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Brazil’s supreme court convicts Lula’s aides for buying votes

BRASILIA — Brazil’s supreme court convicted three top aides of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday on charges of diverting public funds to buy political support for his leftist government when it came to power a decade ago. In a landmark ruling, the court found Mr Lula da Silva’s former chief of staff Jose Dirceu, co-founder of ...

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Planning can cut costs of disasters: World Bank

AFP – Catastrophes like Japan’s 2011 tsunami cost the world more than $3.5 trillion over the last 30 years, a conference heard Wednesday, as the World Bank called for better disaster planning. Policymakers meeting in Sendai, the main city in Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeast, were told that infrastructure and education in emerging economies should be designed to minimise the human and ...

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2 Million Friends for Afghanistan

This week, the U.S. war against the people of Afghanistan entered its twelfth year. It’s the longest war in our history, but you’d hardly know we’ve been at war, or that we continue to kill Afghan civilians. But on top of this, few Americans realize that Afghanistan has suffered almost continuous warfare for the past four decades. Some two million ...

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Afghans taking the fight to the enemy

Related topics AfghanistanLeon PanettaAfghan Army Advertisement Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta spoke today at a defense meeting in Brussels about the state of the Afghan Security forces. What he said may surprise some people. “The number of Afghan security forces has now grown to about 350,000. And that larger force has maintained its recruitment and retention rates. Those forces have ...

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USADA: Lance Armstrong Was Part Of The Most Sophisticated And Successful Doping Program Cycling Has Ever Seen

The United States Anti-Doping Agency will release a file Wednesday providing the most comprehensive evidence in proving Lance Armstrong’s alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs. The information will also be sent to the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the sport’s governing body, the World Anti-Doping Agency and the World Triathalon Corporation…

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Afghanistan on Track to Building Post-2014 Future, Says UN

Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 12:16 pm Press Release: United Nations Afghanistan on Track to Building Post-2014 Future, Says UN Envoy New York, Oct 9 2012 3:10PM Despite the impending drawdown of international forces and chronic challenges in governance and security, Afghanistan remains on the path to a hopeful future, the United Nations envoy to the country said today. At a ...

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France proposes UN resolution backing international force to help oust rebels in Mali’s north

UNITED NATIONS — France has circulated a draft U.N. resolution backing an international military force to assist Mali’s army in ousting Islamic militants who seized the northern half of the country and are turning it into a terrorist hub. The draft, obtained Tuesday by the Associated Press, gives U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 30 days to submit “detailed and actionable…

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Analysis: Greek reform pledge on trial as state sales resume

ATHENS (Reuters) – As Greece’s privatization program this month, nearly half a year behind schedule, at stake is not just the billions of euros it needs to raise, but the credibility of its commitment to reforms demanded by its creditors. Greek politicians are under intense pressure at home to resist foreign calls to sell state assets on the cheap and ...

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NATO to discuss Afghan war, reveal new commanders

Toyota recalls 7.43 million vehicles globally 7 minutes ago NATO to discuss Afghan war, reveal new commanders 12 minutes ago Indonesia warns of threat before Bali anniversary 21 minutes ago The trials of cycling in bike-hostile Moscow 21 minutes ago NATO to discuss Afghan war, reveal new commanders 21 minutes ago Deals!…

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