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Food fight: Thailand’s crisis boils down to a battle over white rice
Thailand scraps a subsidy gambit that could topple the prime minister — and explains why Thai rice isn’t as tasty anymore. Like baguettes in France or barbecue in Memphis, rice in Thailand transcends mere grub.

Boy becomes Cambodia's first bird flu death of year
An eight-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the country's first confirmed fatality from the deadly virus this year, a health official said on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Eritreans enslaved in torture camps in Sudan, Egypt
A report says state authorities have either turned a blind eye or colluded with perpetrators in the kidnapping and abuse of Eritrean refugees.

Sea survivor overcome upon return home to Salvador
A Salvadoran man who told the authorities he spent 13 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean before washing ashore in the Marshall Islands has returned home to El Salvador - but seemed too overwhelmed to talk about his experiences.

Monsoon Will Likely Keep Pirates at Bay in Indian Ocean [PIRACY UPDATE]
It was a mixed bag of pirate activity around the world this past week and fortunately, nobody was captured or injured due to pirate activity. Here’s the latest update from the US Office of Naval Intelligence for the week of 28 June 2012…

Putin Revels in Sochi Spotlight as Olympic Criticism Wanes
President Vladimir Putin has relished his role as the host and driving force behind the Sochi Winter Games as media criticism over corruption and flawed facilities was replaced by praise from visitors and athletes.

Echoes of Cold War in Ukraine Standoff
After President Vladimir Putin visited Ukraine last July, U.S. diplomats got a private recap of the message he delivered behind closed doors to the country's leaders. Ukraine, Putin warned, would not be allowed to stray from Moscow's orbit.

Moscow Gets Nearly 20% of Average Snowfall for February in 24 Hours
After a winter with relatively snow, Moscow got a healthy dose of the fluffy white stuff on Tuesday, with nearly a fifth of the normal precipitation levels for February accumulating in 24 hours.

Across U.S. South, massive winter storm system brings snow, ice, freezing rain, power outages
Across the normally balmy American South, winter-weary residents woke up Wednesday to a region encased in ice, snow and freezing rain, with forecasters warning that the worst of the potentially "catastrophic" storm was yet to come.

Powerful earthquake rocks remote western China; no casualties reported
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.9 quake was centred 268 kilometres (167 miles) east-southeast of Hotan at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles). The China Earthquake Networks Center measured the quake at magnitude 7.3 and said at least 20 smaller aftershocks ensued over the following two hours.

US deported around 369,000 immigrants in 2013
The US government deported about 369,000 immigrants during fiscal year 2013, according to new statistics from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), showing a 10 per cent drop from the previous year - the first since President Barack Obama took office in 2008.

Sustainability organisation WBCSD warns APRIL: clean up or get out
The second largest pulp and paper company in Indonesia, has today been threatened with expulsion from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of some 200 international companies committed to sustainability, unless it can demonstrate that it has ended its role in deforestation.



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