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Argentina president under pressure to keep election promise on abortion

Over 1,000 public figures call for Alberto Fernández to stay true to his election pledge despite distraction of coronavirus pandemicPro-choice campaigners are renewing pressure on president Alberto Fernández to make good on his electoral pledge to legalise abortion in Argentina.More than 1,000 public figures, writers, journalists and artists added their names to an advert published in three Argentinian newspapers on Sunday, calling for the government to keep its commitment. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Argentina, Abortion, Alberto Fernández, Women's rights and gender equality


How Tunisia’s shrinking economy and fish stocks put shark on the menu

A lack of awareness and ever-increasing competition among fishing boats threaten one of the sea’s most vital speciesThe temperature is cooling down in the fish market in Monastir, Tunisia. Still, the suffocating smell of the fish guts that have sat through the full force of the day’s heat hangs heavy in the air. The stallholders have left now, but on the floor amid the detritus is the unmistakable shape of a severed shark’s head.Nearby, in a skip, the bodies of two guitarfish rays lie discarded,...
Tags: Food, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Fish, Middle East and North Africa, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Global development, Fishing, Tunisia, Sharks, Monastir Tunisia


Islamic Relief is a charity, not a terrorist group. We're going to court to prove it | Naser Haghamed

Israel has banned us from helping Palestinians in need. Next month, we will defend our work in the country’s supreme court• Naser Haghamed is chief executive of Islamic Relief WorldwideAs chief executive of Islamic Relief, it is my privilege to preside over one of the UK’s leading international aid charities, widely respected for operating effectively in some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous places. For the Ministry of Defense in Israel, however, Islamic Relief is a supporter of terro...
Tags: UK, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Aid, Global development, Hamas, Ministry of Defense, Islamic Relief, Naser Haghamed, Islamic Relief WorldwideAs


‘Catastrophe for human rights’ as Greece steps up refugee ‘pushbacks'

Human rights groups condemn practice as evidence reviewed by the Guardian reveals systemic denial of entry to asylum seekers At about 1am on 24 August, Ahmed (not his real name) climbed into a rubber dinghy with 29 others and left Turkey’s north-western Çanakkale province. After 30 minutes, he said, they reached Greek waters near Lesbos and a panther boat from the Hellenic coastguard approached.Eight officers in blue shorts and shirts, some wearing black masks and armed with rifles, forced the g...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Germany, European Union, World news, Turkey, Migration, Refugees, Global development, Ahmed, Lesbos


Ugandan government rejects plan for Murchison Falls hydropower dam

Activists praise decision to reject energy ministry’s proposal to dam the world-famous waterfallConservationists in Uganda have hailed a bipartisan decision to reject the government’s plan to construct a hydro-power dam at the country’s biggest tourist attraction.Lawmakers unanimously adopted a report by the 28 member parliamentary committee on environment on Thursday, rejecting the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development proposal to build a 360MW at Uhuru Falls on Murchison Falls national pa...
Tags: Energy, Africa, Environment, Renewable Energy, Uganda, Global development, Yoweri Museveni, Hydropower, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Murchison Falls, Uhuru Falls


Ugandan lawmakers reject plan for Murchison Falls hydropower dam

Activists praise decision to reject energy ministry’s proposal to dam the world-famous waterfallConservationists in Uganda have hailed a bipartisan decision to reject the government’s plan to construct a hydro-power dam at the country’s biggest tourist attraction.Lawmakers unanimously adopted a report by the 28 member parliamentary committee on environment on Thursday, rejecting the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development proposal to build a 360MW at Uhuru Falls on Murchison Falls national pa...
Tags: Energy, Africa, Environment, Renewable Energy, Uganda, Global development, Yoweri Museveni, Hydropower, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Murchison Falls, Uhuru Falls


'Money is worth nothing now': how Lebanon is finding a future in farming

With food in short supply and prices rocketing, a wave of new farmers are growing produce on roofs, balconies and beyondAll photographs by Jenny GustafssonOn the side of the Baanoub valley in southern Lebanon, half an hour’s drive from the coast, Yasmina Zaher stands surrounded by olive trees with thick, sturdy trunks. Planted in Roman times, once tended by monks, they are now cared for by Zaher and her husband, Jean-Pierre, who also grow vegetables, fruit and flowers.“It’s beautiful to see the ...
Tags: Environment, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Farming, Global development, Lebanon, Food Security, Zaher, Jean Pierre, Jenny GustafssonOn, Yasmina Zaher


