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Afghan Girl Weaves Special Rug for President Obama

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Afghan Girl Weaves Special Rug for President Obama

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SHIBERGHAN, AFGHANISTAN — In Afghanistan, a country known for its hand-woven carpets, a 17-year-old girl has created a special gift for U.S. President Barack Obama.  It’s a carpet that she wove herself -- as a wa...

World Bank to fund $31 million climate-related hazards project in Nepal

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World Bank to fund $31 million climate-related hazards project in Nepal

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The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding of a project that aims to enhance government capacity to mitigate climate-related hazards in Nepal by improving the accuracy and timeliness of weat...

Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Climate change matters at World Future Energy Summit

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Global climate change was not on the agenda this week at the World Future Energy Summit but it nevertheless emerged as a prominent topic of concern. In the United Arab Emirates, climate change poses a significant t...

Americans Honor Martin Luther King

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Americans Honor Martin Luther King

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Americans are honoring the memory of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a federal holiday marking his birthday. King was a Baptist preacher who fought discrimination and racism in the 1950s and...

Mr. President, Acting On Climate Will Advance Economic Growth And Create Jobs

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Mr. President, Acting On Climate Will Advance Economic Growth And Create Jobs

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by Bill Becker In his first post-election news conference, President Obama made clear that his concern about global climate change will not push the economy and jobs off the top of his priority list. “If...

Palestinian town appoints teen as mayor

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Palestinian town appoints teen as mayor

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Some students practice politics in Model U.N. or student council. When it comes to the West Bank city of Allar, however, students aren’t practicing — they’re running the show. Bashaer Othman, a 15-year-old studen...

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...

Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

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Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

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Despite opposition from India, China and Russia, the UN Human Rights Council passed its first resolution on Internet freedom, to support individuals’ rights online. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the mo...

Afghanistan Promises to Fight Corruption as Donors Pledge Billions

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Afghanistan Promises to Fight Corruption as Donors Pledge Billions

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TOKYO — Senior officials from the international community are pledging billions of dollars more in civil aid for Afghanistan amid concerns terrorism and corruption still threaten progress made in the country during...

Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Resurgence magazine celebrates 45 years

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Positive News's Stephen Lewis speaks to Satish Kumar, the long-standing editor of the pioneering environmental magazine Resurgence, about the publication’s philosophy and achievements. Forty-five years ago, Brita...

Toronto car-sharing market in over-drive

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Toronto car-sharing market in over-drive

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Alongside the forest of condos, the car-sharing market in Toronto is taking off. The largest and best known, Zipcar, is adding full sized cargo vans and a new monthly membership fee structure, the company announced...

Scotland announces ‘climate justice’ fund for world’s poorest

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Scotland announces ‘climate justice’ fund for world’s poorest

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The scheme will focus on helping people in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia cope with the effects of climate change The Scottish government has unveiled a £3m initiative to help people in the world's poorest cou...

Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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Zac Goldsmith sells the Ecologist for £1

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Leading environment magazine known for its campaigns and hard-hitting investigations will merge with Resurgence After 42 years of lawsuits from GM companies, campaigns against nuclear power, and breastfeeding tips...

Green Party leader hopefuls launch bids

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Green Party leader hopefuls launch bids

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Wales party spokeswoman Pippa Bartolotti and North West MEP candidate Peter Cranie launch bids to replace Caroline Lucas The contest to replace Caroline Lucas MP as the next leader of the Green Party has stepped up...

Global alliance aims to tackle forest crime

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Global alliance aims to tackle forest crime

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Interpol and the United Nations have joined forces to launch an initiative to tackle global forest crime. Project Leaf will target criminals involved in illegal logging and timber trafficking. The scheme will also...

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...

Hong Kong Tiananmen Vigil Attracts Tens of Thousands

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Hong Kong Tiananmen Vigil Attracts Tens of Thousands

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HONG KONG - A candlelit vigil was held in Hong Kong Monday night to commemorate the victims of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.  The number of participants at the annual event appeared larger ...

From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors

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From Sitting In to Taking Over: A Worker-Owned Cooperative at Republic Windows and Doors

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Once a symbol of worker mistreatment and the failures of the financial system, the famous Chicago factory may soon be run cooperatively by its workers. First, they occupied the factory to get their wages from the...

Burma State Media Offer Praise of Aung San Suu Kyi

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Burma State Media Offer Praise of Aung San Suu Kyi

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Burmese state media have offered rare praise of longtime democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, in an editorial that would have been unthinkable just months ago under the reforming country's strict censorship laws. In...

China – Wind power welcomed by government

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China – Wind power welcomed by government

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Among the 131 power projects approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) from the first half of the year, wind power accounts for 95 percent of the approved projects, reported Securities Daily on...