News Rounds: Foreign aid will suffer from budget cuts, social media empowering Indonesian women, Taliban running low on suicide bombers and more |
Warning of serious cuts for foreign aid, development if sequestration happens (Foreign Policy) – The US government will stop humanitarian aid to millions of people, cut foreign assistance to Israel, and delay efforts to ramp up diplomatic security abroad if sequestration goes into effect next month, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Social media gives Indonesian women new voice (AP) – Women in this social-media-obsessed country have been rallying, online and on the streets, against sexist comments and attacks on women. The response is seen as a small step for women’s rights in Indonesia, where the government is secular and most people practice a moderate form of Islam.
Taliban running out of suicide bombers (Inter Press) – Taliban militants have been losing grip over the handling of their would-be suicide bombers. Of late they failed to carry out their missions as planned.
British Man Dies From SARS-Like Virus In U.K. Hospital (NPR) – The sixth person has died from a new kind of virus that causes symptoms similar to SARS, a hospital in the U.K. said in a statement Tuesday.
U.N. chief suggests Congo rebels had outside help to take Goma (Reuters) – The command, equipment quality and fighting ability of rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo when they captured the frontier city of Goma in November suggests they had external support, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.
Lack of technology promotes fake drug problem (SciDev) — Fake and substandard drugs are endangering public health — and their manufacture and sale rank among the easiest to commit but least detected crimes internationally — according to a report, which calls for better access to novel technologies to tackle the problem.