El Salvador woman freed after six years in jail following stillbirth

Cindy Erazo was accused of aggravated homicide after an obstetric emergencyA woman sentenced to 30 years in jail after a stillbirth that was judged to be her fault has been released from jail in El Salvador.Cindy Erazo, 29, from San Salvador, was granted conditional freedom on Wednesday after six years in jail. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Women, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Abortion, El Salvador, SAN SALVADOR, Women's rights and gender equality, Cindy Erazo


Jerusalema dance challenge: global craze brings hope amid Covid

South African music track and dance steps created in Angola have caught the imagination of politicians, priests and millions moreA song from South Africa that has gone around the world and been endorsed by presidents and priests has become the sound of the pandemic for millions across southern Africa.Last week the Jerusalema dance challenge was endorsed by President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the country’s plan to open up to tourism on 1 October. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Dance, South Africa, Global development, Angola, Cyril Ramaphosa, Coronavirus outbreak


Jerusalema: dance craze brings hope from Africa to the world amid Covid

South African music track and dance steps created in Angola have caught the imagination of politicians, priests and millions moreA song from South Africa that has gone around the world and been endorsed by presidents and priests has become the sound of the pandemic for millions across southern Africa.Last week the Jerusalema dance challenge was endorsed by President Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the country’s plan to open up to tourism on 1 October. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Dance, South Africa, Global development, Angola, Cyril Ramaphosa, Coronavirus outbreak


Female voices 'drowned out' in reporting on Covid-19, report finds

Analysis of stories across six countries including UK found fewer than a fifth of experts quoted on the pandemic were womenCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWomen’s voices have been “worryingly marginalised” in reporting of the coronavirus, partly due to the war-like framing of the pandemic, according to a report analysing stories across six countries.Each woman’s voice in news coverage of the crisis is “drowned out” by at least three men, it said. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, UK, Media, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Global development, Women's rights and gender equality, Coronavirus outbreak


Aid agencies warn of Covid-19 crisis in refugee camps as winter approaches

Displaced populations across the Middle East, already in cramped, unhygienic conditions, face a health catastrophe as infections rise Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThroughout the coronavirus pandemic an abiding fear had stalked the world’s most vulnerable populations. Millions of people displaced by conflict in the Middle East watched with alarm as Europe and the west withered under a caseload that stretched first-world healthcare systems to their limits. They saw f...
Tags: Europe, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Refugees, Global development, Internally displaced people, Coronavirus outbreak


Internal displacements reach 15m in 2020 with worst 'still to come' – report

Extreme weather, locust invasions and violence have forced people to flee their homesMillions of people were uprooted from their homes by conflict, violence and natural disasters in the first six months of this year, research has found.Nearly 15m new internal displacements were recorded in more than 120 countries between January and June by the Swiss-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, India, Africa, Environment, World news, Australia news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Migration, Global development, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bushfires, Extreme Weather


'Landmark moment': 156 countries agree to Covid vaccine allocation deal

Covax plan will counter rising threat of ‘vaccine nationalism’, prioritising vulnerable healthcare systems and frontline workersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A coalition of 156 countries has agreed a “landmark” deal to enable the rapid and equitable global distribution of any new coronavirus vaccines to 3% of participating countries’ populations, to protect vulnerable healthcare systems, frontline health workers and those in social care settings.The Covid-19 vacci...
Tags: Health, World news, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak


'She won't be the last': why not enough has changed since the murder of Banaz Mahmod

In 2006, the 20-year-old was killed on the orders of family members. Ahead of an ITV drama on the case, her sister reflects on the police responseAs a television drama of the real-life investigation into the murder of a young woman by her family airs this month, her sister told the Guardian little had changed since Banaz Mahmod was killed in 2006.“Lessons have not been learned. Banaz is not the first ‘honour’ killing and she won’t be the last,” says Payzee Mahmod, a British Kurd, who was a teena...
Tags: London, Crime, Police, UK News, Global development, Metropolitan Police, Forced marriage, Banaz Mahmod, Banaz, Payzee Mahmod


