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Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Musery

The renowned military strategist, Maj. Gen. J.F.C Fuller, defined war’s true objective as achieving desired political results, not killing enemies. Operation Enduring Freedom — the dreadfully misnamed ten-year US occupation of Afghanistan — has turned into Operation Enduring Misery. After ten years of military and civil operations costing at least $450 billion, over 1,600 dead and 15,000 seriously wounded soldiers, ...

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Myanmar gives amnesty to some 6,300 prisoners

Myanmar state radio and television announced Tuesday that the country’s president as granted amnesty to more than 6,300 prisoners in what appears to be the biggest step so far in a series of reform actions undertaken by the new elected government. The broadcasts said the releases would…

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Steve Jobs cause of death officially revealed as respiratory arrest

Steve Jobs died as a result of respiratory failure, it has been confirmed. Apple’s co-founder passed away last Wednesday at the age of 56. His death certificate was released by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department on Monday. The documents also confirmed that Jobs had a metastatic pancreas neurooendocrine tumour for five years and that the cancer had spread. ...

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BlackBerry services collapse in 4 continents

NEW DELHI/LONDON: Large numbers of BlackBerry users across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa were cut off from the internet and messaging services, phone companies in the affected regions said on Monday. India is estimated to have one million users of BlackBerry. “We are working to resolve an issue…

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Eurozone bailout fund faces key Slovakian vote

Slovakia will vote later on measures to bolster the powers of the eurozone bailout fund, seen as vital in combating the bloc’s debt crisis. After Malta approved the plans late on Monday, Slovakia is now the last of the 17-member states to vote. All other members have approved the measures. But doubts remain about the outcome of the…

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ECB’s Liikanen says bank capitalisation crucial -YLE

* Says European bank funding has become more difficult * Sees Europe’s crisis worst since World War Two (Adds quotes, detail) By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – European Central Bank council member Erkki Liikanen on Monday stressed the need for bank recapitalisation to counter debt crisis which he considered as Europe’s greatest since World War Two. His comments ...

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Germany and France Say Deal Near to Recapitalize Banks

Acknowledging that Europe’s banks still need billions of euros to cushion against a possible default by Greece, the leaders of Germany and France announced on Sunday that they would have a package of reforms by the time leaders of the Group of 20 nations meet in early November. Enlarge | Buy Photo Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, right, and  President ...

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Tourism can play a key role in tackling climate change – UN-backed report

The tourism sector contributes around 5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions10 October 2011 – Countries should strengthen their incentives for the tourism sector to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adopt environmentally friendly policies as it has the potential to play a key role in combating climate change, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. The report, ...

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Tusk secures clear victory in Polish parliamentary poll

Warsaw – Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s centre-right Civic Platform Party gained a clear victory in Poland’s weekend parliamentary elections, securing 39 per cent of vote, election officials said Monday, after almost all the votes had been counted. The opposition Law and Justice Party headed by Jaroslaw Kaczynski garnered 30 per cent of the vote, apparently failing to draw support on ...

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