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Housework not homework for millions of children in Malala’s Pakistan

LAHORE, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for “free, compulsory education all over the world for every child” is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused. The most recent annual … Continue reading

No ID, no security – the dilemma of Sri Lanka’s returnees

COLOMBO, 17 July 2013 (IRIN) – Close to 100,000 returnees in Sri Lanka’s north lack national identity cards (NICs), more than four years after the end of the country’s decades-long civil war. “Many people cannot resume their lives as NICs are the passport to accessing multiple services and were made mandatory for voting in 2006,” … Continue reading

Thai navy denies allegation of Rohingya Muslim smuggling

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK, July 19 (Reuters) – Thailand’s navy denied on Friday a Reuters report that its personnel were involved in a lucrative smuggling and trafficking network that exploits minority Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution and dire living conditions in Myanmar. The Reuters investigation, citing people smugglers and Rohingyas who made the journey, found … Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE-Western oil exploration in Somalia may spark conflict -UN report

By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau   UNITED NATIONS, July 17 (Reuters) – Western commercial oil exploration in disputed areas of Somalia and discrepancies over which authorities can issue licenses to companies could spark further conflict in the African nation, U.N. monitors warned in a confidential report. In the U.N. Monitoring Group’s latest annual report … Continue reading

Russian anti-pollution activist pays high price

By Will Englund, PERVOURALSK, Russia — After three men in this heavily polluted city beat Stepan Chernogubov unconscious, fracturing his skull and knocking out three teeth, criminal investigators took him, still bleeding, to a police station, where they questioned him for four hours and then threatened to bring charges against him. Chernogubov had been set … Continue reading

Tunisia’s new constitution near completion -assembly speaker

by Maria Caspani THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The process of drafting Tunisia’s new constitution is nearing its end and the North African country hopes to have it in place by the autumn, a Tunisian politician said. Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza, deputy speaker of Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly, said agreement had been reached on most parts … Continue reading

UK takes first step to join extractive transparency initiative

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United Kingdom has begun the process of becoming a member of a global initiative which aims to bring greater transparency and accountability to the oil, gas and mining sector. While the UK is generally considered neither resource-rich nor especially corrupt, the British government has taken the lead in pushing … Continue reading

Central African Republic in crisis, urgently needs aid –MSF

by Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three months after rebels seized power, Central African Republic (CAR) is in the grip of a humanitarian emergency and most of its people have no access to basic medical services because of insecurity and lack of funding, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday. Since the Seleka rebel … Continue reading

Two years on, South Sudan still faces major challenges

NAIROBI, 9 July 2013 (IRIN) – South Sudan marks two years of independence today, but the millions who continue to face displacement, hunger, disease and extreme poverty will be hard pressed to find any reason to celebrate. Aid agencies say they require US$485 million from June until the end of 2013 to help some three … Continue reading

Who are the Bulgarian protesters?

by Maria Spirova* According to CIA’s official statistics, Bulgaria’s death rate is the 8th highest in the world. Afghanistan, war-torn for decades, is seventh. Somalia is ninth. The countries in top 7 have gone through sustained armed conflict, famine, genocide, apartheid and a nuclear disaster. Bulgarian went through 23 years of democratic transition. The above … Continue reading