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UN makes urgent call for Yemen dialogue

NEW YORK ‘ The United Nations made an urgent call Tuesday for Yemen’s political parties to initiate a national dialogue, warning that its transition was under threat. The UN-brokered power transition deal that eased president Ali Abdullah Saleh out of office a year ago after three decades in power and following protests calls for the national dialogue to produce a ...

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Does the UN’s observer state status change Palestine’s position?

TIMES VIEW Palestine’s on stronger ground With over two-thirds of the United Nations voting to give Palestine non-member observer state status, the latter’s on stronger ground than ever before. Crucially, coming on the 65th anniversary of the same institution resolving to divide British-controlled Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, this vote signifies the world finally realising the injustice of denying ...

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NATO pledges continued support for Afghanistan

NATO combat troops are set to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Member states have promised continued commitment, but key questions still need to be resolved. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is full of praise for the transfer of security responsibility in Afghanistan. By the time NATO member states finally withdraw the ISAF troops from Afghanistan ...

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Differing Afghan, US priorities could hurt proposed security agreement

KABUL — When Afghan and American negotiators sat down here last month to begin talks on a bilateral security agreement that would define and govern a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, their meeting was cordial, vague and brief. When the two sides meet again this month for more substantive discussions, each will begin to lay out a competing set ...

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China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars

Four kinds of vegetables were grown in an “ecological life support system”, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions, Xinhua news agency said Monday. The system, which relies on plants and…

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Powerful typhoon kills 74 in Philippines

Manila, December 04: At least 43 villagers and soldiers drowned in a southern Philippine town Tuesday when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck, officials said. The deaths raised the toll from one of the strongest storms to hit the country this year to at least 74. Gov ...

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AP IMPACT: China Overtaking US As Global Trader

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shin Cheol-soo no longer sees his future in the United States. The South Korean businessman supplied components to American automakers for a decade. But this year, he uprooted his family from Detroit and moved home to focus on selling to the new economic superpower: China. FIND OUT NOW In just five years, China has surpassed ...

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UN Secretary General condemns proposed Israeli settlements

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has criticized Israel’s proposed new West Bank settlements, saying they’ll deal a “fatal blow” to peace. The comments follow Israel’s confiscation of tax and tariff funds from Palestine. Ban Ki-moon (pictured above) warned Israel Sunday, saying 3,000 new proposed settlement homes would harm the peace process with the Palestinians. Israel authorized the construction hours after ...

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Mars Rover Detects Simple Organic Compounds

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has detected several simple carbon-based organic compounds on Mars, but it remains unclear whether they were formed via Earthly contamination or whether they contain only elements indigenous to the planet.Speaking at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco, Curiosity mission leaders also said that the compound perchlorate—identified previously in polar Mars—appeared to also be ...

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