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Clinton: US to Lift Import Ban On Burma

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will take steps to lift a ban on imports from Burma in response to continued reforms by the country’s military-backed government. At a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Clinton told Burma’s President Thein Sein that the U.S. will “begin the process” of […]

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Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Speak at U.N. General Assembly

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will repeat his warnings about the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly Thursday. Mr. Netanyahu’s speech comes amid speculation that Israel could launch a pre-emptive military strike against Iran. The Israeli leader has demanded that U.S. President Barack Obama spell out non-negotiable points, […]

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Three Countries Join Africa Food Security Initiative

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mozambique have joined a global partnership aimed at boosting food security and addressing malnutrition in Africa. The countries are part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition launched earlier this year by the Group of Eight leading industrial nations. The initiative includes partnerships with international corporations and African […]

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Chinese Court Upholds Tax Charges Against Dissident Ai Weiwei

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has upheld a $2.4 million tax-evasion fine against dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who says the charges are politically motivated. Speaking to reporters outside a Beijing court Thursday, the internationally recognized artist called the ruling “shameless,” saying his lawyers were not allowed to present his case. “Moreover, they didn’t even inform us of […]

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Japan’s Noda Vows No Compromise in Island Dispute with China

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says Tokyo will not compromise on its claim to a group of uninhabited islands at the center of a heated territorial dispute with China. Speaking at a news conference at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Noda also defended his government’s recent purchase of the East China Sea […]

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Chinese Court Upholds Tax Charges Against Dissident Ai Weiwei

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has upheld a $2.4 million tax evasion fine against dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who says the charges are politically motivated. Speaking to reporters outside a Beijing court Thursday, the internationally recognized artist called the ruling “shameless,” saying his lawyers were not allowed to present his case. It was the second time that […]

Clinton: US to Lift Import Ban On Burma

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will take steps to lift a ban on imports from Burma in response to “continued progress toward reform” in the Southeast Asian nation. At a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Clinton told Burma’s President Thein Sein that lifting the import ban is […]

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Sudanese Presidents Reach Deal on Oil, Demilitarized Zone

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to set up a demilitarized border zone and resume oil exports, but left several major security questions unresolved. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir plan to sign the deal Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They held four days of talks aimed at […]

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Singer Andy Williams, Star of Records and TV, Dies at 84

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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American popular singer Andy Williams, known for his easy-going style and friendly demeanor, has died after a year-long fight against bladder cancer. He was 84 years old. The Iowa-born crooner began singing with his brothers in church choirs and local radio in the midwestern U.S. before taking their act to Hollywood movies and nightclubs. Williams […]

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US Lifts More Economic Sanctions On Burma

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced the lifting of U.S. import bans on Burma in response to democratic reforms implemented by the new government there. Clinton announced the decision Wednesday after her meeting with Burma’s President Thein Sein on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. She said the […]

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