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… towards raising its target of 460 million dollars for the flood victims of Pakistan. Bu aid agencies on the ground warn that crisis is continuing with dramatically worsening conditions in some areas, forcing tens of thousands of more people to flee their homes. Millions of people need emergency assistance. From Islamabad, / reports.
After a period of some frustration, the United Nations is finally starting to sound optimistic about the donors’ response to Pakistan crisis. More than half of the funds requested in its emergency appeal has been pledged. By far the biggest single donor is the United States. Some of those within Pakistan have expressed dismay with the slow response. There has been discussion about the need for transparency in allocating and spending the funds.
The Pakistani politician and former cricketer / has launched his own emergency appeal, saying the country cannot rely on the international community.

The head of the global Internet company Google has warned that some young people may have to change their identities in the future to escape their online passes. / says that people are unaware of how much personal information may live on the Internet. / reports.
/ describes the Internet as the largest experiment and / we ever had. He says we are unaware of the information about ourselves we live little on the web. And in his / view of the future he warns changing our own names might be the only way to escape our online pursuers, Reaction on his comments has been mixed. Some fear his view is too valiant. Others agree with his sentiment, but find it ironic coming from the head of a company which has itself being criticized for the way it collects and hoards information about us.

The India army says 3 of its peacekeeping soldiers have been hacked to death in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. 7 others were injured. The statement from the Indian Military said about 50 rebels raided the peacekeepers’ camp in the middle of night and attacked them with machetes and knives.

The authorities in southern Sudan have unveiled a 10-billion-dollar plan to rebuild the region city in the shapes of animals and fruit. The United Nations says more than 90% of southern Sudan’s population live on less than a dollar a day. / has more.
Elaborate blue prints for the new city have already been drawn up. The regional capital / will be relocated and designed in the shape of rhinoceros, while the capital of western / state appears in the somewhat a weird shape of giraffe. The office of the regional President has situated where the animals “I should be”. And the sewage treatment plant is appropriately placed under the giraffe’s tail. There’re talks that the town of / would be shaped like a pineapple.

World News from the BBC.

A court in Venezuela has banned national newspapers from printing graphic photographs of murders and violence. The / ban was introduced following the publication by opposition newspapers of front page photographs which displayed the bulletin-ridden bodies of murdered victims piled up at a /. The government says the ruling will protect children. But the newspapers which printed the images say the ban is an attack on the freedom of express ahead of parliament elections in Venezuela in September.

The supreme leader of Iran / has said Iran would not conduct talks with the United States about its nuclear program unless Washington draws sanctions and military threats. Speaking on state television, he said that America was not acting on the sleep.

Restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the Russian capital Moscow have been extended in an attempt to tackle the problem of alcohol abuse. From 1st of September shops will no longer be able to sell drinks containing more than 50% alcohol between 10 o’clock at night and 10 in the morning. /, the government expert in drug and alcohol abuse, welcomed the ban.
This decision can only be welcomed. It’s a very good measure that would reduce the alcohol strain on the population. 30 to 40 percent of the population drink too excess, and this has economical, social and medical consequences. We are losing a lot because of this segment to our population.

The new advert by the Mcdonald fast food chain featuring the cartoon character / has provoked outrage rather among some French critics who see it as a sellout to America’s consumerism. / self seen as a emblem of French fighting spirit is depicted with its friends as tucking into burgers and chips and taking off at the common trip regular village banquet.

BBC World News.
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