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June 21, 2012
TERROR WARS
Somali Islamists pounded by African troops
Mogadishu, Somalia (UPI) Jun 20, 2012
The Islamist militants of al-Shabaab, like their al-Qaida allies in nearby Yemen, are being driven out of towns they've held for years by Western-backed regional forces who are closing on the southern port city of Kismayu, al-Shabaab's last big stronghold and its financial hub. The word is that al-Shabaab, which means "the Youth," is on its last legs after being hammered for months in a three-pronged pincer assault by Ethiopian, Kenyan and other African forces aided by the United States, France ... read more

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WAR REPORT

Israel says raid kills Gazan behind Egypt border attack
Israeli air strikes on Wednesday killed a Gaza teenager and a militant who the army said was a "global jihad" operative behind a deadly ambush on Israel's border with Egypt. ... more
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TERROR WARS

Yemen: Retreating al-Qaida takes revenge
The assassination of one of Yemen's top military commanders, presumably by al-Qaida in retaliation for a government offensive, suggests the organization is far from crushed despite growing U.S. involvement in the conflict. ... more
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UAV NEWS

UN urges answers on US drone attacks, targeted killings
A UN expert on Tuesday urged Washington to clarify its rules on hunting Taliban and other suspects amid a "dramatic increase" in the use of drone attacks. ... 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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WAR REPORT

Sinai raid jolts Israel-Egypt peace treaty
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. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Record ivory heist at Zambia wildlife HQ
Thieves stole three tonnes of ivory tusks from a strong room at the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), the biggest heist of its kind in the country, an official said Wednesday. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Six lions speared to death outside Nairobi: official
Six lions were speared to death overnight on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital after they strayed from the city's national park and killed four goats, the Kenya Wildlife Service said Wednesday. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS

Rwanda's ex-army boss testifies of betrayal in murder bid
Former Rwandan army chief Faustin Nyamwasa took the stand Wednesday in the trial of six men accused of trying to kill him, detailing how his trusted driver had turned against him. ... more
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12 Nepalese guides killed in worst-ever Everest accident

Thousands evacuated near Peru volcano

Illegal logging widespread in Peru, says study

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

NASA Highlights Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission at Local Fair

S.Africa, Mozambique reach deal to fight rhino poaching

Sub dives deeper in hunt for missing MH370

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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: Egypt's political process
Car manufacturers know, if a new model sells well, stay with it. Simply introduce enhancements annually - but, having made it popular, don't abandon it for one untested. ... more
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WAR REPORT

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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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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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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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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NASA Completes LADEE Mission with Planned Impact on Moon's Surface

Quest for extraterrestrial life not over: experts

Satellite telecom vulnerable to hackers: researchers

First Earth-sized planet found in 'habitable zone': NASA

Growth of Antarctic ice sheet triggered warming in the Southern Ocean during Miocene

Xi urges China to build up joint space and air power

Russia launches its new ICBM from Plesetsk space centre

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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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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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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia to 'boost military presence' on disputed Kurils

Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world

F-35 in first international flight

US to send 'non-lethal' military aid to Ukraine: Hagel

ISS to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

US settlement reached to sell Iran-owned skyscraper in New York

Iraq policeman dies shielding recruits, attacks kill 21

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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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