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London 2012: Olympic flame to be lit in Greece

The Olympic flame will be lit in a ceremony in Olympia, Greece, on Thursday ahead of the start of the torch relay and the London 2012 Games. The flame is kindled by a 'high priestess' who captures the morning sun's rays in a parabolic mirror. The ceremony comes amid political and economic turmoil in the home of the Ancient Olympics, ...

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UN: Arms smuggled both ways between Lebanon, Syria

The United Nations has information that arms are being smuggled in both directions between Lebanon and Syria, a UN Middle East envoy said Wednesday. The envoy, Terje Roed-Larsen, said the Middle East is seeing a spiralling ‘‘dance of death” because of the conflict in Syria as President Bashar Al Assad confronts opponents. "Based on information, there are reasons to believe ...

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Cuts to foreign aid ‘could cost 250,000 lives’

BITTER disappointment at the budget decision to strip back promised foreign aid worth almost $3 billion over the next four years has quickly turned to cynicism within development circles, with experts questioning whether the government’s long-promised target has been delayed or doomed. The prospect of ever realising the bipartisan target to invest 0.5 per cent of gross national income in ...

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New Antarctic ice shelf threatened by warming

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists are predicting the disappearance of another vast ice shelf in Antarctica by the end of the century that will accelerate rising sea levels. The Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf fringing the Weddell Sea on the eastern side of Antarctica has so far not seen ice loss from global warming and much of the observation of melting has focused ...

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Poll: Support for Afghan war at new low

WASHINGTON — Support for the war in Afghanistan has reached a new low, with only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort and about half of those who oppose the war saying the continued presence of American troops in Afghanistan is doing more harm than good, according to an AP-GfK poll. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE In this May 2, ...

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The Only Way to Fix the World Economy

Europe is a mess, and not because voters there are rejecting the austerity policies that are driving the European Union straight into recession. The USA’s economy is picking up in some ways, but is still stalled out in others. And looming over everything are all these toxic assets the world’s biggest banks created for themselves, and the mountains of debt ...

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UN official: Plight of Afghan poor may worsen

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top U.N. official says Afghanistan’s security situation has overshadowed the humanitarian needs of the nation’s poorest, and their plight may worsen as international assistance wanes. The World Bank says the transition, in which NATO forces are handing over security to Afghans, will likely coincide with a decline in foreign aid. That could lead to serious ...

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It’s scandalous! says top economist on Spanish bank bailout plan

Spain’s planned banking bailout is scarily reminiscent of the path Ireland chose on its way to collapse and has left top economist Andrew Lilico deeply mystified. In his keynote address at Citywire Montreux 2012, Lilico, director of research bureau Europe Economics, set out the challenges, key battles and potential solutions for the eurozone debt crisis. The market commentator said he ...

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Illegal gold mines imperil Peru’s Amazon

Illegal gold miners in Peru are destroying thousands of hectares of the Amazon jungle that are home to some of the world’s most important biologically diverse species. Environmentalists say the damage done to the forest could cause peril to the local habitat. Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reports from the rainforest of Madre de Dios, in Peru’s southeast. Source: Al Jazeera ...

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