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Eurozone posts 13.1-billion September trade surplus

AFP – The eurozone posted another big 12-month increase in its trade surplus on Monday, the latest monthly data from the EU’s Eurostat agency showed. The first estimate for September gave a 13.1-billion-euro surplus ($17.7 billion) for the trade in goods with the rest of the world, compared with 8.6 billion euros in September 2012. A trade surplus is one ...

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Heart-breaking pleas for help as Philippine storm victims await aid

Ten days after one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, some residents of remote villages in Eastern Samar province, where the storm made landfall in the central Philippines, said they were still waiting for aid. The Philippines is facing an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 3,974 people and left 1,186 missing, with many isolated ...

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UN launches info superhighway map in Asia-Pacific

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations launched an interactive map of the information superhighway on Monday to help bridge the digital divide in the Asia-Pacific region. The digital gap in the region, also considered as the inequality of income, education and knowledge, has been widened as a result of uneven technological development, said UN officials. “Rising inequality – both income ...

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The ‘dissenting’ clerics killed in Afghanistan

The last decade has seen a little-reported but systematic campaign by insurgents to silence Afghan clerics who disagree with their tactics and ideology. More than 800 religious scholars who confronted the Taliban by calling their insurgency un-Islamic and unlawful have been killed. The most recent killing took place a week ago when prominent religious scholar Maulawi Ata Muhammad was shot ...

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Nasa Mars mission launches: Maven’s journey begins

18 November 2013 Last updated at 23:03 GMT The US space agency Nasa has launched its latest mission to Mars by sending a spacecraft, Maven, to orbit the red planet for a year. The goal is to find out how the planet changed from being warm and wet, to its current cold, dry state. Pallab Ghosh reports. Read more…

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Google, Microsoft team up to fight online child pornography

Web giants agree to modify search algorithms to exclude search terms associated with photos and videos containing child sex abuse. by In response to the alarming proliferation of photos and videos containing child pornography on the Internet, Web search giants Google and Microsoft plan to introduce measures to block the content from their search results. The modifications will prevent more ...

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UN report reveals up to 12,000 Taliban deaths in a year

As many as 12,000 Taliban fighters may have been killed in Afghanistan in the past year, according to a UN report which warns that despite the successes of the Afghan military, the insurgency will remain resilient as long as it enjoys a wide range of illicit income streams. According to Afghan government sources and “Taliban internal statistics” quoted in…

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World Bank to extend $500m loan to Philippines

MANILA – The World Bank said on Monday it is extending an emergency loan of $500 million to help the Philippine government develop a reconstruction plan for areas badly hit by typhoon “Haiyan,” locally named “Yolanda.” The World Bank said the emergency loan is being given…

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Are U.N. Global-Warming Talks Futile?

And if they are, what does that mean for efforts to tackle global warming? The United Nations’ big annual confab on climate change is going into its second—and traditionally high-profile and high-stakes—half in Warsaw, Poland, this week. But…

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