News for 2011-07-25

Monday, July 25, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] UN Urges 'Massive' Action on Horn of Africa Drought
The United Nations on Monday urged "massive" action for the drought-stricken Horn of Africa region but charities slammed low aid pledges ahead of talks with donor countries in Nairobi this week. "The catastrophic situation demands massive and urgent international aid," said Jacques Diouf, head of...
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[title] Nawal El Saadawi: 'The Revolution Will Win, Because of the Millions That Are United'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Free Trade Deals: Lobbying Fever Foreshadows Winners, Losers
WASHINGTON -- The three major free trade agreements Congress will soon consider are being promoted as a big win for American workers. But take a good look at who's lobbying for them most enthusiastically, and it becomes evident that the biggest winners will be giant multinational corporations --...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mass. Gay Couples to N.Y.: DOMA Still Denies You Benefits
BOSTON -- As same-sex couples in New York prepare this weekend to tie the knot, their brethren in Massachusetts -- the first state to legalize gay marriage -- have some advice.
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[title] Is the Right on the Rise in Europe?
Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian prime minister, says his country has woken up to a nightmare. At least 92 people are known to have been killed in two attacks; seven as a result of a massive explosion near government buildings in Oslo and at least 85 who were shot dead when a man dressed as a police...
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US Squandered £21 Billion on Private Contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq
Waste, mismanagement and poorly conceived projects mean the United States could have lost more than 15 per cent of the total given out in contracts and grants. More could yet be lost as US troops pull out of Afghanistan, with the withdrawal risking "massive new wastes of money" because the Afghan...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Melting Arctic Ice Releasing Banned Toxins, Warn Scientists
The warming of the Arctic is releasing toxic chemicals that had been trapped in the ice and cold water, scientists have discovered. The researchers warn that the amount of the poisons in the polar region is unknown and their release could "undermine global efforts to reduce environmental and human...
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