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Central African Republic: thousands seek refuge with French troops

Along the airfield in the capital of the Central African Republic, a makeshift camp for the thousands fleeing brutal violence now sprawls. Men armed with machetes and whips made of rubber and string stand guard next to an open space that has turned into a busy marketplace. Youth haggle over cell phone SIM cards, pieces of wood, and plastic sheeting. ...

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Pinoy architect suggests Lego-type homes

WHILE President Benigno Aquino III already made pronouncement that the Philippines needed at least $3 billion (P132 billion) to rehabilitate the areas devastated by killer Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), an Filipino architect suggested a faster, more economical way of building houses for those affected by the super typhoon. The Eastern Visayas region which was the worst hit by Yolanda…

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President Sirleaf and Former Prime Minister Blair Hold Talks, in Monrovia, on Liberia’s ‘Big Push’ Development Objectives; Meet the Press (Executive Mansion of the Republic of Liberia)

(Source: Executive Mansion of the Republic of Liberia) Saturday, 7th December 2013 At a press stakeout, President Sirleaf and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair report on their talks and the work of his Africa Governance Initiative in Liberia. Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo / Executive Mansion Monrovia, Liberia – On a two-day visit to Liberia, the Right Honorable Mr. Tony ...

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Health Net Foundation Pledges $50,000 to Aid Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Health Net Foundation, Inc., the charitable foundation of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE: HNT), has pledged $50,000 to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region to aid its efforts on behalf of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Additionally, Health Net associates raised $16,000, which increased the overall…

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Australian court strikes down gay marriage

Australia’s highest court has struck down a landmark law that allowed the country’s first gay marriages. Dozens have wed in the nation’s capital, but those marriages will be annulled in light of Thursday’s ruling, which found that the country’s parliament – not state and territorial authorities – has the final…

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ESA’s satellite shows Antarctica’s ice loss on the rise

Tweet Washington, Dec. 11 (ANI): Three years of observations by ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is losing over 150 cubic kilometres of ice each year- considerably more than when last surveyed. Dr. Malcolm McMillan from the University of Leeds, UK, said they…

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Afghan president lashes out at US ‘threats’

PARIS: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai lashed out at the United States, accusing it of making threats in the dispute over an agreement to keep US troops in the country beyond 2014. In an interview published today by the French daily Le Monde, Karzai says the US is “absolutely” acting like a colonial…

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Pussy Riot Almost Free, Maybe, Thanks to Suddenly Sensitive Putin

International punk icons Pussy Riot could be released from prison early under a new amnesty bill — proposed by Vladimir Putin — to celebrate the anniversary of Russia’s 1993 constitution. See? Not totalitarian-ish at all! The new rule would reportedly…

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Thailand’s Embattled Prime Minister Insists She Will Stay

Steve Herman BANGKOK — Thailand’s government is again rebuffing demands from protest leaders that it be dissolved to make way for an appointed council to lead the country. A day after she moved to dissolve the parliament and call for elections, it became evident that weeks of street protests against her government were taking an emotional toll on prime minister ...

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Thai House dissolved, yet protests persist

Anti-government protesters pass a giant Thai national flag outside the Government House during a demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand, Dec. 9, 2013. Thailand’s anti-government protesters on Monday demanded interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign immediately and hand power to a “people’s council.” (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun) Click here for more photos>>> BANGKOK, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on ...

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