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Hague Talks in Hanoi Touch on China Sea Dispute

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he has been discussing a smoldering dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea during a rare visit to Vietnam. Hague told reporters Wednesday the dispute — which pits China against several of its neighbors — was just one of several issues in his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen […]

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Vietnam Detains 20 in Land Dispute

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese police have detained 20 people involved in a protest outside the capital, Hanoi. The dispute began Tuesday when hundreds of villagers clashed with as many as 3,000 riot police and other security forces. The villagers say the authorities were engaged in an illegal attempt to evict farmers from their land to make way for […]

Rights Groups Question Easing of US Sanctions on Burma

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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A group of influential human rights organizations says the U.S. may be moving too quickly in relaxing sanctions against Burma. The group, which includes Human Rights Watch and seven other U.S.-based organizations, sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, questioning his administration’s decision to ease several long-standing sanctions against Burma earlier this month. […]

Annan Alarmed by Reports of Syrian Attacks in Areas Visited by Monitors

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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International envoy Kofi Annan says the situation in Syria “continues to be unacceptable,” and has expressed concern about media reports that Syrian troops have attacked civilian areas following visits by United Nations observers. The observer team is in Syria as part of a six-point peace plan brokered by Mr. Annan, who told the U.N. Security […]

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Report: Japan, US Postpone Announcement on Military Realignment in Okinawa

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Three top U.S. lawmakers are expressing concern about an agreement on the re-organization of U.S. forces on the Japanese island of Okinawa, which they say is imminent. The lawmakers say in a formal statement that Washington and Tokyo are expected to announce the deal Wednesday, but Japanese media say the announcement has been postponed. The […]

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US Marines Disciplined in Brazil Prostitute Encounter

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials are dealing with another embarrassing incident involving prostitutes and U.S. government personnel posted in Latin America. Defense officials say three U.S. Marines stationed at the U.S. embassy in Brazil and an embassy staffer picked up two prostitutes at a nightclub last December. One of the prostitutes says the men pushed her out of […]

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Son of Disgraced Chinese Politician Defends Himself Against Rumors

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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The son of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is defending himself against accusations that his overseas education and reportedly luxurious lifestyle have been funded by family corruption. In a statement published Tuesday in the Harvard Crimson newspaper, Bo Guagua says his tuition and living expenses at Harvard and the University of Oxford have been funded […]

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Scientists: Africa Sits on Vast Reservoir of Water

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Scientists say a new study shows Africa sits on a huge reservoir of groundwater that could provide water for both drinking and agriculture. The scientists estimate that 300 million people in Africa do not have access to safe drinking water and that part of the solution lies right under their feet — with over 100 […]

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Romney Claims Mantle of Republican Presidential Nominee

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is turning his attention toward the November general election — and U.S. President Barack Obama — after effectively securing his party’s nomination with five state primary election victories Tuesday. Romney easily won the northeastern states of Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and New York. In a victory speech in New […]

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UN Security Council Calls For Sudan, South Sudan Cease-Fire

Posted April 25th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has called for an immediate end to fighting between Sudan and South Sudan. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said U.N. officials briefed the Security Council Tuesday, noting that the withdrawal of South Sudanese troops from the oil town of Heglig was initially encouraging, but has resulted in increased […]

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