Elizabeth Barakitis

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Moscow Says Strikes on Syria Army Threaten U.S.-Russia Ceasefire Plan

Moscow stepped up its war of words with Washington on Sunday, saying air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition on the Syrian army threatened the …

Middle East

US experts accuse WHO of failing to tackle Zika crisis

American scientists warn Zika virus has “explosive pandemic potential”<p>American scientists have pleaded with the World Health Organisation to take decisive action over the Zika virus, warning that it has “explosive pandemic potential”.<p>Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, …

Disease

Armed Oregon standoff continues despite arrests

BURNS, Ore. — A small group of holdouts continued the tense standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, one day after eight others abandoned the site as federal, state and local authorities tightened their grip on the armed occupation.<p>Greg Bretzing, the special agent in charge of …

Forests

French president declares economic emergency, vows to redefine country's business model

French President Francois Hollande pledged Monday to redefine France's business model and declared what he called "a state of economic and social emergency," unveiling a $2.2 billion plan to revive hiring and catch up with a fast-moving world economy.<p>The measures he proposed, however, are …

François Hollande

Oil crashes to $30 a barrel

The dramatic crash in crude oil prices just got even more stunning.<p>Oil plummeted below $30 a barrel on Tuesday for the first time since December 2003. The latest wave of selling leaves crude oil down 19% this year alone. It represents an incredible 72% plunge from crude oil's June 2014 peak of …

Oil

Did Obama Bomb Doctors Without Borders for Opposing TPP?

Had the President of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders not warned us of the “imminent threat to global health” posed by the TPP, …

Moscow denies attack on historical Syrian site as NATO says Russian planes over Turkey no accident

The Russian Defense Ministry has denied claims Russian aircraft struck the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, state media report.<p>"All reports by foreign media that Russian planes allegedly struck the city of Palmyra are an absolute lie," a spokesman for the ministry was quoted as telling the TASS news …

University of California

By the time he was 6, Rene Amel Peralta was already working full time in construction and odds jobs in Mexico, just trying to survive. By 13, he and his sister had been abandoned by their only parent and had made the treacherous journey across the border.<p>But without immigration papers or an …

In America, only the rich can afford to write about poverty

There’s something wrong with the fact that a relatively affluent person can afford to write about minimum wage jobs while people experiencing them can’t<p>Back in the fat years – two or three decades ago, when the “mainstream” media were booming – I was able to earn a living as a freelance writer. My …

Journalism

Join the fight against extreme poverty

With work from over 350 poets across 24 countries, the project hopes to elevate the African voice in arts and culture.<p>The first-ever African poetry …

South Africa

Member States lauded for reaching agreement on new UN sustainable development agenda

Member States answered the call to make 2015 a year of global action by agreeing on a “bold, ambitious and transformative” sustainable development …

Sustainability
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