Phages: the tiny viruses that could help beat superbugs

Bacteriophages were superseded by modern antibiotics, but scientists believe they could be key to conquering antimicrobial resistanceIt is, say enthusiasts, the cure that the world forgot. An old therapy that could take on the new superbugs.Discovered in 1917 by French Canadian biologist Félix d’Hérelle, phages – or bacteriophages – are tiny viruses that are natural predators of bacteria. In many countries they were supplanted during the second world war by antibiotics but continued to be used f...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Drugs, Africa, Global development, Antibiotics, Drug resistance


World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity says world’s fast-shrinking carbon budget should be used to improve lot of poorestThe wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research.Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 60% over the 25-year period, but the increase in emissions from the richest 1% was three times greater than the increase in emissions from the poorest half. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Global climate talks, Global development, Oxfam, Sustainable Development, Carbon Tax, Inequality, Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021


Looking for a Saturday night film? Instead of Notting Hill try Nations United | Richard Curtis

In 2015, 193 countries agreed a blueprint for a better planet. 2020 was supposed to be a Super Year of progress – we can’t let the pandemic knock us off courseI’m aware this is a strange article to be writing. As most people struggle with the day-to-day complexity of life under the pandemic, how we do find the headspace to think about something as global as the sustainable development goals? But I’m inspired by a recent article by the activist and author Arundhati Roy. “Historically, pandemics h...
Tags: United Nations, Global development, Richard Curtis, Arundhati Roy, Sustainable Development Goals, Notting Hill


US warns Afghan women of increased risk of extremist attack

Message from the US embassy comes during long-postponed direct talks between the government and the TalibanThe United States has warned women in Afghanistan that they are at increased risk of attack by extremist groups.The US embassy in Kabul warned on Thursday that “extremist organisations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets […], including a heightened risk of attacks targeting female government and civilian workers, including teachers, human rights activists, office workers, ...
Tags: Women, US, World news, US news, Afghanistan, United States, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Conflict and arms


Burglars beware: tech pioneers aim to make south Africa's townships safer

Innovative community alarm system provides solution in places where violent crime and theft have become endemicNtsako Mgiba was sleeping at his aunt’s place in eMalahleni (previously known as Witbank) in Mpumalanga province when thieves broke in and stole hundreds of pounds worth of laptops, smartphones and other tech. The next morning Mgiba followed the burglars’ footprints – theirs was not the only home to be targeted. The police filed a report that afternoon, but any hope of tracking them dow...
Tags: Technology, Africa, Society, World news, South Africa, Global development, Mpumalanga, Witbank, Mgiba


Syrian teenage refugee homeless on Lesbos – despite having right to live in UK

Labour urges Home Office to ‘right this wrong’ as Syrian teenager remains stranded in Greece despite legal right to join family“When I saw the smoke coming I didn’t have the chance to get my backpack, I just ran. The fire was very close, I couldn’t save anything, I lost all my documents. I just escaped through the forest.”Ahmed looks nervously around as he talks about the catastrophe he has just lived through: the fire that destroyed the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos. Around him people are going ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Greece, UK News, World news, Labour, Home Office, Refugees, Global development, Ahmed, Mytilene, Nick Thomas-Symonds


Abandoned in Lesbos: UK delays leave teenage refugee homeless after fire

Labour urges Home Office to ‘right this wrong’ as Syrian teenager remains stranded in Lesbos despite legal right to join family“When I saw the smoke coming I didn’t have the chance to get my backpack, I just ran. The fire was very close, I couldn’t save anything, I lost all my documents. I just escaped through the forest.”Ahmed looks nervously around as he talks about the catastrophe he has just lived through: the fire that destroyed the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos. Around him people are going ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Greece, UK News, World news, Labour, Home Office, Refugees, Global development, Ahmed, Mytilene, Nick Thomas-Symonds


Staple food prices rise by 50% in Sudan amid economic strife, floods and Covid

Cost of sugar, bread and transport soar, while promised World Bank aid is yet to arriveMillions of people in Sudan are facing hardship as the cost of food and transport soars amid economic turmoil in the country.The cost of some staple foods has increased by 50% over the past few weeks, driving inflation to a record high of 167%, up from 144% in July. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Africa, Economics, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Sudan, World Bank, Coronavirus outbreak


