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Clinton vows funds for famine relief

Washington – American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday pledged another $100-million in food aid to drought-hit East Africa amid warnings that millions of people face starvation, mostly in lawless Somalia. Despite tight foreign aid budgets, Clinton said that food security was a critical priority for President Barack Obama’s administration whose “Feed the Future” initiative aims to address long-term ...

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Netflix stock plunges on brutal 3Q, somber outlook

Netflix jolted its already shell-shocked shareholders with a third-quarter financial report that portrayed a company in crisis. Netflix’s blooper reel, released Monday, included an even larger customer exodus than the company had foreseen after announcing an unpopular price increase in July. What’s worse, the report contained a forecast calling for more defections from the largest U.S. video subscription service. The ...

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Javan rhino driven to extinction in Vietnam, conservationists say

Last known Javan rhino in Vietnam has died, leaving only a small population in Indonesia to ensure the species’ survival A Javan rhino captured on camera in Cat Tien national park. The species is now believed to be extinct in Vietnam. Photograph: WWF/PA Poaching has driven the Javan rhinoceros to extinction in Vietnam, leaving the critically endangered species’ only remaining ...

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UN Welcomes Libyan Plan to Probe Death of Qadhafi

Tuesday, 25 October 2011, 4:34 pm Press Release: United Nations UN Human Rights Office Welcomes Libyan Plan to Probe Death of Qadhafi New York, Oct 24 2011 – The United Nations human rights office today welcomed reports that Libya will set up an independent commission of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding last Thursday’s…

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Early sign in Tunisia of strong Islamist vote

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian electoral officials are counting votes in landmark elections that saw more than 90 percent of registered voters cast ballots. Early results from individual voting stations carried by local radio stations Monday put the Islamist Ennahda Party in the lead in many constituencies. Official results are not expected until later Monday or Tuesday. Secretary General Boubker ...

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Thai Floods Threaten Larger Area of Bangkok

By JAMES HOOKWAY BANGKOK—Bangkok’s city leaders warned that a widening swath of the Thai capital is now under threat from fast-rising flood waters, while the economic impact of the crisis continued to ripple outward after Toyota Motor Co. said it would adjust production at some of its Japan plants because of the shortage of Thai-made parts. Enlarge ImageClose Agence France-Presse/Getty ...

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Despite swap, Gaza remains imprisoned

The prisoner exchange agreement concluded between Israel and Hamas has brought relief to thousands of families eager to see their loved ones return home. In the midst of Israel’s prolonged belligerent occupation, we are witnessing a rare moment of unified Israeli and Palestinian celebration. However, this event, and the resultant media fanfare, must not distract attention from the underlying tragic ...

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4 quake survivors pulled out alive in Turkey

SUZAN FRASER Associated Press= ERCIS, Turkey (AP) — Four people were pulled alive from the rubble Monday when one managed to call for help on his cell phone after a 7.2-magnitude quake leveled buildings and killed some 270 people in eastern Turkey Dozens of people were trapped in mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris after hundreds of buildings ...

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Panetta to increase military cooperation with Indonesia

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said yesterday that Washington will continue to develop military ties with Indonesia, but keep a watchful eye on rights abuses, after over a decade of suspended cooperation. He said closed-door talks with Indonesian counterpart Purnomo Yusgiantoro focused on “Indonesia’s growing importance as a global leader and the long-term commitment of the US to the ...

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Argentinian president re-elected in landslide victory

President Cristina Fernandez was re-elected in a landslide, winning with the widest victory margin in Argentina’s history after her government spread the wealth of a booming economy. Ms Fernandez had 53% of the vote after 58% of the polling stations reported nationwide. Her nearest challenger got just 17%. Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo predicted the president’s share would rise as polls ...

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