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Tsvangirai injured, wife killed in car crash

The wife of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was killed and Tsvangirai was injured in a head-on collision with a truck as the couple was being driven home to Buhera, south of Harare. An aide to Tsvangirai and his driver also were injured. A spokesman for Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party described the prime minister as being in "relatively stable" condition. CNN (3/6), (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

[Iraq]'s not like Uganda. You sweat and sweat and sweat. It is the most dangerous place in the world. It's even worse than Congo."

Ugandan soldier Paul Mugabe. Read the full story.

UN Dispatch: Doctors Without Borders takes another hit in Sudan as Khartoum orders the French section of MSF to pack its bags. "The decision to expel the French section of MSF, brutal and sudden, follows the expulsion yesterday of the organization's Dutch section. MSF is appalled by this order, which clearly holds the needs of the population of Darfur hostage to political and judicial agendas.

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  • UN, aid groups decry Sudan expulsions
    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights called Sudan's decision to oust 13 humanitarian groups a "deplorable act," and aid officials warned renewed conflicts could result in war-ravaged areas if food, water and health care are withdrawn. "To punish civilians because of a decision by the ICC is a grievous dereliction of the government's duty to protect its own people" and might constitute a war crime, a UN spokesman said. (3/6), Reuters (3/6), Google/The Associated Press (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ban: Violence against women cannot be tolerated
    Recounting reports of violence against women, the UN Secretary-General renewed his call for an end to such atrocities and called upon world leaders to work on changing the attitudes of abusers. "Violence against women cannot be tolerated, in any form, in any context, in any circumstance, by any political leader or by any government," said Ban Ki-moon a year after he launched a campaign to end the problem. Ban's remarks were timed to the UN observance of International Women's Day. Google/The Associated Press (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Development Health and Poverty
  • U.S. scientists challenge AIDS researchers to vanquish virus
    American scientists, drug manufacturers and activists have challenged AIDS researchers worldwide to renew their efforts to finally defeat the deadly virus by focusing on ways to eliminate dormant virus particles from every AIDS patient. "It calls for a fundamentally different approach to cure the HIV infection, and it's an extremely tough goal that may not even succeed," said one of the authors of a review paper outlining the challenge. San Francisco Chronicle (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India sends medical aid to Sri Lankan casualties
    India will send a team of medics to Sri Lanka, where thousands of casualties have resulted from the government's conflict with the rebel Tamil Tigers. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeatedly has urged a cease-fire to allow trapped citizens to escape from the war-ravaged area, where the UN has learned people are dying from lack of food. Ban also asked the rebels to aid in humanitarian efforts and to halt the recruitment of child soldiers. BBC (3/6), Bloomberg (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Development Energy and Environment
  • Rainforest reversed gear, pumped carbon into atmosphere in 2005 drought
    Although the Amazon rainforest is renowned for its ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, for a time in 2005, the Amazon produced more carbon dioxide than it consumed -- a reverse phenomenon owing to drought. The amount of carbon dioxide neglected by the rainforest added to the amount that was unexpectedly produced came to some 5 billion tons -- more than the combined carbon emissions of the U.S. and Japan. Scientists fear the droughts could come more frequently if the rainforest continues to heat as a result of global warming. The Independent (London) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Security and Human Rights
  • Estimate: Women to suffer unemployment costs during downturn
    The International Labor Organization estimates the number of unemployed women could rise to 22 million, nearly half of the 55 million total unemployed. The ILO fears these women represent workers who are especially vulnerable or who come from fragile industries -- such as retail services that have been wracked by plummeting consumer confidence. Labor experts believe women, in particular single mothers or others facing child care issues, might require specially tailored unemployment assistance. BBC (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brazil criticizes excommunication of those who aided girl's abortion
    A decision by a Brazilian archbishop to excommunicate the mother and doctors who arranged an abortion for a 9-year-old rape victim has been sharply criticized by Brazil's health minister. The girl allegedly had been sexually abused for years by her stepfather, who has been arrested. "I believe the position of the church is extreme, radical and inadequate," Jose Gomes Temporao said. BBC (3/5), Reuters (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Peace and Security
  • Ugandans make ready privatized force for Iraq war
    More than 10,000 Ugandans are among the troops for hire looking to receive some of the $100 billion in security contracts given out by the U.S. Department of Defense for Iraq. U.S. security firms have turned to Uganda, where poverty and unemployment are rife and where most people speak English, to find recruits to serve as guards and security personnel around U.S. bases and installations. The Christian Science Monitor (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Two Kenyan human rights workers murdered
    Though Kenyan police have denied all responsibility for the deaths of two human rights officers serving in Kenya, UN investigator Philip Alston has said police bear responsibility for other extra-judicial killings. Alston also says one of those human rights officers killed provided evidence in another death linked to Kenyan police. A student was shot dead during a riot provoked by the killings of the two human rights officers. BBC (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sri Lanka campaign modeled after U.S.' "war on terror"
    Sri Lanka Defense Minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa cites the U.S.' "war on terror" as an influence on its conduct of its own war against Tamil Tiger rebels. In addition to an approach to the conflict that has no compromise -- indeed, at times, it seems to be a war that is waged without regard to civilian human life -- Sri Lanka's forces have emphasized current military hardware from China and intelligence sharing with foreign governments. The Christian Science Monitor (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Britain to renew talks with Hezbollah
    In a move apparently encouraged by the U.S., Britain said it will resume "carefully selected" contacts with Hezbollah's political wing while continuing to avoid its military wing. "Once the U.S. starts talking with Syria and Iran, Hezbollah will be a difficult issue, and Britain's opening up a direct channel with Hezbollah now could help defuse that," one Mideast scholar said. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mood is reflective in Lahore after Pakistani officials nab cricket culprits
    Pakistani officials say they have arrested and identified culprits involved with the gun and grenade attack against Sri Lanka's cricket team -- an incident that has caused people in Lahore to examine themselves and their context in a city that has prided itself on its tolerance. Widespread criticism has followed Pakistan's security forces, which failed to protect the Sri Lanka security team. Former President Pervez Musharraf made a rare public appearance to say the security forces should have shot down the gunmen who attacked the team immediately. The Independent (London) (3/6), Los Angeles Times (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Taliban defy Swat truce
    Last month's truce between the Taliban and the Pakistani army has brought little peace to the Swat Valley, where religious law has expanded and Taliban violence continues unabated. "The militants have not laid down their arms. Once you get power in your hands, it is very difficult to withdraw from that intoxication," a local lawyer said. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airlines rerouted after North Korean threat
    Three airlines rerouted flights through North Korean airspace after the nation's news service warned "security cannot be guaranteed for South Korean civil airplanes" there during American and South Korean joint military exercises. The exercises, which begin Monday, will continue despite the threat, are "not only against international rules but is an act against humanity," a South Korean minister said. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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