Health

‘Absolutely shocking’: Niger Delta oil spills linked with infant deaths

‘Absolutely shocking’: Niger Delta oil spills linked with infant deaths

Babies in Nigeria at double the risk of dying before they reach a month old if mothers lived near the scene of an oil spill before conceiving, study shows. Babies in Nigeria are twice as likely to die in the first month of life if their mothers were living near an oil spill before falling pregnant, researchers […]

Réchauffement climatique : la bataille des 2 °C est presque perdue

Réchauffement climatique : la bataille des 2 °C est presque perdue

Les Nations unies sonnent l’alerte sur les efforts très insuffisants des Etats pour contenir le réchauffement. Après 2030, il sera trop tard. La bataille du climat n’est pas encore perdue, mais elle est très mal engagée. A ce stade, il existe un « écart catastrophique » entre les engagements pris par les Etats pour réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre […]

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Xi Jinping becomes most powerful leader since Mao with China’s change to constitution

Rare accolade puts Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics into Communist charter and sets him on course for indefinite spell in power Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution. The symbolic move […]

World Bank chief says China’s poverty reduction effort is historic

World Bank chief says China’s poverty reduction effort is historic

WASHINGTON – World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Thursday that China’s effort to help 800 million people out of poverty is historic. “This is one of the great stories in human history, frankly,” said Kim in a press conference marking the start of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings, when […]

Xi propaganda kicks into overdrive ahead of China Communist Party congress

Xi propaganda kicks into overdrive ahead of China Communist Party congress

BEIJING- Inside the packed exhibition hall in central Beijing is a showcase of China’s recent achievements: the country’s first operational aircraft carrier; a gleaming fleet of high-speed trains; happy villagers lifted from poverty. While the display officially celebrates the accomplishments of the Chinese people over the past five years, it is made clear that President […]

Pakistan senators reject raising marriage age as ‘un-Islamic’

Pakistan senators reject raising marriage age as ‘un-Islamic’

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani senators have rejected a bid to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 16 to 18, a senator told AFP, declaring it “un-Islamic” in a decision condemned by human rights activists. The senate body tasked with examining the amendment decided against it unanimously earlier this week, government senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi told AFP […]

Indian court rules sex with minor wife is rape

Indian court rules sex with minor wife is rape

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that sexual intercourse with a wife between the age of 15 and 18 years is a crime. In a landmark ruling on Wednesday, India’s top court amended the country’s rape law and declared that sex with an underage wife illegal under India’s Penal Code (IPC). The wife must file […]