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Chaos Grows in Burundi as President Defies Advice to Step Down

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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, overriding objections to an ill-advised third term, now faces a growing popular movement to oust him after his term ends this coming June. On Sunday, thousands of angry Burundians filled the streets in the capital, Bujumbura, to protest a manouevre by the ruling party to put Nkurunziza back in office for […]

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Expo 2015 Host City Promotes Urban Food Policy Pact

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Maurizio Baruffi is Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Milan, the host city for Expo 2015 which opens on May 1.

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European Biofuel Bubble Bursts

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Ten years of debate in the European Union over the detrimental effects of the demand for biofuels for transport on food prices, hunger, forest destruction, land consumption and climate change have come to an end. The European Parliament finally agreed new E.U. laws on Apr. 28 to limit the use of crop-based biofuels, setting a […]

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Anti-Foreigner Discrimination ‘Fostered in South African Schools’

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A practice of denying admission to South African public schools of children without visas or whose parents are refugees from other African countries is creating a foundation for the current rash of xenophobia, critics of the practice say. Jean-Luc Ntumba from the DRC, a father of three, said he was unable to enroll his children […]

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U.N. Staffers Secure at Home, Moving Targets Overseas

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Posted by admin 24 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
When the United Nations spent over 2.2 billion dollars refurbishing its ageing 65-year-old Secretariat building, one of its primary goals was to strengthen security to prevent any violent attacks on the glass house by New York city’s East River. With a voluntary donation of nearly 100 million dollars from the United States as host country […]

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Opinion: Continuing the Centennial Work of Women and Citizen Diplomacy in Korea

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Posted by admin 25 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Christine Ahn is the International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a campaign of 30 international women walking for peace and reunification of Korea in May 2015.

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Deadline Looms for NGOs to Apply for ECOSOC Status

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The NGO Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations is calling on non-governmental organisations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to be considered by the 2016 NGO Committee. The deadline for the application is Jun. 1, 2015. ECOSOC consultative status relates to ECOSOC […]

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In Nicaragua Marriage Is Only for ‘Him’ and ‘Her’

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A new Family Code that went into effect in Nicaragua this month represents an overall improvement in terms of the rights of Nicaraguans. However, it has one major gap: it fails to recognise same-sex marriage, and as a result it closes the doors to adoption by gay couples. Organisations that defend the rights of lesbians, […]

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