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April 10 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 10 2014, 06:05:35

Conference brings together international business leaders to explore how to drive forced labour out of global supply chains

It's almost a year since 1,200 people died when a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh. The Rana Plaza disaster brought the issue of global supply chains to the world's attention but there is still no consensus on the best way to drive exploitation out of supply chains.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 10 2014, 02:01:24

Irin news agency seeks new donors by year end as UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs ends its support

The world's first independent humanitarian news service, Irin, could face closure unless it can secure new funding.

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April 9 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 9 2014, 11:27:41

In removing a presidential rival from office on the basis of a legal technicality, Juan Manuel Santos has done Colombia no favours

Last month, the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, took a decision that could undermine attempts to present his country as a modern democracy and might affect the delicate peace process being negotiated with the Farc guerrilla group in Havana. He ratified the dismissal of Bogotá's mayor, Gustavo Petro, the country's second most important directly-elected politician, and the highest-profile former guerrilla in public office.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Apr 9 2014, 07:58:33

Long-awaited bill originally drafted to protect women from violence has, bizarrely, endorsed a 'marital right to intercourse'

Until last week, there was no legislation protecting women from domestic violence in Lebanon, a country that exonerates rapists who marry their victims.

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April 8 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 8 2014, 21:00:00

Skewed gender ratio caused by killing of thousands of girls has given rise to a system of bride-buying and trafficking

In a village in India's eastern state of Bihar, a baby girl is born. Her father, desperate for a boy, drowns the infant in a vat of milk in front of his neighbours.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 8 2014, 11:20:12

Parliamentary joint select committee, which is reviewing draft legislation, urges government to do more to protect victims

The British government's proposed anti-slavery laws need to be simpler, stronger and far more focused on victims if the UK is to tackle the "heinous crime" of slavery, the committee tasked with scrutinising the draft legislation has warned.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 8 2014, 02:00:02

Scientists and farmers make competing claims for cutting-edge science and low-tech sustainable farming to tackle the issue

As governments meet in Berlin, scientists and farmers on the frontline of climate change in the Philippines are at odds over how best to adapt agriculture to the much higher temperatures and weather extremes expected over the next century.

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April 7 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Apr 7 2014, 09:22:39

Nigeria's recalculation of gross domestic product data to include Nollywood nudges country well ahead of South Africa

Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as the continent's largest economy after it overhauled its gross domestic product data for the first time in more than two decades.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Apr 7 2014, 08:52:50

New York commission will seek to build on 1994 action plan and incorporate its key principles into future development targets

Progress towards 20-year-old targets that sought to put women's sexual and reproductive health and rights at the centre of development policy will be assessed at a UN meeting in New York this week.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Apr 7 2014, 08:44:41

Rwandans pack sports stadium 20 years after the beginning of a 100-day genocide that led to more than a million deaths

Sorrowful wails and sobs resounded as thousands of Rwandans packed the country's main sports stadium to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of a devastating 100-day genocide.

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