Page 7a: Stories You may have Missed


A farmer in Kenya waters her fields. Photo by Jonathan Ernst for LWR

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May 25, 2012

Facebook’s highly anticipated initial public offering (IPO) is just a week old, and has already caused quite the stir. Lawsuits are already beginning to form after the highly disappointing opening. The price of Facebook stock has already dipped 15% from its initial price.

But what else is happening around the world? Here are this week’s stories, excavated from page 7a:

  • Eradicating Polio: While cases of polio continue to drop, the World Health Assembly is trying to draw attention to the disease, in order to fully eradicate the epidemic.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: The UK secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs says that the UK’s focus should be on sustainable agricultural development (a core objective of LWR) at the UN’s Rio+20 conference next month.
  • Lacking healthcare: Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) has been forced by a Sudanese Government crackdown to curtail its operations, leaving tens of thousands of people without healthcare.
  • Constitutional Deadline: Nepal’s deadline for forming a new constitution is coming up on Sunday, with major disagreements still to be worked out.
  • African Cinema: The Cannes Film Festival has one important entry from sub-Saharan Africa. “La Pirogue” tells the story of a Senegalese boat captain who seeks out a better life in the Canary Islands.

What other stories have you read this week? Please leave your comments below.

 

is Lutheran World Relief’s Interactive Marketing Manager and an ordained pastor in the ELCA.

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