Ethiopia's famine worsens despite aid: A joint appeal by the government of Sudan and the United Nations last week called for assistance for an extra 2.4m people in Ethiopia. A total of 13.2m people now require emergency food.
Dutch pharmacists to dispense cannabis: The Netherlands has become the first country to make medical cannabis available on prescription from pharmacists. The cannabis will be distributed through the country's ministry of health. Two firms will grow the cannabis for the government.
US push tuition fees up by 10%: Both public and private US universities are to increase tuition fees by 10% or more, putting students further into debt. The level of debt is already very high with almost 54% of graduates from 2002 owing over $100 000.
Ireland abolishes undergraduate medicine: Ireland plans to make all training for medicine and other healthcare courses graduate only entry in a bid to bring Ireland