Bird flu fear as mutant strain hits China and Vietnam

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Avian flu shows signs of a resurgence, while a mutant strain – able to sidestep vaccines – could be spreading in Asia, the United Nations has warned. The variant appeared in Vietnam and China and its risk to humans cannot be predicted, veterinary officials said. Virus circulation in Vietnam threatens…

EU says up to Palestinians to decide UN ‘approach’

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AMMAN ‘ EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Monday it is up to the Palestinians to decide their approach at the United Nations, where they will seek full UN membership next month. Ashton, on a tour to push Israel and the Palestinians to resume direct negotiations, said she […]

In Sri Lanka, a ‘negative peace’ prevails

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Seriously injured in a shell attack, his Tamil Tiger comrades dead, Mano (pseudonym) tried to end his own life by biting on the cyanide pill that, like all hardened fighters, he wore around his neck. But an elderly woman nearby rushed to give him water and he survived. Alone, he […]

Tales from a leaking boat

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Aziz crammed into the cargo hold of a tiny fishing boat as it left the Indonesian port. He and the 17 other men aboard had their sights on Australia. Only four days in, it happened – the engine exploded, blowing acrid smoke into the cabin, choking Aziz and the other […]

As the storm moved on

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For the families of the people who died of causes related to the wrath of Hurricane Irene, the violent storm stands as a life-changing catastrophe, no matter that for most people, it was not as severe as had been feared. Even as we recuperate and rebuild and give thanks that […]

Hurricane Irene blamed for 40 deaths

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Hurricane Irene is being blamed for at least 40 deaths in 11 eastern US states and Canada, as Vermont and upstate New York suffered disastrous flooding. The toll includes six dead each in New Jersey, New York state and North Carolina, five in Pennsylvania, four in Virginia, three in Vermont, […]