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Curbing Tobacco Use – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Thursday, April 02, 2015

ABU DHABI, Apr 02 (IPS) - The numbers are in, and there's not much to celebrate: every year, about six million people die as a result of tobacco use, including 600,000 who succumb to the effects of second-hand smoke.

Landmine Threats Down, IED Threats Rising

Thursday, April 02, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 02 (IPS) - Almost 90 percent of recent deaths or serious injuries to United Nations peacekeepers in Mali have been attributed to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a U.N. panel has heard.

Opinion: World Leaders Lack Ambition to Tackle Climate Crisis

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

BRUSSELS/MAPUTO, Apr 01 (IPS) - World governments expect to agree to a new global treaty to combat climate change in Paris in December. As the catastrophic impacts of climate change become more evident, so too escalates the urgency to act.

Pledges for Humanitarian Aid to Syria Fall Short of Target by Billions

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KUWAIT CITY, Mar 31 (IPS) - When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood before 78 potential donors at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait Tuesday, his appeal for funds had an ominous ring to it: the Syrian people, he remarked, "are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time."

Lawyers, Rights Groups Rally Around Author of ‘Blood Diamonds’, Facing Jail

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NEW YORK, Mar 31 (IPS) - The Southern Africa Litigation Centre, Amnesty International and over a dozen other human rights organisations including the African Commission on Human and People's Rights have signed an open letter demanding justice for crusading Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais, whose exposés have offended several military officials and other higher-ups.

A “Year of Eye-Catching Steps Forward” for Renewable Energy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ROME, Mar 31 (IPS) - Driven by solar and wind, world investments in renewable energy reversed a two-year dip last year, brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower oil prices and registering a 17 percent leap over the previous year to stand at 270 billion dollars.

Opinion: Cuba and the European Union – The Thaw Begins

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MADRID, Mar 31 (IPS) - The visit to Cuba of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on Mar. 23-24, and the forthcoming visit in May planned by French President François Hollande, have fast-tracked the agenda of relations between the European Union and Cuba.

U.N. Staffers Caught in Deadly Crossfire in Ongoing Conflicts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

KUWAIT CITY, Mar 31 (IPS) - The deadly five-year-old Syrian military conflict, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 mostly civilians, including women, children and aid workers, has not spared the United Nations either.

Opinion: A Major Push Forward for Gender and Environment

Monday, March 30, 2015

NEW YORK/NAIROBI, Mar 30 (IPS) - Experts from around the world gathered in New York recently to launch work on the Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO), the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability.

Why So Many Palestinian Civilians Were Killed During Gaza War

Monday, March 30, 2015

GAZA, Mar 30 (IPS) - The U.N. investigation into Israel's devastating military campaign against Gaza, from July to August 2014, has been delayed until June and in the interim Israel and the Palestinians are waging a media war to win the moral narrative as to why so many Palestinian civilians were killed during the bloody conflict.

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