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Global Arms Spending Tops $1.6T

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The Associated PressArmed soldiers on guard in Kingston, Jamaica, in May 2010. (Associated Press)Despite the global financial crisis, world military spending almost doubled in the past decade to reach $1.6 trillion Cdn in 2009, a Swedish think-tank said Wednesday. In its 2010 yearbook, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said that spending between 2008 and 2009 grew 5.9 per cent. The United States remains the biggest spender, accounting for some 54 per cent of the increase, the report said.

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Cars And People Compete For Grain

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Lester R. Brown

At a time when excessive pressures on the earth’s land and water resources are of growing concern, there is a massive new demand emerging for cropland to produce fuel for cars—one that threatens world food security. Although this situation had been developing for a few decades, it was not until Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when oil prices jumped above $60 a barrel and U.S. gasoline prices climbed to $3 a gallon, that the situation came into focus. Suddenly investments in U.S. ... Read more about Cars And People Compete For Grain

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Almost Half Of Deaths In Kids Under 5 Occur In 5 Countries

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Two-thirds of cases due to infectious diseases, researchers report

TUESDAY, May 11 (HealthDay News) -- Infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and blood poisoning account for more than two-thirds of the 8.8 million annual deaths in kids under 5 years of age worldwide, a new report shows. Other leading causes of death for children include birth complications, lack of oxygen during birth and congenital defects. The authors of the report found that infectious diseases caused 5.97 million deaths among kids under age 5 in 2008. ... Read more about Almost Half Of Deaths In Kids Under 5 Occur In 5 Countries

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Wars Less Deadly Than They Used To Be

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* Mortality rates decline even in wartime, report says * 5.4 million Congo death rate figure "far too high" By Patrick Worsnip UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) - Wars are less deadly than they once were and national mortality rates have continued to decline even during conflicts due to smaller scale fighting and better healthcare, a report said on Wednesday. ... Read more about Wars Less Deadly Than They Used To Be

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UN Chief: Hunger Kills 17,000 Kids Daily

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Rome, Italy (CNN) -- Somewhere in the world, a child dies of hunger every five seconds -- even though the planet has more than enough food for all. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon laid out this sobering statistic as he kicked off a three-day summit on world food security Monday in Rome. "Today, more than 1 billion people are hungry," he told the assembled leaders. Six million children die of hunger every year -- 17,000 every day, he said. ... Read more about UN Chief: Hunger Kills 17,000 Kids Daily

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