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08 Jun 2010 04:00:04 GMT

* Crisis boosts crime, violent demonstrations

* Defence spending, conflict risk broadly falling

* Fringe euro zone unrest risk rises

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) - The global financial crisis has made the world less peaceful by fuelling crime and civil unrest, a worldwide study showed on Tuesday, but the risk of outright armed conflict appears to be falling.

The 2010 Global Peace Index -- which examines several dozen indicators from the crime rate to defence spending, conflicts with neighbouring states and …

06 Jan 2010 description

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Jan 6 (Reuters) - As President Barack Obama seeks to improve the United States' image overseas and make U.S. aid more effective, there is support for an overhaul of the way the United States distributes foreign assistance.

Leading Democrats and Republicans say they want to rewrite the 50-year-old legislation governing U.S. foreign aid.

Here are some facts about U.S. foreign aid:

* Almost 50 percent of U.S.