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Thursday 15 November 2007

>> Chadians could go hungry despite bumper crops, notes an 'emergency' alert issued by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network. Though crops have grown well this season, a food crisis could be on the cards if farmers are forced to flee before the harvest because of an upsurge in ethnic violence in Eastern Chad, the alert said.

>> Ending an eight-year-long dispute between Honduras and Nicaragua, the International Court of Justice has drawn a new maritime boundary in the Caribbean Sea. The Central American countries will now have equal access to the fish-rich waters and to oil and gas exploration in the area.

>> The Australian government has announced solar city plans and has pledged AUS $75 million (US $66.8 million) for it. Adelaide will become the first solar city where about 1,700 solar panels and 7,000 smart electricity meters will be installed.

>> The endangered spoon-billed sandpiper is on the brink of extinction, said BirdLife International. Their population has dropped from 22 pairs in 2002 to 2 this year in their Russian breeding site.

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