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Private American Delegation Visits North Korea

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt have arrived in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, for an unofficial visit. Hours before his arrival Monday, Richardson told reporters in Beijing that the trip is a humanitarian mission, and that his delegation will meet with North Korean political, economic and […]

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Chinese Protesters Demonstrate Against Media Censorship

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Scores of Chinese protesters have demonstrated outside of one of the country’s most outspoken newspapers to speak out against government censorship. The protesters in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdon province, called Monday for the resignation of the provincial propaganda chief after censors on Thursday blocked a New Year’s article in the influential Southern Weekly newspaper. […]

Australian Prime Minister Tours Fire-Ravaged Tazmania

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s prime minister has toured the southern island of Tasmania, where four days of wildfires have damaged or destroyed hundreds of structures and left around a hundred people missing. Australian firefighters, using helicopters and planes, are still battling the blazes on Tasmania, where the fires flared Friday after a record summer heat wave pushed temperatures […]

Private American Delegation Visiting North Korea

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 11:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt are starting an unofficial visit to North Korea Monday on what is being described as a “humanitarian mission.” Richardson says he plans to talk to officials about the arrest of Korean-American citizen Kenneth Bae, who is being held in North […]

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Police Search for Missing in Fire Australia Wildfires

Posted January 6th, 2013 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Raging wildfires are continuing to burn through southern Australia, where concerns are focused on about 100 people who may be missing. Australian firefighters, using helicopter and planes, are battling the blazes across the state of Tasmania, where the fires flared Friday after a record summer heat wave that pushed temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. Acting […]

Thousands Flee Wildfires in Southern Australia

Posted January 5th, 2013 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities say thousands of people have fled wildfires raging through southern Australia, with one blaze destroying dozens of homes in the southern island state of Tasmania. The fires flared on Friday amid a record summer heat wave that pushed temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in Tasmania, which is normally known for its cooler climate. […]

South Korea, Japan Hold Diplomatic Talks

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s president-elect has met with an envoy of Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a bid to start a process to mend bitter disputes. President-elect Park Geun-hye met Friday in the South Korean capital of Seoul with former Japanese finance minister Fukushiro Nukaga. Ms. Park said she hopes that as new governments take […]

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China Insists Times Reporter Was Not Forced to Leave Country

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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China says it is still considering the visa application of a New York Times journalist who the paper says was forced to leave the country because of delays in accreditation. The Times says veteran China correspondent Chris Buckley “was forced to leave mainland China” after authorities declined to issue him a visa by the end […]

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Top Google Executive Headed to Reclusive N.Korea: Report

Posted January 3rd, 2013 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The executive chairman of Google is reported to be planning to make a trip to North Korea, the reclusive, communist state considered to have the toughest Internet restrictions in the world. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Eric Schmidt will take part in a “private, humanitarian mission” led by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson […]

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S. Korea Dismisses Kim Jong Un’s Call for Reduced Tensions

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea is dismissing a New Year’s Day speech by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that called for reduced tensions with Seoul. Unification Minister Yu Woo-Ik said Wednesday that Mr. Kim’s speech was “bland” and contained no ground-breaking proposals. He said Seoul has good reason to question the young leader’s intentions. Mr. Kim Tuesday […]