Sri Lankan Ceasefire Talks Collapse Before They Even Start

Distrust between Sri Lanka’s main conflict parties has reached such intensity that planned talks in Oslo, Norway, to ensure the safety of Scandinavian ceasefire monitors collapsed before they even started.

G-8 Leaders Embrace Nuclear Energy, While U.S. Industry Flounders

Nuclear Reactor At this week’s G-8 summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for an increased role for nuclear energy worldwide.

UNICEF is Working to Provide Safe Drinking Water for Earthquake Survivors in Pakistan

A water network (including tube well, water pipes, reservoir, and pumps) constructed by UNICEF will supply 250,000 gallons of water per day and benefit up to 30,000 people in the earthquake-affected zone in Mansehra district.

Hopes Dashed for a Breakthrough in India-Pakistan Relations

Despite hopes for a breakthrough through humanitarian collaboration, the 8 October 2005 earthquake with its epicenter in the Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir has failed to dissipate India and Pakistan’s mutual mistrust.

New Report Urges Global Companies to Turn Attention to China's Surging Consumer Class

Amidst consistently high economic growth, a visible consumer culture is emerging in urban China.

Some 100,000 People Displaced by the October 2005 Earthquake Have Left Temporary Camps and Returned Home

The emergency phase of the relief operation is winding down, but some 99 camps with 55,000 inhabitants still remain open. UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration are facilitating the return, providing medical screening and transport.

Emergency Bill Provides Money for Post-Katrina Recovery -- But Far Greater Sums for the Military

In mid-June, President Bush signed H.R. 4939. Called the "Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006," the bill provides about $95 billion in funding.

Success Celebrated on Anniversary of Renewables 2004 Conference

REN21 logoOn the second anniversary of the International Conference for Renewable Energies (Renewables 2004), German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul declared that “excellent progress” has been made in developing a renewables-based energy system.

Child Malnutrition in Earthquake Areas Persists as a Major Problem

UNICEF, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organization, and Pakistan’s Ministry of Health undertook a joint survey to assess whether the situation is improving or deteriorating and to establish a baseline to monitor future progress.

Dispute Over New Orleans Low-Income Housing Intensifies

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there are growing disputes over housing for lower-income residents and the future makeup of New Orleans. Displaced residents of public housing projects fear that local and federal officials, along with real estate developers, are using the storm damage as an excuse to get rid of much public housing and to bring in wealthier residents instead.
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