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Central Asia group admits Afghanistan as observer

China, Russia and four Central Asian states granted Afghanistan observer status in their regional grouping on Thursday, moving to boost their influence with the impoverished, war-torn nation ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. Chinese President Hu Jintao announced the plan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s annual summit in Beijing. Russia and China ...

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Annan wants new strategy to end Syria conflict

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Against the backdrop of a new massacre in Syria, international envoy Kofi Annan on Thursday will propose tasking a group of world powers and key regional players including Iran to come up with a strategy to end the 15-month conflict, U.N. diplomats said. Annan will present the United Nations with a ...

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Dozens of civilians die in bloody day in Afghanistan

Kabul Dozens of civilians were killed in a bloody day across Afghanistan on Wednesday as a twin suicide bombing ripped through a crowded makeshift bazaar and a Nato air strike hit a home, Afghan officials said. Two Nato soldiers were also killed in a helicopter crash, the cause of which was under investigation, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. ...

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Euro Crisis: Should Germany Take The Blame?

Europe's guns are increasingly turning on Germany over its handling of the eurozone crisis Alistair Bunkall, business correspondent Days before David Cameron’s last visit to Berlin, a senior figure in Angela Merkel’s CDU party made the claim that “suddenly Europe is speaking German”. It was a suggestion that Germany was now the dominant decision-maker in the eurozone and even the ...

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Indigenous Food Can Be Important Tool To Fight Hunger – UN

Thursday, 7 June 2012, 2:47 pm Press Release: United Nations Neglected Indigenous Food Can Be Important Tool To Fight Hunger – UN Official New York, May 31 2012 2:10PM Indigenous foods which have been neglected by the food industry and urban consumers can be an important tool to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, a United Nations official said today. “The focus ...

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Global environment outlook grim, UN says

The earth’s environmental systems “are being pushed towards their biophysical limits,” the United Nations Environment Program says. In a 525-page report on the health of the planet, the agency paints a grim picture. It says: “Several critical global, regional and local thresholds are close or have been exceeded. “……

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UN: Over $427 Million Humanitarian Relief Provided In 2011

Thursday, 7 June 2012, 1:40 pm Press Release: United Nations More Than $427 Million Provided For Humanitarian Relief In 2011, Says UN Report New York, May 29 2012 5:10PM The United Nations humanitarian office provided more than $427 million last year to assist countries that suffered from emergencies such as drought, floods, and food insecurity, released today by the Organization….

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Eyes turn skyward to witness transit of Venus across the sun

From the US to South Korea, people around the world turned their attention to the daytime sky on last night and early this morning in Asia to make sure they caught the rare sight of the transit of Venus. The next one won’t be for another 105 years. "If you can see the mole on Cindy Crawford’s face, you can ...

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Afghanistan suffers day of bloodshed at hands of Nato and Taliban

Thirty civilians killed by suicide bombers in market and air strike that wiped out village wedding party, say officials Afghan villagers gather at a house destroyed in a Nato raid in Logar province. Photograph: Ihsanullah Majroh/AP On a day of deadly violence that underlined the vulnerability of Afghans, , more than 30 civilians were killed by Taliban suicide attackers and ...

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Amnesty tells Israel: End detentions without trial

JERUSALEM (AP) — Amnesty International is urging Israel to release hundreds of Palestinians who are being held without charge. The rights group says in a report on Tuesday that the prisoners are mistreated and that Israel is violating international law with its practice, known as “administrative detention.” Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev denied the allegations. He says administrative detention is ...

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