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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pull support from ALEC

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday vowed to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an influential conservative nonprofit that drafts model bills for legislators. The foundation contributed more than $375,000 to ALEC in the past two years, according to Roll Call. “We have made a…

Bill Gates gives $12 million grant to boost yam production

LAGOS — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave a $12-million (nine-million-euro) grant Monday to a project aimed at boosting yam production and doubling the income of west African farmers of the crop. It is the foundation’s largest grant for yam production anywhere in the world, said a spokesman of…

Global leaders pledge to fight polio

World leaders Saturday added their weight to a push to eradicate polio, pledging millions of dollars in new funds to bring an end to the crippling and potentially fatal disease. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, said her country would…

Crop scientists now fret about heat not just water

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Crop scientists in the United States, the world’s largest food exporter, are pondering an odd question: could the danger of global warming really be the heat? For years, as scientists have assembled data on climate change and pointed with concern at melting glaciers and other visible changes…

U.S., Russia, China faulted for ‘serious deficiencies’ in rule of law

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An annual survey of the rule of law around the world released Monday sees weak protections for fundamental rights in China, “serious deficiencies” in Russia, and problems with discrimination in the United States. Sweden and Norway scored highest on the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index,…

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