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Netanyahu to Close US Trip With Clinton, Congress

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet Tuesday with U.S. lawmakers and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as he closes a visit to Washington dominated by discussion of how to respond to Iran’s controversial nuclear program. Monday at the White House, President Barack Obama urged Mr. Netanyahu to give sanctions more time to […]

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China Reminds Romney of Past Praise for Chinese Trade

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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It turns out that not everyone in the United States blames China for the nation’s high unemployment rate. Chinese state media report that one of America’s largest labor unions – the International Longshoremen’s Association – last week honored Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as a “friend of the American worker” because of China’s support for job […]

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Ruling Congress Party Trailing Badly in Uttar Pradesh Election

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Early returns from elections in five Indian states indicate a mid-term loss for the national ruling Congress Party, which is trailing badly in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Some Indian political analysts say what happens in Uttar Pradesh could be a harbinger of national elections in 2014. The first results, released Tuesday, put the […]

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Republican Presidential Candidates Prepare for “Super Tuesday”

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in 10 U.S. states are preparing to head to the polls for “Super Tuesday” nominating contests in the biggest day of voting yet in the race to become the Republican party’s presidential nominee. Over a third the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination are up for grabs on Tuesday, which is more […]

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China Supports Iran Dialogue, ‘Peaceful’ Nuclear Energy

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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China says it supports resolving the issue of Iran’s nuclear program through dialogue, echoing comments made this week by U.S. President Barack Obama. But Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told reporters in Beijing Tuesday that countries should be able to have and use nuclear technology for non-weapons purposes. “On the Iranian nuclear issue, we are […]

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UN Chief Honors Japan’s Quake Victims Before Anniversary

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday praised the resilience of the survivors of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, just days before the one-year anniversary of the disaster. Mr. Ban made his comments during a commemoration concert at the U.N. General Assembly, where traditional and contemporary Japanese musicians and dancers performed at an event titled, […]

China Cautions US on Core Interests

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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China’s foreign minister is cautioning the United States to respect Beijing’s core interests in places like Taiwan and Tibet as the two countries work to build trust between them. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is also urging the world community to allow the people of the Middle East to solve their problems without outside interference. Yang […]

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Afghan Suicide Bomber Attacks Base Where Qurans Burned

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber killed at least two Afghan civilians and wounded four others outside the gates of the U.S. military base at Bagram, just north of Kabul Monday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying it was revenge for the burning of Qurans at the facility several weeks ago. The apparently unintentional burning of […]

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Ghana Celebrates Independence Ahead of President’s US Visit

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Ghana is celebrating the 55th anniversary of its independence from Britain with a traditional parade in the capital, Accra, and an address from President John Atta Mills. The main celebration Tuesday in Accra’s Independence Square will be replicated in the country’s regional and district capitals. Ghanaian Interior Minister Fritz Baffour told VOA the date serves […]

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World Bank: Choice of President Will Be “Merit-Based”

Posted March 6th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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As World Bank officials continue their search to replace outgoing President Robert Zoellick, an executive director at the global lender is promising that the selection process will be transparent and merit-based. World Bank Executive Director Hekinus Manao acknowledged that many are frustrated at the bank’s custom of always picking an American as its president. But […]

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