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French arrest warrant for Equatorial Guinea VP

PARIS — France has issued an arrest warrant for the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, a suspect in an investigation into the alleged misspending of public funds, a judicial official said Friday. The warrant followed Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue’s failure to show up for questioning, and eventual preliminary charges, on Wednesday by investigative judges handling the probe, which ...

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UN agency concerned over Afghanistan’s future

Tweet United Nations, July 13 (Xinhua-ANI): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is concerned over the future of Afghanistan as ongoing conflict and natural disasters continue to affect the country, a UN spokesman told reporters here on Friday. “OCHA says Afghans are facing an uncertain future, despite improvements in education, health care…

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UN observers inspect areas near site of Syrian massacre

related articles World condemns Syrian regime over massacre By Reuters | Jul.14,2012 | 10:30 AM A team of UN observers have inspected an area some six kilometres away from the Syrian village of Tremseh, where up to 200 people were reportedly killed by government forces this week, activists said Saturday. A UN source confirmed to DPA that a team of ...

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Feds spend millions on immediate post-fire effects

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year’s wildfires, putting the U.S. Forest Service on track for another possible record year of spending on burned-area recovery efforts. So far, nearly all of the money is going toward building water bars, removing hazardous trees and spreading seed across hundreds of ...

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Top Afghan MP killed in suicide attack at daughter’s wedding

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding reception in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people including a prominent politician, and wounding 40 others. Afghan MP Ahmad Khan Samangani 7:43AM BST 14 Jul 2012 The death toll makes Saturday’s attack one of the most lethal in the country for months. Influential Afghan lawmaker and MP Ahmad Khan Samangani, ...

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Solar storm barreling toward Earth

A solar storm is racing toward Earth this weekend, but scientists say not to worry. The blast of charged solar particles was due to arrive on Saturday morning and last through Sunday as it slams into Earth’s magnetic field. Space weather forecasters say it will be a minor event and they don’t expect disruptions to power grids or communications systems. ...

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Afghan agency members resign, cite bias

Kabul — Just days after President Hamid Karzai assured the United States and international donors that he was serious about fighting corruption, seven top members of the agency that promotes investment in Afghanistan resigned to protest what they said was rampant nepotism, corruption and…

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Ban urges Security Council action over Syria

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has called on the UN Security Council take “decisive action” on the conflict in Syria a day after activists said scores were killed in a village in Hama province. Ban warned on Friday that any failure to act would be giving “a license for further massacres” as he and Kofi Annan, the joint UN-Arab ...

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PTSD screening urged for troops annually

Washington — The Institute of Medicine recommended Friday that military service members undergo annual screening for post-traumatic stress disorder and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working. Of the 2.6 million service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s estimated that 13 to 20 percent have symptoms of…

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Enforced Disappearances: UN experts study over 200 cases

Saturday, 14 July 2012, 11:57 am Press Release: United Nations Enforced Disappearances: UN experts study over 200 cases – 13 under their urgent action procedure GENEVA (13 July 2012) – The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* examined 13 reported cases of enforced disappearance under its urgent action procedure, as well as information on more than 200 ...

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