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ASEAN Renews Push for South China Sea Agreement

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Southeast Asian officials meeting this week in Cambodia are pushing for a long-sought solution for resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea, an area claimed in part by six nations. ASEAN foreign ministers approved a set of guidelines last year that they hoped would lead to a code of conduct. But with no binding […]

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Clinton Arrives in Mongolia

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Mongolia on an Asian tour aimed at promoting democracy. Clinton quickly went into talks with President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, and is scheduled to speak later Monday to an International Women’s Leadership forum being held in the capital, Ulan Bator. The top U.S. diplomat arrived in Ulan Bator […]

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Annan in Syria for Talks with Assad

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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International envoy Kofi Annan is in Syria for talks with President Bashar al-Assad on ways to end the violence between opposition forces and government troops. Mr. Annan has been trying for months to implement a peace plan in Syria, but has admitted that international efforts calling for negotiations between the opposition and the government have […]

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Gunmen Kill 7 Pakistani Security Personnel

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say gunmen have killed seven security personnel at a temporary army encampment in the generally peaceful province of Punjab. Authorities say an unknown number of gunmen killed six soldiers and a policeman early Monday. Three other policemen were wounded. The attack took place as thousands of protesters were passing through the area on […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi Makes Debut in Burma’s Parliament

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has made her historic debut in parliament. The Nobel Peace Prize winner took her seat in Burma’s lower house of parliament for the first time Monday in the administrative capital, Naypyidaw. Aung San Suu Kyi’s presence marks a new phase in her long struggle to bring democracy to […]

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South China Sea Set to Dominate ASEAN Talks

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Southeast Asian foreign ministers have opened a five-day meeting that is expected to be dominated by a territorial dispute centering on the South China Sea. Officials from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) began the talks Monday in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The South China Sea is home to vast fishing grounds […]

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Cambodian Doctors Identify Cause of Child-Killing Disease

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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Doctors in Cambodia say they have identified an illness that has killed dozens of children in the past three months. Officials at the Cambodian Health Ministry and the World Health Organization announced Sunday that samples collected from some of at least 60 children who died, tested positive for the Enterovirus 71, which causes hand, foot […]

Gen. Allen Condemns Public Execution of Afghan Woman

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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The head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has condemned the public execution of a young woman by a member of the Taliban in Parwan province. General John Allen described the videotaped shooting in a village near Kabul as “an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty.” The woman was accused of being romantically involved with two […]

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South Sudan Celebrates Independence Anniversary

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Sudan is celebrating its first anniversary, after a year full of challenges including border clashes and a dispute over oil revenues with neighboring Sudan. President Salva Kiir is expected to give a speech during a ceremony Monday in the capital, Juba, where dignitaries from around the world have gathered for the event. South Sudan […]

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Egypt’s Supreme Court Meets to Discuss Parliamentary Recall

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, the tribunal that dissolved the legislature last month, meets Monday to discuss President Mohamed Morsi ordering lawmakers to start meeting again. The court ordered the parliament dissolved after finding fault with the election process. The then-ruling military generals implemented the decision and gave themselves legislative powers in the absence of parliament. […]

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