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Clinton arrives in Russia ahead of Syria talks

AFP – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Saint Petersburg on Thursday, for talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing crisis in Syria. The two top diplomats are to meet late Friday, the eve of crunch talks in Geneva that will try to find a…

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Malaysia’s FELDA to launch palm oil IPO

In Malaysia, shares of the world’s third-largest palm oil plantations operator will be publicly traded on Thursday for the first time. The Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) is now selling shares in its commercial plantations, which cover more than 400,000 hectares of land. The public offering is set to raise $3bn for the parent company, but there are fears that ...

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France, Germany divided on help to south Europe: Hollande

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Paris and Berlin were in broad agreement on measures to stimulate growth but had not yet hammered out a deal on short-term steps to stabilize the euro zone’s most fragile economies. “There are points in common on growth luckily, (German…

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Japan ignores protests to resume nuclear power

The Japanese government has ordered that a reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant be reactivated on Sunday, defying widespread public opposition and warnings from seismologists about active fault lines close to the facility. Tokyo Electric Power Co. tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s reactor building number 3 photographed on March 11, 2012 Photo: REUTERS/Kyodo 10:19AM BST 28 Jun 2012 ...

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Why Palestinian refugees can’t be ignored

By Ramzy Baroud When it was reported that Lebanese security had killed 18-year-old Ahmad al-Qasim in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp on June 15 – over a dispute concerning a motorbike rider without proper identification – the camp’s Palestinian refugee population erupted in anger and dismay. Within a few days, outrage and violence spread, and more refugees were killed. One ...

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Strike disrupts normal life in Kashmir for 4th day

Srinagar: Normal life across Kashmir remained disrupted for the fourth day today due to a strike called by the Grand Mufti of the state over the gutting of the 200-year-old Dastageer Sahib shrine in Khanyar area of the city. Schools, colleges, offices, shops and other commercial establishments…

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Rebels storm pro-Assad Syrian TV channel

Beirut – Gunmen stormed a pro-government Syrian TV channel headquarters on Wednesday, bombing buildings and shooting dead three employees, state media said, in one of the boldest attacks yet on a symbol of the authoritarian state. President Bashar al-Assad declared late on Tuesday that his country was “at war”. US intelligence officials said the Syrian government was “holding fairly firm” ...

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Army testing new camouflage

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Soldiers heading to Afghanistan could soon be issued new combat uniforms that would offer better camouflage based on their operating environments. Two 4th Infantry Division battalions are wear-testing new uniforms in eastern Afghanistan right now, according to Col. Bill Cole, a project manager for soldier protection and individual equipment at Program Executive Office Soldier. And a decision ...

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Syria and the Phantom

What was that Turkish F-4 Phantom II up to when the Syrians shot it down? Ankara said the plane strayed into Syrian airspace but quickly left and was over international waters when it was attacked, a simple case of carelessness on the part of the Turkish pilot that Syrian paranoia turned deadly. But the Phantom — eyewitnesses told Turkish television ...

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Heat protection tips for children and toddlers

The temperatures in Louisiana have been extreme, and it is very important to make sure your children stay healthy and safe with the temperatures being so extreme. Extreme heat caused 8,966 deaths in the United States from 1979-2002. Here are some tips to help protect your children from heat exhaustion or heat-related illness. Be sure to keep your children hydrated ...

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