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29 Sep

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

‘Mumbai-style terror plot’ thwarted

The threat is one of ‘a succession’ of terror operations that Britain has been dealing with over the past weeks, a government official said……………………………………..

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GM maize ‘has polluted rivers across the United States’

 By Steve Connor, Science Editor,

An insecticide used in genetically modified (GM) crops grown extensively in the United States and other parts of the world has leached into the water of the surrounding environment.

The insecticide is the product of a bacterial gene inserted into GM maize and other cereal crops to protect them against insects such as the European corn borer beetle. Scientists have detected the insecticide in a significant number of streams draining the great corn belt of the American mid-West…………………..

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Israel holds Gaza blockade Britons  

Israeli authorities boarded a British yacht, took down its flag and “almost strip searched” its crew as they attempted to break the blockade to Gaza, a Briton on board said today…………………

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Woman sentenced to death by stoning could now be hanged instead

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Confusion surrounded the fate of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani yesterday, the Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, who now faces execution by hanging for the alleged murder of her husband, according to some reports…………………………..

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Palestinians give US mission a week to save peace talks as settlement building resumes

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

A fresh US-led diplomatic effort was under way yesterday to rescue Israeli-Palestinian negotiations as construction resumed in some Jewish West Bank settlements……………………………..

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Roma expulsions: EU to start legal action against France

European commission to officially ask France to apply EU rules as first step towards court case

Roma families being deported from France
Roma families wait at Villeneuve d’Ascq airport in northern France before boarding a flight to Romania. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features

The European Union has decided to launch legal action against France over its expulsions of Roma to poorer EU nations.

A European commission spokeswoman, Pia Ahrenkilde, said the commission believed France had not applied EU rules allowing free movement of EU citizens. She said the commission decided today to send an official notification letter to France asking it to apply the EU rules. The commission is also asking France for more details about the expulsions of hundreds of Roma…………………………..

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Castro rolls back the years in speech

 

Huge crowd in Havana greets shorter-than-usual speech by Cuba’s former president, who appears in rude health. Speech marks 50th anniversary of revolution …………………….
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Israel releases Gaza activists

Jewish protesters who tried to break Gaza blockade on a yacht allege Israeli marines used violence when they boarded.
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2010 10:35 GMT

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Authorities clear out Delhi’s poor

Work is continuing around the clock in New Delhi to meet the deadline for the completion of the athletes’ village for the Commonwealth Games. But as the teams move in, authorities are continuing to move out the city’s poor.

The games organisers solved the athletes’ accommodation dilemma by putting them up in hotels. To get the village up to par, extra money was spent on an army of labourers and cleaners working round the clock………………………………………..

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‘Afghan children’ die in Nato raid

Local official contradicts Nato claim of insurgents being killed, saying four children have died in Ghazni attack.

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