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Eastleigh bombings, terror dynamics and Kenya’s Somali intervention

Kenya’s Somali intervention in its quest to crush the terrorist group al-Shabaab is producing a potentially devastating dynamic for ethnic harmony in Kenya. For two weeks now, I documented an average of two to three daily articles in Kenyan papers extolling the mighty powers of the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) and their defeat of Somalia’s al-Shabaab in many parts of ...

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Celebration of International Day of Girl Child held to create awareness about girl child issues

MUMBAI: Last year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child , establishing a day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has signaled its commitment to end ...

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Central African Republic Refugees Affected by Floods

Saturday, 13 October 2012, 4:12 pm Press Release: United Nations UN Begins Relocation of Central African Republic Refugees Affected by Floods in Chad New York, Oct 12 2012 12:10PM The United Nations today announced it has begun relocating Central African Republic (CAR) refugees living in southern Chad to a new site due to floods that have affected the camps hosting ...

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Somali Police arrest dozens in Baidoa crackdown

13/10/2012 BAIDOA (Mareeg.com)—Somali Police in the strategic Baidoa city on Friday morning, arresting untold number of people on suspicion of being militants after conducting a security operation…

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UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

• Global grain reserves hit critically low levels • Extreme weather means climate ‘is no longer reliable’ • Rising food prices threaten disaster and unrest A Zimbabwean peasant farmer in a crop of maize destroyed by drought. One expert warns: ‘The geopolitics of food is fast overshadowing the geopolitics of oil.’ Photograph: Howard Burditt/Reuters World grain reserves are so dangerously ...

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On Internet rules, India now more willing to say ICANN

India has reinvented its position on Internet governance, hoping to become a new voice of reason in what has so far been a deeply polarised global debate. The change, effected after detailed inter-ministerial as well as multi-stakeholder consultation, is intended to distance India from any model propagating governments taking “charge” or “balkanising” the Internet. It was unveiled at the recent ...

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Some JBLM soldiers to stay home as reserves amid Afghan mission

TACOMA, Wash. — The next Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade to fight in Afghanistan plans to leave 1,000 of its soldiers at home as a “readiness reserve” in case its mission advising Afghan partners changes during its deployment. “I don’t need everyone for this mission” at first, said Col. Mike Getchell, commander of more than 4,000 soldiers in the 4th ...

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UN warns of possible rise in child brides

United Nations – The number of girls who marry before their 18th birthday could increase dramatically over the next two decades, a new UN report warned on Thursday. If current trends continue, the tally of such unions will rise to 14.2 million a year in 2020, and 15.1 million each year in 2030, according to the report by the United ...

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French president outlines new approach to Africa

Photos DAKAR, Senegal – (AP) — French President Francois Hollande attempted to make right France’s relationship with Africa Friday, honoring its contributions to world history during his first trip to the continent since winning office. His deferential tone, his diplomatic remarks and the air of modesty he projected marked a dramatic contrast to his predecessor. Ex-President Nicolas came to five ...

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