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June 16, 2012
WAR REPORT
NATO chief urges ICC team release in Libya
Sydney (AFP) June 14, 2012
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday expressed "strong regret" at the detention of an International Criminal Court delegation in Libya and urged their swift release. "I strongly regret that certain groups in Libya have arrested or withheld representatives of the International Criminal Court and I would urge them to release those individuals as soon as possible," the Secretary General said in Australia. Rasmussen noted that the "new authorities in Libya have co-operated in a positive mann ... read more

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WATER WORLD

Water pacts re-examined amid Arab Spring
Amid the profound political changes sweeping the Arab world, there are moves to rewrite contentious water-sharing agreements that are becoming a major source of friction in the Middle East as water supplies shrink. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt military says presidential run-off on schedule
Egypt's ruling military council said on Thursday that a presidential run-off election will go ahead as scheduled on June 16 and 17, after a court rejected a law barring one of the candidates. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

US expanding secret spy bases in Africa: report
The United States military is expanding a secret network of air bases across Africa in order to spy on Al-Qaeda and other militant groups, the Washington Post reported late Wednesday. ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Amazon takes on iPad with new Kindle Fire tablet

Hong Kong to restrict foreign homebuyers from 2013

US judge OKs partial settlement in e-book case

Nordic-Baltic states seek more cooperation

Outside View: Jobs outlook grim

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EU businesses urge China's new leaders to speed reforms

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FARM NEWS

Niger farmland threatened by locusts: official
Large swathes of farmland are threatened by locusts in Niger even as the drought-prone African nation is grappling with a severe food crisis, a pest-control official said Wednesday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt grants army powers of arrest
Egypt's justice minister on Wednesday granted the army the right to arrest civilians, after such powers expired with the lifting of the decades-old state of emergency last month. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

UN trade body says Africa must embrace sustainable economy
Africa has abundant natural resources to kickstart its economy, but it needs to use them in a sustainable manner and requires outside help to develop, UN agency UNCTAD warned on Wednesday. ... more
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IRAQ WARS

Darfur refugees beat odds to play football in Iraq
They faced overwhelming odds - refugees from Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region living in 10 different camps in Chad who had only two months to come together as a football team. ... more
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Chinese doctors discover woman missing cerebellum

Indian Kashmir city 'in ruins' after floods

Mexico mine sets aside $147 mn for spill damages

Brazil's Pantanal: paradise needing protection

Severe flooding in Northern Pakistan photographed by NASA

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TERROR WARS

AQIM blames Germany over botched kidnap raid
Al-Qaeda's north African branch has blamed the German government for the recent death of a hostage in a botched rescue raid in Nigeria, and warned Berlin to improve its treatment of Muslims. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Madagascan community sets example of saving environment
With his hat pulled down low over his face, Mamy braved the autumnal winds and rain of the southern hemisphere to proudly point to a range of grey granite mountains in Madagascar. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Botswana, climate and tourism
Botswana's Okavango Delta is a sensitive ecosystem that could be affected detrimentally by climate change. Given the Delta's prominence in the country's tourist industry, such negative impacts could ... more
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ENERGY TECH

US exempts India, but not China, from Iran sanctions
The United States said Monday it would exempt seven emerging economies including India from tough new sanctions after they cut back on oil from Iran, but the punishment still loomed for China. ... more
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WAR REPORT

23 killed in two days of south Libya clashes: sources
Members of Libya's Toubou minority and government forces fought for a second consecutive day on Sunday, with the death toll rising to 23, tribal sources and a local military commander said. ... more
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IRAQ WARS

