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Panetta: China Has Assisted North Korea Missile Program

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says China has provided “some help” to North Korea with its ballistic missile program, even as Beijing insists that it has not violated U.N. sanctions prohibiting such activity. Panetta made his comments Thursday after being asked during a Congressional hearing if China had supported North Korea’s missile program through “trade […]

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North Korea Vows to Keep Launching Satellites ‘One After Another’

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has vowed to launch satellites into space “one after another,” a week after it defied international protests by launching a long-range rocket that failed just after taking off. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday quoted space agency officials as saying Pyongyang will continue conducting the launches, which it says are […]

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Mali Military Junta Says 22 Detainees Released

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s renegade soldiers said late Thursday they have released 22 political and military leaders from detention. The arrests earlier this week drew international condemnation. Last month, the soldiers seized power in a military coup, but later agreed to the return of civilian rule in Mali. After the economic regional bloc known as ECOWAS imposed harsh […]

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Guinea Bissau’s Foreign Minister Seeks Peacekeepers Help After Coup

Posted April 20th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Guinea-Bissau’s Foreign Minister is calling on the United Nations Security Council to authorize the deployment of peacekeepers into the country to help restore security following last week’s military coup. Foreign Minister Mamadu’ Jalo’ Pires is urging the15-nation council to send a peacekeeping force to the tiny West African nation until civilian rule is re-established. However, […]

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