World Bank To Invest More Resources to Help African Countries Meet Millennium Development Goals

The World Bank says African countries are having mixed results in attempts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The bank released a report on worldwide efforts in advance of next week’s UN summit on progress in achieving the goals. The report highlights the positives and the negatives of efforts by developing countries to meet their targets, says Phil Hay, the communications adviser to the Human Development Network of the World Bank

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China Against South Korea Sanctions Against Iran

China has expressed opposition to South Korea's new sanctions on Iran for its suspected nuclear weapons program. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Thursday China does not approve of the unilateral sanctions. She said the Chinese government hopes countries will instead stick to diplomatic efforts and seek a resolution through dialogue and negotiations

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Israel, Palestinians resume direct peace talks

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have launched their first direct peace talks in nearly two years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for opening statements, Thursday, in Washington. Mr. Netanyahu said a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians would take "painful concessions" from both sides

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