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Tuesday, July 29, 2014   1:38 GMT



U.S. Pledges to Reduce Child Stunting by Two Million Globally
Michelle Tullo
WASHINGTON, 23 May (IPS) - The U.S. government has pledged to reduce the number of chronically malnourished children around the world by at least two million over the next half decade, receiving an initial positive response from the development community.
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Moving LGBT Rights Beyond Marriage Equality
Farangis Abdurazokzoda
WASHINGTON, 16 May (IPS) - Honouring the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Friday emphasised progress in advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, but a new report on criminalisation of LBGT people suggests that there is still a long way to go.
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Nigeria's Nightmare Gives New Momentum to IVAWA
Michelle Tullo
WASHINGTON, 15 May (IPS) - Amidst intensifying concern over the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by a radical Islamist group in northern Nigeria, at least 100 representatives of various activist groups Tuesday pressed the U.S. Senate to approve legislation designed to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls and discourage child marriages around the world.
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U.S. Nearing Approval of Next Generation of Herbicide-Resistant Crops
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 2 May (IPS) - Two key federal agencies here are in the final stages of approving a new herbicide-resistant crop system that would constitute the second phase of genetically engineered agriculture, following an announcement this week.
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Healing the Dark Legacy of Native American Families
Michelle Tolson
PORTLAND, Oregon, U.S., 29 Apr (IPS) - As a child, 78-year-old Yakama Nation elder Russell Jim was forced to go to a boarding school in Washington State and was beaten for speaking his language.
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U.S. Food Aid Reforms May Be Rolled Back
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 28 Apr (IPS) - Lawmakers here may roll back recent landmark reforms to how the United States provides international food aid, despite warnings that doing so would reduce assistance for some two million people worldwide.
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U.S.-Dependent Pacific Island Defies Nuke Powers
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 25 Apr (IPS) - The tiny Pacific nation state of Marshall Islands - which depends heavily on the United States for its economic survival, uses the U.S. dollar as its currency and predictably votes with Washington on all controversial political issues at the United Nations - is challenging the world's nuclear powers before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
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U.S. Urged to Tackle Lead in Aviation Gasoline
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 22 Apr (IPS) - Consumer advocates, public health workers and environmental groups here are calling on the federal government to take a formal step towards regulating the use of lead in aviation gasoline, despite a failure to do so for nearly two decades.
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U.S. Tribe Looks to International Court for Justice
Michelle Tullo
WASHINGTON, 16 Apr (IPS) - An indigenous community in the United States has filed a petition against the federal government, alleging that officials have repeatedly broken treaties and that the court system has failed to offer remedy.
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Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste
Michelle Tolson
YAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S., 14 Apr (IPS) - The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: Well tell them.
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