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  • Somali forces attack Islamic insurgents in Mogadishu Wed Jun 3 2009
    Somali government forces attacked rebel strongholds in Mogadishu on Friday starting battles across the capital that killed at least 45 people the highest daily death toll for months.
  • UN humanitarian wing assisting Tajik flood victims Wed Jun 3 2009
    The worst affected area is the south-western province of Khatlon, which is also Tajikistan?s most populous province, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA ) said. Around 300 displaced families are currently sheltered in two tented camps near the town of Uyali, while the rest are staying with friends and relatives.
  • Tamils seek missing family Wed Jun 3 2009
    MANIK FARM, Sri Lanka (AP) Of all the hardships in this sprawling displacement camp, people most bemoan not knowing what happened to relatives who disappeared in the chaos of the decisive battle that ended the prolonged war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels.
  • NASA uses satellite to unearth innovation in crop forecasting Wed Jun 3 2009
    ( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center ) NASA researchers are using satellite data to deliver a kind of space-based humanitarian assistance. They are cultivating the most accurate estimates of soil moisture -- the main determinant of crop yield changes -- and improving global forecasts of how well food....
  • UN wants to force poppy farmers to switch to legal crops Wed Jun 3 2009
    United Nations (Agencies): United Nations officials in Afghanistan are attempting to create a "flood of drugs" in the country intended to destroy the value ...
  • Progress Made in Paris Climate Talks Wed Jun 3 2009
    French minister says meeting agrees to set up $100 billion 'green fund' to help limit pollution in developing countries
  • International community condemns North Korea Wed Jun 3 2009
    North Korea faced international condemnation and calls for fresh sanctions tonight following the “provocative” launch of two short-range missiles and an underground nuclear test.
  • Russia makes major shift in climate policy Wed Jun 3 2009
    Russia's government has quietly made a drastic change to its policy on climate change, accepting that anthropogenic global warming poses severe risks and requires immediate action to limit carbon emissions. Policy analysts believe that the new climate 'doctrine', adopted in late April, marks a historic turning point.
  • US Ambassador to UN: North Korea Will 'Pay a Price' Wed Jun 3 2009
    The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, says North Korea will "pay the price" for defying the international community with what she called "provocative" missile and nuclear tests. The U.S. Ambassador told U.S. television networks Tuesday that the United Nations Security Council is working on a "strong resolution with teeth.
  • NORTH KOREA: Japan Has Little Leverage Over Volatile Neighbour Wed Jun 3 2009
    TOKYO, May 26 (IPS) - North Korea’s nuclear tests are a grave security concern to Japan and have significantly raised tension in the region.
  • Sri Lanka: Displaced Tamils seek missing family Wed Jun 3 2009
    MANIK FARM, Sri Lanka (AP) — Of all the hardships in this sprawling displacement camp, people most bemoan not knowing what happened to relatives who disappeared in the chaos of the decisive battle that ended the prolonged war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels.
  • Afghanistan: Flood assistance stepped up Wed Jun 3 2009
    Floods and landslides in the five northern provinces of Faryab, Jawzjan, Balkh, Samangan and Sari-i-Pul have caused widespread destruction and casualties. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Afghanistan (UNOCHA), floods caused by unprecedented heavy....
  • Emissions stand-off Wed Jun 3 2009
    The emissions trading scheme is headed for defeat, handing Labor a trigger for a double dissolution election.
  • UK & World News: North Korea causes further world outrage with fresh missile tests Wed Jun 3 2009
    PRIME Minister Gordon Brown yesterday warned the world was in danger after North Korea set off a nuclear explosion.
  • N.Korea tests more missiles Wed Jun 3 2009
    North Korea has defied world condemnation and test-fired two more missiles. Sources in South Korea said the short-range rockets were launched…
  • UN: Displacement situation in Pakistan worst since 1947 Wed Jun 3 2009
    Geneva - A United Nations official in Pakistan said Tuesday the ongoing military campaign in the north-west of the country has created the worst displacement problem since the country's independence. The last time Pakistan faced such a displacement ...
  • Southern Africa: SADC Ministers Say Food Situation OK Wed Jun 3 2009
    Contrary to recent reports from international agencies such as the United Nations, which lament decreasing food production and food security in Africa, a regional meeting in South Africa last Week concluded otherwise.
  • Report: North Korea Test-Fires More Missiles Wed Jun 3 2009
    Report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency cites unnamed government sources who say the missiles were fired from an east coast launch pad
  • Health prize for Indigenous healers Wed Jun 3 2009
    Indigenous healers say governments need to do more to support traditional medicine and partnerships on Indigenous mental health need to be nurtured. Traditional healers, or Ngangkaris, work in Aboriginal communities providing care including for mental health. Ngangkari, Andy Tjilari, says healers work across a wide part of central Australia.
  • N. Korea's nuclear blast draws world's ire Wed Jun 3 2009
    Regime defenders Russia, China join other world powers in denouncing test The United States and allied powers threatened Monday to impose new penalties on North Korea after the defiant regime announced a second....
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 25, (Agencies): The defeated Tamil Tiger rebels have confirmed that their supreme leader was killed in the group’s final battle against Sri Lankan troops. The almost mythic com Wed Jun 3 2009
    mander, Velupillai Prabhakaran, led a terror-driven Tamil insurrection in Sri Lanka for more than a quarter century. Last week the government declared it finally killed Prabhakaran and proclaimed victory against his Tamil Tigers, crushing the rebellion that the UN estimates cost between 80,000 to 100,000 lives.

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