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Myanmar Turns to Kofi Annan for Help on Festering Rohingya Crisis

Saturday, August 27, 2016

YANGON/LONDON, Aug 27 (IPS) - Myanmar's government has responded to pressure from the international community to tackle religious tensions and persecution of Muslims in Rakhine State by appointing former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan to head a commission to advise on "a sustainable solution" to the crisis.

Mexico, a Democracy Where People Disappear at the Hands of the State

Friday, August 26, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Aug 26 (IPS) - "Go and tell my dad that they're holding me here," Maximiliano Gordillo Martínez told his travelling companion on May 7 at the migration station in Chablé, in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco. It was the last time he was ever seen, and his parents have had no news of him since.

Chatterjee, new Resident Coordinator, to lead 25 UN agencies in East Africa

Friday, August 26, 2016

NAIROBI, KENYA, Aug 26 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee, the Representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Kenya, has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator, where he will lead and coordinate 25 UN agencies in East Africa. At the same time, he will also serve as the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Devastating Earthquake Demolishes Central Italy

Thursday, August 25, 2016

ROME, Aug 25 (IPS) - At 3.36am on  August 24, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc and destruction in central Italy.

Smart Technologies Key to Youth Involvement in Agriculture

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BONN, Germany, Aug 23 (IPS) - She is only 24 and already running her father's farm with 110 milking cows. Cornelia Flatten sees herself as a farmer for the rest of her life.

US, EU Accused of Paying Lip Service to Global Arms Treaty

Monday, August 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (IPS) - The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which was aimed at curbing the flow of small arms and light weapons to war zones and politically-repressive regimes, is being openly violated by some of the world's arms suppliers, according to military analysts and human rights organizations.

Deadly Yellow Fever Spreading, Amid Global Vaccine Shortages

Friday, August 19, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 19 (IPS) - As deadly yellow fever spreads to seven provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), new measures have been introduced to ensure that as many people as possible are immunised, despite global shortages of the yellow fever vaccine.

Humanitarian Crises: Business Called to Take a Lead

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

LEIDEN, The Netherlands, Aug 17 (IPS) - With more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes due to violence and armed conflicts, this year's Wold Humanitarian Day on August 19 will call on all governments and social sectors to work together to tackle this unprecedented human crisis.

Dhaka Could Be Underwater in a Decade

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

DHAKA, Aug 16 (IPS) - Like many other fast-growing megacities, the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka faces severe water and sanitation problems, chiefly the annual flooding during monsoon season due to unplanned urbanisation, destruction of wetlands and poor city governance.

Arable Land Lost at Unprecedented Rate: 33,000 Hectares… a Day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - Humankind is a witness every single day to a new, unprecedented challenge. One of them is the very fact that the world's arable lands are being lost at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Each year, 12 million hectares are lost. That means 33,000 hectares a day!

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