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US Taking Steps to Protect Diplomats as Protests Continue

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is taking aggressive steps to protect its diplomats, as protests continue against an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. Demonstrations prompted the American consulate in the Indonesian city of Medan to temporarily close on Wednesday, following a similar move by the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand […]

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Burma’s Latest Amnesty Not Good Enough, Say Activists

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Activists and rights groups are responding cautiously to Burma’s latest release of political prisoners, saying hundreds more are still being held despite the government’s promise to release them. The Burmese government said this week that 514 prisoners would be released as part of a general amnesty. Activists estimate that around 90 of those pardoned are […]

Aung San Suu Kyi to be Honored by US Congress

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will receive the United States Congress’ highest award Wednesday as she continues her landmark visit to America. The Nobel laureate will be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. She was awarded the medal in 2008 while under house arrest in her […]

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US, Japan Reach Deal on Controversial Aircraft

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has reached an agreement with Tokyo to allow a controversial military aircraft to begin operating from a U.S. Marine base on the island of Okinawa. Washington’s plans to deploy the V-22 Osprey aircraft had been in question because of safety concerns. The hybrid aircraft, which takes off like a helicopter but flies […]

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Rights Group Says Syrians Dying in Indiscriminate Attacks

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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Rights group Amnesty International says there is evidence of what it calls an emerging pattern of indiscriminate attacks against civilians by the Syrian army. Amnesty released a report Wednesday based on its investigation earlier this month in Idlib, Jabal al-Zawiya and north Hama. The group says government forces are routinely shelling towns and villages with […]

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Obama Criticizes Romney Over Views of ’47 Percent’ of Voters

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says whoever occupies the White House represents the entire country — a rebuttal of his Republican challenger’s recent characterization that nearly half of U.S. voters are “victims” dependent on the government. Appearing on television’s popular “Late Show with David Letterman” Tuesday, President Obama made his first public response to a secretly […]

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Panetta Meets With China’s Leader-in-Waiting

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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China’s leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping has met with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in the first public meeting with a visiting foreign dignitary since his mysterious disappearance from public life. Xi appeared healthy and relaxed as he shook hands with Panetta and posed for photographs in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday. The […]

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