Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia reacts by saying a humanitarian cease-fire is "not realistic" because "the terrorists" are keeping up attacks.
Cases of malnutrition have doubled and other "Victorian" diseases are soaring in the U.K., in what campaigners say is a direct result of Tory government austerity measures.
With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year's crops and has left the region's agricultural economy in ruins.
A World Bank report, held from public view for several months, finds strong evidence that increased production of biofuels such as ethanol has caused a sharp climb in the price of foodstuffs worldwide. "The report stands as a blistering rebuke to the Bush's administration's unchecked biofuel boosterism," argues environmental writer Tom Philpott.
The Doctors Without Borders relief organization has whipped up an ingenious (and, apparently, tasty) lifesaving food product called Plumpynut, a nutritionally enriched mixture of peanut butter, powdered milk and sugar, along with other simple ingredients -- and it's already working wonders on malnourished children around the world.