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January 03, 2010
Politically correct food on the menu in Britain
London (AFP) Dec 30, 2009
From foie gras produced without making birds suffer to "sustainable" fish, British retailers and restaurants are fast embracing politically correct food, helped by celebrity-fuelled pressure. Faux (false) gras is the ethical answer to the foodstuff which has been the bane of campaigners for decades for the way it's produced: force-feeding ducks or geese to create engorged livers that yield the creamy pate. Waitrose, House of Fraser and Tesco are among a growing number of major British retailers who are now refusing to stock real foie gras after protest campaigns. ... read more

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Low yield, strikes hit Argentine fisheries
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Taiwan leader vows not to seek independence
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Sarkozy scrambles to salvage carbon tax
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Thrill-seeking tourists flock to Philippine volcano
Legaspi, Philippines (AFP) Dec 30, 2009
Thousands of tourists are flocking to the Philippines' restive Mayon volcano with many even risking their lives to get close to the spectacular flowing lava, authorities said Wednesday. Governor Joey Salceda, whose province of Albay includes Mayon, said 2,400 tourists a day had been pouring into the area since the famously active volcano started oozing lava on December 14, compared with abou ... more

Chinese dairy closed again over tainted milk: state media
Beijing (AFP) Jan 1, 2010
A Chinese dairy shut down during the 2008 tainted milk scandal has been closed again after tests found some of its products contained the same toxic chemical, state media reported Friday. Shanghai Panda Dairy was shuttered and three executives arrested Thursday after an investigation found eight batches of its powdered milk and condensed milk had "illegally high" levels of melamine, the Shan ... more

Logging exports banned in Sierra Leone
Freetown (AFP) Jan 1, 2010
The government in Sierra Leone announced Friday an immediate ban on the transport and export of logs, in an effort to crackdown on a largely uncontrolled, multi-million-dollar industry. President Ernest Koroma's office said in a statement that "illegal logging is having adverse effect on the country's environment and depleting the ozone layer and most be stopped with immediate effect". I ... more

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East Timor's ticking AIDS timebomb


US team to assess underlying causes' of Malawi quakes


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China's rise erodes Western bargaining power: observers

Walker's World: China versus the world

Liu Xiaobo sentence criticized as harsh

US mulls new sanctions on Iran as year ends

Divided Iran enters 2010 after a year of deadly protests

Israelis ponder the perils of hitting Iran

Russia needs new arms to counter US shield: Putin

LM Achieves Critical Global BMD Milestones In 2009

Japan to axe new funds for missile defence

Raytheon wins $1.1B missile deal

Egypt eyes U.S. missiles, equipment

Australian navy fires first upgraded SM-2

Chinese airline to buy 16 Airbus A330s: company

Indonesia navy opts for Casa patrol planes

Lockheed wins 841.9 million dollar Morocco F-16 contract

US drone strike kills four militants in Pakistan: officials

Turkey, Israel agree on Heron drones deal

Geologists turn to unmanned aircraft

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19 dead as mudslide hits Rio hotel
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Jan 1, 2010
A mudslide struck a small luxury hotel filled with New Year's revelers on an island southwest of Rio de Janeiro Friday, killing at least 19 people and leaving many others missing amid tons of mud and debris. Mudslides and flooding unleashed by days of torrential rains have claimed the lives of 52 people since Wednesday across the state of Rio de Janeiro, authorities said. The heavy rains ... more

Vietnam says parched Red River at record low
Hanoi (AFP) Dec 31, 2009
The Red River that divides Hanoi is at its lowest level in more than a century, and global warming could be a factor, a Vietnamese official said on Thursday. "The level of the Red River was measured at only 0.66 metres (2.2 feet) on Tuesday morning, the lowest level in more than 100 years," said Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. Vi ... more

Shocked residents survey Australia wildfire wreckage
Sydney (AFP) Dec 31, 2009
Shocked residents returned to survey the wreckage on Thursday after Western Australia's worst wildfire in 50 years engulfed 38 homes in an isolated rural community. Emotional householders were given the all-clear to go back to Toodyay, north of Perth, where the inferno raced across thousands of hectares (acres) of scrub and farmland destroying buildings, vehicles and cattle. Emergency cr ... more

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China's navy mulls push into Arabian Sea


Philippine volcano darkens New Year for 50,000 villagers


More than 12 pct of China's population over 60: state media
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Refurbished computers aid Kenyan farmers

Guinea's junta celebrates first year in power

Security chiefs 'dominate diamond trade'

GM India chief says China partnership start of Asia thrust

Chinese car park makes space for women only

Geely's Volvo bid highlights China's global car ambition

You couldn't make it up: offbeat stories from 2009

Events that marked the start of the 21st century

Large Hadron Collider shut down until February

Mini-Research Module MRM1 At Cape For Shuttle Processing

Astronauts Dock At ISS

Expedition 22 Keeps Busy While Awaiting Additional Crew Members

Shuttle Endeavour readied for a space trip

Space shuttle Atlantis lands back on Earth

Atlantis Ready For Landing Friday

Rocket-Motor Test Supports NASA, DOD And Commercial Missions

New Materials Designed To Deal With Hypersonic And Supersonic Hot Stuff

Milt Thompson's Wild Ride

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Argentine soya boom a blow to corn growers

Most swine flu cases without severe symptoms: study

China sentences Tibetan lama to 8 years in prison

Indonesia Completes First Stage Of Tsunami Warning System

Iraq says more 'superfields' up for grabs

Swiss banks weigh impact of minarets row

Soviet-era Lithuanian nuclear plant shuts down under EU deal

Foreign firms win 10-billion-dollar Turkmen energy deals

China expected to grow 9.5 percent in 2010

US to impose duties on imported Chinese steel pipes

China to be world's third biggest wind power producer: media

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Washington slaps fee on plastic shopping bags

Asian market holidays in 2010

China aims for 'green' buildings

World's fastest train stopped by... Chinese smoker

Romania moves closer to ratifying Nabucco

Rusal to raise 2.6 billion dollars in Hong Kong

China firm refuses to pay Goldman on oil hedging losses

US stirs trade tensions with China over steel sanctions

Annual income of Chinese farmers hits record high: media

Somali pirates hijack three more vessels

China shows no tolerance for dissidence

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