World watch

April 12, 2001

Washington DC
President George W. Bush's 2002 US budget proposal raises total spending on federally backed basic research by 6 per cent, but funds for global change research will fall by 4 per cent. The National Institutes of Health will get 13.4 per cent more, and there are rises of 1.3 per cent for the National Science Foundation and just 0.1 per cent for the Energy Department's science budget. Nasa will get a 2 per cent rise.

Ithaca
Cornell University will open a branch campus of its medical school in Qatar, offering an Ivy League medical degree to students who may never visit the main university. A foundation set up by the emir of Qatar will contribute $750 million over 11 years.

Harare
Riot police fired teargas at demonstrating University of Zimbabwe students the day after a student was apparently trampled to death in earlier protests over non-payment of college grants.

Havana
Cuba welcomed the first group of US students to receive free medical training in the communist state last week. The six women and two men will join more than 4,000 Latin American and African trainee doctors.

Bonn
Germany is donating €511,000 (DM1 million; £313,000) to support the founding of a private Albanian-language university in Tetovo, Macedonia. The German foreign ministry said courses would be held mostly in Albanian, but also in Macedonian and English.

Niamey
Twelve students have pleaded not guilty to murdering a policeman in Niger during demonstrations against government cuts to their financial support. The students from the University of Niamey claim they were among 5,000 involved in protests in February.

Algiers
Two hundred National University of Algeria teachers have signed a statement condemning "orchestrated campaigns against the Algerian army" in La Sale Guerre ( The Dirty War ), a book by a dissident soldier that reveals army atrocities against Islamic fundamentalists.

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