RedskyNews Category: Governments & Politics

Kenya Famine Refugees Under Attack

In this photograph taken Sunday Aug. 7, 2011,  A Somali refugee whose identity is being withheld to protect her as a rape victim, lays in her hut with her children at the Ifo refugee camp outside  Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. speaking to AP, she said she was gang-raped by five men after a group of families traveling together were ambushed. Sexual attacks against famine refugees from Somalis fleeing to Kenya are rising dramatically, but Kenyan police say they don't have enough manpower to stop the attacks. That lack of manpower underscores a larger problem for Kenya: Officials here say they are being overwhelmed by the influx of tens of thousands of Somali refugees, and they're letting U.S., U.N. and other world leaders know about it.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

DADAAB, Kenya – Marauding gangs and criminals are attacking Somali famine refugees more frequently as they flee across the border to Kenyan camps, but Kenyan police say they don’t have enough manpower to stop them. The lack of manpower underscores

Japanese Prime Minister Resigns

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Friday he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government’s handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis. In a nationally televised speech, Kan said

Humans Need 3 Earths By 2050

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The World Wild Life fund says three planets worth of natural resources will be needed by the middle of this century if current consumption rates continue. The group’s Australian CEO, Demot O’Gorman, told a meeting at Adelaide Town Hall the

Population Deepens Water Crisis

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Population growth and water stress are driving Earth to a food and environmental crunch that only better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem will avert, a UN report issued on Monday said. The number of humans is expected

Fukushima ‘Off-Limits For Decades’

The Japanese government says highly radioactive areas around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant will remain no-go zones for decades after the damaged complex is stabilised. Authorities say they plan to bring the stricken nuclear plant to a state of cold

Japan Radiation At Lethal Levels

Fukushima nuclear power plant radiation recordings of external gamma radiation have been so high this week, they went off scale said veteran nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson on Thursday after the famous physicist, Dr. Chris Busby told the Japanese people this

Japan Plant Shutdown Faces Delay

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Wednesday that it may fail in its bid to achieve “cold shutdown” at its tsunami-hit nuclear plant in Fukushima by January, as the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years rumbles

Food Prices Threaten The Poor

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Food prices near record peaks and volatility in commodity markets are driving the lives of the world’s poorest people to the edge of survival, the World Bank warned Monday. Global food prices in July were 33 percent higher than a

Islamic Defence Raids Food Store

Makassar. Dozens of members of the Islamic Defenders Front attacked and ransacked a food stall in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday. The attack, sparked by the fact the food outlet was operating during Ramadan, forced a number of shop employees,

China Storm Costs $480 Million

China said a tropical storm caused losses of about 3.1 billion yuan ($480 million), destroying hundreds of homes as it battered the country’s east coast before slamming into North Korea on Tuesday. The Chinese weather agency said it had downgraded

Greenpeace Activists Arrested

Six Greenpeace activists have been arrested after climbing a crane at an inner Sydney construction site the group says is using illegal timber. The activists scaled the crane at the Central Park development on Broadway about 7:00am, unfurling a banner

Monckton Defends Lord Title

..High-profile climate change sceptic Lord Monckton has reacted defiantly to a request from London to stop claiming to be a member of the House of Lords, telling the chamber to “get used to it”. The outspoken Monckton inherited his title