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Beijing Increases Security in Tibetan Monasteries to Contain Protests

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A top official in Chinese-ruled Tibet has ordered increased surveillance in Buddhist monasteries in an apparent effort to prevent the spread of anti-government protests by ethnic Tibetans in neighboring Sichuan province. Qi Zhala, the Communist Party leader in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, was quoted in state media on Tuesday as saying that officials should […]

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Clinton to Urge Security Council Action on Syria

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to urge the U.N. Security Council to support an Arab League peace plan for Syria, after Washington strongly condemned escalating violence by President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Clinton will join the foreign ministers of France and Britain at Tuesday’s Security Council session. Western powers have been working on […]

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Japanese Industrial Output Rises by 4 Percent in December

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese industrial production made a bigger than expected rebound in December, as manufacturers compensated for major floods in Thailand by boosting production in Japan. Government figures released Tuesday showed that factory output rose by 4 percent from November, when production took a hit after supply chains were disrupted by Thailand’s worst flooding in seven decades. […]

Burmese President Says Nation on Path to Democracy

Posted January 31st, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says his government is committed to moving the country towards a healthy democracy after decades of military rule. Thein Sein made the promise Monday during a formal state dinner in Singapore, and again in a newspaper interview in the city-state’s Straits Times newspaper. Burma’s military-backed civilian government has undertaken a series […]

Obama Confirms Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has defended the use of drone strikes in Pakistan, which U.S. officials have never before publicly acknowledged. Speaking during an online town hall discussion Monday, Mr. Obama said the drone attacks have been used to target al-Qaida and its affiliates, and that many of the strikes have been in Pakistan’s Federally […]

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Senegalese President’s Decision to Seek Re-Election Provokes Protests

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Opposition groups in the west African nation of Senegal are calling for a nationwide protest Tuesday against President Abdoulaye Wade’s controversial bid to seek a third term in next month’s election. The 85-year-old president has governed Senegal since 2000. But a year after he took office, the country’s constitution was changed, limiting presidents to just […]

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US: Security Council ‘Must’ Intervene as Syrian Violence Escalates

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration says the U.N. Security Council “must” intervene in Syria’s escalating violence by sending a message that President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on a 10-month opposition uprising is a threat to global peace and security. In a statement Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington strongly condemns what it calls “violent and […]

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Media Group Targeted in India

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned an attack on an Indian media group’s offices by right wing Hindu nationalists protesting a local newspaper’s coverage of their internal politics. The New York-based group Monday cited news reports saying supporters of the Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist party, attacked the Times of India building in Mumbai […]

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Cold Weather Kills 36 Across Europe

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Weather forecasters say there is no immediate relief in sight to the eastern European cold snap that has killed at least 36 people since Saturday. Forecasters expect temperatures, which have been as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius in some places, to drop even more this week. Police in Ukraine say 18 people, most of […]

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AU Leaders Fail to Choose Top Official

Posted January 30th, 2012 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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An African Union summit on Monday failed in its efforts to elect the head of the organization’s important commission, the union’s executive arm and public face. The contest was between the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s former foreign minister and the ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma. Both candidates […]

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