Kazakhstan continues to suffer from effects of nuclear tests


Byrganym Aitimova

The International day against Nuclear Tests is being observed on 29 August to underline the need to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction. The day commemorates the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, which operated for some 40 years in Kazakhstan. Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Byrganym Aitimova, explained to Gerry Adams why the world could do without nuclear testing. She said Kazakhstan was the first country in the world to unilaterally close this type of nuclear weapons testing site.

ILO convention offers hope to Bote people of Nepal

Bote people of Nepal

Throughout the world, the traditional lifestyles of indigenous people are threatened by changing times, economic development and poverty. In Nepal, one group of people barred from their traditional hunting grounds for nearly 40 years may yet see the old way of life return, thanks to an International Labour Organization convention protecting their rights.

Fifty thousand Afghan refugees voluntarily return to Afghanistan this year

Afghan refugees

The number of Afghan refugees returning home in the first eight months of 2012 from Pakistan, Iran and other countries has already surpassed 50,000. That is according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. Chuck Appel reports.

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