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{{newsitem| French troops in Mali|30 Jan 2013|French troops seized the airport in Mali's northern town of [[Kidal]], the last urban stronghold held by Islamist insurgents, as they moved to wrap up the first phase of a military operation to wrest northern [[Mali]] from rebel hands. [[France]] has deployed some 4,500 troops in a three-week ground and air offensive to break the Islamist rebels' 10-month grip on major northern towns. The mission is aimed at heading off the risk of Mali being used as a springboard for jihadist attacks in the wider region or Europe. The French military plans to gradually hand over to a larger African force, tasked with rooting out insurgents in their mountain redoubts near Algeria's border. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/30/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90S0OV20130130]}}
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{{newsitem| Storm Named Nemo|8 Feb 2013|[[New York]], [[New Jersey]], [[Rhode Island]], [[Connecticut]], [[Massachusetts]] and other parts of [[New England]] were hunkered down for blinding snowstorms, heavy winds, power outages and more than two feet of the white stuff in some regions. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for the New York City metro area, Connecticut and Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and coastal sections of New Hampshire and Maine. Some parts of New England should see the heaviest snow, while some coastal areas could be lashed by hurricane-force winds of nearly 75 mph. As part of a new effort to name winter storms, the Weather Channel dubbed the blizzard "Nemo." More than 4,500 flights in the region had been canceled. [http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/02/08/northeast-new-england-blizzard/1900077/]}}
{{newsitem| Magnitude 6.8 quake shakes Chile|30 Jan 2013|A strong earthquake hit central-northern Chile, shaking buildings as far away as the capital [[Santiag]]o, and possibly leading a woman to die minutes later of an apparent heart attack, the U.S. Geological Survey and local officials said. There were no reports of serious damage. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.7, struck at a depth of 28.4 miles, 63 miles southwest of the mining town Copiapo and 364 miles north of Santiago. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/30/us-chile-quake-idUSBRE90T1BS20130130] }}
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{{newsitem| The snowiest winter in Moscow in 100 years|8 Feb 2013|Recent heavy snow has produced major traffic jams in the capital of [[Russia]]. The traffic stopped in queues up to 20 km long. The weather caused bad visibility and icy roads. The airport services were affected, when the authorities had to divert even the prime minister Dmitry Medvedev's plane. The record amount of this winter's snow was confirmed by the Moscow city hall officer Pyotr Biryukov. He said more than two meters of snow have fallen from sky on Moscow since the beginning of the winter. [http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Moscow_experiences_the_snowiest_winter_in_100_years]}}
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{{newsitem| Rape case in Mexican resort |8 Feb 2013|The allegations grabbed headlines across Mexico and around the globe: Hooded gunmen stormed into a beach bungalow and attacked a group of Spanish tourists, authorities said, raping six women and tying up a group of men with cell phone cables and bikini straps. The high-profile case in the Mexican resort city of [[Acapulco]] was a sharp reminder of significant security problems in a state that has seen violence surge even as homicide numbers in other hotspots across the country have started to dip. And it drew renewed attention to topics that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has steered out of the spotlight since he took office in December. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/06/world/americas/mexico-violence/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Pain and protests in Tunisia|8 Feb 2013| Tens of thousands of mourners and protesters wrapped in national flags crammed on to the leafy hillside of Tunis's historic Jellaz cemetery as assassinated Chokri Belaïd,an opposition leader,was buried. Chokri Belaïd had been one of the most outspoken critics of the post-revolution coalition government led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. He appeared on television only this week to criticize a rise in political violence. Chokri Belaïd was shot dead in broad daylight after he had got into a car outside his [[Tunis]] home. In the crowd were teachers, lawyers, shop-owners and the unemployed, women in headscarves and without, many trade unionists, leftist and secular politicians. They said his death was a watermark for post-revolutionary Tunisia, which lit the spark for the Arab spring when its popular uprising toppled the dictatorship in January 2011. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/08/tunisia-general-strike-belaid-buried] }}
