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  1. The Rise of Religious Extremism & Anti-Muslim Politics in Sri Lanka

    - Inter Press Service

    BRUSSELS, Jan 25 (IPS) - On 28 October, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed the militant Buddhist monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara to head a presidential task force on legal reforms, shocking many in Sri Lanka and beyond. Gnanasara is the public face of the country’s leading anti-Muslim campaign group, Bodu Bala Sena (Army of Buddhist Power, or BBS). He is widely accused of inciting inter-communal violenceincluding two deadly anti-Muslim pogroms in June 2014 and March 2018.

  2. Climate Inaction, Injustice Worsened by Finance Fiasco

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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 25 (IPS) - Many factors frustrate the international cooperation needed to address the looming global warming catastrophe. As most rich nations have largely abdicated responsibility, developing countries need to think and act innovatively and cooperatively to better advance the South.

  3. Community Organization and Solidarity in Peru Tackle Hunger in Pandemic

    - Inter Press Service

    LIMA, Jan 24 (IPS) - It's nine o'clock in the morning and Mauricia Rodríguez is already peeling garlic to season the day's lunch at the Network of Organized Women of Villa Torreblanca, one of more than 2,400 solidarity-based soup kitchens that have emerged in the Peruvian capital in response to the worsening poverty caused by the partial or total halt of economic activities in the country due to COVID-19.

  4. Investing in a Child’s Education is Investing in all of Humanity, Says ECW’s Yasmine Sherif Welcoming Germany’s €200 million Donation

    - Inter Press Service

    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Jan 24 (IPS) - Education lifts millions out of poverty, but because the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out gains made in recent decades, a holistic approach to providing education in crises is crucial, says German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Svenja Schulze.

  5. UN chief calls for Olympic Truce to build ‘culture of peace’ through sport

    - UN News

    Secretary-General António Guterres is urging the world to “build a culture of peace” through the power of sport, calling for nations to observe the Olympic Truce, endorsed last week through a resolution of the UN General Assembly.  

  6. Guterres calls on Burkina Faso coup leaders to ‘lay down their arms’

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    Following Sunday’s coup in Burkina Faso carried out by sections of the armed forces, the United Nations’ Secretary-General is following the developments in the landlocked West African nation with deep concern.

  7. Senior humanitarian describes 'horror scenes' in Syria camps

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    Well below zero temperatures hitting Syria this week have turned camps for internally displaced people into disaster zones, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator warned on Monday. 

  8. Up to 70% of Children in Developing Countries to Be Left Unable to Read?

    - Inter Press Service

    MADRID, Jan 24 (IPS) - “Unless we take action, the share of children leaving school in developing countries who are unable to read could increase from 53 to 70 percent.”

  9. Unified Libya will come only via ballot box, ‘not the gun’, Security Council hears

    - UN News

    Libya is at a “delicate and fragile juncture in its path to unity and stability”, the UN Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Monday, urging the international community to remain united in supporting national elections postponed last month. 

  10. ‘No free ride’ for COVID, it's here ‘for the foreseeable future’: Tedros

    - UN News

    The world must accept that COVID-19 is with us “for the foreseeable future”, even if it is possible to end the acute phase of the pandemic this year, UN health agency chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday.

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