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Clinton Embarks On 7 Nation African Tour

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads this week on a seven-nation tour of Africa aiming to prove U.S. commitment to the continent after the administration’s early focus elsewhere,” AFP/ABS-CBN News reports.

World Poverty Gains Reduced, Countries Unlikely To Achieve Most MDGs, U.N. Report Says

The global economic downturn has “reversed a 20-year decline in world poverty” and could “add up to 90 million to the ranks of the hungry in 2009, an increase of six percent over current totals,” according to a U.N. report on the Millennium Development Goals, which U.N. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon launched in Geneva on Monday, Reuters reports.

Lancet Studies Examine Aspects Of Global Health Funding

“Global health funding boosted by private donors has quadrupled since 1990, but the extra money has not always gone to the right countries and diseases, according to a pair of studies released Friday,” in the journal Lancet, AFP/Google.com reports.

Opinion: World Must Work Together To Stop Human Trafficking

“To some, human trafficking may seem like a problem limited to other parts of the world,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in a Washington Post opinion piece, but “it occurs in every country, including the U.S., and we have a responsibility to fight it just as others do.”

Opinion: U.S. Should Double Global Maternal, Child Health Spending; Ban, Chan Want ‘Global Solidarity’; Resources For Diabetes, HIV/AIDS

U.S. Should Double Newborn, Maternal Health Spending, Encourage Other G8 Countries To Do The Same Although “child survival is improving – albeit way too slowly – in most regions of the world,” sub-Saharan Africa “continues to have the world’s highest child-mortality rates,” former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who…