WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (IPS) - Despite rhetoric from Washington that the United States must wean itself from dependence on oil, the shutdown of a BP oil field in the state of Alaska has shown how far the country remains from that goal and the lack of a consensus on how beat to achieve it.
He's big, he's blue, and he's shaped like a giant water droplet. Meet Water Wally - Singapore's mascot for water conservation! Wait a minute.... Water who? Stanislaus Jude Chan takes the plunge to uncover the story beneath the surface.
BANGKOK, Aug 4 (IPS) - Having succeeded in producing cheap generic drugs to help people with HIV/AIDS enjoy longer lives, Thailand is now ready with generics capable of helping its citizens fight the onslaught of another deadly virus -- bird flu.
By Amantha Perera
COLOMBO, Aug 3 (IPS) - As heavy fighting continued this week between the Sri Lankan army and Tamil rebel militants, to gain control over an irrigation sluice near Trincomalee port, fears are growing over the fate of a ceasefire brokered by Norway in 2002.
WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (IPS) - The much-touted U.S. reconstruction effort in Iraq is floundering under threats from rampant corruption and deteriorating security, a U.S. government watchdog says.
WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (IPS) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is moving to give poor nations greater say and representation on its board of directors and to refocus its work to help prevent financial crises in those nations.
WASHINGTON, Jul 29 (IPS) - Despite the acrimonious collapse of an agreement on new global trade rules earlier this week, major European and U.S. business lobbies are joining forces to try and revive the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, whose complete failure could spell the loss of major market profits in developing nations.
When children from tsunami-hit Indonesia and Thailand were given cameras, they let creativity and curiosity flow in telling their stories in the wake of the tragedy, Lynette Corporal reports from an exhibit in Bangkok, Thailand.
TOKYO, Jul 24 (IPS) - While Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of bilateral friendship between Japan and the Philippines, Tokyo has decided not to use the occasion to conclude a long-awaited free trade agreement (FTA) with a fellow Asian country.
TEHRAN, Jul 20 (IPS) - Nearly three months after Iranian scholar Ramin Jahanbegloo was arrested, academics and civil society activists here are protesting that he has not yet been formally charged and that he is being used as a scapegoat to frighten other intellectuals.