[Aswat Masriya]Egypt's security forces have not received any orders to initiate an armed operation to free the security personnel kidnapped in Sinai, a senior security source told the state-run news agency.
[IPS]Niamey -A decade ago, less than a third of school-aged girls in Niger were in class. Today, though significant cultural and religious opposition remains, nearly two-thirds of girls are enrolled in school.
[IPS]Johannesburg -In this column, Mandeep Tiwana, policy and advocacy manager of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, writes that civil society organisations around the globe face grave threats to their efficacy and existence.
[IPS]Nairobi -Victoria J. married in 2009 at age 14, and became pregnant shortly after. "I started labour in the morning on a Friday ... The nurse kept checking and saying I would deliver safely. On Monday she said I was weak.