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China Calls Romney’s Statements ‘Irresponsible’

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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China’s Foreign Ministry has criticized U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for making what it says are “irresponsible” comments about China. Romney said in a Wall Street Journal editorial this month that China is guilty of “abusive” practices in the areas of trade, intellectual property and currency valuation. He also criticized the Obama administration for […]

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Sudan Appeals for Chinese Help in Settling Oil Dispute

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan has asked China for help in resolving a long-running dispute about oil revenues with newly independent South Sudan. After meetings in Beijing Tuesday, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti said Sudan will also consult with other partners, as it tries to end the impasse. “We are inviting also the companies, CNPC and Petronas to […]

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Report Finds High-Level Panic, Confusion During Japanese Nuclear Crisis

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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A new study finds there was widespread fear and confusion within Japan’s ruling circles in the days after a tsunami disabled the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant last year. The study by a high-profile private sector panel reports miscommunication and a breakdown in trust between senior government officials and the plant’s owners, the Tokyo Electric […]

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Senegal to Release Election Results; Wade Claiming Lead

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s electoral commission is due to release the first results from Sunday’s presidential election, with President Abdoulaye Wade saying he is leading in the vote count and the opposition calling a run-off vote “inevitable.” Tuesday’s official results come a day after Mr. Wade gave a news conference at the presidential palace in Dakar, where he […]

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China Laments Oscar Snub of Christian Bale Epic

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s state media are bemoaning the failure of the nation’s most ambitious movie to make an impact at this year’s Academy Awards. The Communist Party-affiliated Global Times newspaper laments on its website Tuesday that Chinese dreams of taking home a golden statuette have once again “been shattered.” The newspaper notes that Hollywood’s film community failed […]

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Pakistan: Gunmen Kill 18 in Attack on Passenger Bus

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say gunmen have opened fire on a passenger bus in a northern province, killing at least 18 people. Police say the bus was travelling in the district of Kohistan early Tuesday when it was ambushed by unidentified armed men. There were no immediate reports of motive or claims of responsibility.

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London Police Dismantle ‘Occupy’ Protest From Cathedral Courtyard

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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British authorities have evicted dozens of “Occupy London” protesters from the courtyard of St. Paul’s Cathedral, where the anti-capitalist activists had held continuous demonstrations since October. City officials accompanied by riot police dismantled about 50 tents at the makeshift campsite outside the world-famous cathedral early Tuesday, as the protesters looked on. The 300-year-old cathedral was […]

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Protester Takes Aim at Zoellick, Chinese Economic Reform Plan

Posted February 28th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Dissension over proposed economic reforms in China burst into the open Tuesday when an angry demonstrator disrupted a press conference by World Bank President Robert Zoellick. Zoellick is in Beijing for the release of a major study by the bank and Chinese government experts that calls for China to scale back the role of its […]

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