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How China is advancing its military reach

As the US shifts its focus to Asia, Alexander Neill, head of the Asia Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute, sets out the Chinese military advances challenging the regional balance. At the Pentagon recently, US President Barack Obama…

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Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang resigns, shares jump

SAN FRANCISCO: Jerry Yang, who co-founded Yahoo! nearly 17 years ago and had an ill-fated stint as chief executive, resigned on Tuesday from all of his positions with the struggling Internet company. Yang, 43, one of the original dotcom billionaires, resigned, effective immediately, from the board of directors of Yahoo! and from the boards of Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba Group ...

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Un Seeks $300 Million To Assist Palestinians In West Bank

Wednesday, 18 January 2012, 1:55 pm Press Release: UN News New York, Jan 17 2012 1:10PM The United Nations today launched an emergency appeal for just over $300 million to assist Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank who are still dealing with the effects of the conflict that ended three years ago as well as various ...

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Stephen Colbert, The Next Ronald Reagan? Satirical Political Career Parallels Former President’s

A mildly successful actor who spent years researching and refining his political beliefs, he reached a new level of fame and success after beginning a career of frequent, thinly-veiled activist speeches on the dime of a major corporation. During a time of national upheaval, he decided to take the next step, launching a campaign for office predicated on disciplining young ...

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Israel-America-Iran Dangers Grow

BEIRUT – The events and tensions that revolve around Iran and its multi-faceted relations with its immediate neighbors — and its antagonists further afield in the United States, Israel and some Western countries — are increasing in number and complexity so that two things become clear. First, chances are much greater that we might witness an unintended misstep that triggers ...

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La Nina linked to flu pandemics

A new study has found a link between the La Nina weather pattern and the worldwide pandemics of influenza in 1918, 1957, 1968 and 2009. Each of those pandemics was preceded by La Nina conditions in the equatorial Pacific, found the study published online Monday in PNAS (Proceedings of the…

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Egypt: Hosni Mubarak’s lawyers begin defence after prosecution calls for death penalty

Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak was wheeled into court on Tuesday where the defence was to begin its case, television showed, as his lawyer said he would need five sessions to defend the ousted strongman. Former president Hosni Mubarak lies on a stretcher as he leaves court in Cairo Photo: AFP/Getty Images 10:20AM GMT 17 Jan 2012 The prosecution has called ...

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Yemen unrest may force election delay, says minister

Dubai: Yemen’s foreign minister said it might be difficult to hold elections as scheduled on February 21 because of insecurity in the impoverished country. "I am among those who hope that the issue (presidential elections) will take place in the planned manner," Abu Bakr Al Qirbi said in an interview broadcast on Al Arabiya TV on Tuesday. "But unfortunately, there ...

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