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Blog steps up to defend Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus amid 7-year political crisis

For seven years, the prime minister of Bangladesh has been waging a public campaign against one man, who insists he poses no threat to her. At 76 years old, Muhammad Yunus – Nobel laureate, father of microfinance and arguably one of the greatest contributors to Bangladesh’s development – just wants to maximize his engagement with social business in the years he has left. Instead, he splits his time defending against an onslaught of defamatory allegations.

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More than 40 senators defend foreign aid budget in open letter

Forty-three senators signed an open letter to the four senators leading federal budget negotiations, asking them to protect the foreign aid budget. Members from both major parties requested “robust funding” for the international affairs budget – home to diplomatic and foreign aid spending. The letter comes just days after a Trump administration budget document was leaked proposing deep cuts to foreign aid programs and to shift money away from USAID to the State Department.

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