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Haiti earthquake adds to woes of a benighted country

January 13, 2010 - Poorest country in the western hemisphere is ill equipped to deal with natural disasters.

The earthquake that has hit Haiti, raising fears that thousands have been killed, is the latest in a long line of natural disasters to befall a country ill equipped to deal with such events.

Hurricanes and flooding are perennial concerns for the poorest country in the western hemisphere, which has time and again been dependent on foreign aid in emergencies.

In 1963 hurricane Flora, the sixth deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, devastated the island. The US weather bureau estimated the death toll at 5,000 and the cost of damage to property and crops at between $125m and $180m.

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Haiti devastated by massive earthquake

January 13, 2010 - A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

The extent of the devastation is still unclear but there are fears thousands of people may have died.

Haiti's worst quake in two centuries hit south of the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, wrecking the presidential palace, UN HQ and other buildings.

A "large number" of UN personnel were reported missing by the organisation. Many people have spent the night outside amid fears of more aftershocks.

Describing the earthquake as a "catastrophe", Haiti's envoy to the US said the cost of the damage could run into billions.

A number of nations, including the US, UK and Venezuela, are gearing up to send aid.

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Togo's footballers head home, shaken

January 12, 2010 - Togo's shaken footballers prepare to go home after machine-gun ambush. Team withdraw from Africa Cup of Nations, but organisers insist that the tournament will still go ahead.

Togo's traumatised footballers have pulled out of the Africa Cup of Nations after the death toll from a machine-gun ambush on their team bus rose to three.

But organisers in Angola dismissed calls for the tournament to be abandoned because of security concerns and said the opening ceremony and first match would go ahead tomorrow as planned.

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Bomb Blast Kills Physics Professor in Tehran

January 12, 2010 - A remote-controlled bomb attached to a motorcycle killed an Iranian physics professor outside his home in northern Tehran on Tuesday, state media reported, blaming the United States and Israel for the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. One state broadcaster, IRIB, quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that “in the initial investigation, signs of the triangle of wickedness by the Zionist regime, America and their hired agents are visible in the terrorist act” against the scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi.

There was some dispute about his field of scientific specialization.

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US: Redouble Efforts to Close Guantanamo

January 12, 2010 The Obama administration should commemorate Guantanamo's eighth anniversary tomorrow by renewing its pledge to close the prison quickly and responsibly, Human Rights Watch said today. Prisoners implicated in crimes should be charged and brought to trial before federal courts, and the remainder should be sent home or resettled in other countries.

The United States brought the first 20 detainees, hooded and shackled, to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba, on January 11, 2002. Despite President Barack Obama's stated commitment to close the prison by January 2010, nearly 200 men remain, most of whom have never been charged with any crime.

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Barack Obama: "I will not tolerate more security flaws"

January 6, 2010 - After a 2 hours meeting at the White House with heads of security and intelligence agencies, President Barack Obama declared that the intelligence agencies had gathered enough information on the terrorst to prevent the bombing attempt on the Amsterdam to Detroit flight on Christmas Day, but the information was not shared between agencies.

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U.S. Intelligence Self-Critical Of Its Role In Afghanistan

January 5, 2010 - The head of the U.S. Army Intelligence in Afghanistan has severely criticized the work of intelligence agencies in the country. In a report of the organization Center for New American Security, Gen. Michael Flynn says that in eight years of war, the activity of secret services, which he describes as "confusing", is only marginally significant in the overall strategy in Afghanistan.

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Peace Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi Denounces The Arrest Of Her Sister

December 29, 2009 - Iranian authorities have arrested the sister of 2003 Peace Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi who accuses the government of trying to disrupt her activity as an advocate of democracy and Human Rights.

Nushin Ebadí was arrested yesterday during a deadly crackdown on anti-government protestswhat, already called the Iran’s bloody Sunday.

"They've arrested her to stop my work," said the well-known activist, 62, in a telephone call from London. "She was not doing anything wrong. She is not involved in the struggle for Human Rights and has never participated in any protest," she added.

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NATO Operation Killed 8 Children

December 28, 2009 - According to Afghan president Hamid Karzaï, ten civilians, including eight children, were killed last Saturday in an airstrike by NATO forces in the province of Kunar (a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan).

On Sunday, a NATO spokesman affirmed that there were no reports of civilian deaths in the area.

But according to a senior Western military official (who did not want to be named), it could be an operation by the US Special Forces, conducted independently of NATO and coalition forces.

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NATO Will Send 7,000 Soldiers In Afghanistan

December 4, 2009 - While the U.S. President, Barack Obama, expected his NATO allies to send some 5,000 soldiers to reinforce the military strength, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has now guaranteed that more than 7,000 troops will be deployed to "finish the job" in Afghanistan.

At the today meeting of foreign ministers of NATO and other countries participating in ISAF mission (ISAF International Security Assistance), Rasmussen said: "The 44 countries of the ISAF have made clear that they are united in this mission. The nations are backing up their words with deeds. At least 25 countries will send additional troops. And I have been offered about 7,000 and more to come. "

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