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Senior North Korean Official Meets with Chinese Leaders

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao after Beijing pledged earlier in the week to help Pyongyang develop two economic zones in North Korea. The talks Friday morning were the highest diplomatic exchanges between the two Communist countries since Kim Jong […]

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Police Kill 30 at South Africa Mine

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s police ministry says at least 30 people were killed Thursday, when officers opened fire on striking workers at a platinum mine. A ministry official said Friday that police opened fire with automatic weapons at the Lonmin PLC mine, about 120 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg. Around 3,000 people have walked off the job in […]

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HRW: Action Needed to Prevent Needless Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Human Rights Watch report says coordinated action is needed to improve rescue operations in the Mediterranean for boat migrants making the “dangerous crossing” from North Africa to Europe. HRW says migrants who are in its words “fleeing persecution or seeking a better life” often make the journey in unseaworthy and dangerous boats. The organization […]

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Japan Deporting 14 Chinese Activists

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan has decided to deport 14 Chinese activists who were arrested after landing on an island claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing. The activists landed on the island in the East China Sea on Wednesday, planting a Chinese flag and singing the country’s national anthem before being arrested and accused of violating Japanese immigration laws. […]

Gu Murder Trial Verdict Due Monday

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court will issue its verdict next week in the murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced former Communist Party leader Bo Xilai. A local government official said Friday that the Intermediate People’s Court in Hefei, where Gu’s 7-hour trial was held on August 9, will issue its verdict Monday. Experts say […]

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