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South Korean President Signs Laws Clearing US Trade Deal

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has signed a package of laws needed to implement a free trade agreement with the United States. At a ceremony Tuesday in the capital, Seoul, Mr. Lee signed the 14 bills revising various regulations to conform with the trade deal. Among them are revisions to copyright, patent, customs and other […]

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Egypt’s Landmark Vote Continues for 2nd Day

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Voting in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak continued after monitors reported high turnout and a peaceful atmosphere the previous day. Tuesday marks the second day in a drawn-out voting process staggered over the next six weeks across 27 provinces. The influential Muslim Brotherhood, a moderate Islamist movement banned […]

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Chinese Aircraft Carrier on 2nd Sea Trials

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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China’s first aircraft carrier has returned to the sea for its second set of trials, amid heightened concerns about the country’s maritime claims. The defense ministry said the carrier left port Tuesday to conduct research experiments. China bought the former Soviet vessel from Ukraine in 1998, and the refitted ship completed a first set of […]

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Malaysian Marchers Protest Bill Banning Street Rallies

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of Malaysians took to the streets Tuesday to protest a proposed ban on street rallies. The demonstrators marched to the parliament building in Kuala Lumpur ahead of a vote on a bill called the Peaceful Assembly Act, saying the measure is an assault on free speech. The bill would allow public gatherings in places […]

US Military Chief: Pakistan Has ‘Reason to be Furious’ About NATO Airstrikes

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. military officer says Pakistan is justified in being angry about NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in a Pakistani-Afghan border region, but he declined to apologize, citing the need for an investigation. In an interview with British television network ITV broadcast late Monday, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin […]

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US Demands Security Council Sanction Syria; UN Details Abuses

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. and Germany say the United Nations Security Council must respond to Syria’s deadly crackdown on protesters after U.N. investigators detailed grave rights abuses they say were ordered by the “highest levels” of President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Monday that with the Arab League’s recent […]

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DRC Voting Extended After Violence, Late Ballots

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are continuing Tuesday in areas where violence or undelivered ballots prevented people from voting Monday. Election officials have begun counting votes where polling happened peacefully and ended more or less on schedule. President Joseph Kabila is expected to win re-election, in part because of a new voting system […]

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Vice President Biden Turkey and Greece Trip Highlights

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Vice President Biden’s trip to Turkey and Greece is scheduled for later this week. The White House has announced a tentative schedule of events and topics of discussion: Friday, the Vice President will meet with Turkish leaders in Ankara. -Discussions will focus on continued U.S. support in the fight against PKK terrorism. The discussions will […]

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Clinton Makes Landmark Visit to Burma This Week

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has begun a two-nation trip to Asia that includes the first visit to Burma by a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years. Clinton will stop in South Korea before traveling on to Burma. Her visit to the isolated country begins Wednesday. U.S. President Barack Obama said earlier this […]

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