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Story Highlights: Weather, demand from Asia, fuel prices all pushing food prices, analysts say U.N. expects higher food prices for next 10 years. Analysts believe prices will stabilize as farmers plant more crops.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- If you're seeing your grocery bill go up, you're not alone.


From subsistence farmers eating rice in Ecuador(厄瓜多) to gourmets feasting(美食展) on escargot(法國的食用蝸牛) in France, consumers worldwide face rising food prices in what analysts call a perfect storm of conditions. Freak weather is a factor. But so are dramatic changes in the global economy, including higher oil prices, lower food reserves and growing consumer demand in China and India.

The world's poorest nations still harbor the greatest hunger risk. Clashes over bread in Egypt killed at least two people last week, and similar food riots broke out in Burkina Faso and Cameroon this month.

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From BBC News: Taiwan flashpoint
Introduction

Taiwan has one of Asia's few functioning democracies and one of its strongest economies. But for the island's 23 million people, the future is overshadowed by an unresolved dispute with China.

China sees the island as a breakaway province which should be reunified, by force if necessary. Hundreds of Chinese missiles now aim across the Taiwan Strait to bring home the point.

Both sides are used to dealing with this fraught relationship, and closer economic ties may eventually make conflict less likely. But until that happens, any flare-up over Taiwan would have much wider implications. Most importantly, it could quickly suck the US into conflict with China, because of US security assurances to Taiwan.

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