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China Boosts Nuclear Safety as Storm Opens Typhoon Season

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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China is announcing tightened marine disaster warning measures for nuclear plants along its southern coast as Tropical Storm Haima blasts ashore at the start of the annual typhoon season. The official Xinhua news agency said Thursday the measures are based on forecasts that three to four typhoon-triggered storm surges will hit the southeastern coast this […]

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UN Selects Qatari Diplomat as Next President

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. General Assembly has elected a veteran diplomat from Qatar to serve as its next president. Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser was elected Wednesday to take over the rotating presidency when the General Assembly begins its next session in September. Al-Nasser said he will act as a bridge between developed and developing nations, and will focus […]

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Philippines Minister, in Washington, to Seek Help Against China

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario is expected to seek assurances of U.S. military support against China during a meeting Thursday with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Philippine officials say Clinton invited del Rosario to Washington during a flare-up in tensions between Manila and Beijing over Chinese naval activities near the disputed Spratly Islands in […]

Obama’s Afghan Strategy Forges a Middle Ground in U.S. Thought

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Analysts say U.S. President Barack Obama’s new troop withdrawal plan for Afghanistan appears to fall in the middle ground of current American thinking about the decade-long war — too quick a drawdown for some of its military commanders, but possibly too slow for a war-weary electorate. Mr. Obama announced his plan Wednesday night to bring […]

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Environmental Group Says Laos Approved Dam Project, Ignoring Neighbors’ Concerns

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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An environmental group says Laos appears determined to build a multi-billion dollar dam on the Mekong River, despite neighboring countries’ concerns about the project’s economic and environmental impact. U.S.-based International Rivers says it has obtained a letter sent earlier this month from Laos’ energy ministry to the Thailand-based developer of the Xayaburi dam, saying the […]

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UN: Countries Slow to Contribute for North Korean Food Aid

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. official says the United Nations is having trouble raising money to address what it says are severe food shortages in North Korea. In an interview aired Thursday on Japan’s NHK television, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said the world body has so far received less than 20 percent of the $210 […]

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British Prime Minister Agrees with Obama’s Afghan Strategy

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday reaffirmed to U.S. President Barrack Obama that Britain would remove its combat troops from Afghanistan by 2015. In a telephone call, the two leaders discussed troop withdrawal plans before Mr. Obama’s Wednesday night address to the American people announcing the U.S. plan. Britain has the second-highest troop contingent in […]

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