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Anti-Texting While Driving Goes Global

At the United Nations on Wednesday there will be an event with the Secretary General and U.S. and Russian representatives billed as a "global call to action on ending distracted driving."  Ban Ki Moon,  Susan Rice, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin and the founder of an anti-texting while driving advocacy group, Focus Driven,  are to attend. 

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Kyrgyzstan, One Month Later

Last week saw ongoing violence in Kyrgyzstan between supporters of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and supporters of the new Otunbayaeva administration. Two people were killed; at least twenty were wounded.

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U.S. Lawmakers Take Aim at Ugandan Insurgents

Yesterday, U.S. lawmakers passed the "Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009", a bill that will require the United States to design and implement a comprehensive strategy with multilateral and regional partners to address the violence perpetrated by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The bill, which was co-sponsored by a coalition of Republican and Democrat representatives, is the most widely cosponsored legislation focused on sub-Saharan Africa in modern American history.