News for 2009-03-08

Sunday, March 8, 2009
Use Your Voice: A Message From Queen Rania on International Women's Day
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Are Violent Video Games Adequately Preparing Children For The Apocalypse?
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Israeli Airstrikes Continue to Haunt Gaza Children
Steve Matthews, an aid worker with World Vision Canada, has been to some of the world's most violent and troubled regions, including Darfur, Afghanistan, and Iraq. But even after years in the field, Matthews still has difficulty comprehending the devastating affects of war on children. In February...
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Women's Day Marks Crisis of Poverty, Violence for Some
NEW DELHI - Indian activists marked International Women's Day on Sunday by protesting over a spate of violent attacks launched on women by religious extremists in the name of "moral policing." A collective formed by residents in Bangalore, in India's south, met in parks and open areas where young...
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Scientists to Issue Stark Warning Over Dramatic New Sea Level Figures
Scientists will warn this week that rising sea levels, triggered by global warming, pose a far greater danger to the planet than previously estimated. There is now a major risk that many coastal areas around the world will be inundated by the end of the century because Antarctic and Greenland ice...
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Iraqis Resilient but Mental Health Care Lacking: UN
BAGHDAD - Iraqis have displayed surprising resilience to years of bloodshed but mental health problems often go untreated in Iraq, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a study released on Saturday. A mental health survey published in the journal World Psychiatry found mental disorders...
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Obama Will Use Spring Summit to Bring Cuba in from the Cold
President Barack Obama is poised to offer an olive branch to Cuba in an effort to repair the US's tattered reputation in Latin America.
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Time to Ratify Women's Treaty, Groups Urge
UNITED NATIONS - Rights activists in the United States are urging their newly-elected government to support global initiatives aimed at protecting women's rights. "If Barack Obama wants one important thing to do for women, he will direct the U.S. Senate to ratify CEDAW," said Ritu Sharma, a leading...
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UBS: Washington’s Old Friend Becomes New Foe
Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, has long been a generous donor to American lawmakers. Last year alone, the bank spread over three million dollars across hundreds of U.S. election campaigns. That kind of money wins lots of friends on Capitol Hill, but with the economy now in a tailspin, the money...
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