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ADB Says ‘Green’ Development Key to Growth in Mekong Region

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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A conference on the future of the Mekong region heard Monday that the management of food, water and energy resources will be the most critical developmental challenge in the next decade. Stephen Groff, vice president of the Asian Development Bank, told the Greater Mekong Subregion conference that the challenge is to increase efficiencies in resource […]

US Marks 50 Years Since First American Orbited Earth

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. space agency is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first trip of an American into Earth orbit. John Glenn went around the planet three times in just under five hours on February 20, 1962, in a mission designed to see how man would react to the space environment. Speaking at a NASA event […]

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Kandahar Suicide Bomber Attacks Police Station

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan police say a suicide bomber has attacked a police station in the southern city of Kandahar, killing at least one police officer. Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq says the attacker detonated a bomb-laden car outside the station on Monday, injuring at least four other people, both police and civilians. The blast also badly damaged […]

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China Pledges Support for Euro

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, on the second day of his visit to Ireland, stated China’s commitment to Europe, and repeated that Beijing is considering more investment to help stabilize the embattled euro. In talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny Sunday evening, Mr. Xi said China supports the stability of the euro and the […]

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Apple’s Trademark Problems Mount in China

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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A potentially costly dispute over the name of the iPad computer tablet may not be the only trademark problem facing Apple Incorporated in China. The China Daily newspaper reports Monday that at least 39 Chinese companies and individuals have attempted to register the names iPhone or iPad as trademarks for products as varied as hiking […]

US Observes Presidents’ Day

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Millions of Americans are getting a day off from work Monday to observe the birthday of the first U.S. president, George Washington. While the federal holiday officially recognizes Washington, the day is often referred to as Presidents’ Day as a broader celebration of the nation’s leaders. Most U.S. government offices and buildings are closed, as […]

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S Korea Holds Military Drill Despite N Korea Threat

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea held a routine military exercise near a disputed border with North Korea Monday, despite the North’s threat of retaliation if the border is violated. The drill included artillery, mortars and helicopters. An announcer on a radio broadcast from the North warned of an immediate and merciless counter-attack if even a “single column of […]

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Greeks Protest Ahead of Bailout Vote

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Greeks have protested in Athens against massive spending and salary cuts as European Union officials get ready to vote on a new bailout for the debt-crippled nation. Sunday’s protests were generally peaceful. But a group of youths broke away from the main march and threw rocks and bottles at riot police, who responded […]

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