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Al-Shabab: US puts price on Somali militants

The United States is to offer millions of dollars in rewards for information leading to the capture of leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab. It is the first time the US has offered money for specific members of the group, which announced its allegiance to al-Qaeda earlier this year. It has put a price of $7m (£4.5m) on al-Shabab's ...

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Panetta visits Afghanistan to take stock of progress

Winding up a nine-day tour of Asia, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Kabul to get an assessment of the progress in the ‘war on terror’ from top military commanders. On his fourth trip to Afghanistan, US Defense Minister Leon Panetta is scheduled to get a briefing from the top commander of the NATO-led forces,…

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Central Asia group admits Afghanistan as observer

China, Russia and four Central Asian states granted Afghanistan observer status in their regional grouping on Thursday, moving to boost their influence with the impoverished, war-torn nation ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. Chinese President Hu Jintao announced the plan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s annual summit in Beijing. Russia and China ...

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Annan wants new strategy to end Syria conflict

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Against the backdrop of a new massacre in Syria, international envoy Kofi Annan on Thursday will propose tasking a group of world powers and key regional players including Iran to come up with a strategy to end the 15-month conflict, U.N. diplomats said. Annan will present the United Nations with a ...

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Dozens of civilians die in bloody day in Afghanistan

Kabul Dozens of civilians were killed in a bloody day across Afghanistan on Wednesday as a twin suicide bombing ripped through a crowded makeshift bazaar and a Nato air strike hit a home, Afghan officials said. Two Nato soldiers were also killed in a helicopter crash, the cause of which was under investigation, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. ...

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Euro Crisis: Should Germany Take The Blame?

Europe's guns are increasingly turning on Germany over its handling of the eurozone crisis Alistair Bunkall, business correspondent Days before David Cameron’s last visit to Berlin, a senior figure in Angela Merkel’s CDU party made the claim that “suddenly Europe is speaking German”. It was a suggestion that Germany was now the dominant decision-maker in the eurozone and even the ...

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Indigenous Food Can Be Important Tool To Fight Hunger – UN

Thursday, 7 June 2012, 2:47 pm Press Release: United Nations Neglected Indigenous Food Can Be Important Tool To Fight Hunger – UN Official New York, May 31 2012 2:10PM Indigenous foods which have been neglected by the food industry and urban consumers can be an important tool to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, a United Nations official said today. “The focus ...

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Global environment outlook grim, UN says

The earth’s environmental systems “are being pushed towards their biophysical limits,” the United Nations Environment Program says. In a 525-page report on the health of the planet, the agency paints a grim picture. It says: “Several critical global, regional and local thresholds are close or have been exceeded. “……

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