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Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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Ban Ki-moon outlines measures to strengthen UN peacebuilding efforts

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This from the UN:- 13 October 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined measures to strengthen the United Nations role in helping countries emerging from conflict to maintain peace and entrench stabili...

Wheelchair User Travels Across Africa to open a Spinal Rehab Centre!

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Wheelchair User Travels Across Africa to open a Spinal Rehab Centre!

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A Kenyan man who uses a wheelchair went to great lengths to bring support for disabled people to East Africa. Zackary Kimotho, a 43-year-old who suffered a spinal injury after falling victim to a car-jacking in 200...

Sweden Runs Out of Garbage!

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Sweden Runs Out of Garbage!

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Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash. Sweden’s waste management and recycling pr...

In tragedy, Japan impresses the world

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In tragedy, Japan impresses the world

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The Associated Foreign Press carried this story, which PTV though worth relaying to you... WASHINGTON — Despite the horrific scenes of destruction, Japan may emerge from its quake-tsunami disaster with a stronger ...

South Korea Swears in First Woman President

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South Korea Swears in First Woman President

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SEOUL — South Korea has inaugurated its first female president. She is Park Geun-hye, the daughter of a former president with a controversial legacy. Before a crowd of 70,000 people, Madame Park Geun-hye, dressed i...

Coastal Trees Help Fight Global Warming

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Coastal Trees Help Fight Global Warming

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A new study says the world's tropical coastal forests store more planet-warming carbon dioxide than almost any other ecosystem. But rapid loss of these forests - known as mangroves - is releasing substantial and p...

In a First, Brazil Elects a Woman as President

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In a First, Brazil Elects a Woman as President

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Dilma Rousseff was elected the country’s first female president on Sunday, as Brazilians voted strongly in favor of continuing the economic and social policies of the popular president, Luiz Inác...

Argentina protects its glaciers by law

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Argentina protects its glaciers by law

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Argentina enacted a new law that protects the country's glaciers, in a global context where climate change threatens the large bodies of ice and there are risks of different polluting activities. The law, enacted...

Bolivia cancels controversial Amazon highway

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Bolivia cancels controversial Amazon highway

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By Gerardo Bustillos (AFP) LA PAZ — Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Friday he was scrapping a hugely controversial plan to build a highway through an Amazon ecological reserve that has triggered widespre...

North, South Korea Begin Talks at Truce Village

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North, South Korea Begin Talks at Truce Village

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Delegates from North and South Korea have begun preparatory talks at the truce village of Panmunjom to set ground rules for ministerial meetings between the two foes next Wednesday at Seoul. A South Korean offici...

Ten-year-old takes on KFC for destroying US forests

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Ten-year-old takes on KFC for destroying US forests

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Cole Rasenberger's quest to save forests in the US South started as a school assignment to 'be an activist' about something important to him. However, after learning from Dogwood Alliance that coastal forests in No...

Bangladesh: Cabinet okays draft law to conserve forests

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Bangladesh: Cabinet okays draft law to conserve forests

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The government is going for a tougher law to clamp down on rampant tree-felling in an effort to conserve forests. The cabinet yesterday approved in principle the draft of Forest Act (Amendment) 2010, prescribing ...

From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue

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In 2002, two neighbors armed with spades and seeds changed everything for crime-addled Quesada Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point area. The street had been ground zero for the area's drug trade and its...

English forest sell-off put on hold

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English forest sell-off put on hold

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Government postpones sale of 40,000 hectares of public forest to allow for a review of woodland protection

2nd Annual Gay Pride Parade Held in Uganda

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2nd Annual Gay Pride Parade Held in Uganda

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KAMPALA, UGANDA — On Saturday, August 3, Uganda’s homosexual community stepped out of the shadows in red wigs and glittering stilettos. The country’s second gay pride parade, held on a sandy beach in Entebbe, dre...

G20 Pledges to Boost World Economy

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G20 Pledges to Boost World Economy

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Finance heads from the 20 largest economies have wrapped up a two-day conference in Sydney, Australia with an agreement to implement policies that will boost world GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by two percent over f...

China’s wind power capacity to grow five-fold by 2020

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China’s wind power capacity to grow five-fold by 2020

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Despite China's hard line at the last few Climate Conferences, we hear this news from The Huffington Post and the Associated Foreign Press... "BEIJING (AFP) – China's wind power capacity will increase more than fi...

India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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NEW DELHI — India's top court on Friday temporarily banned use of the pesticide endosulfan, which the government has resisted blacklisting despite curbs imposed in 60 other countries over health concerns. India ...

No shale gas please, we’re French

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No shale gas please, we’re French

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The controversial practice of fracking for shale gas has been an energy and economic boom for the U.S. But some countries look determined to avoid it and its potential environmental dangers. Take France for insta...

Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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A global energy think tank has urged nations to stop subsidising fossil fuels as soon as possible. It says that last year governments, mainly in the developing world, spent $312bn subsidising coal oil, gas and coal...