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1 in 5 considering leaving Hong Kong due to pollution: survey - 01/05/2009

HONG KONG (AFP) - One in five Hong Kong residents is considering leaving the city because of its dire air quality, a survey released Monday has found, raising fears over the financial hub's...

Wikipedia reaches 6-million-dollar fundraising target - 01/04/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Online encyclopedia Wikipedia announced on Friday that it had attained its fundraising goal of six million dollars,...

Bumper year for Nepal tourism in 2008: official - 01/04/2009

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Two years after the end of Nepal's brutal civil war, more tourists than ever visited the Himalayan country in 2008, officials said Friday. Tourism brings vital...

Obama unveils economic stimulus plan - 01/04/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US president-elect Barack Obama Saturday unveiled a broad proposal to boost job growth and the troubled American...

Israeli guns bombard Gaza in escalation of Hamas war - 01/04/2009

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israeli artillery on Saturday bombarded the Gaza Strip in a dramatic escalation of the campaign against Hamas after a week of air attacks which have left more than 440...

Japanese whalers get reprieve as protest ship refuels - 01/03/2009

SYDNEY (AFP) - A group of Australian environmental campaigners were on Saturday forced to withdraw from their high-seas pursuit of Japanese whalers to refuel, giving the harpooners a fortnight to...

Hong Kong air pollution worst since records began: official data - 01/02/2009

HONG KONG (AFP) - Air pollution across large swathes of Hong Kong last year reached its highest level since records began, despite government efforts to improve the environment, official figures...

Australian researchers claim breakthrough on dengue fever - 01/02/2009

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian researchers funded by US billionaire Bill Gates Friday claimed a breakthrough which could help in the fight against dengue fever by stopping the often deadly disease in...

Israeli attack kills brothers as Hamas stages 'Day of Wrath' - 01/02/2009

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israeli warplanes killed three young brothers and demolished a mosque in Gaza on Friday as Hamas vowed to avenge the deadly week-long offensive on its embattled stronghold. ...

Conductor Barenboim urges Middle East peace at Vienna concert - 01/02/2009

VIENNA (AFP) - The Gaza conflict cast a shadow over the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert, as Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim Thursday urged Israel to excercise caution after...
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