News headlines in January 2014

  1. Starving for Access in Syria's Yarmouk Camp

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 (IPS) - The refugee camp of Yarmouk represents one of the most severe examples of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, with foreign aid agencies unable to enter the opposition-controlled area that been effectively besieged since December 2012.

  2. Gender Counts in the Aftermath of Disaster

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan 31 (IPS) - The rise in natural disasters in the Caribbean due to climate change has led to increased suffering for both men and women, much of it as a consequence of socially constructed roles based on gender, experts say.

  3. Mali’s Displaced Still Have Nothing To Return To

    BAMAKO, Jan 31 (IPS) - In her traditional orange headdress, Agaichetou Toure sits quietly in a waiting room in Kalaban-Koura, a popular neighbourhood on the outskirts of Mali's capital Bamako. 

  4. A Nation Chewing Itself to Death

    SANAA, Jan 31 (IPS) - The Yemeni capital of Sanaa is reputed to be over 2,500 years old, making it one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. But it is living on borrowed time.

  5. Asia: The Ghosts of 1914

    WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (IPS) - On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Europe is at peace. There are no major border disputes. The countries form a unified economic bloc instead of a patchwork of jostling alliances.

  6. U.S. Reforming “Outdated” Overseas Food Aid

    WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (IPS) - U.S. lawmakers are in the final stages of approving reforms to a half-century-old system of providing overseas food assistance that critics say is outdated, inefficient and sometimes harmful to local economies in developing countries.

  7. CAR’s Sectarian Strife Worsens Despite French, AU Troops

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 (IPS) - Reports of horrific revenge killing continued to emerge from the Central African Republic Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the Security Council voted to increase the international troop presence there and levy sanctions against those it suspects of war crimes.

  8. Rouhani Reaches Out at Davos

    WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (IPS) - Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Hassan Rouhani tried to persuade world business leaders to invest in Iran, especially in its hydrocarbon and automobile sectors. 

  9. CELAC Summit Targets Inequality

    HAVANA, Jan 30 (IPS) - Heads of state and government at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) made a joint commitment to reduce poverty, hunger and inequality, and declared their region a "zone of peace".

  10. Education Is Key to Bachelet’s Chile

    SANTIAGO, Jan 30 (IPS) - For 14-year-old Isadora Riquelme and thousands of other Chilean teenagers, the chance of getting the university education they want depends on the reforms that Michelle Bachelet has promised to undertake when she takes office as president again in March.