PNA rejects Netanyahu's conditions for peace talks resumption

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· Comments Off on PNA rejects Netanyahu's conditions for peace talks resumption 

RAMALLAH, Oct. 13 — The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) rejected on Monday hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conditions to resume the stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

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FAO says climate change to reduce food output up to 30 percent by 2050

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ROME, Oct. 13 — In 2050 climate change will decrease food and agricultural production by up to 30 percent in parts of developing countries, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director-general Jacques Diouf said on Monday.

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French navy hands over five suspected pirates to Somalia

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· Comments Off on French navy hands over five suspected pirates to Somalia 

MOGADISHU, Oct. 13 — The French navy force patrolling Somalia's pirate-invested coast on Monday handed over five suspected pirates to the local authorities in Somalia's northeastern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, police said.

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Egypt to push for reconciliation pact amid growing Palestinian disputes

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by Saud Abu Ramadan, Emad Drimly

GAZA, Oct. 13 — Egypt has intensified on Monday its efforts to speed up declaring an inter-Palestinian reconciliation pact as political dispute between rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and Gaza Strip-based Islamic Hamas movement is still going on, a senior Fatah official said.

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Jordan, Azerbaijan urge intensive efforts to launch Mideast peace talks

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· Comments Off on Jordan, Azerbaijan urge intensive efforts to launch Mideast peace talks 

AMMAN, Oct. 13 — King Abdullah II of Jordan and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev urged intensified efforts Monday to jump-start peace talks to end the decade-long Palestinian- Israeli conflict.

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Netanyahu vows to defend Israelis against UN Gaza report

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· Comments Off on Netanyahu vows to defend Israelis against UN Gaza report 

JERUSALEM, Oct. 13 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday launched harsh slams against the United Nations' Gaza conflict investigation report, vowing never to allow Israelis to be on trail in international courts due to the alleged war crimes in the report.

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Dust back to Sydney overnight

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· 1 Comment 

CANBERRA, Oct. 13 — Sydney Morning Herald reports Tuesday "the dust is back" in Sydney overnight.

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Seoul stocks open lower on sell-offs

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· Comments Off on Seoul stocks open lower on sell-offs 

SEOUL, Oct. 13 — South Korean stocks got off to a weak start Tuesday, weighed down by foreign and institutional sell-offs, analysts said.

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London stock market closes higher

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· Comments Off on London stock market closes higher 

LONDON, Oct. 13 — The benchmark FTSE 100 index closed at its highest level for more than a year as markets were inspired by the better-than-expected results from Philips.

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Cooler winter to cost U.S. southerners 9 percent more in energy bills

October 12, 2009 10:52 pm· Comments Off on Cooler winter to cost U.S. southerners 9 percent more in energy bills 

HOUSTON, Oct. 13 — CPS Energy, the largest U.S. municipally owned energy company in San Antonio, Texas, on Monday expected a chilly winter ahead and expensive energy bills for its customers in the coming winter.

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