The week ended with the passing at age 95 of Nelson Mandela, father of South African democracy and a global icon for freedom. Read President Jacob Zuma's statement  as well as a statement  from World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim --
Universal health coverage was the topic of a December 6 speech  by Jim Kim in Tokyo.
On the heels of World AIDS Day on December 1, Tariq Khokhar of the World Bank's Data Group provided a snapshot  of the global state of AIDS in four charts.
Transparency International issued its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index .
A new paper from the US National Academy of Sciences warns that climatic changes -- and the results of those changes -- could occur within decades or even sooner. Scientists warn of abrupt shifts on the near horizon, including a continuing rapid decline in Arctic sea ice.
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