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One billionth tourist to arrive in 2012: UN

The United Nations, which commemorated the birth of the world’s seven billionth baby last October, is predicting the arrival of the one billionth tourist later this year – perhaps in Europe, the United States, South America, or Asia. According to the latest statistics released by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), tourist arrivals have increased from about 674 million in ...

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Human Rights Situation has Worsened in Tibet: Annual Report

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala, India: – The human rights situation has worsened in Tibet, with the Chinese government cracking down on singers, writers and environmentalists, a human rights NGO of Tibetan exiles said here Monday, January 23rd, during a press conference for its annual Tibet report of 2011. ‘The Chinese government laid policies to enforce a ...

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Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament opens first session

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament opened on Monday for the first time since a historic free election put Islamists in the driving seat after years of repression under deposed President Hosni Mubarak. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) was the biggest winner in the first free vote in decades. It has vowed to guide Egypt in the transition ...

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Over 100,000 rally in Hungary to back govt in EU fight

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – More than 100,000 people rallied Saturday in a show of support for the embattled Hungarian government, as it prepares to compromise in a bitter fight with the European Union to secure a vital loan. Labeled a “March of Peace” the demonstration was by far the largest rally since the government took power in May 2010, in what ...

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Nigeria stunned by Kano attacks that killed more than 150

Reporting from Kano, Nigeria, and Johannesburg,— A militant Islamic group whose almost daily attacks have put Nigerians on edge left the country stunned Saturday after a well-coordinated strike with disturbing echoes of Al Qaeda’s brand of mayhem. More than 150 people were killed in the Friday evening carnage in the northern city of Kano. The group Boko Haram claimed responsibility ...

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Colombia’s FARC destroys radar station

Colombian FARC rebels have attacked a radar installation in Cauca province, killing a guard and delaying flights in the south of the Andean nation as well as some bound for neighbouring Ecuador and Panama, the civil aviation authority said. Guerrilla fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia launched homemade missiles and gas cylinders at the installation on Saturday, officials ...

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France threatens early exit from Afghanistan

JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press= KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — France’s threat Friday to withdraw early from Afghanistan after an Afghan soldier killed four French troops and wounded 15 is a setback for the U.S.-led coalition’s efforts to build a national army and allow foreign troops to go home. The deadly shooting — the second against French forces in a month — ...

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Sarah Burke, Olympic hopeful freestyle skier, dies from injury trauma

Canadian freestyle skiing star, Sarah Burke died on Thursday, due to trauma sustained during a halfpipe training run on January 10 in Park City, UT. With family and friends bedside, she was pronounced dead by medical staff at the University of Utah hospital. On the 22’ high halfpipe last week, Burke severely injured herself while practicing a relatively simple 540 ...

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Crew return to heroes’ welcome

Manila: Filipino crewmembers of the stricken ship MV Costa Concordia arrived home to heroes’ welcome a week after their ordeal off the coast of Grosetto, Tuscany, Italy. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in a statement greeted the 129 Filipino crew of the Italian cruise ship who had started arriving in Manila in several batches since Thursday. The MV Costa ...

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