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Wednesday, August 27, 2014   18:00 GMT



New York's Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows
Zafirah Mohamed Zein
NEW YORK, 25 Aug (IPS) - Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown's Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup.
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U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 20 Aug (IPS) - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.
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Despite Current Debate, Police Militarisation Goes Beyond U.S. Borders
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 18 Aug (IPS) - The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the southern United States earlier this month has led to widespread public outrage around issues of race, class and police brutality.
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Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?
Lowana Veal
REYKJAVIK, 18 Aug (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.
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U.S. Urged to Put Development Aid over Border Security
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 15 Aug (IPS) - When U.S lawmakers departed Washington for a month-long recess, they left behind a simmering debate over what to do about the tens of thousands of Central American children and adults that continue to cross the U.S. southern border.
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U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Aug (IPS) - Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmars timber sector for one year.
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Israel Bites Hand that Feeds, U.S. Feeds Hand that Bites
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 7 Aug (IPS) - There is an age-old axiom in politics, says a cynical Asian diplomat, that you don't bite the hand that feeds you.
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Will Obamas New Africa Deliver on Its Promises?
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 7 Aug (IPS) - As the three-day U.S- Africa Leaders Summit here drew to a close Wednesday, experts across the private, public and non-profit sectors continued to debate the opportunities and obstacles posed by the U.S expanding business partnership with Africa.
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More U.S. Diplomas Come with Crushing Debts
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 5 Aug (IPS) - Leah Hughes has big dreams of becoming a community organiser in Appalachia. A rising senior at the California-based Scripps College, Hughes is pursuing a dual degree in International Relations and Studio Art, and is incredibly thankful for her higher education experience thus far.
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Africa Activists Urge Obama to Act on Extractive Industries Law
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 5 Aug (IPS) - As the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit got underway here Monday, anti-corruption activists urged President Barack Obama to prod a key U.S. agency to issue long-awaited regulations requiring oil, gas, and mining companies to publish all payments they make in countries where they operate.
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