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Maharashtra bans plastic

From 23 June, India's second most populous state is due to start fining people using plastic products.
from The Indian Express on Jun 23, 2018.
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Fertility in India is declining rapidly, says National Health Profile

Indians are choosing to have lesser children, according to the latest government figures.
from Down to Earth on Jun 23, 2018.

Violence and state repression intensify in Nicaragua, say activists

Nicaragua remains mired in an ongoing cycle of violence, despite civil society efforts for national dialogue and calls to stop human rights violations, says Amnesty.
from Amnesty on Jun 22, 2018.

Governments urged to reject abortion 'conscience claims'

Allowing health professionals to invoke personal beliefs to block abortion and reproductive health services threatens access to health care for women worldwide, says a report.

Machar proposes change of tack in South sudan mediation talks

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar has proposed that mediators of the peace process change tack and adopt the model that led to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
from The EastAfrican on Jun 22, 2018.
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A deforestation detective rethinks how industry can quell emissions

Ecologist Lahiru Wijedasa explains how his views changed as he prepared to publish a paper warning of future dangerous carbon emissions from Indonesia’s peatland forests. T
from Nature on Jun 22, 2018.

South Sudan on brink of new famine

The breath is shallow and ragged, as if the intake of air is painful for two-year- old Lotabo Loworet, his bony ribs visible through his ragged shirt.
from Mail&Guardian on Jun 22, 2018.
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Conflict still a main contributor to humanitarian need, says aid report

Sixty per cent of all humanitarian assistance was channelled to 10 countries last year, says the latest Global Humanitarian Assistance Report.
from Development Initiatives on Jun 21, 2018.
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