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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:14:31 PM EST
Brazil's two largest cities rescind public transit price hikes | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

Brazil's two largest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, have revoked price hikes on public transportation. The decisions meet an important demand of protesters, who are staging the largest demonstrations in 20 years.

Sao Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin said on Wednesday that he hoped the move to rescind the price hikes would create "the tranquility needed to debate issues calmly."

Brazil has been gripped by protests since last week, when people took to the streets of Sao Paulo to oppose an increase in fares for the bus and metro. Social media helped turn the protests into a nationwide movement, with more than 200,000 demonstrators turning out across Brazil on Monday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:24:01 PM EST
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It would appear that the protests have moved beyond this initial point

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 21st, 2013 at 03:17:01 AM EST
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Rains soak Indian Himalayas, hundreds missing | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

Rescuers in India's Himalayan state of Uttarakhand say they have located 4,000 people trapped by landslides, but eight villages are feared washed away by unusually heavy monsoon flooding. More than 100 people have died.

The government of India's alpine state of Uttrakhand said on Thursday that troops and medics were still trying to reach eight villages thought washed away by floodwaters in recent days.

State spokesman Amit Chandola put the official death toll at 105 but also said authorities had been unable to reach eight villages.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:28:02 PM EST
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Defense Minister de Maiziere makes Afghan troop visit | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere is in northern Afghanistan. The visit follows another security handover milestone, and gets de Maiziere out of a hostile domestic battle of his own.

Thomas de Maiziere landed in Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, two days after Afghan troops took formal control of the last 95 Afghan districts that had been controlled by troops of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). It's de Maiziere's 12th trip to the country in almost 28 months as defense minister; he most recently visited in tandem with Chancellor Angela Merkel in May.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:28:29 PM EST
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Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah hands in resignation | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has submitted his resignation, his office has confirmed. This came just two weeks after the highly respected academic had taken office.

The prime minister's office said on Thursday Hamdallah had stepped down because of a "conflict over authority." It was not immediately clear whether President Mahmoud Abbas would accept his resignation.

Hamdallah took over for Salam Fayyad, a US-educated economist, who resigned on April 13.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:29:05 PM EST
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FBI admits to using drones for surveillance on US soil | News | DW.DE | 19.06.2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has acknowledged that it uses drones to conduct surveillance in the United States. Several federal law enforcement agencies have begun expanding their drone capabilities.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the bureau had begun deploying drones over US skies, following in the footsteps of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:29:26 PM EST
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Kuwait to hold sixth election in seven years | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

Voters in Kuwait are set to go to the polls to elect a new parliament. This is just the latest development in a row over changes to the country's election rules that were implemented last year.

Kuwait's cabinet approved a decree on Thursday confirming that a snap election would be held next month.

"At an extraordinary meeting held today, the cabinet approved a draft decree inviting voters to elect members of the National Assembly on July 25," the country's state minister for cabinet affairs, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah al-Sabah, told the official KUNA news agency.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:29:50 PM EST
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Lebanon: a country on the brink of collapse | Middle East | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

About a quarter of Lebanon's residents are Syrian refugees. The struggle for work and living space is starting to fuel tensions between the locals and those seeking refuge from their war-torn country.

Rana Haidar is on her way to work. The 25-year-old Palestinian from Syria has two jobs. In the mornings she works at a social club in Beirut's Sabra neighborhood, which also cares for Syrian children. In the afternoon she toils away at a social center in the neighboring Shatila district.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 01:31:59 PM EST
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Lebanese president calls on Hezbollah to pull out of Syria | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

There are growing concerns that the fighting in Syria could spill over its borders and draw its neighbors into the conflict. Now Lebanon's president has called on Hezbollah fighters to pull out of the country.

President Michel Suleiman used a newspaper interview published on Thursday to call on the powerful Lebanon-based Shiite group to stop fighting on the side of government forces in Syria.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 06:12:18 PM EST
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UN report documents abuse of Palestinian children by Israeli forces | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

A UN human rights body has condemned Israel's treatment of Palestinian children. A new report has accused Israeli forces of torturing Palestinian children and using them as human shields.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed in its report Thursday its "deepest concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and the police."

Palestinian children are routinely arrested, hands tied painfully and blindfolded during nighttime sweeps by Israeli soldiers, the report said. Authorities also often transfer the youngsters to detention centers without informing their parents.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 06:13:25 PM EST
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Peres' last push for a two-state solution | Middle East | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

Celebrations have kicked off in Jerusalem to mark Israeli President Shimon Peres' upcoming 90th birthday. Dignitaries have turned up to pay their respects to a man who is still on a mission for peace.

Israeli President Shimon Peres' career path started in the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, but as he looks to round up his presidential tenure, it's a peace accord he's pushing for.

"The yesterday between us and the Palestinians is full of sadness," the statesman told hundreds of world leaders, dignitaries and famous faces gathered at the International Convention Centre in Jerusalem on Tuesday night to celebrate Peres' 90th birthday and the opening of the Shimon Peres' fifth presidential conference, Facing Tomorrow.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 06:15:06 PM EST
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I simply don't understand the Israeli position. They either want a 2-state solution and should do everything they can to bring it about, which means shutting down the settlements and creating a viable area for an autonomous Palestinian state. Or they don't, in which case they have some choices;-

1) they accept Palestinians into Israeli society and lose their precious Jewish status

2)The Israelis might create apartheid-era bantustans such as Gaza where they can corral Palestinians, but they shouldn't be surprised when they fail as the settlements have taken all of the water resources. They should also be prepared for criticism from the rest of the world (except US or UK)

3) The Israelis drive the Palestinians into the desert. Where they can either go to Jordan (where they're not wanted) or die in the desert. The Israelis obviously won't care either way.

It should be noted that the currently operative option, option 2, becomes option 3 over time.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jun 21st, 2013 at 03:35:06 AM EST
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Afghanistan peace talks up in the air after Taliban office controversy | News | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

The US has welcomed Qatar's decision to remove a controversial nameplate from the Taliban's new office. The diplomatic spat had threatened to derail peace efforts after the Afghan president pulled out of negotiations.

The US deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council on Thursday that her country was "pleased" at Qatar's decision to remove the controversial nameplate from the Taliban's office in the country and revert to calling the building the "Political Office of the Afghan Taliban."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 06:14:29 PM EST
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Xi looks to Mao's legacy to tackle corruption | Asia | DW.DE | 20.06.2013

As an emerging superpower, China is undergoing major changes. Still, its new leader seems to be drawing inspiration from the past to deal with one of the country's most pressing issues: corruption among party officials.

President Xi Jinping is harking back to the legacy of late Chairman Mao Zedong in an attempt to "clean up" the ranks of the 80-million-member Communist Party of China (CPC) amid public growing consternation over inequality and corruption.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jun 20th, 2013 at 06:16:20 PM EST
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Will he apply Mao's technique of permanent revolution, a.k.a. civil war? Doesn't look like it. His ideological orientation is a bit discouraging :

Specifically, journalists and college teachers are reportedly being asked to steer clear of "seven unmentionable topics." These taboo areas allegedly include universal values, press freedom, civil society, citizens' rights, the party's historical aberrations and the "privileged capitalistic class," and independence of the judiciary.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jun 21st, 2013 at 05:01:37 AM EST
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