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Palestinian president, US official discuss peace process

Tweet Gaza, May 9 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with the US National Security Adviser Susan Rice. “During the meeting in Ramallah (Thursday), Abbas and Rice discussed the faltering peace process and the Israeli decision to suspend the US-mediated peace talks,” Xinhua quoted Nabil…

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Berlusconi to begin community service for tax fraud

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is due to start a year of community service at a care home near Milan. He was sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud last year, commuted to four hours work a week with elderly dementia patients. The Catholic care home says Berlusconi, 77, will be treated like any other assistant. The ...

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Twisters rouse interest in shelters, safe rooms

OKLAHOMA CITY — Last year’s tornado season wasn’t the worst in Oklahoma history, either in the number of twisters or the number of lives taken. But the deadly barrage that killed more than 30 people scared Oklahomans in a way that previous storms had not, moving them to add tornado shelters or reinforced safe rooms to their homes. There’s just ...

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We Will Dismantle Boko Haram – President Mahama Vows

President John Mahama has directed the National Security Council (NSC) to enhance security measures in the country as part of efforts to prevent terrorist attacks. The President made this known in a letter he wrote from Nigeria, where he, in his capacity as ECOWAS Chairman, is conferring with President Goodluck Jonathan on how best to handle Boko Haram – a ...

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Nigerian President Vows Kidnapped Girls Will Be the ‘Beginning of the End of Terror’

The tone at the World Economic Forum in Nigeria today was tempered by the 276 school girls being held hostage by an extremist group, as Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed the kidnappings would be the “beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria.” Speaking at the World Economic Forum in the capital city of Abuja, Jonathan began the day with ...

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Security Council Committee on Somalia and Eritrea Approves Implementation Assistance Notice on Charcoal from Somalia (7 May 2014) SC/11384 (UN – United Nations)

(Source: UN – United Nations) On 7 May 2014, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea adopted its first implementation assistance notice (IAN) entitled “Recommendations on interdiction…

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Sikorsky wins $1.24 billion US helicopter deal

Travel Deals $39 & up — Amtrak: One-Way Northeast Fares, 25% Off   See all travel deals » The Associated Press Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:12 PM STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has won a $1.24 billion contract to build the next fleet of “Marine One” presidential helicopters. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies ...

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South Sudan: Savage conflict grips world’s newest country as Amnesty warns of famine (Amnesty International United Kingdom Section)

(Source: Amnesty International United Kingdom Section) Displaced women and children line up to receive humanitarian aid in Malakal IDP camp, where conditions are dire © Taken By AI Staff on Mission to South Sudan A new investigation into the conflict in South Sudan has revealed horrific atrocities committed by both sides, with targeted attacks on civilians due to their ethnicity ...

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World Press Freedom Day meeting sounds the alarm at increasing attacks; declaration calls free media vital to future UN ‘development goals’ (AEJ – Association of European Journalists)

(Source: AEJ – Association of European Journalists) At the major gathering at UNESCO in Paris for 2014 World Press Freedom Day UNESCO launched itsWorld Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, including shocking evidence of many states’ persistent failure to find and punish those responsible for killings of journalists and other attacks that deprive societies of access to reliable ...

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Pianists celebrate wartime composers

Many composers have been affected by war. Some were killed in battle, others by disease, and still others suffered physical or emotional wounds. The Pianist, the fourth concert in…

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