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Haitian President Rejects U.S. Senate’s Recommendations For Upcoming Elections

A day after Haitian President Rene Preval signed a decree authorizing a date for November elections, he rebuffed other recommendations issued by the U.S. Senate, which include “holding an election for his successor, brushing off criticism that the current process will leave the shattered country without a credible leader,” the Associated Press reports.

Foreign Ops Subcommittee Discusses Corruption In Afghanistan, Potential Of Withholding Non-Humanitarian Funding

Ahead of Wednesday’s mark-up of the FY 2011 state and foreign ops appropriations bill, Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” blog examines recent comments made by House Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) in which she “promised … to remove all the Afghanistan foreign operations and aid money from next year’s funding unless she can be assured none of the funds are being wasted due to corruption in the Afghanistan government.”

House Leader Says FY10 Supplemental Will Move By Friday

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday “he expects the FY10 supplemental spending bill will move in the House ‘within the next couple of days – certainly by Friday,’” CongressDaily reports. Hoyer said the prediction was “more than optimism. That is my intent” (House/Sanchez, 6/29).

Recent, Upcoming FDA Efforts Address Rare, ‘Neglected’ Diseases

The FDA’s new rare disease review group will hold its first public hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss how to expand efforts to develop treatments for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people, Reuters. “The new rare disease review group is part of a broadened effort to encourage companies to spend more money on the more than 6,000 rare diseases identified,” Reuters writes, adding that the FDA “already offer[s] companies grants and guaranties seven years of market exclusivity for drugs that treat rare diseases.”

Foreign Policy Examines GHI, PEPFAR

Foreign Policy examines reactions to the priorities set forth in President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and what they might mean for PEPFAR. Some argue that the administration is “backtracking on a global health battle the world was starting to win” against HIV/AIDS, while others believe the U.S. “responded to the HIV/AIDS emergency a decade ago … now it’s time to take a broader, more sustainable approach that can eventually move patients away from their reliance on the United States.”

Opinions: G8 Commitments To Maternal, Child Health

G8 ‘Failed Its Own Leadership Test’ On Maternal, Child Health Commitments A Toronto Star editorial reflects on the pledges of G8 countries to the Muskoka Initiative to improve maternal and child health care, noting, while Canada’s $1.1 billion over five years “fell noticeably short of the $1.2 billion the G8 and…

WCO Signs Declaration, Vows To Crack Down On Counterfeit Drug Industry

World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya on Thursday signed a declaration vowing his group’s commitment to crack down on the counterfeit drug industry, PBS NewsHour’s “The Rundown” blog reports. The piece examines the growing threat of counterfeit medications and efforts to clamp down on the distribution of such drugs (Miller, 6/24).