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Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Southern Chinese Town

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Riot police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in southern China on the fourth day of protests against the planned expansion of a coal-fired power plant. China’s official Xinhua news agency said around 500 people had gathered on a highway Friday in the town of Haimen in Guangdong province when police fired […]

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Turkish PM Accuses France of Genocide

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has accused France of committing genocide in Algeria more than 60 years ago. The charge from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday comes a day after French lawmakers passed a bill making it a crime to publicly deny as genocide the mass killings of Armenians during the Ottoman era in Turkey nearly a […]

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Turkish PM Accuses France of Genocide

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has accused France of committing genocide in Algeria more than 60 years ago. The charge from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, comes a day after French lawmakers passed a bill making it crime to publicly deny the “genocide” of Armenians during the Ottoman era in Turkey nearly a century ago. Turkey, while […]

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Southern Chinese Town

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Riot police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in southern China on the fourth day of protests against the planned expansion of a coal-fired power plant. China’s official Xinhua news agency said around 500 people gathered on a highway Friday in the town of Haimen in Guangdong province when police fired gas […]

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Presidential Showdown Looms in DR Congo

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have banned a so-called “swearing-in” ceremony for opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who insists he won last month’s election. Security was heavy around the Kinshasa stadium where Mr. Tshisekedi had scheduled the ceremony Friday. Earlier, a Tshisekedi adviser told VOA that the ceremony would proceed, despite a government threat […]

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Pakistan’s Army Rules Out Military Coup

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s army chief is denying reports the military is looking to oust the civilian government from power amid a scandal over a memo. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said Friday speculations of any military takeover are “misleading” and being used to divert attention from “real issues.” Kayani said the army will continue to support the democratic […]

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Philippines Flood Toll Soars

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in the Philippines said Friday the number of people missing from last week’s flooding has risen to more than 1,000. The national disaster agency said tropical storm Washi and the flash floods it caused on the southern island of Mindanao also killed at least 1,080 people. The agency put the number of missing at […]

North Korea Warns South to Respect Late Leader

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea accused the South Friday of an intolerable response to the death of supreme leader Kim Jong Il by expressing sympathy for the North Korean people, but deciding not to send a government delegation to Mr. Kim’s funeral next week. In a statement carried on the North’s official Web site, Pyongyang warned Seoul that […]

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World Leaders Gather for Ex-Czech President Havel’s Funeral

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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World leaders and the people of the Czech Republic will pay final respects to former President Vaclav Havel at a state funeral in Prague Friday. The 75-year old former Czech leader died in his sleep of respiratory problems on Sunday. Mr. Havel, a dissident playwright, was his country’s first democratically elected president. Leaders from around […]

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China Sentences Dissident to 9 Years in Prison

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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A court in southwest China tried and sentenced a prominent dissident Friday to nine years in prison for inciting subversion. Lawyers for Chen Wei said he was tried for four essays he wrote and published online that advocated democratic reform of communist-ruled China. The attorneys said the trial in the southwestern city of Suining lasted […]