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Even al-Qaeda thinks schoolgirl kidnappers Boko Haram too violent

The Western media is (belatedly) outraged over the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls. But an international reaction is exactly what terrorist group Boko Haram wants, writes UN adviser Robert Johnson in Nairobi.

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On the ‘front lines’: what is Indonesia doing to fight climate change?

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an extraordinary speech calling for Indonesia to address climate change or risk losing everything. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro looks into what the archipelago is doing to protect itself from catastrophe.

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Russia the real winner of Syrian negotiations

Russia has returned from being a struggling second-rate international power to again strutting the international stage as, more or less, the equal of the United States.

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Hope for peace in Syria fades as Russia backs away

Fighting has escalated in Syria, and Russia has started to arm pro-Assad forces. A peaceful end to the civil war is looking less and less likely.

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The climate change superpower is China — can US catch up?

A report out today shows the US is falling behind in the global low-carbon economy, while China surges ahead. Barack Obama has promised action on climate; what options does he have? The Climate Institute deputy CEO Erwin Jackson reports.

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Fallout from Israeli elections: peace at last?

Change might just be afoot in the Middle East, following Israeli elections and comments by new US Secretary of State John Kerry. Analyst Jack Georgieff asks if peace is on the way — or will it be more of the same.

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Clinton’s star power shone through as Obama’s ambassador

Hillary Clinton has proved herself one of the most successful secretaries of state the US government has ever seen. Will she make a tilt for the presidency? Keep an eye on her actions …

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From little things…What the scaled-down US climate debate means

The US Senate has taken Americans on an energy and climate roller coaster over the past year as Senators John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, and others attempted to craft legislation that would increase investment in clean energy while cutting global warming pollution.

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LA Times | THE REST|

John Kerry: How Bush stuffed up our chance to get Bin Laden

Al Qaeda’s power is growing as of late, so it’s too bad President Bush missed the chance to capture Osama bin Laden back in 2001. The decision to let Afghanistan troops lead have cursed the US military ever since, writes John Kerry.

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American Spectator | UNITED STATES|

John Kerry searches for his political legacy

John Kerry may have discovered the issue that will get him written into the history books: emissions trading. He’s working on a compromise bill for the Senate, but how many favours will he need to dole out to get it passed?

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Turning to politicians to prop up newspapers

Last week two governments in two countries on either side of the globe took unprecedented steps to ensure the survival of print journalism.

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Senator John Kerry’s quest to save American newspapers

John Kerry will next week open hearings of the subcommittee on communication and technology in an effort to staunch the massive losses in US newspapers.

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The Buzz Machine | PRINT|

Note to Senator Kerry: newspapers are f-cked

Why are we bailing out the past when we should be investing in the future?

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Pirates capture the Australia Council’s Facebook page

Schweppes release hairy man bibs … Sun-Times cut non-union staff … PolitiFact.com wins a Pulitzer

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