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Roosevelt Island opens new state park: Four Freedoms Park

Related topics Family & Parentingnyc parksRoosevelt IslandNew York state parks Advertisement Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of a new New York state park, located on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Four Freedoms Park, which is New York’s 214th state park, is an enduring tribute to the life and work of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a former governor of ...

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UN: southern Africa food shortages worsen

The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief says food shortages are “a chronic problem” in southern Africa and more than 5.5 million…

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Michelle Bachelet: Decision-making bodies should have at least 30% women

Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile from 2006-10, is the first undersecretary general and executive director of UN Women. Bachelet was also Chile’s – and Latin America’s – first female defence minister. Visiting India, Bachelet spoke with Kim Arora about supporting India’s women’s reservation Bill, ensuring gender parity in defence services – and how brutal political repression shaped the politics ...

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U.S. terror attack was averted — this time

This is the way it’s supposed to work. The would-be terrorist is discovered early in his plotting. His schemes are recorded every step of the way. His bomb’s a phony. His cohorts are on the payroll. Evil as his motives appear to be, the public is never in danger from beginning to end. And now, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, ...

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Guatemala shooting raises concerns about military’s role

POPTUN, Guatemala — This nation’s military, once one of the most brutal and feared in Central America, is resurging to take on violent crime, forging closer ties with U.S. troops and law enforcement even as worry over human rights abuses and corruption intensifies. Those concerns deepened in recent weeks with the revelation of ties between former soldiers and drug gangs ...

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Will a temporary truce work in Syria?

The United Nations and Arab League special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is in Damascus to persuade Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, to comply with a four-day truce. He is proposing it begin during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, on October 26th. Brahimi’s call has drawn growing regional and international support, including from Turkey and al-Assad’s main supporter – Iran. The veteran ...

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Investigating the natural world

University of Washington scientists are using advanced photography to look at the world in new ways, from the slopes of Mount Rainier to the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The Burke Museum is hosting four programs featuring environmental researchers and photographers about their practice, technique and goals for investigating the natural world beyond what our eye can see. The programs, ...

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Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg weds Countess Stephanie de Lannoy

Related topics Royal WeddingsLuxembourg Royal WeddingCountess Stephanie de Lannoy Advertisement Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy of Belgium were married earlier today in a religious ceremony, October 19, 2012, at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. The 30-year old hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg who is reportedly the last hereditary Prince in Europe ...

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Israeli naval vessels take control of pro-Palestinian boat seeking passage to Gaza

JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers commandeered a vessel carrying pro-Palestinian activists destined for Gaza on Saturday, cutting off communications and steering it from international waters toward the Jewish state. The ship was the latest in a series of activist-manned vessels challenging Israel’s blockade on the territory, imposed when the militant group Hamas seized the coastal strip in 2007. Six Israeli naval ...

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Cyberspace is battlefront of the future: US defense secy

WASHINGTON: Cyberspace is the battlefield of the future, with attackers already going after banks and other financial institutions and developing the ability to strike US power grids and government systems, defense secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday. “We confront a whole new threat of warfare in (cyberspace)…. This is an area we’ve got to pay close attention to. This is ...

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