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Afghan Conflict Will Be Reviewed

Will Obama send more troops?President-elect Barack Obama intends to sign off on Pentagon plans to send up to 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, but the incoming administration does not anticipate that the Iraq-like "surge" of forces will significantly change the direction of a conflict that has steadily deteriorated over the past seven years. Instead, Obama's national security team expects that the new deployments, which will nearly double the current U.S. force of 32,000 (alongside an equal number of non-U.S. NATO troops), will help buy enough time for the new administration to reappraise the entire Afghanistan war effort and develop a comprehensive new strategy for what Obama has called the "central front on terror."

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Hope for deal at conference

deal is within our reach,” the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke RasmussenThe UN climate change conference opened Monday in an atmosphere of hope for a deal in Copenhagen within the next two weeks. “A deal is within our reach,” the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said in his opening speech, stressing that the talks will have to overcome deep distrust between rich and poor nations on how to share the burden of curbing emissions. The presence of more than a hundred world leaders meant “an opportunity the world cannot afford to miss,” Lars Løkke Rasmussen said.

At a press briefing, the President of the UN climate change conference, Connie Hedegaard, said that “the deadline is working,” referring to the fact that both developed and developing countries had been presenting emission reduction targets ahead of the conference. Asked if there is enough time to reach a deal in Copenhagen, Connie Hedegaard said that you never feel you have sufficient time for a task that has to be done, but “within the time we have, we must solve the task”.

King's supporters riot in Uganda

The demonstrators protested against the government's attempts to stop the king of BugandaAt least two people have been killed in Uganda's capital, Kampala, in clashes between police and rioting supporters of a traditional king. Police fired tear gas at the protesters who hurled stones and burned tyres. One report said at least seven people died. The demonstrators protested against the government's attempts to stop the king of Buganda from visiting a region near Kampala where violence was feared.

Deadly Massacre in The Philippines

Relatives of the Mangudadatu family hug during the burial of their family members in Buluan town.Relatives of the Mangudadatu family hug during the burial of their family members in Buluan town. The wife and two sisters of gubernatorial candidate Esmael Mangudadatu were among the female victims of the massacre. Sed egestas mattis mi eu varius. Duis sit amet erat erat, non eleifend urna. Quisque pharetra mi ut felis sagittis eu pulvinar mi dignissim? Vestibulum rutrum, sapien a facilisis aliquet, enim orci eleifend

More Wars in Africa

Study says global warming will cause more wars in AfricaGlobal warming will increase by 54 percent the number of conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa and lead until 393 more people dead, according to a recent study by researchers from several U.S. universities. The scientists analyzed historical data from 1981 to 2002 and introduced in models for calculating the indicators of the importance of agricultural crops, since 90 percent of their population employed in agriculture.

"The rise in temperature by one degree Celsius causes an increase of 4.5 percent in the number of civil conflicts in the same year and 0.9 percent next year," says the study, published in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Science. All mathematical models used by scientists involved - the universities of Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford, California and New York - show a correlation between temperature rise and rise of civil wars.

"In combination with models of projected climate change in the future, the historical response to temperature increases suggest an increase of 54 percent of the number of armed conflicts in 2030," the report said. Another conclusion is that the number of deaths in conflicts boosted by these changes is higher than in wars motivated by other factors. The calculations indicate an additional number of 393 people dead by 2030.

"If climate change is felt in particular by the conflicts that have effects on crop yields, then, given the importance of agriculture for African countries, their governments and donors can contribute to the reduction of risks of conflict especially helping agricultural sector to cope with increases in temperature, argue the authors of the study. For example, suggest "develop varieties of agricultural products more adapted to temperature changes and help these countries build infrastructure to allow irrigation.

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