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Abe Favors Greater Role for Japan on World Stage

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s newly elected prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is a long-time conservative politician who has pushed for a more aggressive foreign policy and a greater role for Japan on the world stage. His stance appealed to many voters who are concerned that Japan is falling behind China economically and diplomatically. Mr. Abe has called for amending […]

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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Japan’s next prime minister, marking a return to power for the veteran politician and his Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved Mr. Abe to form a new government Wednesday, ten days after the conservative LDP trounced the Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. The […]

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Shinzo Abe Officially Approved as New Japanese Prime Minister

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Japan’s next prime minister, marking a return to power for the veteran politician and his Liberal Democratic Party. Japan’s lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved Mr. Abe to form a new government Wednesday, ten days after the conservative LDP trounced the Democratic Party of Japan in parliamentary elections. The […]

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China Officially Opens World’s Longest High-Speed Rail Line

Posted December 26th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The world’s longest high-speed rail line began operations in China Wednesday. The first train of the 2,298-kilometer Beijing-to-Guangzhou route departed from the capital at 9 a.m. local time , with a second train departing an hour later from Guangzhou. Trains on the new route will travel at 300 kilometers an hour, which will reduce the […]

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US Moves to Sell Advanced Spy Drones to South Korea

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 7:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Obama administration has formally proposed the sale of advanced spy drones to South Korea, in a push to boost the Seoul government’s ability to protect itself from attacks by the heavily-militarized North. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement that it has officially notified Congress of the proposed $1.2 billion deal for […]

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Deadly Passenger Jet Crash in Burma

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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Two people are dead after a Burmese passenger jet crash landed Tuesday morning in eastern Shan state. The Air Bagan plane, carrying 65 passengers and six crew members on a flight from Rangoon, landed on a road about three kilometers from Heho airport. Shan state is home to Inle Lake, a popular tourist destination. The […]

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Deadly Passenger Jet Crash in Burma

Posted December 25th, 2012 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Two people are dead after a Burmese passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday morning in eastern Shan state. The Air Bagan plane, carrying 65 passengers and six crew members on a flight from Rangoon, landed on a road about three kilometers from Heho airport. Shan state is home to Inle Lake, […]

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China Rescues 89 Children From Trafficking Rings

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say they have rescued 89 children and arrested 355 suspects in a crackdown on a number of suspected human trafficking rings. State-run media say the operation began December 18 in several provinces, including Guangdong and Sichuan. The children are being cared for by the government while authorities try to locate their parents. China […]

Road Accident Kills 11 Children in China

Posted December 24th, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say 11 children have died after the van carrying them plunged into a pond in eastern China. The official Xinhua News Agency says the accident happened Monday in a rural area of Jiangxi province. The van was carrying 15 kindergarten children and one teacher. Police have detained the van’s driver for questioning and […]

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South Korea Says Pyongyang has ICBM Technology

Posted December 23rd, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says debris from a rocket fired by the North this month shows Pyongyang has significantly advanced it ballistic missile technology. South Korean Defense Ministry officials said Sunday their reclusive North Korean neighbor has developed a rocket that has a range of more than 10,000 kilometers, if it were to carry a warhead of […]