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SUNS # 7865  Friday  15 August 2014
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United Nations : No victors or vanquished in brutal Gaza conflict    (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
As the dust - and the gunpowder - settles after the month-long devastating conflict in Gaza, there were apparently no victors or vanquished.

Pacific Islands : Gender equality gains traction with leaders    (PRIV)
(IPS, Sydney)
A pledge by political leaders two years ago to accelerate efforts toward closing the gender gap in the Pacific Islands has been boosted with the announcement that three women will take the helm of the regional intergovernmental organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, headquartered in Suva, Fiji.

Peru : Mining firms mount legal offensive against inspection tax    (PRIV)
(IPS, Lima)
The leading mining companies in Peru have brought a rash of lawsuits to fight an increase in the tax they pay to cover the costs of inspections and oversight of their potentially environmentally damaging activities.

Argentina : It takes more than two to tango - or to clean up Riachuelo river    (PRIV)
(IPS, Buenos Aires)
Immortalised by a famous tango, the "Niebla del riachuelo" (Mist over the Riachuelo river) has begun to dissipate over Argentina's most polluted river, much of which is lined by factories and slums.

Nepal : Poor live in the shadow of natural disasters    (PRIV)
(IPS, Banke)
Barely 100 km north of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, the settlement of Jure, which forms part of the village of Mankha, has become a tragic example of how the country's poorest rural communities are the first and worst victims of natural disasters.

Africa : Farmers fork out more money for reduced harvests    (PRIV)
(IPS, Yaounde)
In Cameroon's Northwest Region, Judith Muma walks 9 km from her home to her 300-square-metre farm.

Note to Readers : Holiday Notice    (PRIV)
(, )
With the WTO in recess and little activity in UN agencies, the SUNS staff will take a short break. The next issue #7866 will appear on 2 September.

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