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China: Joint Efforts With Neighbors Check Mekong River Pirates

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese official says security on the Mekong River has substantially improved as a result of cooperation with three of its Southeast Asian neighbors. The China Daily newspaper on Tuesday quotes Meng Sutie, director of the public security department in Yunnan province, as saying river pirates have been able to mount only occasional and isolated […]

LePen Says She Qualifies to Enter French Presidential Race

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Far-right French political leader Marine Le Pen says she has won enough official support to become a candidate in next month’s presidential election. Le Pen says she has gotten the required backing of 500 elected French officials. Le Pen heads the ultra-conservative National Front party, known for its fierce anti-immigration policies. The party has recently […]

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Husband of Ex-Phillipine President Charged with Graft

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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A court in the Philippines has issued an arrest warrant for the husband of former president Gloria Arroyo. Prosecutors say Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo took millions of dollars in bribes from a Chinese firm, ZTE Corporation, to push through a $330 million contract to build a national broadband network in 2007. Arroyo says the charges […]

Israel-Gaza Violence Falls as Truce Takes Hold

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt has negotiated a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, after four days of fighting that killed at least 25 Palestinians. Israel halted its airstrikes in Gaza and the number of Palestinian rocket attacks dropped steeply after thedeal went into effect early Tuesday. There was no official confirmation of a cease-fire […]

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Shots Fired at Afghan Delegation Visiting Massacre Site

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have fired shots at an Afghan government delegation visiting one of the villages where a U.S. soldier allegedly murdered 16 civilians. At least one policeman was wounded in Tuesday’s attack. It is unclear who is responsible for firing at the Afghan officials. But the Taliban has sworn revenge and vowed to behead Americans. Hundreds […]

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North Korean, South Korean Delegates Scuffle at UN Meeting in Geneva

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean lawmakers clashed with a North Korean diplomat on Monday outside a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Switzerland. The scuffle broke out when a delegation of South Korean politicians approached North Korea’s ambassador to Geneva, So Se-pyong, after he rejected the contents of a U.N. report on human rights abuses by Pyongyang. […]

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Mississippi, Alabama to Hold Republican Primaries Tuesday

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the southern states of Alabama and Mississippi are casting ballots in Republican presidential primary contests Tuesday, with opinion polls showing the top three contenders in a tight race. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all campaigned for support in the predominantly conservative states Monday. A win in either southern state would be […]

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US to File WTO Case Against China Over Rare Earths

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Officials with the Obama administration say the United States will file a new trade case against China over its limits on exports of so-called “rare earth” minerals. The officials say President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday that the U.S., along with the European Union and Japan, will file the case at the World Trade Organization. […]

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Eurozone Ministers Liberalize Terms for Spain

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Eurozone finance ministers have granted Spain more leeway as it struggles to bring down its huge budget deficit. The ministers meeting in Brussels Monday agreed to let Spain cut its deficit to 5.3 percent of its gross domestic product this year — higher than the 4.4 percent earlier agreed to with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano […]

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Malawi President ‘Inciting Violence,” Says Opposition

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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A senior opposition leader in Malawi is accusing President Bingu Wa Mutharika of inciting violence by urging his supporters to “aggressively” defend him from political attacks. Earlier this month, President Mutharika said his supporters should “step in and defend their father” from insults by international donors and rights groups, which he accuses of stoking unrest. […]

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