News headlines in 2009, page 152

  1. U.S.: 'Civility Project', Style Over Substance?

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    Every year during August recess, many members of the U.S. Congress go back to their districts and hold town hall meetings to get a sense of what their constituents are thinking about, and to apprise them of upcoming legislation.

  2. MEXICO: Rights Groups Protest Release of US Anti-Drug Funds

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    Human rights groups criticised the decision by the U.S. Congress to release a portion of the funds for the Mérida Initiative – an anti-drug aid package – to Mexico despite concern over accusations that the army has committed serious human rights violations in the fight against drugs.

  3. RIGHTS-US: ACLU Sues Controversial Sheriff

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    The man who boasts he is 'America's Toughest Sheriff' - and who is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for civil rights violations - this week added another lawsuit to thousands already pending against him.

  4. RIGHTS-US: Teenage Terror Plot or Wild Imagination?

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    Following a seven-day trial, Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 23, was convicted in a U.S. federal court earlier this month on several counts of providing material support to terrorists and the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LET), a designated foreign terrorist organisation.

  5. MIDEAST: Republicans Attack Obama on Palestine Policy

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has been in Israel and the occupied West Bank this week, stridently criticising Pres. Barack Obama's policies of pushing for an Israeli settlement freeze and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

  6. MIGRATION-PORTUGAL: Pitfalls in the Path to Paradise

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    Some 200 million people, three percent of the world's population, have left their country of origin to pursue happiness elsewhere, according to the International Organisation for Migration. But their dreams are often shattered by human trafficking rings and unscrupulous employers.

  7. POLITICS: 'Cautious Optimism' In U.S. About Afghan Elections

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    Security and diplomacy experts here are calling Thursday's polls in Afghanistan relatively successful, though they caution that the ultimate success of the elections in terms of security and legitimacy is yet to be seen.

  8. FILM-COLOMBIA: A Priest's Passion for Justice

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    The latest film out of Colombia is based on the true story of a priest in a rural town whose passions include a search for justice in an area that, like so many in this civil war-torn country, is hemmed in by armed groups, whether far-right paramilitaries, leftist guerrillas or state security forces.

  9. AGRICULTURE: INDIA: Ropeway a Boon to Hill Farmers

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    Agriculture and allied activities are the main source of livelihood of the people of the hilly state of Uttarakhand, located in the northwestern part of India and one of the country’s most enchanting regions. But difficult terrain and lack of road connectivity is a major problem for most farmers to transport their local produce to the market.

  10. HEALTH-THAILAND: Threats to Generic Drugs Policy Alarm Activists

    - Inter Press Service

    A story from Inter Press Service, an international news agency

    A behind-the-scenes tussle between the pro-business, free trade wing of the Thai government and the country’s public health activists is raging over the fate of a national programme to supply cheaper generic drugs.

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