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China’s Ruling Party Calls For Projecting Cultural “Soft Power”

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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China’s Communist Party leaders are calling for measures to boost Chinese culture as a way to project “soft power” abroad and give meaning to rapid economic progress at home. The proposal was announced Tuesday at the end of a secretive four-day meeting of the party’s Central Committee. The members also agreed that the 18th national […]

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Kenyan Troops Advance in Southern Somalia, Car Bomb Rocks Mogadishu

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan military forces are facing heavy rains and muddy terrain as they advance into at least two areas of neighboring Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the militant Islamist group al-Shabab. Kenyan troops are reported to be near the al-Shabab-controlled town Afmadow in Somalia’s Jubba region, where residents are said to have […]

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Deported Palestinians Begin Arriving in Host Countries

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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A group of Palestinians who were designated to be deported under a prisoner exchange with Israel has begun arriving in their host countries. Syria’s state-run media says 16 former prisoners, including one female, arrived in Damascus on Wednesday. Earlier, 11 former Palestinian inmates arrived in Turkey. In all, about 40 Palestinians are being deported, possibly […]

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Plane Crash Kills 6 in Nepal

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Nepal say a military plane has crashed in a remote mountainous area in the country’s northwest, killing all six people on board. The plane was transporting a patient from western Nepal to the capital, Katmandu, when it crashed late Tuesday about 200 kilometers west of the city. Rescuers hampered by bad weather reached […]

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US Korean Commander Visits Border Island

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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The new commander of U.S. armed forces in Korea has visited the South Korea border island which was the target of a deadly artillery attack by North Korean forces late last year. Tuesday’s trip to Yeonpyeong island by was the first by General James Thurman since he took over command of the 28,000 U.S. forces […]

Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Resigns, Protests Planned

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Kuwaiti opposition leaders have vowed to step up pressure on the government in the wake of the resignation of Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad al-Sabah. Opposition groups have called for a protest against Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Wednesday. They also say they want to question him concerning an alleged government corruption scandal. […]

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US Korean Commander Visits Border Island

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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The new commander of U.S. armed forces in Korea has visited the South Korea border island which was the target of a deadly artillery attack by North Korean forces late last year. Wednesday’s trip to Yeonpyeong island by was the first by General James Thurman since he took over command of the 28,000 U.S. forces […]

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