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Renewed shelling reported near Syrian capital

Assad forces shell neighbourhoods in Damascus and Aleppo as new fighting rages between Syrian troops and rebels in Homs.
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2012 14:10 GMT

Middle East

Deadly attacks near NATO base in Afghanistan

At least 12 killed, including four policemen, as Taliban claims responsibility for suicide bombing in Wardak province
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2012 14:51 GMT

Thalidomide victims say apology not enough

Victims say apology by German inventor of drug that caused severe birth defects in 1950s and 60s is too little too late.
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2012 16:56 GMT

Europe


Pentagon threatens legal action over book

A former Navy SEAL who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden could be taken to court.

Caught in Syria’s propaganda war

Listening Post

01 Sep 2012 10:05 GMT
Are Middle Eastern news channels covering the Syrian crisis merely reflecting their own countries’ foreign policies?

Barclays makes £500m betting on food crisis

Tom Bawden: Outrage as bank revealed to be major speculator while millions face starvation.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Barclays has made as much as half a billion pounds in two years from speculating on food staples such as wheat and soya, prompting allegations that banks are profiting handsomely from the global food crisis.

Barclays is the UK bank with the greatest involvement in food commodity trading and is one of the three biggest global players, along with the US banking giants Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, research from the World Development Movement points out.

Last week the trading giant Glencore was attacked for describing the global food crisis and price rises as a “good” business opportunity………………..

 

World Bank issues hunger warning after droughts in US and Europe

Damage to crop harvests from exceptionally dry weather this year raises sharply the Bank’s food price index

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A field of dried corn plants near Percival, Iowa

A field of dried corn plants near Percival, Iowa. Photograph: Nati Harnik/AP

The World Bank issued a global hunger warning last night after severe droughts in the US and eastern Europe sent food prices to a record high.

 

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