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G8 seeks to divert attention from broken aid pledge

Rich nations work on plan to cut deaths of mothers and infants to turn spotlight from failure to meet $50 G aid promise.

British PM David Cameron arrives in Canada - PAby The Guardian

The world's richest nations were working on plans to reduce maternal deaths in developing countries as they sought to minimize their embarrassment over breaking aid pledges made at the Gleneagles summit five years ago.

Canada, the host nation at this year's summit, was pushing hard for an agreement that would focus assistance on preventing deaths of mothers and newborn infants, but without any commitment that the proposal would involve new money from cash-strapped western governments.

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Posted: June 29, 2010

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