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Stronger political will worldwide crucial to tackle growing refugee crisis, UN warns

Print Email 3 October 2012 &#150 A senior United Nations official appealed today for strengthened political will to help the world’s more than 42 million refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, amid a recent rise in new humanitarian emergencies in Africa and the Middle East. Drawn-out displacement, insecurity, difficulties in helping acutely vulnerable people, funding shortages, and a ‘not ...

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India-Pak come together to commemorate Gandhi’s birthday at UN

United Nations, October 03: India and Pakistan came together to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at the UN, celebrated as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence’, a day after they sparred over Kashmir. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri hosted the commemorative event yesterday at the UN headquarters here and was joined by his Pakistani counterpart ...

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U.N. Security Council says progress being made in Haiti, but peacekeepers should remain

Acknowledging recent progress in Haiti, U.N. Security Council members on Wednesday called on Haitian leaders to deliver on promises — including strengthening the rule of law and holding credible and transparent elections to “send a powerful message” to the international community, potential investors and the Haitian population. “The swearing in of a new government, the publication of the…

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Somalia’s Sarajevo

In Somalia, a yearlong military offensive by Kenyan and Somali forces has succeeded in capturing the strategic seaport of Kismayo from the jihadi group al-Shabab. The liberation of Kismayo is a major setback for al-Shabab, but is also a big test for the African peacekeeping force — the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) — and the new post-transition Somali ...

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India minister Jaiswal apologises for ‘sexist’ remark

A senior Indian minister has apologised for his remarks that wives lose their appeal with age. Federal Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said he had been quoted out of context, and that he was joking when he made the remarks at a poetry…

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EU nuclear reactors need 10-25 billion euros safety spend

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s nuclear reactors need investment of 10-25 billion euros, a draft European Commission report said, following a safety review designed to ensure a disaster like Japan’s Fukushima cannot happen. The Commission is expected to finalize the stress test report by Thursday and then it will be debated by EU ministers later this month. After that, the Commission ...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Divorce: Star Talks Reconciliation With Maria Shriver (VIDEO)

Arnold Schwarzenegger told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday that he believes he and estranged wife Maria Shriver are likely to reconcile one day, despite his affair with the couple’s household staffer which produced a love child and sparked the pair’s separation in July 2011. “I’m the forever optimist. So I do see that Maria and I get together eventually,” said ...

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Spanish Regions Agree to Deficit Plan

BARCELONA — Spain’s 17 regional governments agreed Tuesday to stick to budget deficit targets set by the central government, giving Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy some breathing space at a time when he faces pressure from investors and his European partners to clean up Spain’s banks and public finances. Enlarge This Image Sergio Perez/Reuters Artur Mas, the Catalan leader, shown arriving ...

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Waiting for an Arab Spring of ideas

During a recent visit to the United States, I was asked by intellectuals and journalists: Were we misled, during the Arab awakening, into thinking that Muslims could actually embrace democratic ideals? The short answer is no. Participants in the recent violent demonstrations over an Islamophobic video were a tiny minority. They do not represent the millions of Muslims who have ...

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Somalia: Kenyan army says it now controls Kismayo

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Allied African troops have taken full control of Kismayo in Somalia, the last stronghold of Islamist rebels who have been fighting against the country’s internationally backed government, a Kenyan military official said Tuesday. Remnants of the militants, known as al-Shabab, executed seven civilians who did not support them in the southern part of Kismayo on Monday, ...

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