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Afghan women leave the country in fear of Taliban return

According to Selay Ghaffar, right, director of NGO Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan, young females see no future for themselves in their own country. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP A brain drain of bright young women is already taking place in Afghanistan before the 2014 handover that many fear will mean a reversal of advances in women’s rights. ...

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Two dead, seven injured in Finland gunman shooting

SHARE AND DISCUSSTweetHELSINKI: Police arrested on Saturday an 18-year-old man suspected of killing two people and wounding seven others in a shooting targeting restaurants packed with teenagers in southern Finland. The gunman had opened fire around 1:53am (2253 GMT) from a rooftop in the centre of Hyvinkaa, a city about 50 kilometres (31…

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Iran has enough uranium for five nuclear weapons, claims US thinktank

Institute for Science and International Security says uranium output up by a third but needs more refining for use in bombs Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tours the Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Photograph: AP Iran has significantly increased its output of low-enriched uranium and if it was further refined could make at at least five nuclear weapons, according to a US ...

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Assad’s troops ‘kill 90 people’

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 90 people had been killed in the Houla area in the last 24 hours. A local activist giving his name as Abu Yazan said 12 people died in shelling and 106 were killed when pro-regime thugs known as shabiha stormed the area. That death toll is one of the ...

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US campaign to end Israeli occupation

Activists are now on US ground seeking support for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands. A campaign, representing the largest and most diverse coalition in the US is “working to change US policy” which unconditionally supports the Israeli colonial rule of the occupied Palestinian land. The campaign in ‘the land of freedom and equality’ is meant to support ...

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The Negation of the Palestinian State

On May 15, the anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, its Arab citizens observed a day of mourning for the victims of the Naqba (“catastrophe”) – the mass exodus of half the Palestinian people from the territory which became Israel. Like every year, this aroused much fury. Tel Aviv University allowed Arab students to hold a meeting, ...

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Obama’s plan is the problem

President Obama and the liberals have taken a page out of Adolf Hitler’s government handbook. When your country is falling apart and the people blame you, pick a scapegoat. Hitler chose the Jews; Obama chose the wealthy. After Germany lost World War I, the…

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Fallen heroes and the ‘flavor of freedom’

McIlvaine, known for having a splendid sense of humor that could make a room full of people roar with laughter, served in the U.S. military for nearly eight years – including combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. A natural leader, he knew a thing or two about loyalty, love of his country, service and sacrifice. In fact, he sacrificed his ...

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