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Death of Free Internet is Imminent: Information Clearing House - ICH

Death of Free Internet is Imminent: Information Clearing House - ICH
In the last 15 years or so, as a society we have had access to more information than ever before in modern history because of the Internet. There are approximately 1 billion Internet users in the world B and any one of these users can theoretically communicate in real time with any other on the planet. The Internet has been the greatest technological achievement of the 20th century by far, and has been recognized as such by the global community.

The free transfer of information, uncensored, unlimited and untainted, still seems to be a dream when you think about it. Whatever field that is mentioned- education, commerce, government, news, entertainment, politics and countless other areas- have been radically affected by the introduction of the Internet. And mostly, it's good news, except when poor judgements are made and people are taken advantage of. Scrutiny and oversight are needed, especially where chil…

BBC NEWS | Africa | Food crisis looms in East Africa

BBC NEWS | Africa | Food crisis looms in East Africa: "More than 14 million people in the Horn of Africa need food aid because of drought and rocketing food and fuel prices, the United Nations has warned.

The UN World Food Programme says it urgently needs $400m (£200m) to prevent starvation in the east African region.

Ethiopia is worst hit, with 10 million people - some 12% of the population - in need of extra food supplies.

Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti are also affected, along with northern parts of Kenya and Uganda."

BBC NEWS | Africa | S African police evict migrants

BBC NEWS | Africa | S African police evict migrants
South African police have forcefully removed hundreds of immigrants from temporary shelters where they had taken refuge from xenophobic attacks.

Authorities say the immigrants, who were taken to a repatriation centre in Johannesburg, had not registered with the home affairs department.

A BBC reporter witnessed angry and emotional scenes as they were removed.

More than 60 immigrants were killed and tens of thousands more fled during the attacks against foreigners in May.

Some immigrants chanted "human rights for refugees" as they were driven away from the Glenanda temporary centre by dozens of riot police.

The BBC's Mpho Lakaje said the immigrants taken from the camp, where about 2,000 people were sheltering, included women and children.

They now face deportation, he says.

Home Affairs spokeswoman Cleo Mosana said the immigrants had been offered exemption from deportation.

'Very disappointed'

She said they had been given e… Somalia: Military Says Pakistani, Iraqi Fighters Killed in Clashes (Page 1 of 1) Somalia: Military Says Pakistani, Iraqi Fighters Killed in Clashes (Page 1 of 1): "21 July 2008
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A commander with Somalia's army told the BBC Somali Service on Monday that two foreign fighters were killed alongside 10 local rebels during clashes yesterday in Lower Shabelle region.

Regional commander Col. Dahir Mohamed Hersi said the two dead fighters are from Pakistan and Iraq, while urging journalists to 'go see' the dead bodies.

He stated that two government soldiers were wounded during the attack.

Al Shabaab spokesman Muktar Robow 'Abu Mansur,' who claimed responsibility for the attack, denied reports that foreign fighters were killed during the battle.

He told a Mogadishu-based radio station that, on their side, 3 fighters were killed and 3 others wounded. But he claimed that government troops 'suffered heavy losses.'"

BBC NEWS | Europe | Karadzic 'worked in Serb clinic'

BBC NEWS | Europe | Karadzic 'worked in Serb clinic'
Captured Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic was practising alternative medicine and living in Serbia's capital, Belgrade.

He was working in a private clinic in a "very convincing disguise", sporting a long white beard, and calling himself Dragan Dabic, a Serb official said.

He was arrested on Monday near Belgrade after more than a decade on the run.

He is indicted by the UN tribunal for war crimes and genocide over the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica.

A judge has ordered Mr Karadzic's transfer to the UN war crimes court in The Hague, Serbia's war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic said.

Mr Karadzic's lawyer, Sveta Vujacic, has said he will appeal against the ruling; he has three days to do so.