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……way towards raising its targets of 460 million dollars for the flood victims of Pakistan. But aid agencies on the ground warned that the crisis is continuing, with dramatically worsening conditions in some areas forcing tens of thousands more people to flee their homes. Millions of people need emergency assistance. From Islamabad, Jim Megan reports

After a period of some frustration, the United Nations is finally stating to sound optimistic about the donor’s response to Pakistan crisis. More than half of the fund requested as in emergency appeal has been pledged. By far, the single biggest 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 pasts. Eric Schmidt said that people are unaware of how much personal information may leave on the Internet. Jonny Hark reports.

Eric Schmidt described the Internet is the largest experiment and anarchy we’ve ever had. He said we are unaware of the information about ourselves we leave littered on the Internet. And in his apocalyptic view of the future, he warns changing our names might be the only way to escape our online personas. Reaction to his comments has been mixed, some feel his view is too all-*, 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 hauls information about us.

The Indian Army says three of its peace-keeping soldiers have been hacked to death in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 7 others were injured. A statement from India military said about 50 Rambos raided the peace-keepers’ camp in the middle of the night, and attacked them with machetes and knives.

The authorities in Southern Sudan have unveiled a 10-billion-dollar plan to rebuild the region cities in the shapes of animals and fruits. The United Nations says more than 90 percent of Southern Sudan’s population lives on less than a dollar a day. Mary Harper has more…

Elaborate blueprints for the cities have already been drawn up. The regional capital Juba will be relocated and designed in the shape of rhinoceros. While the capital of Western * appears in somewhat unwieldy shape of a giraffe. The office of the regional president is situated where the animal’s eye should be. And the sewage treatment plant is appropriately placed under the giraffe’s tail. There is talk that the town of Yambio will 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 two opposition newspapers of a front page photograph which displayed the bullet-ridden bodies of murder victims piled up in a morgue. The government says the ruling will protect children. But the newspapers which printed the images said the ban was an attack on the freedom of the press at the head of the parliament election in Venezuela in September.

The supreme leader of Iran ** said Iran will not conduct talks with the United States about its nuclear program, unless Washington drops sanctions and military threats. Speaking on states television, he said that America was not act honestly.

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 the first of September, shops will no longer be able to sell drinks containing more than 50 percents of alcohol between 10 o’clock at night and 10 in the morning. ** the government expert in drug and alcohol abuse welcome the ban.

This decision can only be welcomed. It’s very good measure that will reduce the alcohol strain on the population. 30-40 percent of the population drink too excess, and this has economic, social and medical consequences. We are losing a lot because of this segment to our population.

The new advert by the McDonald's fast food chains featuring the cartoon character “Asterix Le Gaulois” has provoked outrage rather among some French critics who see it as a sea light to American consumerism. Asterix, often seen as an emblem of French fighting spirit, is depicted with his friends tucking into burgers and chips in a take-off of the comic strip Regular Village Banquet.
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