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F-15 grounding: Elmendorf got help from Canada to protect the skies
Full story: Anchorage Daily News


Obituary: Benazir Bhutto
Full story: BBC News


Chad: Child soldiers forcibly mobilised not demobilised
Dec 27, 2007

A UN programme to demobilise hundreds of child soldiers in Chad has been on hold since November following the resurgence of fighting between the army and rebel groups in the east.

"The process on standby," head of protection programmes with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Chad, Jean Francois Basse, told IRIN. "It's now all just a big mess."

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Women battle to gain voice through literacy drive in Pakistan
Dec 27, 2007

Changing local attitudes regarding the education of girls in rural Pakistan is difficult, say activists. Photo: Zofeen Ebrahim/IRIN
With Pakistan's female adult literacy rate as low as 36 percent, according to the UN, Shahida, married with a one year-old daughter, believes it is up to the women in her community to bring about change, if not for themselves, then for their daughters.

"Otherwise their lives will be just like ours," Shahida, 20, said.

She is among two dozen women huddled together on the floor of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) literacy centre in Jiya Bagha, a farming village, outside Lahore, the provincial capital of Pakistan's populous Punjab Province, to learn the nuances of teaching adults how to read and write.

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Benazir Bhutto killed by bomb at rally
Full story: The Guardian UK


Palestinian fights in court for a hill his family has held since 1916
Full story: L.A. Times


Despite Aid, Malnutrition in Darfur Rises
Full story: New York Times


Anti-whalers aboard the Steve Irwin close in on Japanese fleet
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald


Disputes over Jewish settlements paralyse U.S.-backed peace talks
Full story: France 24


Israeli UAVs headed soon to Turkey for use against Kurdish rebels
Full story: C News Canada


Quarter of Norway's firms face shutdown for failing to comply with law to boost proportion of women on boards to 40%
Full story: The Guardian UK


Whaling protesters hit Japan Consulate in Melbourne with fake blood
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald


Activists aim to protect endangered Tibetan antelope from shawl trade
Full story: L.A. Times


As their Pacific island country drowns, 10,000 Tuvaluans ponder their future as Climate Change Refugees
Full story: Fiji Times


Displaced in northern Iraq considering alternative livelihoods
Dec 26, 2007

Nearly 4,000 people have fled their homes in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan over the past two weeks in the wake of Turkish bombardments of rebel hideouts, a local official said on 26 December.

"Since 16 December when Turkish warplanes renewed their bombing of the borders, nearly 700 families, about 4,000 people, have fled their villages, leaving everything behind," said Mohammed Khalil, a spokesman for the Regional Displacement and Immigration Directorate.

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Nazia, Afghanistan, "My husband cut off my ears and nose and broke my teeth"
Dec 26, 2007

Doctors at a hospital in Qalat, capital of Zabul Province in southern Afghanistan, are treating a brutally tortured woman whose husband cut off both her ears and nose, broke her teeth and shaved her head only three months after their marriage. The victim, 16-year-old Nazia, is also suffering from psychiatric distress due to her experience, according to a doctor in Qalat hospital.

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Analysis: Climate Change Gives Rise to New World Order
Full story: IPS News


UN fund set up to help protect refugees in Chad, Central African Republic
Dec 26, 2007

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has set up a trust fund to help the Governments of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) build the law and order capacity needed to ensure the security of hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) endangered by the spill over of violence from Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.

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Global warming responsible for mosquitoes spreading a relative of dengue fever in Italian village
Full story: Scotsman

Both Sides Cite Science to Address Altered Corn
Full story: New York Times



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News Headlines
F-15 grounding: Elmendorf got help from Canada to protect the skies

Obituary: Benazir Bhutto

Chad: Child soldiers forcibly mobilised not demobilised

Women battle to gain voice through literacy drive in Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto killed by bomb at rally

Palestinian fights in court for a hill his family has held since 1916

Despite Aid, Malnutrition in Darfur Rises

Anti-whalers aboard the Steve Irwin close in on Japanese fleet

Disputes over Jewish settlements paralyse U.S.-backed peace talks

Israeli UAVs headed soon to Turkey for use against Kurdish rebels

More

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