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AFRICA: Join Climate Neutral Network, continent urged
20 February 2009 (IRIN ), African countries, despite being among the world's smallest contributors to carbon emissions, as well as businesses and institutions operating on the continent, should join the year-old Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), officials said on 19 February.
In Brief: Fake pharmaceutical companies feed illicit drug trade
20 February 2009 (IRIN ), Criminal networks are setting up fake pharmaceutical companies in Africa to transit substances used to make street methamphetamines, according to the International Narcotics Control Board’s (INCB) 2008 Annual Report.
In Brief: Unleashing mutated mosquitoes to fight malaria
19 February 2009 (IRIN ), Anopheles gambiae may meet its match in Medea. Scientists hope a synthetic gene known as Medea can wipe out the most common mosquito species that spreads malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists are trying to pinpoint the malaria-transmitting gene in mosquitoes and engineer genetically-modified mosquitoes (GMM) that lack the deadly gene. The hope is that GMM will prevail in a survival-of-the-fittest struggle between disease-carrying mosquitoes and the genetically-modified variety.
GLOBAL: Paltry funding for tackling deadly diseases
13 February 2009 (IRIN ), Diseases that kill millions of people annually in the developing world are overlooked as donors and pharmaceutical companies spend most of their money on developing products to treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, according to a study by George Institute for International Health.
GLOBAL: Optimistic UNAIDS sets ambitious goals
10 February 2009 (IRIN ), Wearing an orange "HIV Positive" t-shirt, the new executive director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, this week outlined his vision for the UN agency at the Ubuntu Clinic in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, South Africa.
GLOBAL: A glimmer of hope for microbicide research
10 February 2009 (IRIN ), After years of disappointments, AIDS researchers have announced results from a trial in which a vaginal microbicide appeared to offer promise in preventing HIV infection in women.
In Brief: Financial speculators and the food crisis
8 February 2009 (IRIN ), A food security expert has said that the involvement of financial markets in basic food commodities was the biggest factor in the worldwide food price hikes over the past couple of years.
GLOBAL: Global Fund facing shortfall
6 February 2009 (IRIN ), The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which supplies one-quarter of all AIDS funding, is facing a funding gap of US$5 billion.
GLOBAL: World conference of humanitarian studies
5 February 2009 (IRIN ), Academics, humanitarian analysts, practitioners and students are gathered in the Netherlands this week at the first conference of its kind. The World Conference of Humanitarian Studies is hosted by the University of Groningen and features over 60 panels and dozens of papers on a very broad range of humanitarian topics.
GLOBAL: Buzzwords in climate change
5 February 2009 (IRIN ), If you don't know your "Ecoflation" from inflation and think "Greenwashing" might be a new detergent, and that "Global weirding" has probably crept in from sci-fi, read on.

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