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Business as Usual for China’s Forced Labor Camps: State Media

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Local officials in charge of China’s controversial forced labor camps say they are operating as usual and have not received any word from Beijing about a possible end to the system. The state-run Global Times Tuesday said officials in at least six regions across China have received no information about proposed changes to the so-called […]

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Pakistani Forces Use Tear Gas on Anti-Government Demonstrators

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 11:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani security forces have fired into the air and lobbed tear gas in Islamabad, where protesters are holding an early morning march and calling on the country’s political leaders to resign and dissolve the government. The demonstrators gathered on one of the city’s main thoroughfares for an anti-corruption protest. They were acting at the urging […]

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Pakistani Cleric Demands Government Resign

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A populist Pakistani cleric gave the country’s political leaders an ultimatum to dissolve the government and resign, telling his supporters to march on parliament early Tuesday and force the issue. Tahir-ul Qadri called for action by tens of thousands of people gathered for an anti-corruption rally on one of Islamabad’s main thoroughfares, following a 38-hour […]

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Islamabad Rally Calls for Delay in Elections

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Pakistanis have converged on the capital, Islamabad, to back the call of a charismatic Sufi cleric for an indefinite delay in elections and a crackdown on government corruption and inefficiency. Tahir-ul Qadri, who recently returned home from Canada, arrived in Islamabad early Tuesday to join the protest rally. His black, chauffeur-driven SUV was […]

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Thousands of Demonstrators Gather in Islamabad

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Pakistanis are converging on the capital for a protest march led by a cleric who has called for political change. Tahirul Qadri, who recently returned home from Canada, had promised to bring a million demonstrators to the streets of Islamabad Monday in his call for electoral reform, but early estimates say he will […]

Thousands of Demonstrators Gather in Islamabad

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Pakistanis are converging on the capital for a protest march led by a cleric who has called for political change. Tahirul Qadri, who recently returned home from Canada, had promised to bring a million demonstrators to the streets of Islamabad Monday in his call for electoral reform, but early estimates say he will […]

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UN Official Calls for Probe of North Korea’s Human Rights Record

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations human rights chief has demanded an international investigation into North Korea’s human rights record. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay issued a statement Monday calling the human rights situation in North Korea “deplorable,” and saying that a year after Kim Jong Un became the country’s new supreme leader, there is […]

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Karzai: US Troop Immunity Up to Afghan Elders

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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(( Title: AFGHANISTAN – US HEAD: Karzai: US Troop Immunity Up to Afghan Elders DATE: 01/14/2013 PUBLISHED AT: Monday, January 14, 2013 5:41:11 AM NUMBER: 4006378 TYPE: CN Afghanistan’s president says a meeting of the nation’s elders should be called to decide whether U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan after 2014 should be granted immunity from […]

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Millions of Hindus Flock to the Ganges

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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A million Hindus plunged into the freezing waters of the holy Ganges River Monday, marking the beginning of the world’s largest religious festival. The Kumbh Mela festival, held every 12 years in the Indian town of Allahabad, will see up to 100 million worshippers gather over the next 55 days to take a ritual bath […]

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India Orders ‘Aggressive’ Response to Any Kashmir Firing

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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India’s army chief says he has ordered his commanders to deliver an “aggressive” response to any firing from Pakistani forces in disputed Kashmir. General Bikram Singh said Monday that he expects his troops to fire back if they are provoked by Pakistani forces. Singh’s comments were made ahead of a meeting Monday between Indian and […]

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