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Out of touch in the Horn of Africa?

Out of touch in the Horn of Africa?: "Who is the 'average Ethiopian' whose contact is so highly prized and coveted? It seems s/he has an average life expectancy at birth of less than 45 years. S/he lives on less than $USD 1 per day. S/he is engaged in subsistence agriculture eking out a living. S/he survives on a daily intake of 800 calories (starvation level). S/he can neither read nor write. If s/he is sick, she has a 1 chance in 39,772 persons to see a doctor, 1 in 828,000 to see a dentist, 1 in 4,985 chance to see a nurse. She has little or no access to family planning services, reproductive health and emergency obstetric services and suffers from high maternal mortality during childbirth. She is a victim of gender discrimination, domestic violence and female genital mutilation. She has fewer employment and educational opportunities than the 'average' man and is not paid equal pay for equal work. S/he is likely to die from malaria and other preventable infecti…

New US Drone Strikes Kill 15 in Waziristan -- News from Antiwar.com

New US Drone Strikes Kill 15 in Waziristan -- News from Antiwar.com: "At least 15 people were killed today in a new flurry of US drone strikes against Pakistani tribal areas. The first strike killed seven people in South Waziristan, while a second strike killed another eight in North Waziristan.

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New US Drone Strikes Kill 15 in Waziristan -- News from Antiwar.com

New US Drone Strikes Kill 15 in Waziristan -- News from Antiwar.com: "At least 15 people were killed today in a new flurry of US drone strikes against Pakistani tribal areas. The first strike killed seven people in South Waziristan, while a second strike killed another eight in North Waziristan.

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Petraeus Accuses Afghan Parents of Burning Kids to Make US Look Bad -- News from Antiwar.com

Petraeus Accuses Afghan Parents of Burning Kids to Make US Look Bad -- News from Antiwar.com: "One would think that the effort to downplay the killings of as many as 64 civilians, including a large number of children, would be enough to spark considerable anti-US outrage, but apparently Gen. David Petraeus saw an opportunity to make things even worse, and took it.

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Obama Administration Frets Life After Gadhafi -- News from Antiwar.com

Obama Administration Frets Life After Gadhafi -- News from Antiwar.com: "Now the administration is expressing “fears” that there will be a civil war in Libya if the Gadhafi regime falls. With the dictator’s forces killing hundreds of protesters virtually every day now, it seems hard to believe he’s the preferred option of anyone.

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Egypt's forgotten children - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Egypt's forgotten children - Opinion - Al Jazeera English: "One of the untold stories of Egypt's popular revolution is the plight of homeless children caught up in the unrest. As the country adjusted to a new political reality during the protests, Cairo’s estimated 50,000 street children also found that the rules of the game had changed.

The drop-in centres that they rely on for food, clean water and shelter were, like nearly everything else in Egypt, mostly closed. With nothing to eat and nowhere to go, the children were drawn to the festival atmosphere of Tahrir Square, attracted by the prospect of a free meal and the chance of being part of something exciting.

Instead, they found themselves part of something very different. When violence erupted, the homeless children had nowhere to seek refuge and many were caught up in the clashes between rival political factions. Save the Children has confirmed the death of at least one child - a 16-year-old boy called Ismail - and kn…