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Mar 10, 2010 - "French Defense Minister Assures Support to Afghanistan s

"French Defense Minister Herve Morin called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai here Thursday and assured France's support to the militancy-plagued Afghanistan. ""In the meeting, the French defence minister assured the firm support to Afghanistan, noting that the French government would continue offering training and supporting to the Afghan National Army and the police,"" said a statement issued by the Afghan Presidential Palace. The statement added that Karzai thanked France for its support, saying more foreign contribution would improve...

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Mar 10, 2010 - David Beckham back to AC Milans

The England midfielder seemed to have recovered from an earlier ankle injury. Beckham is aiming to boost his chances of making England's World Cup squad. He will stay at Milan until the end of the season. AC Milan currently lies second in Serie A, but a Champions League clash with Beckham's former club, Manchester United, is also on the schedule. The first leg of the tie is due to take place on 16th February.

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Mar 10, 2010 - Duty-free Goods Pose Potential Threat in Airports: German Officials s

"Some goods sold at duty-free shops in airports pose a potential security risk and should be banned, German security and aviation officials said Thursday. ""After passing through security checks, potential attackers can get everything they need to make a bomb in duty-free shops and restaurants,"" said police union chief Rainer Wendt. Wendt said the European Union (EU) should ""introduce as quickly as possible an EU-wide ban on selling potentially dangerous items like alcohol, perfume and similar things"" in duty-free airport shops located...

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Mar 10, 2010 - Indonesian former president Wahid's body to be buried in East Javas

"JAKARTA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- The body of former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid known as Gusdur is planned to be buried at Jombang of East Java, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here on Wednesday. A preparation for the funeral in military way had been conducted, the spokesman said. ""The family has conducted a coordination (for the funeral), but the final decision has not been made. Right now, the family said that the funeral would take place in Jombang of East Java,"" Pasha was quoted by Elshinta Radio as saying....

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Mar 10, 2010 - Backgrounder: Indonesian former president Wahids

"JAKARTA, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian former president Abdurrahman Wahid passed away at the age of 69 in the country's landmark hospital Cipto Mangunkusumo (RSCM) on Wednesday, due to complications of stroke, kidney and heart problems. Wahid was born on Sept. 7, 1940 in Jombang, East Java, as the eldest child among six siblings. His grandfather is Hasyim Asy'ari, co-founder of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is one of the largest independent Islamic organizations in the world. And his father Wahid Hasyim was appointed as Indonesia's first...

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Sep 24, 2009 - Homestay at Mama Siska's in Batutumanga

I am sitting out on the porch of our room at Mama Siska's Homestay in Batutamonga. We finished dinner a while ago, so now i've got a bit of time on my hands. Tonight is our last night here at Mama Siska's, as we will head at some point tomorrow morning back to Rantepao. Late this morning we went hiking along a trail not far from Mama Siska's which leads to the summit of a local mountain, Gunung Sesean. While the hike offered nice views of the surrounding landscapes, it did not offer anything of a cultural interest. After about 2 hours on...

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Sep 22, 2009 - Road Trip Fatigue en Route to Tana Toraja

“No sleep…coffee…“, exclaimed our sleep deprived driver Lemwe to us at close to 11 p.m. as he pulled into a small outdoor Warung, as the small restaurants in Indonesia are called, somewhere in South Sulawesi after some 14 hours on the road. Given the hazards of driving when tired, I had asked Lemwe if he wanted to overnight somewhere and finish the drive in the morning, but he had emphatically demurred. As we waited in the car on the side of the road while our driver re-caffeinated himself in the Warung, I reflected on the long day’s...

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Sep 21, 2009 - Antsy in Ampana

Well, it is shortly before sundown, and the air conditioning in our hotel room here at the Oasis Hotel in Ampana is slowly beginning to provide a respite from the stifling tropical heat outside. A half hour from now, our room should actually be sufficiently cooled to a comfortable temperature. Although we arrived here in Ampana nearly 6 hours ago, we are only now checking in to our room, with full knowledge that we are stuck in town here for the night. It has been a long day of waiting, waiting and more waiting. Since our arrival here in...

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Sep 20, 2009 - Island Hop to Bomba & Diving Goa Goa at Atoll

5:40 p.m. I’m sitting at the outdoor bar area at the Island Retreat resort on the island of Bomba, sipping a Bitang beer while watching the sunset. Sunset views are absolutely spectacular here, much like all of the others I have witnessed since arriving in the Togean Islands around 1½ weeks ago. We are making our way out of the Togean Islands to the coastal city of Ampana in Central Sulawesi. With a bit of luck, a public boat will be running tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock - as is allegedly the case, although nearly all public boats plying...

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Sep 19, 2009 - Diving Kadidiri - Day 4

It is 9:30 at night, and i'm sitting in the dining and common area here at Kadidiri Paradise Resort. Since dinner, I have spent a significant amount of time with several others working out the logistics in connection with our trip out of the Togean Islands and to the port of Ampana in Central Sulawesi. As none of the locals here have been able to discern exactly when the ferries will run again, but we are hearing that all ferries running through Kadidiri to Ampana may be canceled - no one is quite sure - for all of next week on account of...

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Sep 18, 2009 - Diving Kadidiri - Day 3 - Boat Trip to Una Una

5:47 p.m. The crimson red sun just touched the face of the water, and within the next two minutes, it will have disappeared entirely into the ocean for the day, only to return with tomorrow’s dawn. Sunset happens here quickly, while dusk lingers for nearly an hour. Having watched this ritual here each night, i’m starting to measure time not by my digital Ironman watch, but by mother nature and her own repetitive rhythms. Here in the Togean Islands, one quickly recognizes that time itself is relative. Time and its passage here takes on an...

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Sep 17, 2009 - Diving Kadidiri - Day 2

It is not even 8 o’clock in the evening, but it feels much later. Much like yesterday, we did one dive in the morning, at Dominic Rock, and another dive in the afternoon, at Coral Garden. Great fun, great fish, great visibility - all in all, great fun... But after 2 hours of diving earlier today, I feel pretty drained. Happy, but drained... Today we also learned that owing to the upcoming end of Ramadan, all ferries running through the Togean Islands have been delayed until after Eid-ul-Fitr. As such, the first ferry to pass near here en...

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