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Cancer fight is beginning in the developing world

Cancer is finally getting attention in the developing world after being battled for decades in the U.S. Infectious agents are a larger problem in developing countries, as "[p]oor sanitation in developing countries means greater exposure to germs. In addition, people in places like sub-Saharan Africa aren't likely to be vaccinated against viruses that can cause cancer, such as the hepatitis B virus," reports PRI's The World as part of a five-part series that includes audio slide shows. PRI's The World (Boston) (12/4), PRI's The World (Boston) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

ICYMI, [Photo] CEO Kathy Calvin speaks at the #mHealth Summit on the importance of empowering women & Girls: #MHS12


"[Updating the treaty] will happen in December, at a conference in Dubai convened by the ITU in which member states, industry representatives and civil society groups will craft a new set of 'regulations.' "

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  • Aid to Uganda suspended over corruption
    The U.K., Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Sweden have suspended aid to Uganda because of "a breach of trust" after funds designated for the devastated northern regions of the country were diverted by corrupt government officials. Donations from the West account for a quarter of Uganda's budget. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • Arab women's rights at risk, but reforms possible
    Women in the Middle East and North Africa are seeing few gains in politics and civil rights since the Arab Spring, but meaningful reforms remain possible with more women mobilized and informed. "All revolutions, as sudden as they sound, rarely produce results immediately. Momentum builds over time. It can take years or generations," Queen Noor of Jordan said at a conference in London. Reuters (12/4), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plight of Libyan activist reflects Arab Spring changes
    The U.K. has granted asylum to Magdulien Abaida, a female activist from Libya who helped oust Moammar Gadhafi, to protect her from Islamists who abducted and beat her. "It's very bad that you put yourself in danger to work hard for this revolution, and then, in the end, you have to leave it because it's not a safe place for you anymore," Abaida said. BBC (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Extreme weather may lead to extreme food prices
    Research suggests that prices for food staples such as rice, corn and wheat could more than double in the next 20 years because of climate change. That could send millions more people into poverty and increase the ranks of malnourished children. "Extreme weather means extreme prices," said Tracy Carty of the charity Oxfam. The Guardian (London) (12/5), AlertNet (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Egyptians converge on palace in anti-Morsi march
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi temporarily fled the presidential palace in Cairo on Tuesday after tens of thousands of protesters descended on his compound and scuffled with police. Organizers called the march "The Last Warning" over Morsi's decree of broad powers immune from judicial oversight. A national referendum is slated for Dec. 15 on a draft constitution considered deferential to Islamists. The Washington Post/WorldViews blog (12/4), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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