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UN climate chief: Developed countries must deliver on funding

Developed countries will be expected to provide proof they are living up to promises of providing $30 billion in climate-related aid to developing countries at the upcoming Mexico climate summit, United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres says. Efforts to forge an international climate treaty successor to the Kyoto treaty have been hobbled by significant finance and trust issues between developed and developing countries. Bloomberg (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Israel has nothing to hide. The opposite is true. It is in the national interest of the state of Israel to ensure that the factual truth of the overall flotilla events comes to light throughout the world."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read the full story.

"Fast forward to 2010 and not only is the United States embracing the MDGs, but the administration has made it an organizing principal of U.S. foreign policy."

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    Prostitution networks that provide women from the Dominican Republic to clients in Haiti have expanded in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake, a United Nations report finds. Many of the women -- drawn by the prospects of foreign clients and an influx of international aid money -- have their passports seized by brothel owners after arrival and are prevented from leaving. TIME (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • World's diverse marine areas face species loss
    Enclosed marine regions such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean have the world's most diverse ecosystems and simultaneously face the greatest threats to species diversity, according to the latest update of the Census of Marine Life in the journal PLoS ONE. Australian and Japanese waters are home to the greatest number of species, researchers reported. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)/The Associated Press (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cantonese supporters oppose language proposal
    Cantonese speakers are continuing their protests against a Guangzhou city proposal to increase the amount of Mandarin-language programming on television. Authorities see the potential shift as a way to welcome visitors to the region for the upcoming Asia Games. Cantonese speakers say the proposal is the latest salvo in a decades-long assault by authorities on the language. TIME (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video inspires backlash against Sarkozy immigration stance
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy is under fire after the release of a video showing police dragging immigrant women and children away from a protest -- a video that critics say reveals the French government's authoritarian instincts on immigration. The video follows brutal arrests from a sit-in rally in Paris last month in which police dragged a pregnant African woman away from a protest and manhandled another woman who had a baby strapped to her back. Sarkozy has said that he supports stripping the citizenship of any foreign-born French citizen who attacks the police. The Independent (London) (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Israel consents to UN investigation of flotilla raid
    Israel has agreed to participate in a UN investigation into the May raid of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, an investigation to which Israeli authorities were initially reluctant to accede. U.S Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has said that the investigation -- which will be conducted by a panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon -- will complement domestic and internal investigations conducted by Turkey and Israel. The Washington Post (8/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Karachi locks down amid wave of revenge killings
    A wave of revenge attacks in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi has claimed at least 45 lives since Monday, prompting schools and businesses to close down until authorities gain control of the situation. The violence erupted after assailants gunned down provincial lawmaker Raza Haider. Karachi has a long history of political and religious violence. Yahoo!/The Associated Press (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exchange of fire along Lebanon-Israel border
    Lebanese and Israeli authorities disagree about the nature of the incident that caused troops stationed along their shared border to exchange fire -- a flare of violence that caused casualties on both sides. The Lebanese army reports that they fired after warning Israeli troops not to uproot a tree that served as an obstruction to Israeli visibility. Israeli authorities say that Lebanese troops fired on them after Israeli troops ignored a warning to leave an area they consider to be under their purview. Lebanon said that two of its soldiers and a journalist were killed in the exchange, while Israel reported at least two injuries. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (8/3), BBC (8/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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