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Groups to protest against China-funded Ethiopian dam - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

Groups to protest against China-funded Ethiopian dam - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan: "February 18, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) - International conservation groups, members of civil society and other concerned individuals will on Sunday, 20 February 2011 stage a peaceful protest march to petition the Chinese government against the involvement of several Chinese companies in the construction of a controversial dam.

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Military chaplain: Soldier’s rape ‘must have been God’s will’ | The Raw Story

Military chaplain: Soldier’s rape ‘must have been God’s will’ | The Raw Story: "'She immediately sought the assistance of the military chaplain,' the lawsuit reads. 'When SGT Havrilla met with the military chaplain, he told her that 'it must have been God's will for her to be raped' and recommended that she attend church more frequently.'

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US Vetoes UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements -- News from Antiwar.com

US Vetoes UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements -- News from Antiwar.com: "The veto came after every single other member of the UNSC indicated that they supported the draft resolution, which was non-binding and only reiterated what has long been the position of the international community, that depopulating occupied territory and moving your own citizens there in government sponsored settlements is a violation of international law.

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At Least 99 Killed as Protests Split Libya -- News from Antiwar.com

At Least 99 Killed as Protests Split Libya -- News from Antiwar.com: "The fighting in the eastern cities in particular was said to have been quite fierce, and before the military fled from the overwhelming groups of protesters, the confirmed death toll going into Saturday was at least 84 slain and hundreds wounded. An additional 15 were slain at funerals on Saturday, bringing the minimal toll to at least 99.

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US vetoes UN draft on settlements - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

US vetoes UN draft on settlements - Middle East - Al Jazeera English: "The US has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as 'illegal' and called for an immediate halt to all settlement building.

All 14 other Security Council members voted in favour of the resolution, which was backed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), on Friday.

Mark Lyall Grant,, the British ambassador to the UN, speaking on behalf of his country, France and Germany, condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 'They are illegal under international law,' he said.

He added that the European Union's three biggest nations hope that an independent state of Palestine will join the UN as a new member state by September 2011.

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Protests death toll rises in Libya - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Protests death toll rises in Libya - Africa - Al Jazeera English: "Security forces in Libya have killed at least 70 pro-democracy protesters in the country's second-largest city as demonstrations demanding the ouster of Col. Moammar Gaddafi, the long time ruler, increase across the country.

A doctor in Benghazi told Al Jazeera that he saw the bodies at the main hospital on Friday in one of the harshest crackdowns against peaceful protesters thus far.

'I have seen it on my own eyes: At least 70 bodies at the hospital,' said Wuwufaq al-Zuwail, a physician. He added that security forces also prevented ambulances to reach the site of the protests on Friday.

The Libyan government has also blocked Al Jazeera TV signal in the country. And people have also reported that the network's website is inaccessible from there.

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Hotmail - aosmanm@hotmail.com - Windows Live: "The United Nations is currently asking the international community to donate food for 2.8 million Ethiopians, and yet the so-called “Ethiopian government” sells fertile land to foreign investors to grow oil seeds and sugarcane for export.

Chandigarh, INDIA (PTI) — A group of Indian farmers in Punjab today said that they are going to grow pulses and oilseeds on 5,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia and import their farm produce to India.

“We will start cultivating 5,000 hectares of land in Ethiopia from September this year and plan to cultivate pulses, oil seeds, sugarcane and maize which are always in short supply (in India),” Confederation of Potato Seed Farmers (POSCON) secretary general Jang Bahadur Singh Sangha said here today.

Additionally, the group wants the government to exempt their farm produce in Ethiopia from duty when imported to India in order to curtail country’s dependence on import of such farm products.

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1 killed, 57 injured in Iraqi Kurdish protests - CNN

1 killed, 57 injured in Iraqi Kurdish protests - CNN: "One person was killed and 57 were injured Thursday when hundreds of protesters clashed with security forces in Sulaimaniya, a city in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, according to Dr. Raykot Hamed Salih, a health official there.

Salih had reported earlier in the day that nine people were killed, but he retracted that figure. He explained to CNN that in the middle of the chaos, the emergency hospital in Sulaimaniya received a number of unconscious individuals, and doctors mistakenly thought they were dead.

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 Afghans Fear Return of the Warlords as Anti-Taliban Militias Clash  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

 Afghans Fear Return of the Warlords as Anti-Taliban Militias Clash  :      Information Clearing House: ICH: "One ISCI commander, Haji Mir Afzal, said she could do whatever she wanted because of her exceptionally unusual history as a resistance commander during the jihad against the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

'We don't even think of her as a woman when she comes to these meetings,' he said.

When the Guardian asked how many fighters she had under her command, she raised a bemused eyebrow. 'These are all my fighters,' she said, waving at the tent full of men who collectively control one of the biggest militias to be set up with US cash in Afghanistan.

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