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June 19, 2012
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Sinai raid jolts Israel-Egypt peace treaty
Eilat, Israel (UPI) Jun 18, 2012
In a rare move, Israel deployed Merkava tanks to the border with Egypt after an Israel and two marauders were killed in an attack from the Sinai Peninsula, heightening concerns about the two neighbors' landmark 1979 peace treaty. Monday's raid came amid a highly charged second round in Egypt's presidential election as the Arab world's most populous nation struggles to find its way in the messy aftermath of the February 2011 downfall of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, a staunch supporter of the ... read more

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Israeli civilian, two gunmen killed in Egypt border ambush
Militants from Sinai who sneaked across the Egyptian border on Monday killed an Israeli civilian, triggering a firefight with Israel's army which left two gunmen dead, the military said. ... more
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TERROR WARS

Islamists in northern Mali fire on two aircraft
Islamist militants who have taken control of Timbuktu in northwest Mali fired on two aircraft flying over the famed desert trading town, residents and a journalist said Friday. ... more
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WOOD PILE

US, others commit to restoring damaged forests
The United States, Rwanda and a coalition of Brazilian groups on Monday vowed to restore at least 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of damaged forests. ... 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

Empire-style computers? Frenchman takes PCs to lap of luxury

Google-Microsoft field smartphones to take on iPhone 5

EU businesses urge China's new leaders to speed reforms

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DEMOCRACY

US concerned Egypt's military clinging to power
The United States said Monday Egypt's military appeared to be clinging to power after ruling generals declared sweeping new powers just after a pivotal presidential vote. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Cape Town juggles buffer between humans and deadly sharks
Undetected on the mountain slope, Tino Simmerie sweeps his binoculars over the South African bay where bathers happily splash about in turquoise waters. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt army issues new constitutional document: state TV
Egypt's ruling military council has issued an amended constitutional declaration, Egypt's state television reported on Sunday, as polls in the country's key presidential run-off closed. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Lions on the loose in Kenyan capital's urban jungle
When Danish author Karen Blixen penned her autobiography "Out of Africa", she wrote of the fierce leopards and lions that prowled the coffee estate she farmed at the foot of Kenya's Ngong hills. ... more
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60% of China underground water polluted: report

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How Australia got the hump with 1 million feral camels

Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making

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FLORA AND FAUNA

Herbivores select on floral architecture in a South African bird-pollinated plant
Floral displays, such as the color, shape, size, and arrangement of flowers, are typically thought to have evolved primarily in response to selection by pollinators—for animal-pollinated species, be ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt army aims to keep centre ground in politics
A controversial court decision on the eve of Egypt's second round presidential vote gives the nation's army the means to keep its key political role and challenge the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Work begins on China-backed hydroelectric dam in Cameroon
Cameroon's President Paul Biya on Friday launched the official start of work on a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam expected to become operational by 2017. ... more
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WAR REPORT

NATO chief urges ICC team release in Libya
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. ... more
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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 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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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

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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Russia to Keep Working With Astronauts From US, Europe, Japan

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NASA Selects Commercial Crew Program Manager

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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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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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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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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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Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

The battle of the Mr. Cools

China and rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance: Obama

Kiev announces town 'liberated' but residents dumbfounded

Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

Patria vehicles getting Saab communications electronics

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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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