World Watch

Haiti worst disaster in decades

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described the Haiti earthquake as the worst humanitarian crisis in decades, as he surveyed devastated Port-au-Prince for himself.

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United in hope

Burma’s Karen people have suffered forced labour, 
beatings and rape, but a group of women are standing strong, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Bottleneck paralyses Haiti relief efforts

International relief to quake-devastated Haiti was reduced to a trickle this morning after the capital’s airport was overwhelmed by a sudden influx of aid planes, MiNDFOOD reports.

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White House condemns pastor’s ‘devil pact’ comments

The White House has dismissed a comment by evangelical preacher Pat Robertson that Haiti’s earthquake was retribution for the country swearing a “pact to the devil”, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Sarkozy favors vote on potential full veil ban

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that he favored a parliamentary vote on the potential ban of full Islamic veils in France that would be followed by legal steps after regional elections in 2010, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Death toll rises in Haiti

Bodies are being piled up on the streets of Haiti’s capital as the country’s Prime Minister estimates 100,000 people might have died in yesterday’s earthquake.

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Make Australia Day a light beer day

A senior policeman with the New South Wales Alcohol and Licensing Branch has called on bottle shops to restrict sales of full-strength alcohol on Australia Day.

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Clinton cancels visit as Red Cross mobilises

Hillary Clinton has cancelled her trip to New Zealand and Australia as the US ramps up its efforts to get aid into Haiti’s devastated earthquake zone, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Hundreds feared dead in Haiti earthquake

A local doctor says he fears that hundreds of people have been killed by the massive earthquake which hit Haiti this morning.

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Hillary heads Down Under

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Australia and New Zealand next week, further cementing improved relations with two key Pacific allies in a region overshadowed by the rise of China.

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Snowed-in Brits start to stray

Britons snowed in by the wintry weather have been flocking to an extra-marital dating site in the last 24 hours, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Best job in 2010: An actuary

Being an actuary, calculating statistics to determine probability and risk, has been deemed the best job to have in 2010, while working on an oil rig as a roustabout is the worst, according to a new study, MiNDFOOD reports.

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A dangerous vocation

The Philippines, Mexico, Somalia and Russia were the most dangerous countries for journalists in 2009, according to a global media reports, says MiNDFOOD.

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Glasgow fights “Mean City” tag

Razor King Johnnie Stark is long dead, but the spectre of violence raised by the brutal street fighter in “No Mean City” still haunts Glasgow seven decades after the novel’s publication, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Rudd pens ‘cute’ children’s book

Australian PM Kevin Rudd authors a children’s book featuring his family pets, MiNDFOOD reports.

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