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Tunisie : accord sur une nouvelle Constitution et sur la tenue d'élections générales le 23 juin 2013

Tunisie : accord sur une nouvelle Constitution et sur la tenue d'élections générales le 23 juin 2013 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Les trois partis de la coalition au pouvoir en Tunisie sont parvenus à un accord, dans la nuit du samedi 13 au dimanche 14 octobre, sur le contenu de la nouvelle Constitution ainsi que sur la date des prochaines élections législatives le 23 juin 2013 et présidentielle le 23 juin et le 7 juillet 2013. Un accord qui semble marquer un éclaircissement de la situation politique en Tunisie, marquée par de fortes tensions depuis l’accession au pouvoir du parti islamiste Ennahda.

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Progress in North Korea on New Nuclear Reactor

Progress in North Korea on New Nuclear Reactor | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
North Korea has been making significant progress on a nuclear reactor widely seen as a cover for making more weapons, analysts said.
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India: Six more Vidarbha farmers commit suicides, says NGO

Six more Maharashtra farmers committed suicide in the last 72 hours, taking this year's toll to 422 in the Vidarbha region, said an NGO Sunday.
Delayed rains have caused panic among farmers who had sown seeds early June as there was heavy downpour for two days.

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India to host alternative International AIDS Conference

When stakeholders from across the world converge at Washington next month to participate in the International AIDS Conference (IAC) to share their experience and evaluations and to influence both popular and official perceptions and practices for curbing HIV/AIDS, India will host a parallel event for those who cannot make it there.

 

The event will be organised inKolkata by Durbar Mahila Samanway Samiti (DMSS) — an umbrella organisation of over 65,000 sex workers of West Bengal in collaboration with the Global Network of Sex Work Project (NSWP).

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Portion of global GDP contributed by river basins set to more than double by 2050

Portion of global GDP contributed by river basins set to more than double by 2050 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Economic output of the world's ten most populous river basins will exceed that of the US, Japanese and German economies combined by 2050 - but only if water scarcity is addressed...

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Spain, on the edge of a financial cliff, cancels all development aid to Latin America

Spain, on the edge of a financial cliff, cancels all development aid to Latin America | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The Spanish government announced this week it was cancelling all development aid to Latin American countries as a direct consequence of the financial strains the EU member is suffering, which is the worst in decades with record unemployment of 24%.
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LAOS: Aiming to leave least developed country list

LAOS: Aiming to leave least developed country list | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The government of Laos has taken the unique step of stating its ambition to graduate from the UN list of Least Developed Countries (LDC) by 2020.

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Fighting Crime With Architecture in Medellín, Colombia

Fighting Crime With Architecture in Medellín, Colombia | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The story of Medellín’s evolution turns out to be neither as rosy nor as straightforward as fans of new architecture have tended to portray it. It’s generally told as a triumph for Sergio Fajardo, the son of an architect who is the governor of the region and who was the city’s visionary mayor from 2004 to 2007. He pushed an agenda that linked education and community development with infrastructure and glamorous architecture.

 

But the city’s transformation established roots before Mr. Fajardo took office, in thoughtful planning guidelines, amnesties and antiterrorism programs, community-based initiatives by Germany and the United Nations and a Colombian national policy mandating architectural interventions as a means to attack poverty and crime...

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South Africa Hopes New Bill Brings Traditional Knowledge Protection | Intellectual Property Watch

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill currently in the in-tray of South African President Jacob Zuma and awaiting a signature, holds the hope that it will finally pave the way for the protection of the country’s most famous red tea, Rooibos, as well as other local staples.

 

The bill passed by Parliament needs to be signed by Zuma in order for it become the law. It is an ambitious piece of legislation that aims to provide protective mechanisms for indigenous knowledge in South Africa...

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Les Philippines, face aux revendications chinoises, ne sont pas seules

Les Philippines, face aux revendications chinoises, ne sont pas seules | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Les tensions sont vives entre la République populaire de Chine et les Philippines depuis un mois. Pékin et Manille se défient, pour le moment pacifiquement, au large des côtes de l’île philippine de Luçon, près du minuscule atoll de Scarborough.

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Slivers of Hope Amid the Melancholy in Ciudad Juárez

Slivers of Hope Amid the Melancholy in Ciudad Juárez | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

This is still a terribly violent city — at least eight people were killed over the weekend, including a man bound and left in the street with plastic bags covering his face. But over all, homicide rates have decreased significantly from their peak in 2010, and young people in particular are stepping out, joining art collectives around town and even partying after dark at reopened nightclubs.

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German Ministry Advises Developing Countries Not To Sign ACTA | Intellectual Property Watch

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) advises developing countries against signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, BMZ official Frank Schmiedchen said during a meeting of the Committee of Petitions of the German Parliament yesterday.

