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SECURITY: Arms trade treaty failure not all doom and gloom
3 August 2012 (IRIN ), The failure of a proposed treaty to regulate the multi-billion dollar global conventional weapons trade does not mean disaster, according to some campaigners looking to develop effective international arms controls.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Deciphering a green economy
2 August 2012 (IRIN ), Two consecutive power outages affecting at least 600 million people spelt out India's energy crisis as August began. Caused in part by a coal shortage and in part by poor rains, the lack of power makes a strong case for an urgent global need to consider alternative sources of electricity.
REFUGEES: Resettlement still a last resort
1 August 2012 (IRIN ), After five years of hoping and waiting, Marie*, her husband Simeon* and their three children, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, finally received a phone call telling them to pack their bags; they would be leaving South Africa for Australia at the end of the month.
SOUTH AFRICA: Marie, “It’s been a long journey and a painful one”
1 August 2012 (IRIN ), Marie*, her husband and their three children, refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are about to relocate from South Africa, where they have lived for the past decade, to Australia where they have been accepted into that country’s refugee resettlement programme.
SOUTH AFRICA: An uneven playing field
25 July 2012 (IRIN ), In an ideal society, every child would have an equal shot at achieving their human potential, regardless of their race, gender, family background or where they were born. The reality in South Africa, one of the most unequal societies in the world, is that a white boy born to a two-parent household in suburban Johannesburg has a much greater chance of succeeding in life than a black girl born to a single mother in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal.
SOUTH AFRICA: Court orders Cape Town to process asylum applications
25 July 2012 (IRIN ), Refugee rights organizations in Cape Town are breathing a sigh of relief following a high court judgement that will force the Department of Home Affairs to reverse a policy of not accepting new asylum-seeker applications at the region’s only Refugee Reception Office (RRO).
SOUTH AFRICA: Mother-to-child HIV transmission still falling
23 July 2012 (IRIN ), South Africa has charted a significant decline in mother-to-child HIV transmission for the second consecutive year, with new data showing that just 2.7 percent of babies born to HIV-positive mums contracted the virus at six weeks of age, compared to 8 percent in 2008.
AFRICA: Domestic investment in HIV up but uneven
19 July 2012 (IRIN ), Many sub-Saharan African nations - traditionally the beneficiaries of international HIV funding - are gradually increasing their financial contributions to the fight against the virus, boosting the number of people on treatment to record highs according to a new UNAIDS report, Together We Will End AIDS, released on 18 July.
LESOTHO: Illegal migrant miners risk lives for riches
16 July 2012 (IRIN ), Mohau Raphoka left his village, about 50km outside Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, with high hopes of striking it rich in South Africa. “I was so unlucky; I should be driving a flashy car by now,” he told IRIN, shortly after being deported from Welkom, a mining town in South Africa’s Free State Province.
SOUTH AFRICA: Activists protest as Novartis ruling approaches
12 July 2012 (IRIN ), At least a hundred protesters arrived at South Africa's parliament on 11 July to demonstrate their disapproval of the ongoing court case by Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis against the Indian government over its patent laws. As the case draws to a close, health organizations say a win for the pharmaceutical company will be a loss to the developing world, which sources the bulk of its generic medicines from India.

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