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Powerful typhoon kills 74 in Philippines

Manila, December 04: At least 43 villagers and soldiers drowned in a southern Philippine town Tuesday when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck, officials said. The deaths raised the toll from one of the strongest storms to hit the country this year to at least 74. Gov ...

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China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars

Four kinds of vegetables were grown in an “ecological life support system”, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions, Xinhua news agency said Monday. The system, which relies on plants and…

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UN to withdraw non-essential staff from Syria

Missions to Syria cancelled and remaining staff on standby to move, in final step before full-scale evacuation Jihad Makdissi has reportedly been sacked as Syria’s foreign ministry spokesman, the first high-profile departure from the Assad regime in recent months. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images The United Nations is preparing to evacuate all non-essential staff from Syria and put those who remain ...

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U.S. manufacturing shrinks to 3-year low

A survey shows U.S. manufacturing shrank in November to its weakest level since July 2009, the first month after the Great Recession ended. Worries about automatic tax increases in the New Year cut demand for factory orders and manufacturing jobs. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of manufacturing conditions fell to a reading of 49.5. That’s ...

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Mars Rover Detects Simple Organic Compounds

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has detected several simple carbon-based organic compounds on Mars, but it remains unclear whether they were formed via Earthly contamination or whether they contain only elements indigenous to the planet.Speaking at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco, Curiosity mission leaders also said that the compound perchlorate—identified previously in polar Mars—appeared to also be ...

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Kate Middleton Is Pregnant, Palace Says

Kate Middleton is pregnant. The most eagerly awaited pregnancy was announced today by St. James Palace on behalf of Middleton and her husband Prince William. The child, whether boy or girl, will eventually be heir to the British throne according to new legislation awaiting final approval. The duchess was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital today in central London with ...

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UN Secretary General condemns proposed Israeli settlements

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has criticized Israel’s proposed new West Bank settlements, saying they’ll deal a “fatal blow” to peace. The comments follow Israel’s confiscation of tax and tariff funds from Palestine. Ban Ki-moon (pictured above) warned Israel Sunday, saying 3,000 new proposed settlement homes would harm the peace process with the Palestinians. Israel authorized the construction hours after ...

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SOMALIA: Illegal migration on the rise in Somaliland

HARGEISA, 3 December 2012 (IRIN) – More youths from the self-declared republic of Somaliland are illegally migrating from the region, mainly due to a lack of jobs, traveling through Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya on their way to Europe, say officials. “There is no exact data, but we estimate that in the last three months of 2011, only 150 youth [illegally ...

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UN Security Council welcomes continued cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait

Print 1 December 2012 &#150 The United Nations Security Council welcomes the continued cooperation of the Governments of Iraq and Kuwait, the 15-member said today in a press statement today. In addition, it welcomed &#8220Iraq's continued commitment to full implementation of its outstanding obligations under the relevant Chapter VII Security Council resolutions, and called on both States to continue to ...

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