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Libya: NATO “Operation Unified Protector” Flies 547 Sorties

According to NATO figures, since 31st March 2011, 08.00GMT a total of 547 sorties and 218 strike sorties have been conducted. Each type of sortie does not necessarily deploy munitions, but they do engage and identify targets. On 2nd April, 184 sorties and 70 strike sorties were conducted. On the arms embargo front,  21 ships under NATO command are actively …

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Afghanistan: Aussie Gunners Due to Leave British Unit

Fifteen gunners from the Brisbane-based unit, the 1st Field Regiment, have got three weeks left to serve in Lashkar Gah Durai, in northern Helmand Province. The Australian team have been attached to the British 7th Parachute, Royal Horse Artillery (7 Para RHA) in a multi-national operation. Commanding Officer of 7 Para RHA, Lieutenant Colonel Gary Wilkinson, said: “Personally, it has been an absolute …

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Thailand: Electorate “Less Pessimistic” According to Survey

The electorate in Thailand is now “less pessimistic” than it was in 2009, according to a survey of 1500 adults by the Asia Foundation. The 2010 National Survey builds on another survey conducted twelve months ago with the aim of testing attitudes towards national reconciliation as well as the red and yellow political movements, which famously clashed in the Red …

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Formula 1 2011: Australian Grand Prix Results

Here are the results of the 2011 Australian Grand Prix which saw Sebastian Vettel triumph for RBR-Renault. The German finished in a time of one hour and twenty six minutes at Albert Park in Melbourne – two minutes short of the record set there in 2004 by Michael Schumacher. Mark Webber said that he “didn’t feel comfortable” and had a …

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Earthquake Strikes on Border of Thailand and Myanmar

At 13:30 UTC on Friday 25th March 2011, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred on the border of Thailand and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). The tremours were felt in Hanoi and Bangkok. World Vision staff were in Yangon at the time of the earthquake and reported damage to villages and the risk of landslides following the tremours.

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Germany and China Express Reservations over Libya Action

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has called for dialogue on the situation in Libya and for respect for Libya’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity. In a call to the German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, on Thursday 24th March 2011 Mr Yang expressed China’s concern over civilian deaths resulting from the air strikes launched by Western powers, and urged an …

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USA: Population of United States is 308 Million

The results of the United States’ 2010 census are in and the official population of the USA has hit 308,745,538. The census result reflects an increase of 27.3 million people, or 9.7 percent, between 2000 and 2010. Nevada has increase its population at the greatest rate, growing by 35.1% to a population of 2.7 million. Between 2000 and 2010, Texas …

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Libya: NATO to Enforce Arms Embargo

The NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has released a statement saying that NATO will activate forces in the Mediterranean to intercept vessels suspected of carrying arms to Libya and has drawn up plans to enforce the no-fly zone: NATO has now decided to launch an operation to enforce the arms embargo against Libya. All Allies are committed to meet …

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Obituary: Loleatta Holloway

Loleatta Holloway, the famed disco and soul singer from Chicago, has passed away age 64. Best known for the dancefloor fillers “Hit and Run”, “Love Sensation” and the vocals for “Relight My Fire”, the former Gospel singer started out with the Holloway Community Singers. Epitomising the sound of the seventies, Holloway had chart topping hits with a number of singles, but most …

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