Why doing nothing is a radical act for India's women – photo essay

‘Leisure is a feminist issue’ says Surabhi Yadav, whose photography project captures carefree moments of women around herWhen Surabhi Yadav’s mother, Basanti, died Yadav realised she had never really known her. “I knew her as my mother, but nothing else,” she says. “I asked one of her friend’s how she remembered her and she told me: ‘She was the funniest and goofiest in our group.’ Those were not words I associated with my mother. I thought of her as a very serious person.”Her father was the “fu...
Tags: India, Women, Life and style, World news, South and Central Asia, Feminism, Global development, Yadav, Basanti, Women's rights and gender equality, Surabhi Yadav


Partisan views on Rwanda | Letter

I was not at all surprised that Andrew Mitchell MP has so strongly defended the position of the Rwandan government in the case of Paul Rusesabagina (Letters, 11 September). Mr Mitchell has form on this issue.Just prior to the 2010 election I attended a briefing organised by Oxfam on Rwanda, at which Mr Mitchell spoke as shadow secretary of state for development. At the time, I was the Africa editor for BBC World Service News and was receiving regular reports of the human rights abuses being perp...
Tags: Politics, Africa, Conservatives, Aid, Global development, Oxfam, Andrew Mitchell, Mitchell, Rwanda, Kagame, Rob Walker, Paul Rusesabagina, Department for International Development (DfID, BBC World Service News, BBC Rwanda


Mexican women's patience snaps at Amlo's inaction on femicide

Feminists seize human rights office to force President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to tackle grim toll of rape and murderAs Mexicans prepared to mark Independence Day celebrations on 15 September, a different kind of commemoration was held at the headquarters of the country’s human rights commission (CNDH).Under a fluttering purple anarchy flag, women in black balaclavas lined the upstairs balconies of the 19th-century building – and speaker after speaker expressed their fury at the country’s cr...
Tags: Mexico, Women, Americas, World news, Feminism, Global development, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, CNDH


'Confounding': Covid may have already peaked in many African countries

One explanation for virus not behaving as expected could be previous exposure to other infections, experts tell MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has peaked earlier than expected in many African countries, confounding early predictions, experts have told MPs.Scientists do not yet know why, but one hypothesis is the possibility of people having pre-existing immunity to Covid-19, caused by exposure to other infections. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Yemen, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


Malaysian prisoners may face 'forced labour' on palm oil plantations

Shortage of foreign workers behind plan by producers to employ inmates as a stopgap measurePrisoners are expected to be put to work on Malaysia’s giant palm oil plantations to make up for an acute labour shortage heightened by the coronavirus pandemic.But workers’ rights experts have warned that the proposal by the country’s palm oil producers may constitute “institutionalised forced labour” in an industry already accused of widespread abuse and exploitation of workers. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Palm Oil, Malaysia, Global development, Forced Labour, Coronavirus outbreak


Mexico’s feminist activists stage occupation in protest at femicide

Demonstrators hope to force president Andrés Manuel López Obrador to deal with relentless toll of rape and murderAs Mexicans prepared to mark Independence Day celebrations on 15 September, a different kind of commemoration was held at the headquarters of the country’s human rights commission (CNDH).Under a fluttering purple anarchy flag, women in black balaclavas lined the upstairs balconies of the 19th-century building – and speaker after speaker expressed their fury at the country’s crisis of ...
Tags: Mexico, Women, Americas, World news, Feminism, Global development, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, CNDH


Uganda calls in troops as violence flares between refugees and locals

Tensions between locals and South Sudanese refugees have left at least 10 dead as authorities act to prevent escalation Uganda has sent security troops to its north-west region where tensions are on the rise following deadly attacks on refugees by local people.More than 10 South Sudanese refugees were killed, including a teenage girl and a 25-year-old woman and her baby, and 19 others were seriously wounded in clashes at a water point in Madi-Okollo district last week. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Refugees, Global development, South Sudan, North West, Internally displaced people, Madi Okollo