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Famine refugees facing rape threat

Marauding gangs and criminals are attacking Somali famine refugees more frequently as they flee across the border to Kenyan camps, but Kenyan police say they do not have enough manpower to stop them. The lack of manpower underscores a larger problem for Kenya: officials say they are being overwhelmed by the influx of tens of thousands of Somali refugees, and ...

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UN Moves to Combat Life-Threatening Famine in Horn of Africa

Wednesday, 10 August 2011, 5:48 pm Press Release: United Nations UN Moves On Two Fronts to Combat Life-Threatening Famine in Horn of Africa New York, Aug 9 2011 – The United Nations is moving on two fronts to counter the worsening food crisis in the Horn of Africa, with an immediate infusion of food in an area where 640,000 children ...

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US drone strike kills 20 militants in NW Pakistan

RASOOL DAWAR Associated Press= PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say 20 Islamist militants are now known to have been killed in an American missile attack close to the Afghan border. The officials said 16 of the dead were Afghan militants belonging to the Haqqani network, an insurgent faction fighting the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. The attack took place ...

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Experts respond: UK Riots and crowd psychology

Wednesday, 10 August 2011, 4:40 pm Press Release: Science Media Centre As rioting continues in London and other UK cities, the public are left wondering how the mob mentality of a riot develops – and how authorities can effectively respond. Sparked by the death of a young man in North London, the riots have seen hundreds of youths take to ...

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Asian stock markets jump on Fed’s low rates pledge

Michael Pistillo, right, works with a fellow specialist on the floor of… BANGKOK (AP) – Asian stock markets jumped Wednesday following a surge on Wall Street prompted by an unprecedented pledge from the U.S. Federal Reserve to keep interest rates super low for the next two years. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index climbed 1.2 percent to 9,050.27 and Hong Kong’s Hang ...

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Syrian regime remains defiant as noose tightens around Assad

As the civilian death toll of the Syrian protests surpassed the 2,000 mark, the Obama administration finally decided to tell Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down according to unnamed U.S. officials, who indicated the U.S. planned on delivering its tough message this coming Thursday. [Click here to see the latest images from Syria] Meanwhile, Damascus is also being isolated ...

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Parliament to be recalled

The number of police officers on the streets of London is to be almost trebled tonight to 16,000 to deal with the “sickening” scenes of violence of recent nights, David Cameron said today. Parliament will also be recalled for a day on Thursday to discuss the developments, the Prime Minister added. Speaking outside Downing Street after chairing a meeting of ...

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Nothing ‘mindless’ about rioters

Civil disturbances never have a single, simple meaning. When the Bastille was being stormed the thieves of Paris doubtless took advantage of the mayhem to rob houses and waylay unlucky revolutionaries. Sometimes the thieves were revolutionaries. Sometimes the revolutionaries were thieves. And it is reckless to start making confident claims about events that are spread across the country and that ...

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Somali government offers amnesty to Shebab rebels

MOGADISHU ' Somalia's embattled government offered an amnesty Tuesday to Islamist rebels still fighting in Mogadishu while the African Union force pressed for 3,000 more troops to secure the capital. Although the bulk of the Islamist Shebab who co...

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Somalia offers amnesty to militants in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia offered an amnesty to militants still fighting in the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, three days after the country's president declared victory over the insurgent al Shabaab group, which has withdrawn most of its combat...

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