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Aid agencies 'paid Somalia's al-Shabab' during famine

<b>Aid agencies paid Somalia's al-Shabab militants for access to areas under their control in the 2011 famine, according to a joint report by two think tanks.</b><p>In many cases al-Shabab insisted on distributing the aid and kept much of it for itself, the report says.<p>Some of the groups are still paying …

Africa

WikiLeaks releases new documents exposing secret Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

In November, WikiLeaks published a rare draft of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty — revealing the United States' covert international push for stronger intellectual property rights. Now, nearly a month after the first documents were published, the group is back on the case, publishing …

Surveillance

France begins to disarm Central African Republic militias

<b>French soldiers have started to remove weapons from fighters in the Central African Republic (CAR).</b><p>There was a brief exchange of gunfire between armed men and French soldiers near the airport in the capital, Bangui, as the disarmament began.<p>A 1,600-strong French force has been sent into the CAR, …

Africa

Associated Press News

Mexican troops recover stolen shipment of radioactive cobalt

'Extremely dangerous' material removed from protective container and abandoned in rural field in central Mexico<p>Officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural field in central Mexico state.<p>The material, which …

Nuclear Energy

US Prepares to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

A U.S. cargo vessel equipped with special gear could be neutralizing some of Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons at sea come January.<p>Once …

Military