoured to be in Colombia at a time when important steps towards peace are being taken," the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said after meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Kidneys going cheap in poor estate community

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TALAWAKELE, Sri Lanka, Feb 10 (IPS) - One and half years ago, Johnson, a 20- something youth, hailing from Sri Lanka's tea plantations, received an unusual request. The caller, someone Johnson knew casually, made an offer for his kidney. "It was for a half a million rupees (around US $3,500)," he said.

UN Seeks Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 09 (IPS) - The United Nations says it is determined to end female genital mutilation (FGM) – a ritual practiced mostly in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia and even among some migrant communities in Europe.

Rural youth can be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Ibadan, Nigeria, Feb 09 (IPS) - Bolstering widespread prosperity in Africa is a key necessity if the world is to achieve its commitments to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030.

Family Planning in India is Still Deeply Sexist

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

NEW DELHI, Feb 09 (IPS) - The tragic death of 12 women after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh went horribly wrong in 2014 made global headlines. The episode saw about 80 women "herded like cattle" into makeshift camps without being properly examined before the laparoscopic tubectomies that snuffed out their lives. In another incident in 2013, police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar arrested three men after they performed a botched sterilisation surgery without anaesthesia on 53 women over two hours in a field.

Microcephaly Revives Battle for Legal Abortion in Brazil

Monday, February 08, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 08 (IPS) - The Zika virus epidemic and a rise in the number of cases of microcephaly in newborns have revived the debate on legalising abortion in Brazil. However, the timing is difficult as conservative and religious groups are growing in strength, especially in parliament.

Women and Girls Imperative to Science & Technology Agenda

Monday, February 08, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 08 (IPS) - Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips?

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