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37 Million Refugees in Spotlight This Week
WASHINGTON - Over 37 million people were living as refugees from conflict or persecution at the end of 2007, marking the second straight year of increases after a five-year decline, said a concerned UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) this week. "We are now faced with a complex mix of global challenges that...
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'Little Baghdad' Thrives In Sweden
Sodertalje Has Taken in More Iraqis Than US, But Mood Is Changing
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Snapshots of Life in Baghdad
Three bodies lie beside a Baghdad street on a blindingly hot day. The one on the right is dressed in a white shirt and bright green trousers, his hands tied behind his back. Two others on the left lie shoeless, both dressed in check shirts, dumped - how easily we use that word of Baghdad's corpses...
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Iraqi Refugee Crisis Grows As West Turns Its Back
With millions displaced, foreign countries take increasingly hardline stance
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The Road to Peace in Iraq Runs Directly Through Tehran
Hysteria over this week's arms report is misplaced, and US attempts to cast Iran as the villain of the region can only backfire
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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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WWF Warns Arctic Ice Melting Faster than Predicted
Arctic sea ice is melting "significantly faster" than predicted and is approaching a point of no return, conservation group the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in a new study. The volumes of the Greenland Ice Sheet and ice in the Arctic Ocean were estimated at 2.9 million and 4.4 million cubic...
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Iraqi Refugees Find Sweden's Doors Closing
SODERTALJE, Sweden - Behind the wheel of his old Ford Escort, Oshin Merzoian puttered happily along snowy streets. Back home in Baghdad, he said, he always drove at crazy speeds to avoid killers and kidnappers. But here in "Little Baghdad," as this city that has accepted roughly as many Iraqi...
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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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