News headlines in October 2012

  1. Greening Havana

    HAVANA, Oct 31 (IPS) - Sandra Ribalta is no longer satisfied with getting more and more people involved in the task of greening the neighbourhood of Las Cañas in the Cuban capital. She is now working to raise awareness of "climate change, as the key reason for reforestation."

  2. ‘Getting Worse for Minorities in Pakistan’

  3. Tribal Wars Threaten South Sudan Again

    YUAI, South Sudan, Oct 31 (IPS) - The huge Russian-made helicopter descended slowly towards conical mud huts clustered together and surrounded by endless grassland, lush and green with the season’s rains here in the South Sudanese village of Yuai.

  4. Algeria Skips the Spring of Discontent

    ALGIERS, Oct 31 (IPS) - As the Arab Spring continues to rage across the Middle East and North Africa, the gaze of the international media has largely passed over a country that was once known for its restive population, its long and bloody decolonisation struggle and revolutionary zeal.

  5. What Price Rice May Do

    CONAKRY, Oct 31 (IPS) - Rice remains the most popular staple in Guinea, but the high price of imported rice is pushing many consumers in this West African country to change their diet. Farmers have responded by rapidly expanding the land area planted with an alternative food crop: cassava.

  6. Towns in Argentina Unite to Confront Climate Change

    BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30 (IPS) - Over 30 small and medium-sized municipalities in Argentina are jointly developing policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The idea is to raise awareness and work together to help these communities cope with a global problem, say the promoters of the initiative.

  7. Kashmiris Demand the Right to Know

    SRINAGAR, Oct 30 (IPS) - Bashir Ahmad Malik was flabbergasted when a helicopter carrying an Indian official from Kashmir’s summer capital of Srinagar landed in his resident Drang village, just 17 miles away from its point of departure.

  8. ‘Breastfeeding Best for Bangladesh’

    DHAKA, Oct 30 (IPS) - Bangladesh’s achievement in raising exclusive breastfeeding rates for infants under six months from 43 percent to 64 percent, over the last five years, is said to be the result of a determined campaign by government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). 

  9. Students Torn Between School and Work in DR Congo

    KINSHASA, Oct 30 (IPS) - Hanging from the door of a mini-bus taxi as it jerks and jinks through traffic, 16-year-old Gires Manoka calls out the van's destination to potential passengers as it crosses Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  10. Caribbean Faces Increasing Fury of Storms

    HAVANA, Oct 29 (IPS) - As the Caribbean reaches the end of October – the second-to-last month of the Atlantic hurricane season – Sandy has caused significant material losses and claimed the lives of 44 people in Haiti, 11 in Cuba, two in the Dominican Republic, one in Jamaica and one in the Bahamas.