Administration planning $1 billion debt relief for Egypt

by Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post May 7, 2011

The Obama administration has decided to provide about $1 billion in debt relief for Egypt, a senior official said Saturday, in the boldest U.S. effort yet to shore up a key Middle East ally as it attempts a democratic transition. The aid would be part of a major economic aid package that also inclu...

Syrians who took to the streets Friday after prayers knew they were defying threats from their president. But they poured out anyway, tens of thousands of them, calling for his ouster a day after he lifted a set of despised emergency laws. And in towns and cities across the country, President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces answered with guns.By late Friday, 81 people were confirmed dead in at least 10 towns and cities, said Wissam Tarif, director of a Syrian human rights group. It was the biggest single-day death toll in Syria’s six-week-old uprising,

More deaths on Syria’s ‘day of defiance’

by Al Jazeera May 6, 2011

Activists claim that up to 30 people have been killed in Syria where thousands have taken to the streets for another day of anti-government rallies, dubbed a "day of defiance"....

Commodity prices fall sharply as investors sell

by BBC News May 5, 2011

Oil prices were down 10% at one stage, with US light, sweet crude ending the day below $100 a barrel....

Food prices driven up by global warming, study shows. Scientists warn that farming practices must be adapted to a warmer world and rises in global pop...

by May 5, 2011

Global warming has already harmed the world's food production and has driven up food prices by as much as 20% over recent decades, new research has revealed....

businessman becomes magnet for anger and dissent

by Anthony Shadid New York Times April 30, 2011

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When protests erupted in March in the forlorn Syrian border town of Dara’a, demonstrators burned the president’s portraits, then set ablaze an unlikely target: the local office of the country’s largest mobile phone company, Syriatel, whose owner sits at the nexus of anger a...

Syria’s crackdown on protesters becomes dramatically more brutal. Tanks and troops enter towns and villages for the first time as scores of peop...

by Katherine Marsh, Matthew Taylor and Haroon Siddique April 25, 2011

The Syrian government's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations has escalated dramatically, with tanks rolling on to the streets for the first time and troops reported to have opened fire in several towns and villages across the country....

The nutrition community mourns the death of Michael Latham

by United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition April 24, 2011

Michael Latham died on April 1, 2011 at age 82 of pneumonia which set in during hospitalization after an operation. He is survived by his two sons Miles and Mark, his wife Lani, and mourned as well by hundreds who were touched by a remarkable life dedicated to serving others and making the world a b...

Michael Latham, nutritionist who advocated breast-feeding, dies at 82

by Emma Brown Washington Post April 20, 2011

Michael Latham, a leading nutritionist and tropical public health specialist who staunchly opposed the marketing of infant formula as a replacement for breast-feeding in developing countries, died April 1 in Boston of pneumonia. He was 82....

Global stillbirths: 2.6 million a year, overlooked and often preventable

by David Brown Washington Post April 13, 2011

About 2.6 million babies are born dead each year, a largely ignored and silently grieved loss of life, about half of which could be prevented....

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