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Gates to Stress US Commitment to Asia at Singapore Forum

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he will stress America’s continuing commitment to Asia during an upcoming security forum in Singapore. Gates spoke to reporters in Hawaii during a stopover on his way to the Shangri La Dialogue, which will be attended by defense ministers and military chiefs from across the Asia-Pacific region. China is […]

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Japanese PM Bracing for No-Confidence Vote in Parliament

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament, with many members of his own party signaling they will vote to remove him from office. The Asahi newspaper says more than 50 members of Mr. Kan’s Democratic Party of Japan support the no-confidence motion, which is expected to come up for a […]

South Korean Military Bans Kim Jong Il Images in Target Practice

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s defense ministry says it will instruct training centers not to use images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his family as targets at their shooting ranges. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper says some units have been using pictures of Mr. Kim, his late father, North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, and Mr. […]

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Khmer Rouge Prosecutor Challenges Judges in Deepening Spat

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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A British lawyer charged with prosecuting Khmer Rouge war crimes has formally accused the international tribunal’s investigating judges of exceeding their authority in a deepening spat. Prosecutor Andrew Cayley has formally appealed an order from the German and Cambodian investigating judges that he retract recent remarks calling for a more complete investigation of two Khmer […]

China’s Manufacturing Sector Declines in May

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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The expansion of China’s manufacturing activity slowed in May to its lowest rate in nine months, reflecting the government’s attempts to cool the economy and slow inflation. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing says its purchasing managers index, which measures the manufacturing sector, fell from 52.9 in April to 52 last month. The federation […]

IAEA Experts Say Japan Underestimated Tsunami Threat

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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A team of international experts investigating the Fukushima nuclear accident says Japan underestimated the risk posed by tsunamis to its nuclear plants. The finding is contained in a preliminary report prepared for delivery to the Japanese government Wednesday. The 18-member team’s full report will be delivered to an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting beginning June […]

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