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{{newsitem| China's great migration|8 Feb 2013| An unprecedented number of Chinese will travel home this year to be with family and friends during China's Lunar New Year, making it the world's largest annual migration of people. Their yearly homecoming has been repeated over and over for the past two decades, reuniting families in the villages with the workers who have fueled China's economic miracle.But that growth has come at a tremendous personal cost thanks in part to a household registration system called "hukou."The hukou is akin to an internal passport that divides the population into rural and urban residents. As such, migrant workers are prevented from accessing social services in the city they're working in. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/07/world/asia/china-lu-stout-great-migration/index.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Powerful quake strikes Solomon Islands region|8 Feb 2013| A 7.1-magnitude earthquake rattled the Solomon Islands. There were no immediate reports of a tsunami.The quake comes two days after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck the same region, triggering a tsunami that killed five people but didn't threaten the wider region. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/08/world/asia/solomon-islands-quake/index.html] }}
 
{{newsitem| Air France-KLM launches low-cost airline|30 Jan 2013| Hop! will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in Europe from March 31 with one-way fares from 55 euros. The launch of the new airline - which has been created through the merger of regional units Brit Air, Regional Air and Airlinair - is part of a reshuffle of the group's loss-making short and medium-haul operations. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/29/uk-airfrance-hop-idUSLNE90S00S20130129]}}
 
{{newsitem| Air France-KLM launches low-cost airline|30 Jan 2013| Hop! will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in Europe from March 31 with one-way fares from 55 euros. The launch of the new airline - which has been created through the merger of regional units Brit Air, Regional Air and Airlinair - is part of a reshuffle of the group's loss-making short and medium-haul operations. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/29/uk-airfrance-hop-idUSLNE90S00S20130129]}}
{{newsitem| Anniversary of Egyptian Revolt| 25 Jan 2013| Tens of thousands of Egyptians filled Tahrir Square to observe the second anniversary of the revolt that ousted President Hosni Mubarak with a massive protest against the political ascendance of the Muslim Brotherhood. There were parallel demonstrations in several other cities, and minor clashes between protesters and security forces in [[Alexandria]], [[Cairo]] and elsewhere.Protesters at times seemed to be re-enacting scenes from the 18-day revolt that toppled Mr. Mubarak two years ago. The loudest chants were recycled from the revolution — “Leave, leave” and “The people want the fall of the regime.” Others were adapted slightly to focus on the Islamist Brotherhood, calling for an end to “the rule by the supreme guide,” Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader.[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/world/middleeast/tens-of-thousands-fill-tahrir-square-on-anniversary-of-egyptian-revolt.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Iraqi Protesters Confront Army| 25 Jan 2013| At least seven protesters and two soldiers were killed in clashes that started after Iraqi Army forces opened fire on demonstrators who had pelted them with rocks on the outskirts of Falluja, west of [[Baghdad]]. It was the first deadly confrontation in more than a month of antigovernment protests by mostly Sunni opponents of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. As a result, a curfew was imposed on Falluja later that day. [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/world/middleeast/clashes-turn-deadly-after-iraqi-forces-open-fire-on-protesters.html] }}
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{{newsitem| Turmoil in the Sahara| 25 Jan 2013| Hundreds of battle-hardened nomadic Tuareg rebels storm towns in [[Mali]]’s northern desert, using weapons seized after they fought for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in [[Libya]]. They reinvigorate a longstanding rebellion there, overwhelming the poorly equipped Malian forces with whom they clashed in the 1960s, the early 1990s and again in 2006. [http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/01/18/world/africa/mali-algeria-timeline.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Syrian Refugees Entering Jordan in Record Numbers| 25 Jan 2013| Syrians are fleeing into Jordan in record numbers to escape escalating violence and destruction in their country that is making it increasingly difficult for civilians to survive, said the United Nations refugee agency. More than 4,000 Syrians arrived at a camp in [[Zaatari]] in northern Jordan on Jan 24th and another 2,000 people overnight, Melissa Fleming, the spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said. The number of Syrian refugees in the region is approaching 700,000, the refugee agency said, with 221,000 registered as refugees in [[Lebanon]], 156,000 in [[Turkey]] and 76,000 in [[Iraq]]. [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/world/middleeast/syrian-refugees-entering-jordan-in-record-numbers-un-says.html]}}
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{{newsitem| North Korea now turns ire to South| 25 Jan 2013| In its latest bout of saber-rattling, North Korea warned of the possibility of "strong physical counter-measures" against [[South Korea]] after the United Nations imposed tougher sanctions against the North earlier that week. The threat against South Korea came a day after the North said it would carry out a new nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches as part of a new phase of confrontation with the [[United States]]. The South Korean Unification Ministry declined to comment specifically on the new threats from [[Pyongyang]]. It reiterated its stance that North Korea should refrain from further provocations. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/25/world/asia/north-korea-threat-south/index.html]}}
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