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AFRICA: Soaring food and fuel prices may hurt growth
7 April 2008 (IRIN ), Tayech Ali arrived half an hour before the grain distribution centre in Gojam Berenda, in the capital, Addis Ababa, opened, but still had to queue for three hours before she could buy some wheat.
GLOBAL: "Let them eat subsidies?"
7 April 2008 (IRIN ), Food prices have the potential to change regimes and the course of history. When Marie Antoinette allegedly said, "Let them eat cake" in 1789, she was wondering why higher bread prices were causing so much trouble in Paris.
GLOBAL: Rich must pay climate change health costs
7 April 2008 (IRIN ), Countries, mostly in the developing world could spend between US$6 to $18 billion a year by 2030 to manage additional costs to health services as a result of climate change, according to independent research cited by a World Health Organisation (WHO) official, hence the need for rich countries responsible for global warming to help pay towards these additional health costs.
GLOBAL: Differing views on a “new deal” to counter soaring food prices for the poor
6 April 2008 (IRIN ), With soaring food prices expected to continue for the foreseeable future, the World Bank is calling for a “new deal” of long-term measures, ranging from increased investment in African agriculture to genetically engineering fuel-producing plants.
GLOBAL: Gates Foundation moves to fight killer wheat disease
3 April 2008 (IRIN ), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given US$26.8 million to Cornell University in the USA for a new global project to fight wheat (stem) rust disease, which specialists say poses a threat to world food security.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Feeling the bite of rising food prices
28 March 2008 (IRIN ), With no end in sight to rising global food prices, families across southern Africa are being forced to tighten their belts.
GLOBAL: Killer wheat fungus a threat to global food security?
27 March 2008 (IRIN ), The Ug99 strain of the killer wheat fungus (stem rust), which recently infected wheat farms in western Iran, is a serious threat to global food security, agricultural scientists have warned. They have said the fungus may affect additional wheat-producing countries.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Region looks towards Zimbabwe's power plants
11 March 2008 (IRIN ), In a move that could alleviate Southern Africa's struggle to cope with the growing demand for electricity, while helping Zimbabwe with its chronic shortage of foreign exchange, neighbouring countries have proposed recapitalising some power stations and coal mining.
GLOBAL: An Ethiopian solution to costly food aid
5 March 2008 (IRIN ), As food prices hit record highs, analysts warn that a re-think of food aid strategies is needed - and Ethiopia, a traditionally food insecure country, could offer some answers.
GLOBAL: Less silence, more science could make anal sex safer
27 February 2008 (IRIN ), The silence and taboo surrounding anal sex is putting millions of men and women at risk of HIV, delegates attending the fourth international microbicides conference in New Delhi, India, heard this week.

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