Obama (who received Dodd’s endorsement yesterday) and Clinton had a contentious debate last night in Ohio, sparring mainly on healthcare and trade. There is no longer any debate, however, about the source of “Parmesan.”
>Tuberculosis – The World Health Organization reports that five percent of all TB cases (nearly 20 percent in some areas of the former Soviet Union and 22 percent in Baku) are resistant to two or more drugs (MDR-TB). Moreover, Tuberculosis that is resistant to nearly all the most-effective drugs (XDR-TB) is now present in 45 countries. MDR-TB is exponentially more expensive to treat than regular TB, as is XDR-TB than MDR-TB. TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease after AIDS, killing 1.6 million people a year.
>>Kenya – Kofi Annan suspended negotiations in Kenya on Tuesday. Annan did so to “speed up the action,” as he will now bring proposals straight to President Kibaki and opposition leader Odinga instead of their representatives in negotiations. Odinga has called off nationwide opposition protests planned for Thursday.
>>Northern Iraq – Turkey has said that it will provide no timetable for withdrawing its troops from northern Iraq, despite demands from Iraq that it withdraw and from U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates that they keep it short. According to Turkey, 77 militants were killed overnight (bringing the total to 230), as were 24 Turkish soldiers.
>>Cambodia – Kaing Geuk “Duch” Eav, the Khmer Rouge’s former chief interregator who is being charged for crimes against humanity, was taken to a mass grave at Choeung Ek (the “killing fields”) and the infamous S-21 prison this week as part of an effort to gather evidence for a UN-backed war crimes trial in Cambodia that is trying four other senior Khmer Rouge officials. Duch reportedly wept at both locations.
Yesterday in UN Dispatch
Commission on the Status of Women kicks off – by
Aid to Africa – by John Boonstra
Baradei faces Another Tired Charge of Anti-Americanism. Enough Already.
- by Mark Leon Goldberg
No More? Ceasefire in Northern Uganda – by Mark
The Rest of the Story
crisis on Somali border
police licensed to shoot
demands Darfur arrests
Africa: Power Crisis Puts Jobs at Risk
Challenge Rejected in Nigeria
‘Dirty War’ Suspect Found Dead
ethnic group talks collapse
water diversion threatens millions
deforestation driving climate change and species extinction, report
opposition or debate in Russia election: Amnesty
church gives Arroyo breathing space
blow to Lee, South Korea cabinet nominees quit
the Press, a Monitored Tour
Says It Will Resume Human Rights Talks With U.S.
Place: Russia Quietly Starts to Shift Its Oil Trade Into Rubles
Rouge torture chief weeps at “Killing Fields”
speech ‘shrinking’ in Russia
police in protest clash
warns Serbia as riots continue
PM: Prague doesn’t want return to Russian sway
lets jailed activist attend wife’s funeral
to seek end to Turkey assault
son sent to Israeli jail
fears lead Saudis to end grain output
powers look at new ways to get Iran to talks
envoy tells Iraq no timetable for troop pullout
Envoy Critical of Gaza Living Conditions, Threats to Annapolis
target female mutilation
falls to record euro low