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Continuing Peace Effort Is Best Response to Mumbai Tragedy | National Geographic News Watch

Last week, I was in Lahore, Pakistan at a forum on environmental peace-building in South Asia. Organized by a group of “Young Global Leaders” under the auspices of the World Economic Forum, this was a unique gathering of professionals and politicians. For the first time we had a delegation of three Indian members of parliament Manish Tewari (Congerss), Chandan Mitra ...

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Syrian protesters killed in apparent sectarian violence | The Guardian

Syria’s protest movement struggled to keep the uprising peaceful and non-sectarian on Monday after at least 10 people, and possibly up to 30, were reported dead during the first allegedly factional clashes in Homs, a flashpoint city where Sunni and Alawi neighbourhoods sit side by side. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, a London-based organisation, 30 people were ...

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China, Philippines agree to safeguard peace in South China Sea | Xinhua

China and the Philippines agreed on Friday to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea and reduce tensions sparked by maritime territory disputes, just before the Philippine president’s upcoming state visit to China. During talks held on Friday between Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his visiting Philippine counterpart Albert del Rosario, the two sides agreed that they would ...

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BANGLADESH: Indigenous farmers face seed crisis | IRIN Asia

Farmers in parts of Bangladesh’s southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) face a seed crisis that is undermining the food security of thousands, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. “The challenge that the villagers are now facing is the lack of available seeds due to non-cultivation for two years,” Christa Rader, country director of WFP in Bangladesh, told IRIN from Dhaka. ...

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In Brief: Bangladeshi monks call for demilitarization of CHT | IRIN Asia

The Bangladesh Jumma Buddhist Forum has called for the demilitarization of Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in a statement addressed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Bangkok. “We are asking for the withdrawal of the 365 military camps, as promised in the 1997 Peace Accord, to end the human rights violations against the indigenous people,” Dipayan Chakma, president of ...

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Syria: EU considers sanctions as regime’s violent crackdown continues | The Guardian

Opposition activists report attacks in Deraa and mass arrests in Douma as Sarkozy and Berlusconi call for end to the violence EU countries are discussing imposing sanctions on Syria if the regime continues its violent suppression of pro-democracy protests. The foreign secretary, William Hague, said Damascus faced “a fork in the road” as opposition activists reported continuing government attacks in ...

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Patrick Cockburn: Credibility and Intervention | CounterPunch

The Syrian army is moving to crush in blood the protesters calling for democracy and the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Unburied bodies lie in the streets of Deraa, the city in the south which has been at the centre of the popular revolt. Will the government succeed? The chances for the moment look evenly balanced, with ...

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Sri Lanka unlikely to face war crimes investigation | The Guardian

The Sri Lankan government appears unlikely to face a full international inquiry into alleged war crimes during the final stages of its civil war in 2009, despite a UN report that claims tens of thousands of civilians were killed, most of them in shelling by government forces. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said on Tuesday he would only launch ...

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PAKISTAN: Unsafe water kills 250,000 children a year | IRIN Asia

After several weeks of severe sickness, with unrelenting diarrhoea and high fever, Shamshad Ali, aged five, from a village near the town of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, finally feels strong enough to venture out of his house again. “For a few days, when he was really sick and weak and could not even keep liquids down, we thought we might ...

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