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French President Arrives in Afghanistan

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is making a brief unnannounced visit to Afghanistan Tuesday. President Sarkozy plans to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, top U.S. military commanders, and French soldiers during his visit. On Monday, France’s Defense Ministry said a French soldier in Afghanistan died after being accidentally shot by another French soldier. An investigation […]

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China Pledges Green Energy Cooperation with Africa

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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China says it wants to share its clean energy technology with Africa to help the continent tap into its renewable energy resources. Speaking Monday at a U.N. Environment Program forum in Nairobi, Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian said China is eager to promote green energy to the developing world through means such as technology transfer, capacity […]

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UN Envoy Chides Malaysia For Suppressing Protest

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations human rights expert says Malaysia’s “heavy-handed” response to a demonstration for clean elections on Saturday risks undermining democratic progress in the country. Frank LaRue, an unpaid special envoy on the right to freedom of expression, said Monday that actions taken by the government before and during Saturday’s demonstration “unduly restricted the rights […]

Diplomats Fail to Agree on Reviving Mideast Peace Talks

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say group of senior international diplomats has failed to reach an agreement on how to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a meeting late Monday in Washington with other members of the Quartet of Mideast peace mediators: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and […]

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Musharraf: U.S. Suspension of Aid to Pakistan “Disastrous”

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he regrets the U.S. decision to stop $800 million in military aid to Pakistan. Mr. Musharraf called the move “disastrous” on Monday, telling an audience in Houston, Texas that the aid cut-off is not in the best interest of the United States because it will weaken Pakistan’s ability to […]

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