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Human Rights

BOTSWANA: HIV treatment for refugees, but for how long?

Until just over a year ago, people living in Dukwi, a remote refugee camp about 200km from Francistown, Botswana's second city, were burying other residents who had died from AIDS-related illnesses at the rate of about five a month.

US urges release of citizen sentenced in China

The US called on China Tuesday to release a US geologist who was sentenced to eight years in prison for obtaining an oil database regarded as a state secret.

Turkey donates $21 mln-aid to Kyrgyzstan

Turkey has extended a 21 million USD financial aid to Kyrgyzstan. The agreement on the donation was signed during a ceremony held on Saturday as part of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's one-day visit to Kyrgyzstan.

Warren Buffett donation adds $1.6 billion to charity

Billionaire US investor Warren Buffett has donated $1.6 billion to charity through the Bill Gates Foundation.

SRI LANKA: East feels left behind as agencies move north

Communities in Sri Lanka's Eastern Province - a region of 1.5 million people still recovering from civil-war violence - fear they have been forgotten as humanitarian agencies shift recovery efforts to the north.

GLOBAL: The blood diamond is making a comeback

Reform of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is becoming more urgent as controversy over Zimbabwe's diamond sales pushes the international initiative designed to stem the flow of conflict diamonds towards paralysis.

In Brief: Amnesty warns against Timor-Leste’s "culture of impunity"

Amnesty International has urged the government of Timor-Leste to close a legal loophole that allows perpetrators of crimes against humanity to go unpunished.

NIGER: Acute child malnutrition increases by 42%

Nearly 17 percent of Niger's children younger than five suffer acute malnutrition, a 5 percent increase over the same period last year, according to a national survey released by the government. More than 15 percent acute malnutrition is classified as...

UN agencies welcome G8 initiative on maternal and child

The heads of two United Nations agencies today welcomed the decision by leaders of the Group of 8 (G8) industrialized countries to boost efforts to improve maternal and child health in poorer countries, urging the world to ensure that no woman died...

The Problem With Giving Free Food To Hungry People

Haiti's earthquake left the nation's rice economy in ruins. That's a big deal, because many Haitians eke out a living distributing and selling rice, the nation's staple food.