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As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack its Top Export Crop

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

KAMPALA, Sep 17 (IPS) - When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda's Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family's harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles.

U.S. Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 17 (IPS) - U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington's top military officer warned here Tuesday.

FILM: From Hamas Royalty to Israel's Spy

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 (IPS) - The son of one of the founders of the biggest Palestinian militant group decides to work with Israel. He spends a decade working undercover with the Israeli security service, the Shin Bet, thwarting dozens of Palestinian attacks and contributing significantly to the arrest or elimination of dozens of leading Palestinian militants.

OPINION: Bishop Appeals to U.N. to Rescue Minorities in Northwestern Iraq

Friday, September 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Sep 12 (IPS) - For decades, the minority Christian population of Iraq has been suffering hardships. But in the summer months of 2014 - and since the beginning of the military campaign by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL or Islamic State) - the situation has gone from bad to intolerably worse.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Met with Scepticism

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 12 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama's new strategy to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being met with widespread scepticism among both hawks and doves, as well as regional specialists.

OPINION: Ebola Crisis Reversing Development Gains in Liberia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MONROVIA, Sep 11 (IPS) - As the Ebola crisis continues to take a toll on people's lives and livelihoods in West Africa, the focus is increasingly not just on the health aspects of the crisis, but also on its social and economic consequences.

Will You be Chief? How Niger’s Traditional Leaders are Promoting Maternal Health

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BANDE, Niger, Sep 11 (IPS) - It is a long, 14-hour drive from Niger's capital city Niamey to the village of Bande. And the ride is a dreary one as the roadside is bare. The occasional, lone goat herder is spotted every few kilometres and the sightings become a cause of both confusion and excitement since there aren't any trees, or watering holes in sight.

Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NAIROBI, Sep 10 (IPS) - When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya's Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land that he has to farm on.

LGBT Visibility in Africa Also Brings Backlash

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 09 (IPS) - Eighteen-year-old Gift Makau enjoyed playing and refereeing football games in her neighbourhood in the North West Province of South Africa. She had come out to her parents as a lesbian and had never been heckled by her community, according to her cousin.

U.S. Military Joins Ebola Response in West Africa

Monday, September 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 08 (IPS) - The U.S. military over the weekend formally began to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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