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3 Civic Plaza is the only premium landmark hotel and condo development in Surrey City Centre. Invest in your future. Register today.
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65m Project Anaconda: A modern explorer yacht design - Talking Long Range Yachts

65m Project Anaconda: A modern explorer yacht design - Talking Long Range Yachts | politics | Scoop.it

Finalist of the renowned Showboats Design Awards, in the category Young Designer of the Year 2013, Juan Ortiz Rincon came with an exciting project called Anaconda.

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The G8 pledges to tackle the “three Ts” - The Economist

The G8 pledges to tackle the “three Ts”
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A NEW seven-point strategy to end the bloodshed in Syria was the headline-grabber from the G8 summit in Northern Ireland on June 17th-18th.
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SNP hit by new Nato rebel

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THE number of SNP MSPs preparing to vote against leadership proposals to stay in Nato is approaching double figures after another Holyrood politician joined the backlash.

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US ‘Public Diplomacy’ Funded By Private US Companies

US ‘Public Diplomacy’ Funded By Private US Companies | politics | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Strapped for cash, the US State Department is increasingly reaching out to private companies to help fund programs that bring Middle Eastern visitors to the US, seek to counter negative impressions of the US and promote economic development in the region.

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China to ditch its one-child policy as ageing crisis looms - Telegraph

China to ditch its one-child policy as ageing crisis looms - Telegraph | politics | Scoop.it
China's new leaders are close to abandoning the country's one-child policy, belatedly moving to avert an ageing crunch as the work force goes into sharp decline.
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Guards are sexually assaulting me, says the last Briton in Guantanamo Bay

Guards are sexually assaulting me, says the last Briton in Guantanamo Bay | politics | Scoop.it

Shaker Aamer, who is on hunger strike after being detained by US for 11 years, tells of brutal daily cell searches The last British resident in Guantanamo Bay claims he is being assaulted, sometimes sexually, during prison searches as he continues a hunger strike against his unlawful detention. In a declassified phone call with his lawyer last week, Shaker Aamer, who has been held in the Cuban prison for more than 11 years without being charged with any offence, said he still faces “forced cell extractions” on a daily basis. “They flip me over for the search. Mostly, that’s just an assault, sometimes a sexual assault. We call it the Gitmo massage,” Mr Aamer said. “There is meant to be a board, like a wooden stretcher, and they are meant to roll me on. But now they don’t have them. Now they carry me like a sack of potatoes, which is really painful for me.” Along with scores of other detainees, Mr Aamer, who is 46, has been on hunger strike since January over conditions at the camp and a lack of progress on individual cases. The comedian Frankie Boyle recently went on a week’s sympathy hunger strike to draw attention to Mr Aamer’s plight. The latest developments come barely six weeks after David Cameron, said he had raised Mr Aamer’s case with US President Barack Obama during the G8 conference amid concerns that the US is trying to render the man known as prisoner 239 to Saudi Arabia. A British resident, Mr Aamer was born in Saudi Arabia but has a wife and four children in London. He had indefinite leave to remain in the UK when he was arrested in Afghanistan in 2001. He claims he was doing charity work; the US claims he was assisting  the Taliban. Earlier this month, the US announced two Algerians detainees would be released from the prison but said there were no plans to return detainees to Britain. Mr Aamer’s lawyers said this could be because the US wanted to send him to Saudi Arabia where he could be silenced from speaking out about the torture and rendition, including sometimes in the presence of UK secret service agents, he said. Mr Aamer’s lawyer in the US, Clive Stafford Smith, said: “Surely the US cannot think they can render him involuntarily for further abuse in Saudi Arabia, never to see his British wife and kids, and never to give evidence against his torturers in the ongoing criminal investigation by the Met Police?”  “They flip me over for  the search. Mostly, that’s just an assault, sometimes a sexual assault”

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Afghan revelations: Pakistan-US secret diplomacy created Doha ...

Direct contact between Kerry and Kayani instrumental in breakthrough; Haqqanis no longer on the target list.
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The 2013 International Conference on the African Union & Cultural Diplomacy

This unprecedented gathering within the African continent will seek to highlight Africa´s self-attained achievements with regards to its standing in the international community as well as it´s increasing emancipation from the often assumed dependency on the Western world. The focus will be on the role and successes of the African Union as an intergovernmental regional organization seeking to combat political, social and economic inequalities.  Past achievements will be considered while simultaneously accenting the future challenges the AU faces.

Multidimensional in focus, the conference will revolve around three main themes. Beginning with ´the rise of corporate Africa´, the positive impact of enterprise on development throughout the continent will be accented. The following theme, ´African solutions for African challenges (human development)´ will be dedicated to the overlapping issues of education, the eradication of poverty and the empowerment of women. The final topic ´community development through arts, culture and sports´ will exemplify the power exerted by cultural diplomacy on the furthering of community development.

It will be demonstrated that the application of cultural diplomacy is pervasive within the African Union´s activities, as it has charged itself with the task of uniting highly differentiated cultures within Africa with the aim of achieving ´greater unity and solidarity between the African countries and the peoples of Africa´.

Cultural Diplomacy will be shown to support and solidify such efforts. 

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The conference is open to applications from governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, young professionals, students and scholars, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world....


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Austerity will win unless we protest

Austerity will win unless we protest | politics | Scoop.it
Until people stand up to be counted, individually and together, life-sapping austerity will persist

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