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Al-Qaeda’s head in Syria claims they are winning civil war Abu Mohammed al-Golani insists victory for al-Qaeda in Syria will come “in a matter of days” Protesters hold the Jabhat al-Nusra flag slogans during a demonstration Photo: AP By Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent 4:40PM GMT 19 Dec 2013  The head of al-Qaeda’s official franchise…

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The Chinese military machine’s secret to success: European engineering

The Chinese military machine’s secret to success: European engineering By David Lague Filed December 19, 2013 SILENT STRENGTH: This modern Chinese submarine packs a diesel engine by MTU of Germany. The People’s Liberation Army has purchased much key hardware from Europe. REUTERS/Kin Cheung German diesel engines now power China’s stealthy submarines –…

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Bitter splits ahead of Puntland election

  The semi-autonomous Somali region will choose a new president in January. Malkhadir Muhumed Last updated: 19 Dec 2013 08:35   Abdiweli Mohamed Ali has accused Puntland’s president of misrule ahead of the January election [Reuters] Nairobi, Kenya – As presidential elections approach in Puntland, the candidates in the running have accused one…

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Mandela death: Who next as the world’s elder statesman?/the moral authority

By Tom GeogheganBBC News Magazine Nelson Mandela was often described as the “world’s elder statesman”, a father figure tackling global problems. His moral authority made him, in some people’s eyes, a successor to Gandhi. Who might play a similar role now? Lockerbie, Burundi, DR Congo, Lesotho, Indonesia, Israel-Palestine, Kashmir, Stephen…

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Mongolia’s nomads warm to solar power

Portable solar panels are helping the sunny country’s nomads – without disrupting their way of life. Philippa H Stewart Last updated: 16 Dec 2013 08:30 Listen to this page using ReadSpeaker In Mongolia, often known as the land of the blue skies, the sun shines for 250 days on average…

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