News Rounds: UN launches probe of US drone targeted killings, Germany boosts Global Fund by $1 billion, Whole Foods CEO says global warming not so bad and more |
United Nations Launches Investigation Into U.S. Drone Program (NPR) – The United Nations’ special rapporteur for human rights and counterterrorism launched an investigation Thursday into the United States’ targeted killing program.
Germany invests 1B euros into Global Fund to fight disease (CNN) — Germany will give 1 billion euros to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the country’s minister for economic cooperation and development said. Bill Gates and Mark Dybul, new head of Global Fund, were in Davos at the World Economic Forum for the announcement.
Whole Foods CEO On Says Climate Change ‘Not Necessarily Bad’ (HuffPo) — Whole Foods CEO John Mackey shared his views on climate change recently, saying that he is “not a ‘climate change skeptic,’” but, contrary to the scientific consensus, suggested that “climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad.”
Congo rebels say peace talks at standstill (AP) — Peace talks between the Congolese government and rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda have reached a standstill and could fail if regional governments deploy a neutral international force in eastern Congo, a lawyer for the M23 rebel movement said Thursday.
Research to Resume on Bird Flu After Safety Debate (NYTimes) – Experiments with a deadly flu virus, suspended last year after a fierce global debate over safety, will start up again in some laboratories, probably within the next few weeks, scientists say.
Indian farmers and suicide: How big is the problem? (BBC) — India has been taking steps to address the high number of farmers in India who are killing themselves. The figures are shocking, but are they any higher than in India as a whole?
Ghana’s ‘new path’ for handling oil revenue (Africa Renewal) – Ghana is among a number of nations in Africa to benefit from increased oil drilling. It is trying to avoid the infamous “resource curse” that tends to concentrate such wealth in the hands of a few by passing laws governing how the oil revenue is collected and managed.