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North Korea Confirms Arrest of US Citizen

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean state media say a U.S. citizen has been arrested after entering the reclusive communist country as a tourist. The Korean Central News Agency on Friday identified the man as Bae Jun Ho, saying he confessed to unspecified crimes against the state. Although it provided no other details, it said the crimes were “proven […]

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28 Dead Following Ethnic Clashes in Kenya

Posted December 21st, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Kenya say at least 28 people have been killed in clashes between two rival ethnic groups in the southeastern Tana River region, where deadly violence broke out earlier this year. A local police official says a group of ethnic Pokomo raided a village belonging to the Orma people in the pre-dawn hours of […]

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China’s Xi Backs Beleaguered Hong Kong Leader

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s new leadership is lending its support to Hong Kong’s chief executive, who is under fire for a series of scandals. Chinese Communist party Chief Xi Jinping met Thursday with Leung Chun-ying in Beijing, and praised the work being done by Leung’s administration. Leung’s opponents are now calling for his impeachment following revelations that he […]

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S.Korea’s President-elect Warns of N.Korean Threat

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye vowed Thursday to make national security a priority as she warned about the dangers posed by North Korea. In her first major speech since being elected Wednesday, Ms. Park said Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch demonstrates the seriousness of the threat facing her country. She also hinted at greater engagement with […]

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Laos Gov’t Denies Role in Disappearance of Activist

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The government of Laos is denying responsibility for the disappearance of a prominent social activist, but human rights groups disagree, saying security camera footage suggests he was detained by Lao authorities. Sombath Somphone was last seen Saturday in the capital of Vientiane, when his jeep was stopped by authorities outside a police post. Video footage […]

Laos Gov’t Denies Role in Disappearance of Activist

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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The government of Laos is denying responsibility for the disappearance of a prominent social activist, but human rights groups disagree, saying security camera footage suggests he was detained by Lao authorities. Sombath Somphone was last seen Saturday in the capital of Vientiane, when his jeep was stopped by authorities outside a police post. Video footage […]

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US, China Report Progress on Trade Disputes

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Senior U.S. and Chinese officials finished two days of trade talks Wednesday, touting progress on a number of economic issues that have complicated the relationship between the world’s two biggest economies. The annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, held this year in Washington, was the first high-level meeting since President Barack Obama’s re-election […]

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S.Korea’s President-elect Warns of N.Korean Threat

Posted December 20th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye vowed Thursday to make national security a priority as she warned about the dangers posed by North Korea. In her first major speech since being elected Wednesday, Ms. Park said Pyongyang’s recent rocket launch demonstrates the seriousness of the threat facing her country. She also hinted at greater engagement with […]

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South Korea’ President-elect Pledges to Work For People’s Livelihoods

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s president-elect Park Geun-hye [pronounced: park goon-‘HEH] has pledged to keep her campaign promises and work for the livelihood and unity of the nation’s people. The conservative five-term lawmaker held a rally in the capital, Seoul, after her election victory Wednesday. She said the competition was tough, but that her victory belongs to everyone. […]

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South Korea Elects 1st Woman President, Dictator Park’s Daughter

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Park Geun-hye [pronounced: park goon-‘HEH] has been elected to become South Korea’s first female head of state. Ms. Park, a conservative five-term lawmaker, won the election Wednesday with 51.6 percent of the vote to 48 percent for her opponent Moon Jae-in, with more than 90 percent of the votes counted. Moon conceded the race shortly […]

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