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Drones, computers new weapons of US shadow wars

WASHINGTON-After a decade of costly conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American way of war is evolving toward less brawn, more guile. Drone aircraft spy on and attack terrorists with no pilot in harm’s way. Small teams of special operations troops quietly train and advise foreign forces. Viruses sent from computers to foreign networks strike silently, with no American fingerprint. ...

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Receives Nobel Peace Prize In Oslo (PHOTOS)

OSLO, Norway — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared Saturday that the Nobel Peace Prize she won while under house arrest 21 years ago helped to shatter her sense of isolation and ensured that the world would demand democracy in her military-controlled homeland. Suu Kyi received two standing ovations inside Oslo’s city hall as she gave her long-delayed ...

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18 militants killed in Afghanistan

Tweet Kabul, June 16 (IANS) A total of 18 militants have been killed and eight others arrested in the last 24 hours across the country by Afghan police backed by NATO-led troops, said Afghanistan’s…

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef dies

Heir to the throne and deputy prime minister dies in hospital in Switzerland following illness Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz al Saud died in Geneva. Photograph: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters…

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Employees’ march foiled in Srinagar, dozens arrest

Srinagar: Police in Srinagar on Saturday used water canon to disperse a protest march by state government employees and also arrested dozens of agitating employees. Scores of protesting employees started a march towards Raj Bhavan in Srinagar. Police in full riot…

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The doughnut can help Rio+20 see sustainable development in the round

Resource use has both an environmental ceiling and a social foundation, below which lies deprivation, but the doughnut-shaped space between the two demands our attention The dedicated pavilion opposite the Rio+20 conference facilities in Rio de Janeiro. But will delegates see the hole picture? Photograph: Maria Elisa Franco/UN Photo In 2009, Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre brought together ...

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Egypt votes to elect new president amid political turmoil

AFP – Egyptians begin voting on Saturday in the second round of a presidential election, pitting an Islamist against a former premier of the old regime amid political turmoil and with the post’s powers still undefined. Ahmed Shafiq, ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, faces off against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi in a two-day ballot in which 50 ...

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Economic windfall needed for Afghanistan: India

Kabul, June 16: India has suggested launching a series of political and economic initiatives to boost opportunity in Afghanistan to propel development and discourage “external interference” in the war-torn country. Minister of Law and Justice Salman Khurshid told the first Ministerial Meeting of the Istanbul Process in Kabul that in addition to military measures to fight terrorism, it was also ...

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Campaigning ends ahead of crucial Greek elections

Campaigning in Greece has ended ahead of a crucial election on Sunday which could determine its future in the eurozone. At a final rally, the head of the conservative New Democracy Party billed the vote as a choice between keeping the euro and returning to the drachma. Rival party Syriza says it wants to stay in the euro, but opposes ...

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Five reasons Euro 2012 is so great…

That Euro 2012 is on terrestrial TV, and neither figure includes the pub audience, is obviously a factor but Sky’s previous biggest audience (3.9m) was for an England match nine years ago (v Turkey, away) when they had far fewer than their present 10m-plus subscribers. Moreover Spain-Italy drew an average 7.4m for ITV on Sunday, which compares well with the ...

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