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Saving Lives, Saving Money with Childhood Vaccines

Efforts are underway to speed vaccine development and delivery in 72 countries over the next 10 years. New studies say that would save the lives of more than six million children and save billions of dollars. But advocates say poor countries may not be able to pay for the expanded immunization on their own. As a result, health related groups are...

Somali Elections Postponed

Somalia's feuding political leaders have agreed to postpone their nation's presidential election for one year and hold the vote by August, 2012.The agreement calls for Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign within thirty days.  The international community has been pressuring Somali officials to reach a resolution before the...

As NATO Bombs Tripoli, World Powers Chart Libya Without Gadhafi

NATO has launched more airstrikes near the residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as global powers gathered to discuss a Libya without him.Loud explosions rocked the Libyan capital Tripoli late Wednesday, with the first bombs striking an area near Gadhafi's compound and the second attack near a hotel where foreign journalists have been staying...

ICC Prosecutor: Bashir Still Committing Crimes in Darfur

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says Sudan's government continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.In comments Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council, Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the Sudanese Armed Forces continue to carry out aerial attacks and killings aimed at ethnic groups believed to support Darfur...

New UN Agency Focuses on Promoting Women’s Global Agenda

This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on UN Women Go to Part:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 “Like a car without a driver.” That’s how U.N. official Lakshmi Puri described the organization’s efforts to handle women’s issues before the creation of U.N. Women. For years, global women’s issues were divided among four smaller entities – the best known being UNIFEM,...

Migrant Workers Stranded in Conflict-Ridden Libya

The International Organization for Migration expresses great concern about the plight of thousands of migrant workers stranded in conflict-ridden Libya. IOM says the migrants have been abandoned by their employers and have few means of survival.  According to the IOM, migrants in Libya had a tough life even before the conflict broke out.  It says...

UN Security Council Notes Peacekeepers Role in Combating HIV/AIDS

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution underlining the need for continued international action to halt the impact of HIV and AIDS in conflict and post-conflict situations. The move comes ahead of a three-day U.N. high-level meeting, beginning Wednesday, on the international community’s AIDS response.Tuesday’s...

Zambian President Welcomes Visit of U.S. Secretary of State

A Zambian official says the “ever-warming-up” relationship between Lusaka and Washington is set to be cemented as President Rupiah Banda meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today [Wednesday]. Information Minister Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha said the new U.S. embassy in Lusaka shows the United States’ confidence in Zambia...

Climate Change Threatens World Food Production

Higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns resulting from global climate change will threaten food production in many parts of the world - especially regions in the tropics already struggling with food security, according to a new report.How climate change affects you depends on more than just how it affects your local weather. It also...

Libyan Leader Defiant Despite Intense NATO Airstrikes

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has vowed to fight to the end, after NATO aircraft pounded Tripoli on Tuesday with some of the most intense daytime airstrikes since it began its campaign.Gadhafi made the vow in a fiery audio speech that was broadcast on state television. He said the Libyan people will not "kneel" and will not surrender. Earlier...

Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans Remain Stranded in Libya

Many sub-Saharan migrants remain stranded in Libya as the conflict there continues. Most are from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, but many Malian and Egyptian migrants are also unable to return home. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] says the migrants, often unskilled and undocumented, have been without jobs since the...

People in Battle-Torn Libya Facing Critical Shortages

The UN refugee agency reports tens of thousands of people on both sides of the battle lines in Libya are facing critical shortages of essential goods.  The UNHCR participated in two inter-agency missions last week to government and opposition controlled areas to assess the prevailing situation.   The inter-agency mission went to see both sides of...

Libyan Minister Visits Beijing After China Talks With Rebels

China is taking a more active diplomatic role in Libya, where it is pushing for a political resolution to that country’s crisis. Officials Tuesday said the Libyan foreign minister is in Beijing, days after Chinese officials disclosed they have held talks with Libyan rebel forces. In public, China has not taken sides in the Libyan conflict since it...

Swaziland Government Dismisses Calls for Democratic Reforms

Swaziland’s attorney general has dismissed opposition demands for democratic reforms, saying the campaign lacks strong local support. Majahenkaba Dlamini said the government would not kowtow to pressure from self-interest groups to work outside the confines of the constitution. He also said the groups are unsure about what they really want. “They...

Russian Envoy Tries to Mediate Libya Civil War

An envoy of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets Tuesday in Benghazi with leaders of Libya’s opposition.But the envoy, Mikhail Margelov, is not expected to travel onward to the Libyan capital, Tripoli. In fact, foreign policy analysts in Moscow are not predicting much success for the Russian mediation effort in Libya’s civil war.Fyodor Lyukanov...