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Moody’s Cuts Japan’s Rating One Notch, Citing Its Giant Debt

TOKYO — Moody’s, the credit ratings agency, lowered Japan’s credit rating by one notch on Wednesday, warning that frequent changes in administration, weak prospects for economic growth and its recent natural and nuclear disasters made it difficult for the government to pare down its huge debt. Moody’s Investors Service lowered Japan’s grade by one step to Aa3, the fourth highest ...

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Irene weakens but remains big threat to US

CURT ANDERSON Associated Press= MIAMI (AP) — Officials and residents from Florida to the Carolinas stocked up on supplies, dusted off evacuation plans and readied for the worst as Irene, the first hurricane to threaten the U.S. in three years, churned over tropical waters Tuesday after cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean. Federal officials warned the storm could flood ...

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Rape danger as women flee Somali famine

Women and girls fleeing the famine in Somalia for refugee camps are being raped, abducted and forced into marriage by gangs of armed bandits. The United Nations said the journey to camps in Kenya was long and perilous and many women and girls...

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Somalia, Dark Clouds and Silver-lining

Friday, 12 August 2011, 5:43 pm Article: Abukar Arman Somalia, Dark Clouds and Silver-lining August 12, 2011 The painfully haunting pictures of severely malnourished children on the verge of death, transmitted through all forms of media tell a hor...

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Syria unrest: US calls for wider sanctions

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for wider international sanctions on Syria as the government's violent crackdown on dissent continues. Mrs Clinton said China and India in particular could significantly increase pressure on Preside...

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UK’s Cameron under pressure over cuts after riots

LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron risks his government’s austerity drive, particularly its plans to cut police funding, becoming the focus of Britons’ fears about the future after the worst looting and rioting in decades hit English cities this week. The Conservative party leader took a hardline approach to the violence on Thursday, vowing “the lawless minority” would be hunted ...

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Somalia Famine: Parents Facing Horrendous Choice

DADAAB, Kenya — Wardo Mohamud Yusuf walked for two weeks with her 1-year-old daughter on her back and her 4-year-old son at her side to flee Somalia's drought and famine. When the boy collapsed near the end of the journey, she poured some of...

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British PM Cameron vows crackdown on rioters

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron, facing a defining crisis of his premiership, promised on Thursday to crack down on street gangs as a national priority and said rioters behind Britain's worst violence in decades would be hunted and...

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Somali children struggle in famine-struck Mogadishu

In drought-ravaged Somalia where food is scarce, three-year-old Ibrahim is so severely malnourished he weighs less than eight kilos (18 pounds), about the same as an eight-month-old baby. "My child is very sick, he's had a fever, vomiting and got ...

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