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General Assembly to discuss Syria, could criticize Security Council

On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly is poised to coalesce around the ongoing violence in Syria -- and possibly pass a resolution critical of the Security Council. A resolution drafted by Saudi Arabia criticizes the more powerful body for inaction as tens of thousands continued to flee fighting in Aleppo. The government was using fighter jets and other organized military elements to put down an armed revolt in a battle President Bashar Assad said would decide the fate of the country. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is seeking a safe zone for the delivery of aid. Reuters (7/31), BBC (8/1), The Independent (London) (8/1), NBC News/World News blog (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Peacekeepers to remain in Darfur, help find Kony
    The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday extended the peacekeeping mandate in the Darfur region of Sudan by another year. The move reduces the number of UN-African Union military and police personnel but empowers them to cooperate in the hunt for Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord and head of the Lord's Resistance Army. Observers give the five-year-old mission mixed grades. Reuters (7/31), Deutsche Welle (Germany) (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Virulent malaria is adapting to beat vaccines
    The malaria parasite is evolving to overcome vaccines in mice, infecting even those who have been immunized and emerging as an even stronger disease, especially for those who have not been vaccinated, according to researchers. "We are a long way from being able to assess the likelihood of this occurring in human malaria populations, were a malaria vaccine to go into widespread use," writes Victoria Barclay of Pennsylvania State University. New Scientist (7/31), Exactly Rocket Science blog (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • Pakistani jirgas reinforce male control of women
    The verdicts handed down by male-dominated Pakistani jirgas, or gatherings of tribal elders, are often especially punitive to the country's women, according to this article. While the Supreme Court has declared jirgas illegal, they still exist, regularly settle disputes by ordering marriages or condemning women to death. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (8/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • India power collapse traced to coal over-reliance
    The reliance of India on coal to power 70% of its energy needs is partly responsible for the blackouts that affected half of the country's 1.2 billion people, as well as the sweeping devastation to the environment. Coal energy cannot be "ramped up" as quickly as alternatives during meet peak energy season, says Justin Guay of the Sierra Club International Climate Program. The Christian Science Monitor (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gap between rich and poor stirs Swaziland unrest
    Civil servants in Swaziland have taken to the streets of the last absolute monarchy in Africa to protest austerity measures even as top government officials recently gave themselves raises and increases in living allowances. "In a country where two-thirds of the population lives on $2 a day, the government raised the salaries of members of Parliament to $2,400 a month," writes Lydia Polgreen. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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