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28/04/2008 - 19:58

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Manila asks World Bank to influence rice suppliers - Fidel Castro warned of food crisis a year ago - Torch arrives in Vietnam to warm welcome.

Torch arrives in Vietnam to warm welcome

The Olympic torch arrived in Vietnam on Monday night under tight security as activists said they planned demonstrations over Hanoi and Beijing's competing claims for South China Sea islands.

Scores of Chinese and Vietnamese with national flags and Beijing 2008 Olympics flags greeted the torch at Ho Chi Minh City airport as it came from communist ally North Korea, which unlike China and Vietnam remains an isolated country.

Fidel Castro warned of food crisis a year ago

As global fears about food security mount with riots in Africa and panic buying elsewhere, one world figure can sit back and say he warned a year ago of a coming food crisis -- Fidel Castro.

Vietnam seeks to calm rice-buying binge

Vietnam moved to quell panic over rice supplies on Monday, banning speculation in the market after a "chaotic" buying binge at the weekend highlighted growing global fears about food security.

Electoral systems at 'breaking point'

The UK's electoral administration systems have reached "breaking point" and are open to large scale fraud, a report has found.

The Joseph Rowntree Trust said measures aimed at boosting turnout, including increasing postal voting, were harming the integrity of the electoral process.

Manila asks World Bank to influence rice suppliers

The Philippines has asked the World Bank to persuade rice-exporting nations to lift shipment curbs that have threatened the food security of importing countries, a top official said on Monday.

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