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Sharp increase in Palestinian deaths in 2011

The past year saw a sharp rise in the number of civilians killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a human rights group said. An annual report from the Jerusalem-based B’Tselem showed that in 2011 Israeli security forces killed a total of 105 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, of whom 37 were confirmed as non-combatants. “The picture is harsh, not because of ...

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Europe risk has eased – Bernanke

Washington – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the threats from Europe’s debt crisis have eased in recent weeks, but US money market funds remain exposed to risky European assets. In testimony prepared for a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Bernanke noted developments that have minimised the danger. He pointed to bailout support that European leaders provided in exchange for deep ...

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China raises retail prices of gasoline and diesel fuel

Reporting from Beijing— The pain at the pump can be felt in China too. The government on Tuesday raised retail prices for gasoline and diesel fuel for the second time in less than six weeks in an attempt to keep pace with soaring crude oil prices. Chinese motorists are now paying $4.43 a gallon for 90-octane fuel — nearly equal ...

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New Research Reveals 2010 was the Hottest Year on Record

: Researchers have updated HadCRUT – one of the main global temperate records, which dates back to 1850. One of the main changes is the inclusion of more data from the Arctic region, which has experienced one of the greatest levels of warming. The amendments do not change the long-term trend, but the data now lists 2010, rather than 1998, ...

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Asian states are world’s largest arms buyers

China, India and South Korea – three of the most vibrant economies in Asia – are also beefing up their military arsenals with new weapons systems from the United States, Russia, Germany, France and the UK. According to the released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the world’s five largest arms importers in 2007-2011 were all Asian ...

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Ramos Horta concedes defeat in East Timor election

DILI, East Timor (AP) — President Jose Ramos Horta, who campaigned tirelessly for East Timor’s independence for nearly a quarter-century and helped steer the new nation, conceded defeat Monday after a poor showing in weekend elections. With 80 percent of the ballots counted, Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres, of the traditionally strong leftist Fretilin party, was leading with 28 percent of ...

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Rights groups condemn Belarus over executions

Belarusian state television said Vladislav Kovalyov and Dmitry Konovalov, both 26, had been put to death, which in the former Soviet republic is done with a shot to the back of the head. Mr Kovalyov’s mother said she had been notified of his execution. Rights activists condemned the killings as hasty, saying…

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East Timor’s Ramos Horta ready to step down

DILI, East Timor (AP) — Jose Ramos Horta has indicated he’s ready to step down as East Timor’s president after a poor showing in weekend elections. The official results from the first round of voting won’t be announced until Tuesday. But with more than 60 percent of the ballots counted, the Nobel laureate had nowhere near the support needed to ...

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