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Chinese VP Wins Hearts in US Heartland

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping won the hearts of ordinary Americans during a visit to a farming community in Iowa Wednesday, 27 years after he first visited the area as a mid-level official. The man presumed to be China’s next president spent an hour sipping tea with residents in the town of Muscatine, and many […]

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British PM to Holds Talks On Scottish Independence Referendum

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron is heading to Scotland Thursday for talks on a planned independence referendum he has vowed to fight. Mr. Cameron says he will tell the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh, Thursday, he will fight to keep Scotland a part of the United Kingdom. The prime minister’s first meeting will be with Scottish […]

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North Korea Marks 70th Birthday of Late Kim Jong Il

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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North Koreans on Thursday are marking what would have been the 70th birthday of their late leader Kim Jong Il with emotional, but somewhat muted, festivities in a cold and windy Pyongyang. Large groups of soldiers and civilians took turns somberly bowing in unison and leaving “kimjongilia” flowers named after the late leader at the […]

US Downplays Iranian Nuclear Advancement Claims

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has downplayed Iran’s claims of advances in its nuclear program, saying Tehran is feeling the pressure of international sanctions and wants to distract from its growing diplomatic isolation. Iran said Wednesday it had installed a new generation of centrifuges to enrich uranium, and for the first time loaded domestically produced nuclear fuel […]

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Suspected US Missile Strike Kills 5 in NW Pakistan

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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A suspected U.S. drone strike has killed at least five militants in a northwest Pakistan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. Security officials say two missiles were fired by a drone on a compound in the village of Spalga in North Waziristan tribal region. Last week, a missile strike in the same area left […]

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