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British Women Gets Death Sentence for Drug Smuggling in Bali

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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An Indonesian court has sentenced a British woman to death for attempting to smuggle drugs into the resort island of Bali. Fifty-six-year-old Lindsay Sandiford cried when she heard the sentence Tuesday, but did not comment as she was escorted back to jail. Although Indonesia has notoriously strict drug laws, the sentence was harsher than expected. […]

Japanese Lawmaker in China for Talks on Island Dispute

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese ruling party envoy is in China for talks aimed at reducing tensions over a bitter territorial dispute. Natsuo Yamaguchi arrived Tuesday in Beijing, where he is delivering a letter from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yamaguchi hopes to meet with new Chinese leader Xi Jinping and other senior leaders during his four-day visit. […]

17 Die from Cold in Afghan Refugee Camps

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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The rights group Amnesty International says 17 people have died from cold weather conditions in Afghan refugee camps, and it warns against a repeat of last year, when 100 people died in the camps due to a lack of assistance. Amnesty made the announcement Tuesday, saying that most of the 17 who died in the […]

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US, China Reach Deal on Tightening UN Sanctions on North Korea: Diplomats

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Diplomats at the United Nations say the United States has reached a deal with China on tightening international sanctions against North Korea for its December rocket launch. The diplomats say the U.S. circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member U.N. Security Council. It could vote as early as Tuesday to punish North Korea for the […]

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India Gang-Rape Trial Begins

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of five men accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 23-year old student in New Delhi has begun in a fast-track court for crimes against women. The start of the trial on Monday was delayed by more than an hour as defense lawyers argued that it should be open to the […]

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3 Afghan Police Killed in Kabul

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide squad launched an eight-hour assault in the capital on traffic police headquarters Monday, killing three traffic police officers. Authorities say all five attackers were killed in the standoff in Kabul. Officials say 10 people were wounded in the assault, including four police. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. […]

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India’s Supreme Court to Hear Plea to Shift Venue of Rape Trial

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea requesting a change of venue for the trial for one of the six men accused in the brutal rape and murder of a woman last month in New Delhi. The New Delhi court said Monday it would agree to consider the request Tuesday. The lawyer for […]

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Taliban Claim Attack on Afghan Capital

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide car bombing followed by other explosions and gunfire has rocked the capital, wounding 10 people, including four police. Authorities say the early Monday attack in Kabul targeted traffic police headquarters located near parliament. Police say two of the assailants were killed at the entrance. They say at least two other […]

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Bangladesh War Tribunal Sentences Cleric to Death

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh’s war tribunal has sentenced an Islamic cleric to death for what court calls crimes against humanity for his actions during the country’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. Abul Kalam Azad, tried in absentia because he has been on the run for about a year, is the first person to be convicted by the […]

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Suspected North Korean Spy Arrested in South Korea

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say a man who defected from North Korea nearly a decade ago has been arrested and charged with spying for Pyongyang. Authorities say the man, who was not identified, had a job with the Seoul city government supporting North Korean defectors. He is accused of sending Pyongyang a full list of the […]

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