Growing evidence of radioactive contamination in DRC

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 A view of Lubumbashi with a hill caused by smelting in the background

A view of Lubumbashi with a hill caused by smelting in the background

Human rights activists say uranium is being mined illegally in DRC. Doctors record an increase in the number of pre-birth deformities in areas close to mines.

Kimilolo is a small settlement on the banks of the Kafubu River in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), just a short distance away from the provincial capital Lubumbashi. At first sight, all seems calm. Water from the river flows into artificial fishponds. For more than 10 years, human rights activist Jean-Claude Baka has been coming to the river to take water samples. The reason: more and more fish in the ponds have been dying and people in the surrounding area have been falling ill, some have died. Baka wants to find out why. He suspects the reason is radioactive contamination. But to find proof is an extremely risky business, he says. Continue reading Growing evidence of radioactive contamination in DRC

Slight fall in world’s children without schools

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By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent

 Makeshift school in Lagos, 2013 Makeshift school in Lagos: Nigeria has the most children without schools

Makeshift school in Lagos, 2013 Makeshift school in Lagos: Nigeria has the most children without schools

The global figure for the number of children without access to schools has fallen to 57 million, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

But the improvement is unlikely to be enough to meet the millennium pledge for primary education for all by 2015.

These latest figures are for 2011 and are a fall from an estimate of 61 million missing school in 2010. Continue reading Slight fall in world’s children without schools

Pope Francis: war is the suicide of humanity

Independent Catholic News
The madness of war was the main subject of Pope Francis’ homily during morning Mass yesterday. He spoke on the same theme later during his address to pilgrims in St Peter’s Square after the Angelus.
“War is the suicide of humanity because it kills the heart and kills love,” Pope Francis said during his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta chapel. Among the congregation was a group of about 80 relatives of Italian soldiers killed in peacekeeping missions in the last four to five years, particularly in Afghanistan, along with a number of soldiers wounded during the same missions. Continue reading Pope Francis: war is the suicide of humanity

Political leaders challenged to deliver on Arms Trade Treaty promises

Amnesty International
Amnesty International today challenged governments to deliver on their promises to rapidly and rigorously implement the lifesaving Arms Trade Treaty [ATT], as 62 states signed the landmark agreement at the United Nations in New York on Monday.

The ATT would prohibit states from transferring conventional weapons to countries when they know those weapons would be used to commit or facilitate genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. Continue reading Political leaders challenged to deliver on Arms Trade Treaty promises

Kano arms cache belongs to Hezbollah — DSS

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BY ABDULSALAM MUHAMMAD

KANO—Director of Department of State Services, DSS, in Kano, Mr. Bassey Etang, has said the weapons of mass destruction discovered in a bunker at a Lebanese residence in Kano, Tuesday, belong to international terrorist organisation, Hezbollah.

Etang spoke to newsmen in Kano, during a joint conference with the Commandant of the 3 Motorised Division in Kano, Brigadier-General Iliyasu Abba, at the scene of the discovery in Bompai area of the Kano metropolis. Continue reading Kano arms cache belongs to Hezbollah — DSS

Pope calls human trafficking ‘despicable, a disgrace’

By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Human trafficking is “a despicable activity, a disgrace for our societies, which describe themselves as civilized,” Pope Francis said.
Refugees, displaced and stateless people are particularly vulnerable to “the plague of human trafficking, which increasingly involves children subjected to the worst forms of exploitation and even recruitment into armed conflicts,” the pope said May 24.
With many victims of trafficking forced into prostitution, Pope Francis said that “exploiters and clients at every level must make a serious examination of conscience before themselves and before God.”
“In a world that talks so much about rights, how many times are human rights trampled,” he said. “In a world that talks so much about rights, the only thing that seems to have them is money. Dear brothers and sisters, we live in a world where money rules. We live in a world, in a culture, where money worship reigns.” Continue reading Pope calls human trafficking ‘despicable, a disgrace’

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ‘profiled’ Hispanics, says judge

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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (12 April 2013) Mr Arpaio has denied racial profiling allegations
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (12 April 2013) Mr Arpaio has denied racial profiling allegations

The office of an Arizona lawman who styles himself America’s toughest sheriff improperly targeted Hispanics in routine patrols for undocumented immigrants, a federal judge has found.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was sued by a group of Hispanic drivers who said his deputies relied on race when choosing whom to stop.

Judge Murray Snow ruled his deputies may not factor in Hispanic ancestry when making law-enforcement decisions. Continue reading Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ‘profiled’ Hispanics, says judge