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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.

Violence is a preventable disease

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

BELFAST, Feb 09 (IPS) - The World Health Organization has said that ‘Violence is a preventable disease' and people are not born violent, rather we all live in cultures of violence. This can be changed through nonviolent peacemaking and the persuit of ‘just peace' and nurturing of cultures of peace.

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.

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?

Dying for the News: Media Call for Help from Gov’t and Public against Attacks

Monday, February 08, 2016

PARIS, Feb 08 (IPS) - "No story is worth dying for." This comment at a landmark conference on media safety at UNESCO last Friday emphasised the bewilderment the media felt at the brutal slayings of journalists as they carry out their work.

Extremism threatens press freedom

Friday, February 05, 2016

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb 05 (IPS) - Pakistan continues to remain one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, where frequent attempts to restrict press freedom are commonplace and challenges to expanding media diversity and access to information abound.

“A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work?”

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Rome, Feb 04 (IPS) - "During the first months in Italy, I always prayed for rain. I spent hours checking the weather forecast" said Roni, a 26 year old graduate from a middle-income family in Bangladesh. His father, a public servant and his mother a home maker, Roni had to sell umbrellas on the streets of Rome for more than a year before finding a summer job by the sea at a coffee shop, popularly known as a ‘bar' in Italy.

Cameron at large: Want Not to Become a Terrorist? Speak Fluent English!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Cairo, Feb 04 (IPS) - "Do you speak English fluently? No? Then you risk to become a terrorist!." IPS posed this dilemma to some young Muslim women living in Cairo, while explaining that this appears to be UK prime minister David Cameron's formula to judge the level of Muslim women's risk to fall, passively, into the horrific trap of extremism.

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