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UNICEF seeking $1.3B in aid for children | Print |
Written by Radha Tailor   
Friday, 27 January 2012 13:11

 

A boy receives a vaccination against polio in Afghanistan, 2008. 
COURTESY: Shehzad Noorani/ Creative Commons

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it is appealing for $1.28 billion of humanitarian aid for crisis affecting 97 million people, according to the 2012 Humanitarian Action Report for Children released today.

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Reporters Without Borders index highlights press freedom issues | Print |
Written by Justin Crann   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 13:51

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has released its tenth annual Press Freedom Index.

“This year’s index sees many changes in the rankings,” a statement accompanying the report said. “Many media paid dearly for their coverage of democratic aspirations or opposition movements.”

The index, released on Wednesday, is a report published annually by the NGO. This year, it assigned a rating to 179 countries using 44 different questions designed to gauge the state of press freedom in those nations, a second RSF release said.

“It asks questions about every kind of violation directly affecting journalists and netizens (including murders, imprisonment, physical attacks and threats) and news media (censorship, confiscation of newspaper issues, searches and harassment),” the release states.

Along with government abuses, the study considers the actions of military, criminal, and private interest groups.

According to the release, the questionnaire was distributed to 18 different freedom of expression organizations across five continents and 150 RSF correspondents. The pool of sources questioned for the study was further widened with journalists, human rights activists, and jurists.

The study is regarded favorably by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), an advocate organization for press freedom.

“In these cases, when there’s no hard science, it’s sometimes more about the message we send out,” said Annie Game, executive director of CJFE, "it's important to spread the message about press freedom."

View the complete report.

 

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GOP candidates slam Obama on tax code | Print |
Written by Emma Brown   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 09:54
U.S President Barack Obama. COURTESY of Wikimedia Commons.

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, the two frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination, have responded critically to President Barack Obama's call for a fairer tax code, during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. 

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Delta reroutes flights after solar flares | Print |
Written by Thomas Csercsa   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 14:12

Several Delta flights between the U.S. and Asia have been rerouted as a result of solar flares from a storm on the sun’s surface, the company said Tuesday.

                                             Photo courtesy Gabe Lippmann
Radiation caused by the solar flare from Jan 22 forced Delta Airlines to reroute six of its flights.
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Nigerian police investigate terrorist bombings | Print |
Written by Thomas Csercsa   
Monday, 23 January 2012 13:09

Nigerian police in the northern city of Kano found ten unexploded car bombs Monday.

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