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Ex-US Diplomat Says North Korea ‘Dangerous’ If Ignored

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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The former U.S. envoy to North Korea says the Obama administration must continue to engage with Pyongyang, even if goes through with a rocket launch scheduled for this month. Stephen Bosworth told VOA’s Korean Service this week that the United States has always made clear to the North Koreans that it is opposed to the […]

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Legacy of Khmer Rouge Tribunal at Risk without Cambodian Support: Observers Say

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Observers following the troubled Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal say an escalating dispute with the Cambodian government makes it increasingly unlikely that new charges will ever be brought against remaining suspects. The United Nations-backed court has already sentenced one former Khmer Rouge official to life in prison, and is hearing a second case against the […]

New Senegal President Makes Cabinet Appointments

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Senegal’s newly elected President Macky Sall has named his first cabinet just two days being sworn into office. Senegalese state television announced late Wednesday the president has appointed music icon Youssou Ndour to the culture and tourism ministry and former banker Amadou Kane to the finance ministry. They are some of the new faces in […]

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ANC Says Youth Leader’s Suspension Stands

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: WEB: TYPE: OCN )) A spokesman for South Africa’s ruling African National Congress says the party’s constitution prohibits ANC youth president Julius Malema from appealing his temporary suspension. The ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee suspended Malema for 30 days this week. The outspoken youth leader is also barred from attending all party activities during the […]

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Clinton Announces US Rapprochement with Burma

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is relaxing some long-standing sanctions on Burma in hopes of encouraging further reforms after landmark elections Sunday in the Southeast Asian nation. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Washington will soon nominate an ambassador to Burma. It will also establish an in-country U.S. Agency for International Development mission to support […]

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Cash-Strapped Detroit Avoids Takeover by State Government

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Leaders in cash-strapped Detroit, Michigan have approved a plan that would give the state a bigger role in the city, the historical home of the U.S. auto industry. The state’s governor had threatened to appoint an emergency manger to take control of the city The City Council voted 5-4 Wednesday to approve an agreement between […]

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UN Team Heads to Syria to Discuss Monitor Mission

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations peacekeeping team is heading to Syria to discuss a potential mission overseeing a cease-fire brokered by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, while the U.N. Security Council considers a new statement on the peace deal. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to the peace plan, which calls for government forces to halt violence […]

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