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 Landmark Chinese copper deal with Afghanistan at risk


KABUL : A consortium of Chinese investors has demanded a review of a landmark $3 billion deal to produce copper in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Mines said on Monday, putting at risk one of Kabul's greatest hopes for economic independence. It said China Metallurgical Group (MCC) CNMET.UL and J...

 Dengue fever epidemic sparks public health emergency in Central America


Health organization warns that figures 'may explode' due to favorable climatic conditions for virus-carrying mosquito A dengue epidemic is raging in Central America, from Honduras to Costa Rica. The virus has already claimed 60 lives, with a total of 120,000 cases. The Pan American Health Organ...

 Afghanistan Launches Awareness Campaign To Stem Hazardous Exodus


Afghan authorities have launched a campaign aimed at raising people's awareness about the risks of taking illegal avenues to a new life abroad. Afghanistan has earned a reputation as a source of illegal immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, prompting a backlash from some destination coun...

 Afghan President Hopes for US Help for Families of Bales' Victims


ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the life sentence handed to an American soldier convicted of massacring 16 Afghan civilians “will not replace the loss” that his nation has suffered. Speaking in Kabul Saturday, he also said he is in no hurry to sign a security pact with th...

 In Afghanistan, Karzai vows not to interfere with election of next president


KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai, facing concerns that he may manipulate the election that will choose his successor, insisted Saturday that he has no intention of intervening in the polls. He said his only role will be to cast a ballot next April like any other citizen. “I, as president...

 A Summer of Troubles Saps India’s Sense of Confidence


NEW DELHI: For the last 10 years, India seemed poised to take its place alongside China as one of the dominant economic and strategic powerhouses of Asia. Its economy was surging, its military was strengthening, and its leaders were striding across the world stage. Last week, Indian Navy divers ...

 Thirteen Things the Government Is Trying to Keep Secret from You‏


“We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details of how these secret court opinions have interpreted…the Patriot Act.  As we see it, there is now a significant gap between what most Americans think the law allows and what the government secretly claims the law allows.  This is a ...

 Stopped Cold: Mercedes Sales Blocked in France


BERLIN: Even as showrooms in Europe prepare for the arrival of 2014 vehicles, authorities in France have sparked controversy with a drastic action: blocking the registration — effectively shutting down sales — of some popular new Mercedes-Benz cars, including the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and SL mod...

 Afghan media group boosts interest in football by airing live matches


The second season of professional premier league, which kicked off in the capital Kabul today, has been aired live by leading Afghan TV and radio channels throughout the country. Moby Group, the biggest Afghan media operator, and Roshan, a major mobile company, have teamed up to promote footb...

 India's economy :How India got its funk


India’s economy is in its tightest spot since 1991. Now, as then, the answer is to be bold IN MAY America’s Federal Reserve hinted that it would soon start to reduce its vast purchases of Treasury bonds. As global investors adjusted to a world without ultra-cheap money, there has been a great su...

 'Liconomics': China's Green Revolution Arrives


China has changed course and announced an ambitious new plan to push sustainable energy. The initiative by Li Keqiang's government signals a turning point in the country's approach to the environment -- and could mean big business for Germany. This August, China's leaders withdrew to Beidaihe, a...

 Mosquitoes are worse this summer in parts of US


WASHINGTON: The tiny mosquito all too often has man on the run. And this summer, it seems even worse than usual. "You can't get from the car to inside our house without getting attacked, it's that bad," high school teacher Ryan Miller said from his home in Arlington, Va. Minutes earlier, he saw a...

 How climate change worries have affected mental health of Sunderbans residents


Sunderbans: A number of environmental threats including that of climate change and man-animal conflict are driving villagers in Sunderbans islands towards madness and even suicide. Putting stress on the mental health of the villagers, the ill-effects of abject poverty and deprivation in the remo...

 Russian city ready for mass evacuation if flooding worsens


More than 23,000 have already been evacuated from three regions along Chinese border as Khabarovsk prepares for similar fate Russian authorities are preparing to evacuate the far eastern city of Khabarovsk amid the worst flooding in over a century, following President Vladimir Putin's warnings ...

 Hot B.C. summer creates perfect conditions for growth of invasive fruit fly


The hot summer has been a boon for B.C.’s blueberries, but the warm, dry conditions have also been ideal for a foreign, invasive fruit fly that can harm the valuable crop. The B.C. Ministry of Agriculture updated its pest alert this month, noting in a joint communique with the federal government...

 What's Making the Floods Worse in Manila?


Lashed each year by typhoons and stuck with outdated drainage systems, the Philippine capital has been hit by ever-worsening floods. Population growth, inadequate infrastructure, corruption, deforestation and even trash build-up combine to exacerbate the impact. It's a trend experts expect to co...

 Study: All 107 U.S. nuclear reactors vulnerable to terrorists


Every commercial nuclear reactor in the United States is insufficiently protected against "credible" terrorist threats, according to a new report (PDF) from the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at the University of Texas at Austin. The report found that facilities were vulnerable to the...

 Jury selection begins for Afghanistan massacre


JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash: Jury selection began Tuesday in the sentencing of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians during raids on two villages. Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., pleaded guilty in June to avoid the death pe...

 A Pitch Battle Unites Tense Neighbors


First Afghan-Pakistani Soccer Match in Kabul Since 1976 Kick-Starts Hopes for Better Relations; Trading Kalashnikovs for Sports KABUL: Afghanistan and Pakistan routinely exchange bellicose rhetoric—and occasional gunfire—across their disputed border. On Tuesday, the neighbors squared off in a...

 US-Afghanistan security deal talks could resume soon


Appointment of new negotiating team to thrash out deal raises hopes that talks suspended in June might soon restart Kabul: Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, has lined up a high-profile negotiating team to thrash out a critical long-term security deal with the US, raising hopes that talks s...


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