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Polio recedes globally as Pakistan struggles to catch up

The unexpected rise in reported cases of polio in the Pakistani city of Lahore bucks the general trend nationwide and globally, where cases have been falling steadily. Five new cases in the province of Baluchistan -- resulting from the vaccine, not wild polio -- point to the persistent risk presented by insurgency, poverty, illiteracy and inadequate sanitation. The Washington Post (11/16), Los Angeles Times/Booster Shots blog (tiered subscription model) (11/13), The Express Tribune (Pakistan) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

After the recent earthquake in #Guatemala, @WFP stepped in to keep the victims from going hungry & to bring hope:"


"For the first time ever, a sitting American president will visit Myamnar. On the eve of this historic trip, I caught up with Jim Della-Giacoma of the International Crisis Group to discuss the profound changes underway in Myanmar and what the United States can do to keep the country on the path of reform."

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  • UN's Ban pushes for Israel-Hamas peace deal
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Cairo to help mediate cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas amid the sixth day of cross-border rocket attacks. International pressure is mounting to bring a stop to the conflict, which has killed at least 3 Israelis and 95 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. CNN (11/19), BBC (11/19), Reuters (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IAEA reports Iran nuclear gains; talks to resume
    The United Nations nuclear watchdog says that uranium-enrichment capacity at an underground facility in Iran has doubled, streamlining the process of improving medium-enriched uranium to a grade capable of being used in weapons. Iranian officials indicated they would not bend to economic sanctions or pressures. International talks are slated to resume Wednesday with representatives of the five members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16), AlertNet/Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Educating the 61 million kids who need it
    The Educate a Child initiative announced would contribute to the more than $150 million slated to be spent in 17 countries over the next three to seven years to bring schooling to 61 million children worldwide. "Right across the world, because of disaster, because of poverty, children are being denied a chance to change their destinies. We can change this, and because we can, we must," said Sheika Moza bint Nasser, wife of the emir of Qatar, who is partnering with agencies including the United Nations refugee agency and UNESCO. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/18)
  • Global Fund makes changes to malaria funding
    Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is reconfiguring the Affordable Medicines Facility, a program that subsidizes the costs of malaria combination therapies in Africa. Countries will receive all funding in general malaria grants and decide how much, if any, of that to spend on covering co-payments. Development Newswire (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • Drastically warmer world not inevitable, Kim says
    A report commissioned by the World Bank forecasts increases in temperature this century of up to 4 degrees Celsius. Still, doomsday scenarios are not inevitable if countries embrace markets for new technologies, writes bank President Jim Yong Kim. "The question about climate change is no longer whether it is real. The question is what the world is going to look like for our children as they grow up. I have a three-year-old son, and, when he is my age, he could be living in a world that is completely different from ours, largely because of climate change," Kim writes. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters blog (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Talks over South China Sea fail to ease tensions
    Territorial claims in the South China Sea showed no signs of abating after a meeting of members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ended Sunday. China claims soveriegnty over nearly all of the sea, a position disputed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. Al-Jazeera (11/19), AlertNet/Reuters (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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