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Archive for December, 2009

In the Iranian capital, violent clashes between anti-government crowds and police have killed at least eight protesters. (photo, from bbc.co.uk)

The nephew of former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi is reportedly among the four protesters shot dead in Tehran, while the others died in the northern city of Tabriz. (more…)

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More must be done in order to repair damage done by Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip (photo, from bbc.co.uk) one year ago, said UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

He said Gazans were being denied “basic human rights” and urged Israel to end its “unacceptable and counterproductive blockade”. (more…)

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A sniffer dog is being used by the Polish police in their search for thieves who took the Arbeit Macht Frei (work sets you free) sign over the entrance to Auschwitz, the former Nazi camp. (photo, from bbc.co.uk) (more…)

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The climate deal reached in Copenhagen has been welcomed by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon (photo, from bbc.co.uk) as an “essential beginning”.

This declaration followed a motion passed by delegates that recognises the agreement, which the US reached with key nations including China. (more…)

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Jerusalem (photo, from aljazeera.net) should be the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state, agreed European Union foreign ministers after two days of talks in Brussels. (more…)

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15 years is what it will take to Afghanistan before being able to pay for the cost of its own security forces, warned president Hamid Karzai.

After talking with visiting US Defence Secretary Robert Gates (photo, from aljazeera.net), the Afghan president said he hoped the US and the international community would continue funding them. (more…)

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After ordering 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, US president Barack Obama warned that his country would begin to withdraw its military forces by 2011. (photo, from aljazeera.net) (more…)

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After the Australian parliament rejected a proposal to establish a greenhouse gas emissions trading system, the government said it will re-introduce it. (photo, from aljazeera.net)

The emission trading scheme (ETS) was the government’s key policy on climate change. It was defeated in the Senate by 41-33 votes. (more…)

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The number of free news articles people can read through Google will be open to limitation by newspaper publishers, the company has announced. (photo, from bbc.co.uk) (more…)

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Four men were transferred from the Guantanamo Bay prison to European countries, where some will await trial. (photo, from aljazeera.net) (more…)

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