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Confusion over U.S. Travel Ban Grounds Foreign Correspondents

Monday, February 20, 2017

NEW YORK, Feb 20 (IPS) - New restrictions on immigrants and refugees coming to the United States are also posing challenges for foreign correspondents covering news in the United States. Some have had to indefinitely postpone plans to report on conflicts in the Middle East while others have found an unfriendly reminder of their past treatment as journalists in less free countries.

Aging, Depression and Disease in South Africa

Monday, February 20, 2017

Canberra, Philadelphia and Manchester, Feb 20 (IPS) - Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living (DADLs) leading to depression.

Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban

Monday, February 20, 2017

ROME, Feb 20 (IPS) - Now that President Donald Trump's decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the over-written, under-reported issue of who are Arabs and who Muslims.

Alternative Mining Indaba Makes Its Voice Heard

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb 18 (IPS) - "Comrades, we have arrived. This cherry is eight years awaited. We have made it to this place," Bishop Jo Seoka told the crowd, pausing to allow for the whistles and cheers.

Still in Limbo, Somaliland Banking on Berbera

Friday, February 17, 2017

HARGEISA, Somaliland, Feb 17 (IPS) - Crossing African borders by land can be an intimidating process (it's proving an increasingly intimidating process nowadays in Europe and the US also, even in airports). But crossing from Ethiopia to Somaliland at the ramshackle border town of Togo-Wuchale is a surreally pleasant experience.

Improved Cookstoves Boost Health and Forest Cover in the Himalayas

Friday, February 17, 2017

DARJEELING, India, Feb 17 (IPS) - Mountain communities in the Himalayan region are almost entirely dependent on forests for firewood even though this practice has been identified as one of the most significant causes of forest decline and a major source of indoor air pollution.

Worst Drought in Decades Drives Food Price Spike in East Africa

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ROME, Feb 15 (IPS) - The most severe drought in decades, which has struck parts of Ethiopia and is exacerbated by a particularly strong El Niño effect, has led to successive failed harvests and widespread livestock deaths in some areas, and humanitarian needs have tripled since the beginning of 2015, the United Nations warns.

Togo to Lead the Fight against Rural Poverty

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ROME, Feb 15 (IPS) - Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, former Prime Minister of Togo, has been appointed as the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised UN agency and international financial institution that invests in eradicating rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

The Algerian Emir Who Set a Protection of Prisoners Code in 1842

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ROME/OXFORD, Feb 15 (IPS) - As far back as the 1830s, Algerian Emir Abd el Qader el Jazairy was known for having introduced, among others, rules concerning the humane treatment of prisoners, which developed in 1842 into his Code for the Protection of Prisoners.

Mistrust Hindering Global Solutions, says Secretary General

Monday, February 13, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (IPS) - The global lack of confidence and trust is undermining the ability to solve the world's complex problems, said UN Secretary-General during an international conference.

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