Indonesia is home to almost half of the world's human deaths from bird flu. In addition, many Indonesian households rely on raising chickens for income, so financial losses from destroyed flocks are adding up.
Mexico announced Thursday it has created a new federal post that will focus on protecting the rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups such as migrants. The official, who has yet to be appointed, will tackle issues such as child labor and the killings of hundreds of women that have taken place in recent years near the U.S. border.
Environmentalists are raising concerns the Brazilian government is both unable and largely unwilling to end the destruction of the Amazon. Emergency measures announced by the government last week to curb illegal logging and deforestation are said to be insufficient and to have the potential of actually further damaging the rain forest.
Donor countries like the U.S. need to rethink how they carry out their food aid to impoverished countries so that it focuses less on the quantity of food and looks more toward the quality of the products, this commentary says. A fine-tuned strategy is necessary if the battle against malnutrition is to be won, Doctors Without Borders adviser Susan Shepherd writes in The New York Times.
The United Nations refugee agency on Thursday relocated four of its staffers and 28 staffers from partnering organizations after a series of carjackings and other attacks in eastern Chad. Meanwhile, rebels in Chad said they have fought with government troops and are closing in on the capital, N'Djamena. France is now flying in extra troops to protect its citizens there.
Since Saddam Hussein's regime fell in 2003, Kurds in Iraq have enjoyed a political influence that has been proportionately bigger than their population numbers would suggest. But now their power appears to be waning as tensions are growing with Iraqi Arabs.