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As G20 Financial Leaders Discuss Food Prices, Some Push For Fulfillment Of G8 Pledges

As G20 financial leaders met in Paris over the weekend, the Washington Post reports on the “debate over how to respond” to the recent increase in food prices. France, the G20 chair, spurred discussion about “whether new regulations on commodity trading might prevent speculators from pushing up prices by investing heavily in grains or other goods on the expectation that they will increase even further in value. Yet it is unclear how much of a role speculation plays in the movement of prices,” the Washington Post writes.

House Passes FY11 Budget Bill

The House voted 235-189 on Saturday to pass legislation that “would fund government operations through Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2011, while sharply reducing spending across a wide swath of federal agencies and programs,” CQ reports. “Most spending levels under the bill would be based on fiscal 2010 levels, less eliminations, reductions and rescissions totaling roughly $61.5 billion. The measure would provide $99.6 billion less than President Obama sought for fiscal 2011,” the news service writes (Weyl, 2/19).

Also In Global Health News: Methadone Maintenance In Africa; Dengue Vaccine; HIV/AIDS In Ukraine; Human Rights In Russia; Chevron, USAID $50M MOU

First Methadone Maintenance Program In Sub-Saharan Africa Opens Its Doors In Tanzania The New York Times examines “the first methadone maintenance program in sub-Saharan Africa,” which opened this month in a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with funding support from PEPFAR. “While heroin use is not common in Africa,…

House To Vote On FY11 Budget Bill, Senate Likely To Reject It

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that Republicans had reached an agreement with Democrats to reduce the the number of pending amendments to a bill that would fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year, CQ reports (Carter, 2/17). “A final vote on the 2011 budget measure may come as soon as today. It then would go to the Senate, where the Democratic majority is likely to reject the proposal, raising the prospect of a government shutdown,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Faler, 2/18).

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Factors Contributing to Health Of Women Worldwide: The Kaiser Family Foundation features a narrated slide tutorial by epidemiologist Laurel Spielberg on the health issues facing women around the world. The tutorial touches on issues such as economic status and biological, social, and cultural factors that affect women’s health, as well as…

Media Examines Foreign Aid Stakeholders’ Reactions To FY11, FY12 Budgets

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal and the negotiation of the fiscal year 2011 budget bill in the House of Representatives, news outlets looked at stakeholders’ responses to the measures and analyzed different pieces of the bills.