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RAMALLAH, 16 March 2011 (IRIN) - The next generation in the Gaza Strip may be less educated, less professional and perhaps more radical because an Israeli blockade has restricted educational and employment opportunities, say UN and other sources.

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March 16, 2011

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March 10, 2011

GULU, 8 March 2011 (IRIN) - Women and girls returning to northern Uganda from forced conscription into the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) struggle to resettle in their home communities because of stigma and a severe shortage of reintegration facilities tailored to their...

March 8, 2011

Bill to punish anti-Israel boycotters passes first Knesset hurdle
According to proposal, Israelis would face harsh punitive measures for such actions; controversial bill also calls for imposing sanctions on foreign nationals and groups and on states that give...

Jonathan Lis
March 7, 2011

Washington (CNN) -- The protests sweeping the Middle East appear to be entirely indigenous, borne of discontent with unemployment and the lack of personal freedoms, but that hasn't stopped top U.S. officials from suggesting Iran has a part and trying to send a message to...

Elise Labott, CNN Senior State Department Producer
March 5, 2011

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March 3, 2011

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by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis
March 2, 2011

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As any one who has pulled up to a gas pump knows, the unrest...

March 1, 2011

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As any one who has pulled up to a gas pump knows, the unrest...

March 1, 2011

In an interview for the BBC during an emergency tour of the Middle East earlier this month, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "Amid the opportunity for countries like Tunisia and Egypt, there is a legitimate fear that the Middle East peace process will lose...

Zulaikha Abdullah
February 28, 2011

On Feb. 3, Haiti’s Electoral Council announced in a decision signed by only four of eight council members, and without releasing any vote count, that Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly would participate in a “run-off” on March 20, although Haitian law requires that a...

Charlie Hinto
February 23, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan – UN Dispatch received confirmation late yesterday that the Afghan government has scrapped its plan to take over shelters for abused women and will work with women’s groups to improve shelter conditions. The move came after two weeks of intense activism...

February 23, 2011

Donald Moncayo almost cried when he heard that a judge in his town of Lago Agrio had just ordered U.S. oil giant Chevron to pay $9 billion to clean up decades of petro-contamination in the Amazon jungle of northeast Ecuador. It was one of the largest environmental-damage...

By Tim Padgett and Stephan Küffner
February 22, 2011

RUMIPAMBA, Ecuador — She has no legal training, and doesn't speak the Spanish that dominates government in Quito but indigenous villager Maria Aguinda helped bring a landmark judgment against US oil giant Chevron for polluting the rain forest she calls home.


By Valeria Pacheco
February 22, 2011

Oil companies from Chevron Corp. to BP Plc are selling more refineries than at any time in history even as a rebound in demand for gasoline and diesel pushes profits from running the plants to the highest level since 2007.

A glut of refineries put up for sale by...

By Joe Carroll and Jessica Resnick-Ault
February 21, 2011

RAMALLAH, 18 February 2011 (IRIN) - Demolition of livelihood structures and drought are hitting already impoverished Palestinian communities living in Area C of the West Bank hard this year, according to UN agencies and international aid organizations working in the...

February 18, 2011

“I’m voting for change,” he said.

Mr. Kibwami, along with many others here in Uganda’s capital, voted for the leading opposition candidate, Kizza Besigye, who is trying to unseat President Yoweri Museveni, in power for the past 25 years.

But while the...

February 18, 2011

KAMPALA, Uganda — Fresh from fighting in the bush, Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni, a former rebel commander, electrified the crowd at his inaugural address in 1986 when he declared that “the problems of Africa, and Uganda in particular, are caused by leaders who...

February 17, 2011