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When Kenyan Children’s Lives Hang on a Drip

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NAIROBI, May 23 (IPS) - Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health.

Slum-Dwelling Still a Continental Trend in Africa

Friday, May 22, 2015

HARARE, May 22 (IPS) - Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf ‘shack' made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame.

Ethiopia’s First Film at Cannes Gives Moving View of Childhood, Gender

Friday, May 22, 2015

CANNES, May 22 (IPS) - A boy, a sheep and a stunning mountain landscape. These are the three stars of Lamb, a poignant film directed by 36-year-old Yared Zeleke and Ethiopia's first entry in France's prestigious Cannes International Film Festival.

Burundi Leader, Stifling Attempted Coup, Cracks Down on Media

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW YORK, May 20 (IPS) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkuruziza, who narrowly avoided his removal from office by a citizen-backed military coup, has turned against the media that closely reported the day to day protests.

Minorities Threatened More by Governments than Terrorist Groups, Says Study

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 20 (IPS) - In the conflict-ridden Middle East, minority groups continue to be threatened, attacked and expelled from their home countries by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Opinion: Bangladesh’s Persecuted Indigenous People

Monday, May 18, 2015

NEW YORK, May 18 (IPS) - The August 2014 killing of Timir Baran Chakma, an indigenous Jumma activist, allegedly in Bangladeshi military custody, was protested by his supporters. His death, and the failure of justice, like the plight of his people across the Chittagong Hills region, received little international notice.

African Women Mayors Join Forces to Fight for Clean Energy

Monday, May 18, 2015

PARIS, May 18 (IPS) - When some 40,000 delegates, including dozens of heads of state, descend on Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year, a group of African women mayors plan to be there and make their voices heard on a range of issues, including electrification.

Burundi President, with Shrinking Pool of Support, Faces Ouster

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEW YORK, May 14 (IPS) - The days of African presidents rewriting the constitution to crown themselves Presidents for Life may be coming to a close but Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza appears to have missed the signs of this historical shift.

The U.N. at 70: Is It Still Fit for the Purpose?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

VIENNA, May 14 (IPS) - Events are being organised around the world to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, but a recent seminar held in the Austrian capital was not held to applaud the body's past contributions.

Texans Propose to Adopt Threatened African Rhinos

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW YORK, May 13 (IPS) - Thefts, murders and mutilation of Africa's wildlife, from white rhinos to elephants with their prized horns and tusks, are at an all-time high, say conservationists who are keeping track of the poaching of species by fortune-seeking hunters.

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