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June 22, 2012
WAR REPORT
Outside View: Game book
Brick, N.J. (UPI) Jun 21, 2012
Take A few steps back, allow a few months to pass, and Syria becomes Libya. A contrivance of elegant subtlety, Syria President Bashar Assad has blundered into the same trap a Moammar Gadhafi. We, the United States and our Western allies, are preparing the final end for Assad. He might yet suffer the same ignominious death as Gadhafi - shot it the head, covered in filth, cowering in a sewer. Or he may take his billions and decamp to Iran. Iran is the only place on Earth that would shelte ... read more

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TERROR WARS

Somali Islamists pounded by African troops
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. ... 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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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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AFRICA NEWS

'I was shot for defying Kagame', says Rwanda's ex-army boss
Rwanda's former army chief told a South African court Thursday that he was shot two years ago for defying President Paul Kagame, as he testified in the trial of six men accused of attempting to kill him. ... more
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EPIDEMICS

Zimbabwe lawmakers get tested for HIV
Dozens of Zimbabwean lawmakers on Thursday underwent HIV tests at parliament, with many pledging to undergo circumcision the following day, at the start of a new anti-AIDS campaign. ... 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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ENERGY TECH

OPEC Could Collapse As Shale Gas Pops Peak Oil Myth
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which in its heyday could trigger global economic crises by turning off the oil taps, faces an uncertain future as the shale oil revolution transforms the energy business. ... 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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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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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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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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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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SpaceX Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station Set for Friday, Spacewalk Wednesday

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Unexpected Teleconnections in Noctilucent Clouds

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NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

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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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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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Russia should be ready for non-contact war

China's maritime area being carved up

Foes flex muscles in east Ukraine as NATO beefs up forces

Syria at 'critical moment', China tells opposition chief

Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

Lockheed to continue torpedo maintenance

US missile cruiser headed back to port after fire

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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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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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