Mining firms 'cheat Africa out of millions'

Anti-povert groups revealed on Wednesday that mining transnationals routinely deprive African countries of huge amounts of tax revenue that could be used to boost social development.

Death penalty losing favor arond the world

WASHINGTON, Mar 24 (IPS) - Though most of the world is moving a step closer to the abolition of the death penalty, death sentences continue to be handed out in the hundreds around the globe, says a new report from Amnesty International (AI).

The Black president Colombia forgot

At the end of the 19th century, Jose Nieto Gil was president of Colombia. And yet, you won't find him in a single history book. Why? Presumably because he was black.

Bolivian President Evo Morales to address UN on Mother Earth Day

“We hope that this new century is the century of the rights of mother earth.”

US 'struggling to exit Afghanistan'

President Barack Obama has indicated that his administration is struggling to cook up a coherent 'exit strategy' in Afghanistan.

The painful cost of breed standards: mutilation vs. cosmetics

Legislatures in Pennsylvania and Illinois are considering bills that would reduce or eliminate what animal welfare advocates call mutilations, and what breeders and American Kennel Club (AKC) call “breed standards.”

Visas requested for families of the Cuban Five

On April 10, family members of the Cuban Five imprisoned in the United States have an appointment in the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, to request their visas.

Afghans call for end to US occupation

Hundreds of Afghan citizens rallied for an end to the occupation of their country on Sunday after US-led forces killed five civilians in Kunduz Province.

UK medical charities forced to cut back life-saving research

Four of the UK's largest medical charities have been badly hit by the recession and are considering cutting the amount of money they put towards lifesaving research.

World Water Week: Safe drinking water for all

WASHINGTON--In recognition of World Water Week (March 22-28), Water Advocates calls for the funding and implementation of more safe drinking water and sanitation projects in developing countries.

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