Wednesday, May 04, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, May 04 (IPS) - Though the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit may seem timely, it brings up many questions about the world humanitarian system; is it broke or broken?
Monday, May 02, 2016
PESHAWAR, May 02 (IPS) - Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is widely viewed as one of the world's most dangerous places to be a journalist, with at least 14 killed since 2005 and a dozen of those cases still unsolved, according to local and international groups.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
ROME, Apr 21 (IPS) - On the 17th of April, Italians were called to vote in a national referendum, on the extension of licenses to extract petrol and gas from the seas. The government, the media and those in the economic circles, all took a position against the referendum, claiming that 2000 jobs were at a stake. The proponents of the referendum (among them five regions), lost. Italy is following a consistent trend, after the Summit on Climate Change (Paris December 2015), in which all countries (Italy included) took a solemn engagement to reduce emissions.
Friday, April 15, 2016
, Apr 15 (IPS) - The plight of 219 Chibok schoolgirls abducted two years ago is all too common in Nigeria's conflict-affected north-eastern communities, and up to 7,000 women and girls might be living in abduction and sex slavery, senior United Nations officials on 14 April 2016 warned.
Friday, April 15, 2016
ROME, Apr 15 (IPS) - A total indifference has accompanied the number of refugees injured by Macedonian police in Idomeni, where more than 12 000 people, including 4 000 children have been trapped, since Austria asked Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia, to prevent the continuing passage of refugees. Austria has now informed the Italian government that it will send several hundred troops to its border with Italy.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
CAIRO, Apr 13 (IPS) - Now that Yemenis begin to hope that their year-long armed conflict may come to an end as a result of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations sponsored round of talks between the parties in dispute, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait, a new threat to their already desperate humanitarian crisis has just appeared in the form of a much feared massive desert locust invasion.
Monday, April 11, 2016
GENEVA, Apr 11 (IPS) - The negotiations on April 11, 2016 in Geneva and the recent reduction of hostilities in Syria may represent important steps towards a peaceful solution to more than five years of turmoil. Few would not welcome the guns falling silent once and for all and for an end to the suffering of civilians.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 31 (IPS) - "We cannot respond to refugee crises by closing doors and building fences," said UN High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi in his opening address to a high-level event in Geneva.
By the end of the meeting, however, the international community remained reluctant to welcome refugees.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Mar 29 (IPS) - Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two remaining polio-endemic countries, have joined forces to eradicate poliomyelitis by vaccinating their children in synchronised campaigns.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
NJABINI, West Central Kenya, Mar 23 (IPS) - Peter Wainaina's focus is on the fresh Irish potatoes he has just harvested. He assembles them into a 90-kilogramme bag while sorting out the unmarketable ones like sliced and tiny tubes. He lives on a small plot of land in Njabini, 600 metres away from a farm in Aberdares forest, west central Kenya, where he has been growing this fast-maturing crop for the past three months.
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