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Rains pose new risk to famine survivors

Millions of people who survive the famine gripping the Horn of Africa will be at risk of fatal disease when the rainy season begins, it was warned yesterday. Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State for International Development, said that urgent vaccination programmes were needed to protect the most vulnerable, especially children. “What will kill people is not only starvation. When ...

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Spirit of America: Remembering 9/11

On September 11, 2001, our views, our way of life, our world was changed forever. As the 10 year mark approaches, scars and memories of 9/11 are revisited, our country’s soldiers continue to serve in remote regions of the world. The Washington, DC area will host several weekend long events to celebrate America, honor the memories of those who were lost, ...

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G8 to extend Arab Spring financing pledge to $38 billion

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) – Group of Eight finance chiefs gathered in southern France on Saturday will pledge $38 billion in financing to Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan over 2011-13, a G8 source told Reuters. Finance ministers and senior officials from the G7 major economies plus Russia are to extend an assistance partnership set up with Egypt and Tunisia at a ...

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Japan’s new PM faces early trouble after minister gaffes

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s new government ran into trouble after just a week in office with calls for one of his ministers to quit over gaffes on the sensitive topic of radiation from the tsunami-hit Fukushima plant. Trade Minister Yoshio Hachiro faced pressure to resign on Saturday after reports that he joked with a reporter about ...

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Palestinians to press for full UN recognition

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, made it clear last night that he was going ahead with his application for statehood at the UN and suggested the international community had left it “too late” to find a formula that would forestall the request. Despite US efforts to dissuade him, Mr Abbas said he planned to go to the UN on 19 ...

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Erdogan: Turkish forces to escort aid to Gaza

Turkey’s naval forces would escort Turkey’s humanitarian aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip, said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following Israel’s refusal to apologise for its deadly raid on an aid flotilla heading to the Palestinian Territories in May 2010. “We have humanitarian aid to be sent there….

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President Barack Obama’s jobs bill speech

Washington – President Obama emphatically announced the much needed jobs bill before Congress and America in a powerful speech, Thursday Sept. 8, 2011. Unfortunately, candidates of the GOP debate held just a day earlier, were dwarfed under the presence and speech of President Obama Thursday. With little presidential attributes, the candidates many times placed focus on President Obama as a ...

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New Zealand rout Tonga in Rugby World Cup opener as Williams stars

• New Zealand 41-10 Tonga: Minute-by-minute report • Watch World Cup video highlights, interviews and more • Browse our interactive guide to the venues and fixtures New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams scores a try during the All Blacks’ 2011 Rugby World Cup match against Tonga. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images…

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US on alert for 9/11 anniversary

US counter-terrorism officials are chasing a credible but unconfirmed al Qaida threat to use a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington. It was the first “active plot” timed to coincide with the sombre commemoration of the terror group’s September 11 attacks a decade ago that killed nearly 3,000 people. Counter-terrorism officials worked through the ...

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Egypt’s military ruler summoned in Mubarak trial

CAIRO ‘ The chief judge in the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday summoned high-profile witnesses including Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to testify in court. Prosecutors, meanwhile, accused a police witness of having revised his testimony to favour the defendants, following accusations in the Egyptian media of a cover-up over the killings of hundreds of ...

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