Jesuit Refugee Service Country Director of Afghanistan abducted from Herat

An Indian aid worker was Monday abducted from Herat in Afghanistan by unidentified gunmen, days after the Indian consulate in the province was attacked.

The Indian, hailing from from Tamil Nadu, was working with an educational charity in Afghanistan and was abducted in the afternoon, according to top official sources.

Black, Franks Lead Bipartisan Effort to Call on Harry Reid to Bring the'Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act'to a Vote

Supreme CourtBipartisan, House passed legislation would protect unborn children at twenty weeks of age - with exceptions provided for instances of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is endangered. Contact: Tom Flanagin (Rep. Black) 202-225-4231; Ben Carnes (Rep. Franks) 202-225-4576 WASHINGTON, June 2, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06) and Trent Franks (R-AZ-08) led a bipartisan effort of 105 Members of the House to send a letter to Senate Majorit Source: CCN

Let There Be Light, Implores U.N. Chief

Journalism and Communication for Global ChangeWhen night falls, there are over 1.3 billion people, mostly in the developing world, who live in virtual darkness because they have no access to electricity. But United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has vowed to help achieve the ultimate goal of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) by the year 2030 – long after he leaves […]

Q&A:“We Need the Dissolution of NATO–It Has No Mission”

Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the United States has developed from a super power into a hyper power, says Subrata Ghoshroy, researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This development has far reaching negative consequences in terms of global security – continual promotion of the international arms race as well as […]

Mexico Underlines Transformation in Global Climate Change Debate

In this column, Alejandro Encinas, Senator in the Mexican Congress and International Vice President for the Americas of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), looks at the progress on climate change now being made worldwide.

Cell Phones and Cash Grants Can Promote Growth and Development

Mobile-finance and direct cash grants are revolutionary tools that can substitute for under-developed financial sectors and help reduce poverty and promote entrepreneurship in developing countries, according to researchers here. Rodger Voorhies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Christopher Blattman, a Columbia University political scientist, say these two potentially empowering mechanisms can help global […]

Nearly One-Third of World’s Population Is Overweight

Over two billion people – or 30 percent of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight, and no country has successfully reduced obesity rates to date, according to a new study published this week by the British medical journal, The Lancet. The number of overweight and obese people increased from 857 million in […]

Small Farmers’ Loss of Land Increases World Hunger

The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world’s food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world’s farmland, a new report reveals. Corporate and commercial farms, big biofuel operations and land speculators are pushing millions off their land. “Small […]

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