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New rivers of gold

New rivers of gold | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Remittances from unlikely places are helping poor countries in the downturn

 

IN TAPACHULA, a furnace of a city in southern Mexico, people line up inside an air-conditioned branch of Banco Azteca to process their remittances...

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Dispute Over Islands Reflect Japanese Fear of China’s Rise

Dispute Over Islands Reflect Japanese Fear of China’s Rise | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
A chain of islands at the center of a territorial dispute have Japanese nationalists pushing the country to assert itself more boldly to counter China and South Korea’s explosive economic growth.
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Les expulsions d'immigrés africains s'accélèrent en Israël.

Les expulsions d'immigrés africains s'accélèrent en Israël. | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le ministre israélien des Affaires étrangères Elie Yishaï va au-delà des mesures prises par Netanyahu et annonce vouloir expulser tous les immigrés illégaux d’origine africaine. Il incite aux départs volontaires en échange d’argent mais ceux qui décident de rester risqueront bientôt l’expulsion. Les premiers départs s’inscrivent dans un contexte d’hostilité grandissante envers les migrants, principalement dans les quartiers pauvres de Tel-Aviv. Les associations humanitaires dénoncent la non-considération des demandes d’asile politique des immigrés majoritairement issus d’Erythrée et du Soudan, zones de conflits.

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Global resources grab kills one person a week

Global resources grab kills one person a week | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

At least one person is being killed in an environmental dispute around the world each week as the battle for land, natural resources and forests becomes increasingly violent, a report said on Tuesday.

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India to make foreign aid more transparent

Amid off-and-on allegations about corruption and bureaucratic delays in dispensing funds to foreign countries, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has initiated a host of steps, including the setting up of a central aid agency, to inject greater transparency and swiftness in delivery systems.

 

“We believe in providing total transparency in all our operations. It’s a fact that in the last four-five years India has emerged as one of the big donors among developing countries for less developed and smaller countries,” Krishna told IANS in an interview.

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World Briefing | Africa: Sudan and South Sudan Agree to Talks

World Briefing | Africa: Sudan and South Sudan Agree to Talks | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Sudan and South Sudan agreed to restart talks next Tuesday with the aim of ending hostilities, both sides said Thursday.

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Sudanese people live in caves to escape air strikes – in pictures

Sudanese people live in caves to escape air strikes – in pictures | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Photographers Goran Tomasevic and Adriane Ohanesian document the lives of civilians who have escaped into the caves of the Nuba mountains to flee an aerial bombardment by the Sudanese air force...

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ILO leadership election must not be another charade

ILO leadership election must not be another charade | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A third global institution is to pick a new leader and this time the job must go to a candidate from a developing country...

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Les affamés nord-coréens se livrent au cannibalisme

Les affamés nord-coréens se livrent au cannibalisme | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Un rapport sud-coréen, étayé de témoignages précis, fait état d'exécutions pour consommation de chair humaine

 

C'est l'un des mystères les plus macabres de la tragédie nord-coréenne. De nouveaux témoignages inédits rapportent l'existence de plusieurs actes de cannibalisme récents en Corée du Nord, confirmant la fragilité de la situation alimentaire au royaume ermite...

 

Le Kinu relativise l'ampleur du phénomène, soulignant qu'il s'agit de cas isolés, rapporté par seulement une dizaine de transfuges sur les 230 interrogés. «Il ne faut pas surestimer l'importance du cannibalisme en Corée du Nord», explique Han. «C'est un sujet tabou, mais je ne crois pas à une pratique à grande échelle et de façon organisée», ajoute Daniel Pinkston, expert de l'International Crisis Group.

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As India's Parliament Turns Sixty, Politicians Celebrate Democracy

As India's Parliament Turns Sixty, Politicians Celebrate Democracy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Indian Parliament celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday, with a daylong special session that included addresses by the prime minister and president of the country.

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Global climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from 'poor' countries

Global climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from 'poor' countries | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Old divisions between developed and developing countries in who should lead the fight against climate change should be laid aside, according to ministers from some of the world's poorest countries and European representatives meeting on Tuesday.

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China-Philippines Dispute Over Island Gets More Heated

China-Philippines Dispute Over Island Gets More Heated | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

China escalated its quarrel with the Philippines over an island in the South China Sea on Thursday, halting Filipino bananas at customs for longer inspections and starting an official media campaign that suggested any claims on the island represented an infringement of Chinese sovereignty.

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Child mortality down by a third in Jeffrey Sachs's Millennium Villages

Child mortality down by a third in Jeffrey Sachs's Millennium Villages | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
First results from integrated development project masterminded by economist Jeffrey Sachs compare favourably with villages outside scheme...

 

Death rates among children under five at the Millennium Villages – set up in Africa to demonstrate what is possible if health, education, agriculture and other development needs are tackled simultaneously – have fallen by a third in three years compared with similar communities, according to the project's first results.

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