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Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 31 (IPS) - As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa's most pressing human rights violations.

Cash Transfers Drive Human Development in Brazil

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 31 (IPS) - Every day, Celina Maria de Souza rises before dawn, and after taking four of her children to the nearby school she climbs down the 180 steps that separate her home on a steep hill from the flat part of this Brazilian city, to go to her job as a domestic. In the evening she makes the long trek back up.

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.

Oil Alliance Between China and Costa Rica Comes to Life Again

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SAN JOSE, Jul 30 (IPS) - China's plan to become Costa Rica's main energy ally through the joint reconstruction of an oil refinery has been revived after the presidents of the two countries agreed to review the conditions of the project during a meeting in the Brazilian capital.

Gas and Sun Light the Way for Energy Industry in El Salvador

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SAN SALVADOR, Jul 29 (IPS) - El Salvador is making steady progress towards diversifying its energy sources, with a plan to bolster the use of cleaner sources and achieve a substantial change in its energy mix by 2018.

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.

Trade Facilitation Will Support African Industrialisation

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GENEVA, Jul 29 (IPS) - In the 1960s, there were high hopes for the development of the newly-independent sub-Saharan African countries but these hopes were quickly dashed following a series of shocks which began in the mid-70s, with the first oil price spikes, followed by a severe decline in growth and increase in poverty in the 80s and early 90s.

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