Tony Blair announced today that he will stand down as British prime minister on 27 June 2007. He is setting up a foundation whose work will include reconciliation between Christians, Jews and Muslims. The idea is meeting a mixed response.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil's has said that his country will bypass the commercial patent on a crucial anti-AIDS drug manufactured by Merck, the US pharmaceutical giant, in order to ensure that those who desperately need treatment can get a cheaper, generic Indian-made version.
The presidential election victory this week of neo-Gaullist Nicolas Sarkozy over his remaining rival, Socialist candidate Segolene Royal, has been met with riots and disturbances in many parts of France.