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US Seeks China’s Help to Strengthen Asian Institutions

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it wants to work with Beijing to strengthen regional institutions in Asia. The U.S. State Department says Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell stressed that point during talks Monday with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai outside Washington. The department says the two diplomats discussed ways for their countries to promote […]

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Security Council Divided Amid Calls for Halt to Syria Violence

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United States, Britain and Russia have each called for a halt to the violence in Syria, but the United Nations Security Council remains divided on how to resolve the crisis in the country. Security Council foreign ministers met Monday in New York, following a two-day trip to Syria by former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan […]

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ADB Forecasts Mild Economic Slowdown for Pacific

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank says economic growth in the Pacific region will decline slightly in 2012. The Manila-based lender says the region’s growth will slip by one percentage point from last year’s 7.0 percent rate, due to slower growth in resource-exporting economies. The report covers 14 mainly Pacific island countries, including Papua New Guinea and […]

ADB: Climate Change to Pose Bigger Humanitarian Threat

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank is warning that extreme weather linked to climate change will displace millions more people in the Asia Pacific region in the coming years. In a report released Tuesday, the bank said more than 42 million people in the region were displaced by environmental disasters in the last two years. ABD Director […]

Muslim Man Burns Brussels Mosque, Imam Dies

Posted March 13th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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An axe-wielding man burst into a mosque outside Brussels Monday and started a fire that resulted in the death of the imam. Police have not identified the suspect other than saying he claims to be a 34 year-old Muslim. Witnesses say he ran into the building in a Brussels suburb and threatened worshippers with an […]

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