U.S. drawdown in Iraq affecting UN ability to carry out operations, Ban says

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on U.S. drawdown in Iraq affecting UN ability to carry out operations, Ban says 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 — The ongoing U.S. military drawdown in Iraq is making it more difficult for the United Nations to carry out its operations, which range from the humanitarian to the development to the political fields, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his latest report issued here Wednesday.

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U.S. says there is still time for diplomacy with Iran on nuclear program

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on U.S. says there is still time for diplomacy with Iran on nuclear program 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 — U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns said on Wednesday that there is still time for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program.

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Australian anti-whaling ships ready to head to Southern Ocean

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on Australian anti-whaling ships ready to head to Southern Ocean 

CANBERRA, Dec. 2 — Anti-whaling ships will leave Hobart of Australia on Thursday for their seventh campaign in the Southern Ocean to try to stop Japan's whaling program.

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HIV/AIDS and Indonesia's security

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on HIV/AIDS and Indonesia's security 

By Rahmad Nasution

JAKARTA, Dec. 2 — The spread of HIV/AIDS in the world can no longer be regarded only as a public health, social or economic issue because it has become a serious threat to the very security of countries.

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Drought causes severe crop losses in U.S. state of Louisiana

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on Drought causes severe crop losses in U.S. state of Louisiana 

HOUSTON, Dec. 2 — Continued drought has caused severe crop losses in most of the state of Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

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S. Korea reports 3 more cases of FMD

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on S. Korea reports 3 more cases of FMD 

SEOUL, Dec. 2 — South Korea confirmed the spread of an animal disease Thursday as it reported three more cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), all in the area where the latest outbreak was first reported.

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German retail sales climb with solid growth

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on German retail sales climb with solid growth 

BERLIN, Dec. 2 — German retail sales rallied 2.3 percent in October after two-month's decline, labeled as the fastest monthly jump since January 2008, official date showed Wednesday.

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WEF to implement global risk response network

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on WEF to implement global risk response network 

DUBAI, Dec. 2 — The World Economic Forum (WEF) aims to implement a global risk-response network, the forum founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab said Wednesday.

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Grim outlook for global economy in 2011: UN report

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on Grim outlook for global economy in 2011: UN report 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 — The recovery from the global economic crisis has been faced with setbacks since the middle of 2010 and the outlook for growth in 2011 remains grim, stated a new UN report pre-released here Wednesday.

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EU approves 4.5-trillion-euro aid for banks since financial crisis

December 2, 2010 11:30 am· Comments Off on EU approves 4.5-trillion-euro aid for banks since financial crisis 

BRUSSELS, Dec. 2 — The European Commission said on Wednesday it had approved national support to the financial sector totaling 4.5 trillion euros (5.9 trillion U.S. dollars) since the financial crisis broke out two years ago.

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