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Protesters, police battle in Cairo

Tens of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets today for the fourth straight day of mass protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. Police clashed with demonstrators in several locations, firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds, and turning water cannons on a crowd that included Egyptian national and former International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohamed ElBaradei. It's reported that ElBaradei is under house arrest. Los Angeles Times (1/28) , The New York Times (free registration) (1/28) , The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (1/27) , The Wall Street Journal/Dispatch blog (1/28)

China is going to leave all of us in the dust. They're committed to winning the green economy race."

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"Four million babies die each year before they are thirty days old, and 350,000 mothers die yearly during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths could be prevented by improved access to and financing for health services."

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    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will no longer take a hands-on role in negotiations over climate change, citing a lack of will among world leaders to reach agreement on global warming in the near future, according to senior UN officials. Instead, he will redirect his energies toward issues such as promoting clean energy and green economies in developing countries. The Guardian (London) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Clooney looks to raise awareness about malaria
    Actor and activist George Clooney is looking to turn a bout with malaria into an opportunity to raise awareness about a preventable disease that kills 850,000 people every year. Clooney, who contracted malaria during a recent visit to Sudan, is fielding questions from the public about malaria. the Ground blog (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pakistani flood survivors are malnourished, without shelter
    Children in a flood-stricken province of Pakistan are suffering levels of malnutrition akin to those found among famine-stricken regions of Africa, according to the UN Children's Fund. Nationwide, a shortfall in global financial and other aid has meant that hundreds of thousands of flood survivors must try to survive the winter without even emergency shelter. Google/The Canadian Press (1/27) , AlertNet (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Figueres: China leads on clean energy spending
    China is making more progress in developing a renewable energy economy and industry than the U.S. or the European Union, says Christiana Figueres, head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. China instituted the world's largest budget increase for spending on development of low-carbon energy in 2010, earmarking more than $51 billion. Bloomberg (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Egypt cuts Internet, mobile phones access
    The Egyptian government severed access to the Internet and mobile phone services in advance of today's mass protests, which have been dubbed "Angry Friday" by organizers. Social networking sites are being relied upon heavily to spread word about nationwide demonstrations, which are comprised primarily of thousands of secular, middle-class citizens. The Washington Post (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mines endanger Myanmar's civilian population
    Millions of people in Myanmar face risks from mines, but there has been little international effort to address security concerns for civilians in mine-affected areas, according to a report from humanitarian organization Geneva Call. Funding gaps and government restrictions prevent Myanmar from receiving the kind of assistance given to other heavily mined countries such as Cambodia and Laos. AlertNet (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peace and Security
  • Ban seeks AU unity on Cote D'Ivoire
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern that members of the African Union are becoming split over how to deal with the ongoing political crisis in Cote D'Ivoire. Ghanaian officials worry the country is on the verge of civil war and that the region may soon face a major refugee situation. Reuters (1/28) , Bloomberg (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Businesses look to Africa for new trade and investment
    The African continent, long denigrated over a lack of economic progress, is being celebrated at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, for its growing potential for trade and investment. A panel discussed taxes, red tape and other regulations that are still hampering development in some countries, yet, at the same time, noted the susceptibility of emerging African economies to exploitation by corporations and conglomerates. Google/The Associated Press/The Canadian Press (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hariri boycotts new Lebanese government; Syria gives nod
    Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati on Thursday began discussions with parliamentary blocs on the makeup of a new government, which already has secured the support of Hezbollah, the influential Shiite group, as well as the neighboring government of Syria. Saad Hariri, caretaker prime minister, said his party will not join the government of his successor, yet urged Mikati to respect the findings of a UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, in which Hezbollah is suspected of close involvement. The Daily Star (Lebanon) (1/28) , The New York Times (free registration) (1/27) , Reuters (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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