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TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

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NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

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SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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Oceans Heating Up Faster Now Than In The Past 10,000 Years

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By Countercurrents.org

A new study suggests the oceans are warming more rapidly than any time during the past 10,000 years. This is one of the conclusions that have been drawn from a recently conducted study, report of which has been published in the reputed journal Science.

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Global Efforts To Combat Climate Change Could Fail

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UNEP Report Warns

By Countercurrents.org 

Global efforts to prevent dangerous levels of climate change are on course to fail, says a UN report released November 5, 2013.

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Six Million Children Under The Age Of Five Died Last Year Mostly

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From Easily Treatable Diseases

By Brian McAfee

Six million children under the age of five died last year mostly from easily treatable diseases. Most of the deaths have been from pneumonia, malaria, or diarrhea. Over 70% of these deaths have occurred in Africa and South-East Asia. Nearly half of all under five deaths occur in five countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan.

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Smoke Smoke Everywhere, Not a Puff to Breathe

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By Shobha Shukla *

The air around us has been riddled with so much of dirt that it is increasingly becoming unfit for consumption. And yet we cannot survive if we do not breathe. The theme of the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health organised by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) held recently in Paris was very apt - 'Shared air, safe air?'

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New Infections Outstrip the Region's HIV Responses

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By Swapna Majumdar *

Despite a 26% overall reduction in new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific since 2001, the epidemic still outpaces regional responses. According to a new UNAIDS report on HIV in Asia and the Pacific, the rate of new infections remains the issue of most concern. According to the report, the fastest-growing epidemics in the region are among men who have sex with men (MSM). HIV levels are particularly high in this key population, with between 15% and 25% MSM living with HIV, largely in major cities.

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Award Advances Innovation, Sustainability and Social Impact

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By Bobby Ramakant *

A young scientist was awarded the third prize at Falling Walls 2013 for her research aimed to reduce mortality and complication rate in surgical procedures to treat cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).

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Whither Post-Wall Europe - and Germany?

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By Ramesh Jaura *    

Europe is the world’s richest region. Together 28 countries constituting the European Union (EU) are the world’s largest market. EU and its member states provide 56% of about $130 billion global official development assistance. Precisely this obliges Europe not to stay bogged down in ongoing financial and identity crises but accept its international responsibilities wholeheartedly.

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Commonwealth Faces Challenge of Relevance

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By Kalinga Seneviratne  

On 15th of November Britain’s King-In-Waiting for the past three decades Prince Charles will open a three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, which has attracted much media attention particularly in Britain, India and Canada for all the wrong reasons.

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Economic Stagnation Haunts U.S.

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By Jack A. Smith *

As though the erosion of American democracy, the weakening of civil liberties, inequality, joblessness, indifference to global warming, a penchant for wars and the healthcare mess were not enough, now we have this:

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Obama Administration Pledges To Continue Illegal Spying Programs

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By Joseph Kishore

The Obama administration is responding to the latest series of exposures of the massive National Security Agency spying operations by insisting that all the programs will continue, while intensifying its campaign against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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American Muslims 12 Years After 9/11 Part III

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By Abdus Sattar Ghazali *    Part I     Part II

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism?

It is a common adage that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism," however in the post-9/11 America, dissent has become unpatriotic.

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