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Iraq war: timeline of last nine years

Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last US troops from Iraq on Wednesday, marking a symbolic end to a damaging war. US President Barack Obama speaks at Fort Bragg Photo: GETTY 6:04PM GMT 14 Dec 2011 Oct. 11, 2002 – The US Congress votes overwhelmingly to authorise President George W. Bush to use force against Iraq, giving him a ...

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UN official: Syria death toll data reliable

The United Nations says that more than 5,000 people are believed to have been killed in the Syrian government’s crackdown on protests since the country’s uprising began in March. Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief, said on Monday that at least 300 children were among the dead. But Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s UN ambassador, said the UN briefing was part ...

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Abbas raises Palestinian flag at UNESCO, eyes more

PARIS (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Abbas symbolically hoisted the Palestinian flag at the headquarters of the U.N. cultural agency on Tuesday calling it the first step to international recognition for Palestine. The Palestinian flag waves after a flag raising ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris December 13, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Some 50 diplomatic guests watched as Abbas lifted the flag ...

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China Needs Respect From The Rest of The World Says Dalai Lama

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Prague – Senior and former Czech politicians, including Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, met the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in Prague the Czech capital, on the first day of his three day visit (10-12, December), where he gave public lectures, talks and speeches on peace, democracy and Human ...

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Kenyan forces pledge further push into Somalia

RAS KAMBONI, Somalia — Kenyan troops and their Somali allies say they will push deeper into insurgent-controlled territory in Somalia now that rains have stopped, as the U.N. called for $1.5 billion in aid for those hit by famine in the Horn of Africa nation. Mohamed Ibrahim Farah, a spokesman for a Kenyan-allied Somali militia at Somalia’s southern tip, said ...

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Rupee falls further; at Rs 53.75 vs dlr

The Indian rupee tanked 52 paise to a record low of Rs 53.75 against US dollar in early trade today, a day after breaching the Rs 53 per dollar-mark, on increased demand for the…

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Elizabeth Taylor auction sets world record

The Elizabeth Taylor Collection sets a new world record for the most valuable private collection of jewels sold at auction, fetching £74million in one night. BY Melissa Whitworth | 14 December 2011 –> A phone bidder signals during the action of The Elizabeth Taylor Collection of jewellery in New York on Tuesday night. Photo: Reuters Elizabeth Taylor’s emerald and diamond ...

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Papua New Guinea’s toppled PM reinstated

Papua New Guinea’s deposed prime minister has been reinstated by the country’s governor-general in an effort to resolve a months-long deadlock which sees two men claiming the top political job. The governor general, Michael Ogio, who represents Papua New Guinea’s head of state Queen Elizabeth II, on Wednesday backed an earlier court ruling supporting Michael Somare’s claim that his rival, ...

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West turning blind eye to torture in Uzbekistan, says report

Human Rights Watch says torture continues to be widespread in the jails of Uzbekistan, but the US and EU have given the brutal regime of Islam Karimov an easy ride, due to the country’s strategic location bordering Afghanistan. The report makes for difficult reading, detailing a litany of torture cases including beatings, electric shocks, asphyxiation and threats of sexual violence. ...

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Boosted Global Efforts Against Malaria Lead To Fewer Deaths

Wednesday, 14 December 2011, 12:06 pm Press Release: UN News New York, Dec 13 2011 5:10PM The expansion of malaria prevention and control measures have resulted in a decline of more than 25 per cent in the number of deaths caused by the disease in the past decade, and a 33 per cent reduction in mortality rates in Africa, the ...

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