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2009-06-05 12:25:00

U.S. actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has penned an essay for Time magazine, calling for more help for those suffering in war-torn Darfur. Usmagazine.com said the Oscar-winning mother of six points out in her article that millions of people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands have been killed in the region. She also emphasized nothing changed since she first visited Chad and met with refugees from Darfur in in 2004. Darfur has almost disappeared from the news, and...

2009-03-22 14:44:05

A 41-year-old Cuban refugee living in Miami says he retrofitted a fluorescent green pickup truck to honor a failed Florida Straits crossing. Luis Grass said the truck pays homage to a pickup he used in an attempt to float a group of Cuban refugees from their native land to the shores of the United States, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. ''My dream was to build a replica of the truck that was used in the first attempt, to keep it as a museum piece. And here it is, six years after the voyage,...

2008-09-21 00:00:13

By Nitin Sethi NEW DELHI: Does a housing project need to be treated on par with a pollution spewing chemicals factory or a coal mine? The government having decided that the critical housing and construction projects cannot be equated with the much more inherently polluting sectors, is set to rationalize the environmental norms. It has decided to do away with environmental clearances for construction projects below 50,000 square metre area. At present, the cut-off is kept at 20,000 sqmt....

2008-09-01 06:00:19

A FILM about asylum seekers in Edinburgh has won an award at a US film festival. Trouble Sleeping is set among a group of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa living in the Capital. The film was made with the help of asylum seekers in Edinburgh. It tells of their constant battle to convince the authorities they should be allowed to stay in the UK. Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, it has also been shown on BBC2. The film won the...

2008-08-30 09:00:49

Text of report by Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order website on 30 August The Japanese government has extended further support for humanitarian de-mining activities in Sri Lanka and has provided a grant assistance of 1.6m dollars (approximately 170m rupees) to FSD (Swiss Foundation for Mine Action) and DDG (Danish De-mining Group) to accelerate de-mining activities in the conflict-affected areas, particularly Jaffna, Batticaloa and Trincomalee, so that the...

2008-08-17 12:00:17

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Aug. 15 Kyodo - Japan will provide up to 1m dollars (about 113m yen) of emergency humanitarian relief to Georgia for evacuees fleeing the military conflict with Russia, Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said in a statement Friday. The provision is in response to a request by the Georgian government as well as calls from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross....

2008-06-25 15:02:34

By Karen Lee Ziner At World Refugee Day, an Iraqi woman says she feels "like a newborn" as she and her family settle in to Providence. PROVIDENCE -- Two years ago, a U.S. jet dropped a bomb into Ghaydaa Ghalum's kitchen in Baghdad. It happened seconds after a neighbor, angered by the U.S. Army's presence in the area, shot at the jet overhead, Ghalum said. "I covered up my children and saw my house fall apart," Ghalum said. "My daughter was shaking all night and my son kept crying and...

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2008-01-22 19:25:00

Traffic, a joint operation between the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and WWF which monitors wildlife trade, has discovered a surprising new threat to the wildlife of East Africa. Hungry refugees in Tanzanian camps have been hunting wild animals such as buffalo, chimpanzee, and zebra to trade, cook and eat. Tanzania hosts over half a million refugees, more than any other nation in Africa. Most of these refugees live in camps near the nation's border. These camps happen to be located near...

2006-07-31 08:06:33

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - When "Steve" fled Pakistan for Hong Kong to seek political asylum in early 2003, he never dreamed he would be stuck in limbo for more than three-and-a-half years and spend 21 months of that time in detention. "My brother and sister, they were lucky, they didn't come to Hong Kong. They escaped by Russia and went to Geneva," said the soft-spoken, 39-year-old former dress designer who says he was jailed and tortured for his political beliefs. He...

2006-07-05 11:37:04

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel widened its offensive in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, sending several tanks to take over the area where militants had launched a rocket that struck a major Israeli city for the first time, witnesses said. The Israeli army had no immediate comment. Hours earlier Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered the army to expand a weeklong offensive to free a captured soldier after a rocket crashed into an empty schoolyard in the city of Ashkelon on Tuesday night....


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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