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Iran government denies plans to treble gasoline price

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s government denied on Monday it would treble the price of gasoline as part of subsidy reforms that have been commended by the IMF but caused anger at home among a population struggling under Western trade sanctions. In a statement carried by the Fars news agency, the office of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said talk of a threefold ...

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African heads clamp down to get back to civilian rule

DAKAR: West African presidents have threatened tougher action against coup leaders in Mali and Guinea-Bissau who have resisted efforts to fully restore civilian rule. Guinea-Bissau’s ruling military junta, hit with EU sanctions on Thursday, has refused to quit power. In Mali, junior officers who toppled the government in March are still imposing their authority despite formally giving way to a ...

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Changes help Indianapolis shelter reduce its euthanasia rate

Zeus barely hesitated before lunging at another dog in a fit of playful roughhousing. A few years ago, the well-mannered pit bull mix, still adjusting to life inside the Indianapolis Animal Care and Control shelter, likely would have faced a death sentence because of his breed. But not so now. Dropped off in early March by owners who were moving, ...

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CRISPIAN OLVER: Africa at cutting edge in carbon markets

THE Africa Carbon Forum is the largest annual gathering of carbon-market players in Africa and was held last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A record number of participants registered, eager to take advantage of the carbon-market bonanza of the past few years. The principal focus of this attention is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which provides finance for developing-country projects ...

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Africa’s last rhinos threatened by poaching

Decades of conservation efforts to save rhinos are coming undone, as surging demand for their horns in Asian traditional medicine has spawned a vast criminal trade powered by poaching. South Africa is the epicentre of the poaching battle. A conservation success story, the country is home to 70 to 80 percent of the world’s rhinos. In 2007, 13 rhinos were ...

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FINANCIAL TIMES: The key to Sudanese peace

IT IS rare that the stars align where Sudan is concerned. But pressure from the African Union (AU) and resolve at the United Nations (UN) may yet draw Sudan and South Sudan back from conflict. The AU has given both sides three months to resolve differences over borders and oil — among other issues — or face binding international arbitration. ...

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France’s Francois Hollande changes the mix in Europe

PARIS — With Francois Hollande’s election as France’s first Socialist president in 17 years, Europe now must deal with a major leader who has promised to push a different approach to resolving the continent’s debt crisis. Hollande’s message, that the German insistence on austerity must be tempered with plans to stimulate economic growth, helped propel him to a decisive win ...

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Qatari organisation launches two community schools in Afghanistan

Manama: Qatar-based Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) has launched two community schools in the Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan. With funding support from ROTA, CARE International in Afghanistan began in October 2011 implementing a three-year project that draws on its extensive experience and lessons learned in community-based education. The project is designed to establish and support Community Based Education (CBE) ...

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko to extend hunger strike-daughter

VIENNA, May 6 (Reuters) – Jailed Ukrainian former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is heartened by international support for her plight and will press on with her hunger strike against her treatment, her daughter told an Austrian newspaper. Tymoshenko, 51, has got an “enormous” psychological boost from calls for politicians to boycott the European soccer championships in Ukraine, which is co-hosting ...

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