Chad will receive a US $7.3-million loan from the Islamic Development Bank to support educational projects, AFP reported, citing a statement from the Jeddah-based institution.

On the eve of an important WTO meeting to address intellectual property and access to medicines, the European Commission has tabled concrete proposals designed to clarify existing rules in order to facilitate access to life-saving drugs by needy countries. These plans will be presented to fellow WTO members at the Council on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) on 20 June.

This web site concentrates on internally displaced persons. The Global IDP training project is an initiative of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Undertaken in association with the Office of the UNHCR and the Representative of the Secretary General for Internally Displaced Persons the program is a series of "protection workshops" for humanitarian workers, policy makers and others who are confronted with the consequences of international displacement.

The International Finance Corporation - an arm of the Bank Group which supports private investment - has released a new strategy. It reveals a number of significant changes in emphasis, notably an increased focus on social and environmental issues. It admits that its attention to such matters is partly the result of "pressure from NGOs, shareholders, and civil society and local communities which have begun to insist that their concerns be respected."

We, anti-imperialist and democratic mass organizations from different countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe and Oceania, are happy to announce the successful holding of the First International Assembly establishing the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS). This is a historic moment for all progressive forces throughout the world who are fighting for national independence, democracy and social liberation against imperialism and reaction.