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Gates Foundation Slammed for Plan to Privatise African Seed Markets

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been attacked by activists over alleged support of a plan to privatise African agricultural markets. United Kingdom social justice organisation Global Justice Now levelled the claims at the Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday, saying the two agencies were holding […]

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Multi-Drug Resistance Adds to Tuberculosis Epidemic in Papua New Guinea

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Rising multi-drug resistance in patients suffering from tuberculosis, a debilitating infectious lung disease which mainly impacts the developing world, has led to a public health emergency in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, according to state officials. While efforts to combat the disease worldwide have produced results, with the global death rate […]

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Hold the Rich Accountable in New U.N. Development Goals, Say NGOs

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When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world’s richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the world’s wealth by 2016. And just 80 of […]

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Winners Announced for Free Expression Prize

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At home she was subjected to death threats for defending women in northeastern Kenya who are vulnerable to rape, female circumcision and murder. This month, Amran Abdundi Amram was cheered as a hero as she collected the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Campaigning. The 15th annual freedom prize was presented this […]

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South Sudan Frees Hundreds of Child Fighters, Including 9-Year Old Girl

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South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May. Over the weekend, 654 children registered with the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) were released – bringing the total freed by the militia group since January to 1,314. The children exchanged their […]

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Opinion: Sharing the Vision of a Changed World

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Posted by admin 24 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
A conversation with Janet C. Salazar and Constance J. Peak, co-founders of IMPACT Leadership 21, a global movement and platform to accelerate women's leadership at the top decision-making levels. Also, Conveners of Power of Collaboration Global Summit at the United Nations.

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Smugglers Peddle ‘Conflict Diamonds’ from Central African Republic, Ignoring Ban

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Since a coup d’etat and an extremely bloody aftermath, not much has improved in the Central African Republic and that suits the black market diamond merchants just fine. With news cameras turned away, their trade in ‘conflict diamonds’ is proceeding at a gallop, observers say, despite a global ban. The diamond-trading ban was imposed by […]

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Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

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As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses. In a recent public statement, the […]

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