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Tuesday, October 21, 2014   20:33 GMT



Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 17 Oct (IPS) - President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak.
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Ahead of Myanmar Trip, Obama Urged to Demand Extractives Transparency
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 15 Oct (IPS) - Lawmakers here are urging President Barack Obama to put transparency in the extractives sector at the centre of an upcoming trip to Myanmar.
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Most Nations Reducing Worst Forms of Child Labour
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 8 Oct (IPS) - Most of the worlds governments are taking measures to reduce the worst and most hazardous forms of child labour, according to a major report released here Tuesday by the U.S. Labour Department.
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U.S. Investigation into Illegal Timber Imports a Sea Change
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 7 Oct (IPS) - A year after a U.S. company was accused of engaging in the systematic importing of flooring made from illegally harvested timber, pressure is mounting on federal agencies currently investigating the allegations.
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Harper Playing Defence in Canada's Pipeline Politics
Paul Weinberg
TORONTO, 6 Oct (IPS) - Canadas tar sands oil boom may be in jeopardy and it appears the ruling Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not have any plan B in its ambition to remake this resource-rich country into an energy superpower.
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Militarising the Ebola Crisis
Joeva Rock
WASHINGTON, 28 Sep (IPS) - Six months into West Africas Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heeding calls for substantial intervention in the region.
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Zero Nuclear Weapons
A Never-Ending Journey Ahead
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 27 Sep (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?
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Washington Snubs Bolivia on Drug Policy Reform, Again
Zoe Pearson, Thomas Grisaffi
WASHINGTON, 26 Sep (IPS) - Once again, Washington claims Bolivia has not met its obligations under international narcotics agreements. For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. president has notified Congress that the Andean country
failed demonstrably in its counter-narcotics efforts over the last 12 months. Blacklisting Bolivia means the withholding of U.S. aid from one of South Americas poorest countries.
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Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 26 Sep (IPS) - Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing regional and international efforts to stop it, according to world leaders and global health experts.
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Obama Mandates Climate Resilience in All U.S. Development Projects
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 24 Sep (IPS) - All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
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