USA Today: Obama now looks at Kerry for Secretary of State – Following the withdrawal of Susan Rice as a contender for Secretary of State, attention now shifts to John Kerry as the leading contender. Obama has kept quiet about second term personnel openings, and it is likely that there is a mystery candidate who has received less attention in the media. (David Jackson)
AP: Mali: Interim Prime Minister Sworn In – Mali swore in an interim prime minister on Thursday, days after soldiers arrested his predecessor and forced his resignation. The African Union has welcome the appointment of the interim prime minister, Diango Cissoko, despite the circumstances under which Mr. Diarra left office.
CBS News: Could you live on one dollar a day? – After learning that 1.1 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, subsisting on just one dollar a day, two developing economics students at Claremont McKenna University traveled to rural Guatemala and attempted to live on one dollar a day.Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple captured their experiment on film for the documentary “Living on One Dollar.”
AP: Confusion rises over where South Africa’s Nelson Mandela is being treated for lung infection – South Africa’s presidency declined to address reports that Nelson Mandela was “being treated at a different hospital than previously identified by a senior government official,” raising questions about where the 94-year-old Mandela is receiving treatment. Government officials have said that the secrecy is to protect Mandela’s privacy and allow doctors to work without interruptions or undue pressure. (Jon Gambrell)
VOA: Agriculture and Healthcare Come Together to Fight HIV/AIDS – The global agri-business company, Olam International, has partnered with NGOs in a drive to get to zero in terms of new HIV/AIDS infections, deaths from HIV/AIDS and discrimination. Olam has “mobilized its supply chain network to get vital education and healthcare support out to people across rural Africa” by combining agriculture with healthcare. With a reach of 28 countries through small-scale farmer supply chains, Olam is able to raise awareness and conduct testing with those who might otherwise not have access to such resources. (Kim Lewis)