World Bank president Robert Zoellick

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(The Guardian)  President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick ardently warns against withholding donations to poor countries.   Mr. Zoellick has called for donations for the International Development Association (IDA) in order to provide for the world’s poorest countries.  Donations to IDA are especially important, Mr. Zoellick says, because “[l]ack of support for the IDA would devastate the effort to achieve the millennium development goals.  What was very clear to me at recent UN meetings was that it is critical not to see these goals as independent, but to connect the dots that show their inter-relationship.”  Meetings on these international development strategies being in Washington today.

(Bloomberg)  British aid worker for DAI Linda Norgrove was killed October 8 after a rescue attempt by US troops. Initially, it was presumed that Ms. Norgrove’s captors killed her–perhaps by a suicide vest–but recent evidence indicates a grenade submitted by the US might have killed her.  British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “Linda could have died as a result of a grenade detonated by the task force during the assault. However, this is not definite.  This was a very difficult operation. Ultimately, the responsibility for Linda’s death lies with those who took her hostage.”  General David Petraeus has commanded an investigation.