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  1. Popular Pakistani Singer Pushes for Corporal Punishment be Made a Crime

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    ISLAMABAD, Feb 19 (IPS) - "He struck his head, his side, his stomach and went on hitting him. When Hunain said he could not breathe, the teacher slammed him against the wall, saying, 'Being dramatic are we?'" This is the eye witness account from the classmate of 17-year-old Pakistani student, Hunain Bilal, who was allegedly beaten to death by his teacher after he failed to memorise his lessons.

  2. U.S. President’s Global Gag Rule is Having Negative Impact on the Health of Malawians: Report

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 (IPS) - A report released last week has detailed the complex ways in which President Donald Trump's ‘Global Gag Rule' (GGR), that blocks U.S. global health assistance to foreign non-governmental facilities providing abortion or abortion-related services, is affecting the population in Malawi, a country already hard hit with numerous climate change disasters. 

  3. How Nigeria’s Police used Telecom Surveillance to Lure & Arrest Journalists

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    NEW YORK, Feb 19 (IPS) - As reporters for Nigeria's Premium Times newspaper, Samuel Ogundipe and Azeezat Adedigba told CPJ they spoke often over the phone. They had no idea that their regular conversations about work and their personal lives were creating a record of their friendship.

  4. As Planet Burns, One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 (IPS) - When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis-- pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

  5. Will Zimbabwe Allow Freedom of Airwaves and Freedom of Speech too?

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 18 (IPS) - Zimbabwe is making fresh commitments to open up its airwaves with government promising to issue licences to private television and community radio stations before the end of the year.

  6. Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (IPS) - In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its forecasts at the World Economic Forum's 50th annual meeting in Davos.

  7. Biodiversity & Agriculture: Nature’s Matrix & Future of Conservation

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    OAKLAND, California, Feb 18 (IPS) - When we were children, a long auto trip would require a stop every hour or so to clean the windshield of the insects that had been intercepted.

  8. Can Indian Farmers Adapt to Water Loss?

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    Feb 18 (IPS) - Over the last few decades, groundwater has become the major source of irrigation for Indian agriculture. Pumped by millions of privately-owned tube-wells, it contributes 60 percent of the water used for irrigation, having grown by 105 percent since the 1970s.

  9. Coronavirus Epidemic Has Implications for Life Expectancy

    Monday, February 17, 2020

    BEIJING, China, Feb 17 (IPS) - As efforts to contain the Coronavirus epidemic enter a critical stage, it is important to remember that the costs cannot be measured purely in economic terms, as the measures taken will have implications for life expectancy across the entire nation.

  10. Tackling Climate Change and Preserving the Water Body: A Bangladeshi Perspective

    Monday, February 17, 2020

    NEW YORK, Feb 17 (IPS) - For any riverine country, the state of the water body around big cities and conditions of major rivers hold a leadership position in the overall climate effects and how the water body is protected and preserved impacts the entire economy and living standards of that country.

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