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Afghan aid to reach $4 billion a year, is dependent on progress

The Afghan government would need to weed out corruption and bolster the rule of law to receive by 2015 all of the $16 billion in development aid pledged Sunday by international donors at a conference in Tokyo. An estimated $35 billion was spent in the previous decade for economic development in the country, but President Hamid Karzai acknowledges that corruption and poverty remain. The U.S. designated Afghanistan as its newest "major non-NATO ally" before the conference. Reuters (7/8), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/8), Al Arabiya (United Arab Emirates) (7/8), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/The Associated Press (7/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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    Islamist and Tuareg militants continued to run roughshod over the northern territories in Mali, posing dangers too great for aid agencies to fully assess the dangers facing children. The United Nations children's fund reported that at least 175 boys between the ages of 12 and 18 had been forcibly recruited by militants. "Children in the north are witnessing or becoming victims of violence and they must be protected," said Theophane Nikyema, representative in Mali for UNICEF. Los Angeles Times/World Now blog (tiered subscription model) (7/6), BBC (7/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission yielded promise for the conservation of small species present in national waters. A new program is aimed at reducing entanglement of whales in shipping nets, while other initiatives would discuss threats of oil and gas exploration, climate change, marine debris and ocean noise. BBC (7/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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