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A Watershed in the Development of the Bio-based Economy?

For those of you who have been patiently awaiting a commercially viable alternative to our economic dependence on oil, natural gas and coal, the past year has seen some very encouraging technology and business breakthroughs in the growth and development of a modern bio-based economy. These breakthroughs are so material and meaningful that it is perfectly legitimate to ask whether ...

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Drawing a line in Afghanistan

EDITORIAL “Afghan army may face obstacles” … a burns victim from a nearby village is treated by Australian troops in the Mirabad Valley. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen IF VICTORY in Afghanistan was always going to be an indeterminate goal, then withdrawal looks like being much the same. Julia Gillard’s announcement of a sped-up timetable for the bulk of our 1550 troops ...

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Sudan intensifies bombing of disputed town

RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press= KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Sudan shelled a disputed border town seized by South Sudan, a southern military official said Monday, as clashes spread near the border separating the two nations. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, the current president of the Security Council, said a bombardment in South Sudan also hit a U.N. facility but that no U.N. ...

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Ex-guerrilla fighters vie for East Timor presidency; winner to lead as UN peacekeepers leave

DILI, East Timor – Two former guerrilla leaders vied for East Timor’s presidency Monday, each hoping to steer the young, often-troubled nation after U.N. peacekeeping troops begin their planned withdrawal later this year. Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres and Taur Matan Ruak — running neck-and-neck after incumbent Jose Ramos-Horta was knocked out in the first round of voting — joined small ...

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Taliban says it rehearsed Afghan attack for two months

The insurgents who mounted weekend attacks in central Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan carefully rehearsed for months, even building small military-style models and pre-positioning weapons, a Taliban spokesman said on Monday. Zabihullah Mujahid provided Reuters with a rare insight into how the group plans strategic high-profile attacks designed to deal a psychological blow to US-led NATO forces and their ...

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EU makes €50m pledge for clean energy schemes in developing countries

EU commission president announces plans to provide access to sustainable energy services for 500 million people by 2030 José Manuel Barroso announced a major new initiative for developing countries at the EU energy summit in Brussels. Photograph: Cornelia Smet/EU press office The European Union (EU) has announced a €50m initiative for clean energy projects in developing countries as part of ...

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UN to condemn North Korea rocket launch

NORTH Korea's long-range rocket launch is expected to be condemned by the UN Security Council in a statement, provided that China and the US can iron out some minor differences. The rocket launch is not expected to draw any fresh sanctions and the council will issue a statement instead of the more…

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Analysis: Syria’s Assad unbowed by Annan plan

KARIN LAUB Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. insists a fragile truce it brokered in Syria is holding, even though regime forces have been hammering the rebellious city of Homs with artillery for days. It’s a sign of the leeway the international community seems willing to give President Bashar Assad in hopes of forcing him into the next stage ...

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Presidential run-off tests East Timor democracy

Dili – Former military commander Taur Matan Ruak was ahead in an early count for East Timor’s presidential run-off vote on Monday, according to the elections secretariat. The provisional count of just over half the vote showed Ruak garnering about 60 percent of the vote, with adversary Francisco Gutterres “Lu Olo” trailing behind with 40 percent, thee organiser of the ...

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