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UN leads New York’s Madiba celebration

NELSON Mandela’s 94th birthday was celebrated beyond the borders of SA yesterday — with the United Nations (UN) leading the events and activities that took place in New York to commemorate the day. In recognition of Mr Mandela’s contributions to democracy, racial justice, reconciliation and his service to humanity, the UN General Assembly three years ago declared July 18 as ...

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In EU, party politics unite and divide

In European Union politics, party loyalties play less of a role than they do at the national level. But affiliation with the left or right can still have an effect in Brussels – as in the current case with Romania. The EU Commission is keeping a critical eye on the current policies of Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, the socialist ...

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UN to vote Thursday on disputed Syria resolution

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Thursday on a new Syria resolution after a last-minute delay failed to get key Western nations and Russia to agree on measures to end the dramatically escalating violence — but both sides remained deeply divided. Election 2012: Across the nation Obama bracing to be outspent by Romney SPIN METER: ‘Middle ...

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Nearly 300 rhinos killed in South Africa this year

Tweet Pretoria, July 19 (IANS) A total of 281 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, and 176 people arrested for the killings, state-run news agency SA News reported. According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Kruger National Park – with an area of over 19,000 square km, has lost 164 rhinos to poaching….

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Pros and cons of Western Palestinian solidarity

The posture of solidarity with the struggle of “the other” is more complex than it might appear at first glance. It seems a simple act to join with others in opposing severe injustice and cruelty, especially when its reality is experienced and witnessed first-hand, as I have for several decades in relation to the Palestinian struggle. I was initially led ...

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Rajesh Khanna, first Bollywood "superstar", dies aged 69

Rajesh Khanna has died aged 69, two days after being discharged from hospital. The veteran actor and politician was admitted to Lilavati Hospital after ongoing complaints of feeling weak and fatigued. He is described as the first Indian “superstar”, and has appeared in 163 films since his acting debut in 1966. Actress Divya Dutta tweeted: “Rip rajesh khanna! t very ...

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Climate and the Food Crisis

The Age of Disruptive Climate Change, and its impact on the supply of food, is a major source of modern-day uprisings, toppling governments around the world. The United States is “the breadbasket of the world,” and the largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, accounting for one in every three tonnes of staple grains that feed the world. Over the ...

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Boy Scouts of America keep gay ban

After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, angering critics who hoped that relentless protest campaigns might lead to change. The Scouts cited support from parents as a key reason for keeping the policy and expressed hope that the prolonged debate over it might now subside. Bitter reactions from gay-rights activists ...

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SUNRISE: City officials to discuss Mountain Shadows rebuilding

The City Council will meet with the Mayor’s Counsel at 10 a.m. Monday to exchange ideas about rebuilding Mountain Shadows, as well as “lessons learned” from the Waldo Canyon fire. The meeting will take place in Suite 102 of the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. As The Gazette’s , “Homeowners will make individual decisions about whether to rebuild ...

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Kerry Kennedy: NY auto accident caused by seizure

ARMONK, N.Y. — Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said doctors believe her recent auto accident on a highway was caused not by drugs or alcohol, but by a seizure stemming from an old brain injury. Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaks after she appeared at the North Castle Justice Court in Armonk, ...

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