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US to announce food security plan for Africa

US President Barack Obama is set to announce a $3bn (£1.9bn) plan to boost food security and farm productivity in Africa, US officials say. They say the initiative is aimed at alleviating shortages as world food supplies are being stretched by rising demand in Asia's emerging markets. Food security is expected to be on the agenda of this weekend's G-8 ...

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UN says al Qaeda behind Syria suicide bombs death toll from civil war reaches 10,000

UN leader Ban Ki-moon has said he believes al-Qaeda committed a major bomb attack in Damascus that left dozens dead, and that up to 10,000 people have now been killed in Syria. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon Photo: EPA 10:30AM BST 18 May 2012 Ban said President Bashar al-Assad has still not implemented a peace plan agreed with UN-Arab League ...

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US mulls ‘terrorist’ designation for Boko Haram

Zeenews Bureau Washington: The US State Department may designate Nigeria’s militant Islamist sect Boko Haram, as a “foreign terrorist organisation”, a news agency said on Friday. Citing a document, the agency said Assistant Attorney General for National Security Lisa Monaco sent a letter to State…

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Why I won’t be going to the London Olympics

Iran’s president stays away but other controversial national leaders will attend, causing a headache for David Cameron President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad applauded Iran’s athletes but said he would not be going to London to watch them. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has said he would like to come to the London Olympics but will not be attending because ...

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China shadow looming, Taiwan’s Ma set for 2nd term

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou is set to begin his second presidential term caught between China’s desire to exert greater influence over his democratic island and Taiwanese determination to maintain their de facto independence. Ma is to be sworn in again Sunday. Since taking office in 2008, he has leveraged growing economic ties with Beijing to reduce tensions ...

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Documents shed more light on Trayvon Martin shooting

ATLANTA — On the night George Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, a witness said he saw some of the scuffle — and described a black man in a dark hoodie on top of a white or Latino man, punching him repeatedly, “mixed martial arts style.” Then there was a pop, the witness told police, according ...

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The Queen’s lunch for monarchs attracts controversy

The King of Bahrain and Swaziland's King Mswati III are among controversial monarchs expected at a Windsor Castle lunch being hosted by the Queen later. Critics accuse Bahrain of human rights abuses and say King Mswati lives in luxury while his people starve. Campaigner Peter Tatchell criticised The Queen for inviting "royal tyrants to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee". The Foreign ...

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Donna Summer, queen of disco, dies of cancer at 63

Donna Summer, the multimillion-selling singer and songwriter whose hits captured both the giddy hedonism of the 1970s disco era and the feisty female solidarity of the early 1980s, died of lung cancer Thursday at her home in Naples, Fla. She was 63. With her doe eyes, cascade of hair and sinuous dance moves, Summer became the queen of disco — ...

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Infants’ death sparks protest in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 17 (ANI): Locals in Jammu and Kashmir protested here on Thursday against increasing crib deaths due to negligence of the hospital authorities. Reportedly, over 300 infants have died in the…

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Infants’ death sparks protest in Kashmir

Srinagar, May 17 (ANI): Locals in Jammu and Kashmir protested here on Thursday against increasing crib deaths due to negligence of the hospital authorities. Reportedly, over 300 infants have died in the…

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