News headlines in August 2021, page 4

  1. Railroads Drive Expansion of Soybean Cultivation in Brazil’s Amazon Region

    - Inter Press Service

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27 (IPS) - The sea of soybeans that sprouts every November will spread even further in the state of Mato Grosso if three new railway lines that would boost soy production in central-western Brazil and growing parts of the Amazon rainforest are built.

  2. Advancing the Rights of Women Manual Scavengers in India

    - Inter Press Service

    Aug 27 (IPS) - Manual scavenging is a caste-based profession that leads to discrimination and atrocities against those engaged in it. Generations of families from marginalised communities in India have been forced to continue in this profession because of social ostracism and a lack of alternatives.

  3. Digital Tech can Help African Island States Cope with Climate Change

    - Inter Press Service

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 27 (IPS) - Investing in digital technologies can help African small island developing states (SIDS), vulnerable to extreme weather events, cope with growing impacts of climate change, says the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

  4. Pacific Community Warns of Threat to Education Retention in the Wake of COVID-19

    - Inter Press Service

    CANBERRA, Australia, Aug 27 (IPS) - Before the pandemic, many Pacific Island countries grappled with low numbers of students completing secondary education. Now experts in the region are concerned that the closure of schools to contain the spread of COVID-19, and the economic downturn, will lead to even more students dropping out of education early.

  5. WHO ‘exploring all options’ to get medical supplies into Afghanistan

    - UN News

    With medical stocks dwindling in Afghanistan, and the airport in the capital, Kabul, crippled by a terrorist attack, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to examine ways to deliver much-needed supplies to the country, a senior official told journalists in Geneva on Friday. 

  6. Vaccine inequity causes ‘dangerous divergence’ in COVID survival rates – UN agency heads

    - UN News

    The global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is progressing at “two alarmingly different speeds”, UN agency leaders said in a statement on Friday, noting that less than two per cent of adults are fully vaccinated in most low-income countries compared to almost 50 per cent in high-‑income nations.   

  7. More children than ever before live as migrants or refugees, outside their birth countries – UNICEF

    - UN News

    More girls and boys than ever are on the move, with 35.5 million having lived outside their country of birth in 2020 and an additional 23.3 million displaced internally, according to a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published on Friday.

  8. UN entities condemn 'abhorrent' terrorist attack at Kabul airport

    - UN News

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    The UN Security Council on Friday underlined the importance of combatting terrorism in Afghanistan following the deadly attack at the airport in the capital, Kabul.   

  9. Systemic Barriers Exist in Canadian Healthcare for Immigrant Health Professionals

    - Inter Press Service

    Toronto, Canada, Aug 27 (IPS) - Albert Einstein said, “In the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity.” The year 2020 was a year of crisis across many sectors in Canada, especially the health care sector. There was a severe strain on the health care system through long waiting lists for family physicians, specialists, and vaccination clinics, and Intensive Care Units were working at a high level of capacity.

  10. Crisis in Afghanistan: All Eyes on Central Asia

    - Inter Press Service

    WASHINGTON DC, Aug 27 (IPS) - The political and human catastrophe in Afghanistan is threatening to boost autocratic tendencies in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

    With the withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan and the rapid takeover by the Taliban, neighbouring Central Asian countries are once again at the focus of international attention.

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