Iraq PM's rivals lack votes to oust him: president
Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki called for a national dialogue Sunday after President Jalal Talabani said his rivals lacked the votes to oust him, but opponents insisted their efforts had "just started." ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Contentious Angolan troops end Guinea-Bissau pullout
Angolan troops, whose presence in Guinea-Bissau angered local soldiers and prompted a coup in April, ended their pullout from the west African country Saturday, a military official said. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Mama Portia dishes out help for AIDS orphans
With woollen hats covering their heads from early morning chills, dozens of children troop into a courtyard for a bowl of hot cereal in South Africa's impoverished Alexandra township. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Kenya's fragile Lake Turkana threatened by Ethiopian dam
The fishermen and herders eking out an existence on the shores of the majestic Lake Turkana risk having their way of life destroyed by a giant dam under construction in Ethiopia, their neighbour to the north. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Carbon traders eye Mozambican stoves
Beaming with pride as she stirs a steaming pot of spinach and nuts, Maria Douca is one of the first in Mozambique's capital to own an ethanol-fired stove, burning fuel made from locally grown cassava. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Ethiopian dam spurs debate
The mud-coloured Omo River which snakes through green gorges, feeding lush vegetation and providing vital water to one of Ethiopia's most remote regions, will also power a contentious dam project. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

LRA rebels attack DR Congo wildlife park guards
Guards in a Democratic Republic of Congo wildlife park were attacked by Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who are an increasing threat to the reserve, its South African managers said Thursday. ... more
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Fossil discovery sheds new light on evolutionary history of higher primates
An international team of researchers has announced the discovery of Afrasia djijidae, a new fossil primate from Myanmar that illuminates a critical step in the evolution of early anthropoids-the gro ... more
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TRADE WARS

Gabon renegotiating Chinese iron mining deal
Gabon is renegotiating a deal with China for mining rights to the massive Belinga iron ore deposits and may ditch Beijing for another partner, Prime Minister Raymond Ndong Sima said Thursday. ... more
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WIND DAILY

Change in air as Africa's biggest wind farm set for Kenya
Tumbling down to the jade waters below, the rugged hills around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya are made of boulders and lava stone. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Sudanese refugees flee to South Sudan
More than 35,000 Sudanese refugees have recently fled into neighboring South Sudan to escape fighting, officials said. ... more
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US still concerned after arms treaty talks with Russia

US general Allen to head anti-jihadist coalition

Obama waits for Congress on Syria rebel aid

Why an air campaign agains ISIS is not enough

US insists no anti-jihadist coordination with Assad

Kurdish female fighters face jihadists in Iraq's north

China offers Russia 'helping hand' in Xi, Putin talks

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IRAQ WARS

Iran steps in to prop up Iraq's Maliki
Amid a surge of bombings in Iraq, Iran appears to be getting concerned about growing efforts to unseat Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whom Tehran helped to power. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Conflicts hinder Niger, Mali locust control: UN food agency
Political insecurity and conflicts in North Africa are hindering efforts to control swarms of desert locusts that threaten crops in Niger and Mali, the UN's food agency said on Tuesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Lesotho dams bring investment, at a cost
On a dusty mountaintop in Lesotho, Mamoliehi Tsapane beats sorghum with a wooden stick, the white grains popping from the husks over a bright green tarp. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Rio+20 should be Tahrir Square for greens: Silva
Activist and former Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva called Tuesday for protests matching the magnitude of Egypt's Tahrir Square demonstrations at an upcoming UN environmental meeting. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Somali soldiers train for urban combat in rural Uganda
Somali soldiers patrol a quiet village as locals sit on the terrace of a cafe, chatting and reading newspapers, when suddenly rebels armed with assault rifles appear and ambush them. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Sudan, S.Sudan defence ministers meet on border security
Defence ministers from Sudan and South Sudan met Monday to discuss border security following weeks of deadly fighting along their disputed frontier, even as reports of violence continued. ... more
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IRAQ WARS

Iraq crisis escalates with calls for PM to go
A series of intertwined political crises that began with accusations that Iraq's prime minister was consolidating power have escalated into calls to unseat him, and paralysed the country's government. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Sudan, SSudan defence ministers to discuss border security
The defence ministers of Sudan and South Sudan are set to meet in the Ethiopian capital on Monday to discuss border security, a South Sudanese official said. ... more
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