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Fears for the World's Poor Countries as the Rich Grab Land to Grow Food
• UN sounds warning after 30m hectares bought up • G8 leaders to discuss 'neo-colonialism'
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The Second Scramble for Africa Starts
BERLIN - Sub-Saharan African countries have of late become the target of a new form of investment that is strongly reminiscent of colonialism: investors from both industrialised and emerging economies buy or lease large tracts of farm land across the continent, either to guarantee their own food...
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Doomsday Clock May Finally Stop Ticking
UNITED NATIONS - The Barack Obama administration's apparent resolve to take U.S. foreign policy in a new direction is creating ripples of hope for an enhanced U.N. agenda on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. Observers and diplomats who are due to take part in a major meeting to discuss...
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Muslim World Hails End of a Despised Symbol
NEW YORK - While the decision of President Barack Obama to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, and end the practice of interrogation techniques that violate international law, made front page news throughout the United States, press reaction in the Middle East was far less extensive - but...
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Why Are Mothers Still Dying in Childbirth?
More than 500,000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth every year in the developing world due to lack of proper care, report Rebecca Seal and Katrina Manson.
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Europe Going Nuclear Despite Warnings
PRAGUE - The EU seems to be backing nuclear energy as the response to global warming and gas dependency, but civic groups warn that safety and waste processing should be preconditions for the industry's growth. These issues were debated in Prague May 22-23 at the second European Nuclear Energy...
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Food Security Requires New Approach to Water
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (IPS) - The ongoing food crisis, characterized by growing shortages and rising prices of staple commodities, has far reaching implications for the world's scarce water resources, says a new study released here. "More food is likely to come at a cost of more water use in...
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Questions in Portugal About CIA Flights to Guantánamo
LISBON - Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates and his predecessor José Manuel Barroso should answer "clearly and transparently" questions about secret CIA flights transporting prisoners to Guantánamo, says British lawyer and activist Clive Stafford Smith. Speaking to the press in Lisbon...
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Chaos In Iraq Sparks Surge in EU Asylum Applications
The number of Iraqis applying for asylum across the EU almost doubled last year, rising from 19,375 to 38,286, reflecting the growing chaos in the country, according to UN figures released today. The resurgence in the number of Iraqis fleeing across Europe comes as the UN's High Commissioner for...
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Most Vulnerable Left to Sink or Swim
UNITED NATIONS - The world's minorities and indigenous groups are the "silent victims" of the potentially disastrous effects of climate change, says a new study by Minority Rights Group (MRG) International. Although both groups are often disproportionately affected by climate-related disasters, the...
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