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Getting to the bottom of sea-level rise

JOHANNESBURG (IRIN) - In the past few months, newspapers across the globe have been flooded with a debate over new studies projecting a higher and faster sea-level rise by the next century, which would sound the death-knell for low-lying countries and coastal cities.

El Salvador poised to make history

RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- After 20 years of one-party rule and 17 years after the end of a brutal civil war, a seismic political shift is shaping up in El Salvador.

As U.S. prepares to leave, whats happening in Iraq?

Iraqis reject religious agendas, demand action on basic needs As the U.S. moves to wind down its disastrous six-year occupation of Iraq, what is the shape of the country it is preparing to leave?

Mbeki appointed mediator for Sudan crisis

Johannesburg, (Prensa Latina) Former South African President Thabo Mbeki was appointed by the African Union as mediator between the Sudanese government and the International Criminal Court, which ruled the arrest of President Omar Hassan al Bashir.

Poor countries 'will be hurt hardest'

The World Bank predicts that the global economy will shrink this year for the first time since World War II, intensifying poverty in 'vulnerable countries.'

Congo: Treating the sexually abused in South Kivu

BUKAVU , 5 March 2009 (IRIN) - In Bukavu, the main town in South Kivu Province of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Panzi referral hospital receives six to eight women daily who have experienced sexual violence.

Fatah delegation in Cairo for unity talks

CAIRO, March 9 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of the Palestinian Fatah movement arrived here Monday to attend the inter-Palestinian national unity talks resumed last month.

Pay on line and get good grades

The ingenious net surfer who invited pupils to grade their teachers on-line and whose case was dismissed by the court is back with a second proposal : this time he invites pupils to pay to get their homework done. His newly opened site has caused a stir, and with good reason : the initiative advances the cult of cheating, it distorts meritocratic competition and marks a further extension of the market sector. But moral condemnation is not enough.

Amnesty condemns Iran over stonings

Amnesty International will call on Tehran on Monday morning to commute the sentences of around eight women who are at imminent risk of being stoned to death and to impose an immediate moratorium on the punishment.

Sisters in arms

Iranian women's presence in the social, political, and cultural arena is fairly recent. However, this movement, its progress and its impact, embraces much of Iran's contemporary history.

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