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Bolivia’s Evo Morales says ‘adiós’ to USAID

Morales said Wednesday he is expelling the USAID from Bolivia for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government.(Juan Karita/AP) Bolivia’s President…  …

U.S., Bill Gates call on rich nations to back poor farmers

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates joined a top US official Tuesday in urging rich nations to invest in the world’s poor farmers to help end hunger — a move he said would also help improve food security. “Looking at the food prices we’ve got — at…

US sending aid to help Russia firefight effort: White House

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama told his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev that he was sending firefighting equipment and other aid to help Russia battle wildfires that have ravaged parts of the country, the White House said Friday. “President Obama called President Medvedev yesterday to express his deepest condolences for the…

US foreign aid to subsidize outsourced jobs in South Asia

Is American foreign aid being used to subsidize the creation of overseas jobs that replace US workers? A recent project announced by USAID suggests the answer may be yes. The US Embassy in Sri Lanka announced late last week that it will be funding a new program in the South…

ACLU sues over religiously-based abstinence-only programs

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to compel the release of documents relating to its overseas abstinence-only programs, which are funded through HIV/AIDS grants. An Inspector General’s report (pdf) issued last July indicated that USAID had a history of incorporating…

USAID: US rescuers pull 10 survivors out of Haiti’s rubble

Search and rescue teams from the United States on Sunday pulled a record 10 people alive from the rubble of quake-struck Port-au-Prince, according to the US Agency for International Development. “According to rescue officials, this is the largest number of rescues in a single day in decades of earthquake search…

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