By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investing in an "army of midwives" across Nigeria will cut the number of stillbirths and women dying during or after giving birth, a leading women's rights activist said ahead of the West African nation's first global conference on midwifery. Nigeria has the world's highest rate of stillbirths after Pakistan - one in every 23 pregnancies. It recorded more than 300,000 stillbirths last year, while around one in 120 women die during childbirth, according to data from medical journal The Lancet and the World Bank.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The death toll from rebel shelling of government-held areas of Aleppo on Tuesday climbed to at least 19 people including three children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. It said another 80 people were wounded and the death toll was likely to rise due to serious condition some were in. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
The United Nations mediator on Syria and the Russian foreign minister began talks in Moscow on Tuesday with Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. envoy, saying he wanted to revive a faltering cessation of hostilities on the ground. De Mistura, ahead of his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said: "I am looking forward now to having a serious discussion with one aspect which is clearly in my mind at the moment: we need to make sure that the cessation of hostilities is brought back on track." "... We need some clear feeling that the Syrians can believe (in) that the cessation of hostilities is back on track." Lavrov said he expected to have a fruitful conversation, saying that Russia and the United States were working hard to resolve the Syria crisis.