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Tourism can play a key role in tackling climate change – UN-backed report

The tourism sector contributes around 5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions10 October 2011 – Countries should strengthen their incentives for the tourism sector to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adopt environmentally friendly policies as it has the potential to play a key role in combating climate change, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. The report, ...

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Tusk secures clear victory in Polish parliamentary poll

Warsaw – Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s centre-right Civic Platform Party gained a clear victory in Poland’s weekend parliamentary elections, securing 39 per cent of vote, election officials said Monday, after almost all the votes had been counted. The opposition Law and Justice Party headed by Jaroslaw Kaczynski garnered 30 per cent of the vote, apparently failing to draw support on ...

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Changes to UK law won’t protect Tzipi Livni

In December 2009, a judge in London issued a warrant for the arrest of former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. The judge received significant evidence indicating her individual criminal responsibility for war crimes committed during Israel’s December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip. The Court’s straightforward application of the rule of law prompted a diplomatic ...

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Feature: Wangari Maathai, the woman of trees, dies

Kenya’s Wangari Muta Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, environmentalist and human rights activist, died 25 September at age 71. A mother of three, she devoted her life to promoting the environment and democracy. Ms. Maathai frequently expressed concern about poverty in Africa. In an exclusive interview with Africa Renewal shortly after winning the Nobel Prize (see full text ...

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White House justifies killing of al-Awlaki as ‘the rules of war’

The White House ordered its lawyers to prepare a carefully-drafted legal opinion that would permit the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born al-Qa’ida leader killed by a drone attack in Yemen last month. A 50-page argument was written in 2010 to justify the potential killing of al-Awlaki, it has emerged. As an American citizen, the government would in normal circumstances ...

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Iran tells Turkey: change tack or face trouble

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A key aide to Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday Turkey must radically rethink its policies on Syria, the NATO missile shield and promoting Muslim secularism in the Arab world — or face trouble from its own people and neighbours. In an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military adviser described Prime Minister ...

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Steve Jobs: a family life shrouded in secrecy

The Hollywood studios hoping to film a biopic of Steve Jobs will have to untangle his personal life first, writes Philip Sherwell in Cupertino, Silicon Valley Steve Jobs, who died last week at 56  tag –> By Philip Sherwell, Cupertino, California 7:00AM BST 09 Oct 2011 Comments At 1 Infinite Loop, an address named after a computer programming concept, it ...

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