Morning Brief: U.N. urges action on global food crisis
Top Story DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said high food prices had become a “global crisis” and urged immediate action. The International Monetary Fund is considering helping 10 mostly African countries who have requested financial support to deal with the problem. Wheat prices have actually reached a six-month low, but rice is a ...
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said high food prices had become a “global crisis” and urged immediate action. The International Monetary Fund is considering helping 10 mostly African countries who have requested financial support to deal with the problem. Wheat prices have actually reached a six-month low, but rice is a different story. Even San Francisco is experiencing shortages and skyrocketing prices.
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The Olympic torch is in Japan.
Russia’s prime minister is visiting Ukraine.
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Yesterday on Passport
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Blake Hounshell is a former managing editor of Foreign Policy.
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