Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 31st 2013 Contents While Osotimehin acknowledged that
recent studies have shown a decline in the
percentage of women having given birth
before the age of 18, he said that missed
"The birth or pregnancy in one adolescent
is unacceptable. One," Osotimehin told
reporters in London. "Whether it's going
up or down is not the issue---7.3 million is
The report was careful to note that some
girls under 18 want to become pregnant. It
stressed the benefits of waiting---such as
better health, educational and future income
opportunities---and called for a new
approach to curbing teen pregnancies that
minimizes the emphasis placed on girls'
behaviour as an underlying cause. (AP)
HARARE---Zimbabwe state radio says 21 people
headed to a funeral died when their open truck col-
lided with a tanker carrying ethanol fuel in south-
The state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp report-
ed yesterday that the truck ferrying mourners side-
swiped a tanker carrying the highly flammable ethanol
spirit distilled from sugar.
State radio said the tanker exploded and most of
the 21 passengers were burned beyond recognition
in the fire. The coffin on the truck headed to the
burial was also incinerated.
Road accidents, common in Zimbabwe, are blamed
on overcrowding of vehicles, poor roads, speeding,
poor maintenance and shortages of tyres and essential
spare parts in the troubled economy. (AP)
LONDON---Recent research has suggested that teen
pregnancies in the developing world are declining,
but more than 7 million girls under the age of 18
are still giving birth each year and suffering drastic
consequences, a UN report said yesterday.
The UN Population Fund expressed particular
alarm about the dangers facing girls 14 or younger,
who account for 2 million of the 7.3 million births
to women under 18 in developing countries. This
group faces the gravest long-term social and health
consequences from giving birth as teens.
"A girl who is pregnant at 14 is a girl whose rights
have been violated and whose future is derailed," the
fund's executive director, Dr Babatunde Osotimehin,
said in London.
The report looked at births to women under 18
worldwide, the underlying causes of teen pregnancy,
and possible solutions to the problem, which the UN
said is part of a vicious cycle of rights violations.
"Adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result
of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choic-
es," Osotimehin wrote in the report, citing lack of
access to an education, job opportunities or health
The report said that high rates of adolescent preg-
nancies correspond with other social problems, like
powerlessness and poverty. In many instances, the
pregnancies are a result of sexual violence.
The issue is most evident in the developing world---
with 95 per cent of births to women under 18 occur-
ring there. Ten per cent of women ages 20-24 in the
Middle East reported at least one birth before age
18, while 22 per cent did in South Asia and 28 per
cent did in Western and Central Africa, the report
Every day, 20,000 girls below age 18 give birth in
developing countries. Nine in 10 of these births occur
within a marriage or a union---highlighting the scourge
of child marriage.
UN: 7.3 million teen births in developing world
21 die in truck, tanker
crash in Zimbabwe
ALGIERS---The head of Algeria s state oil company
says 34 foreigners have returned to work at the
desert gas plant attacked by al Qaeda linked militants
Abdelhamid Zerguine, the head of Sonatrach, told
local radio yesterday that foreign workers were grad-
ually returning after the attack in January killed 39
expatriates following a standoff with the military.
He did not specify the nationalities of those who
Foreign companies pulled out all their workers at
the Ain Amenas plant, jointly operated by BP, Nor-
way's Statoil and Sonatrach, following the attack and
pegged their return to improvements in security.
Zerguine said security for the sites would be solely
in the hands of Algerian forces, implicitly denying
local media reports that BP would bring in another
Algeria: 34 expatriates
back at attacked gas plant
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