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Deadly Bomb Blasts Rock Pakistan

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Four separate bombings killed more than 110 people across Pakistan Thursday, including 92 deaths in Quetta. Police in the capital of Baluchistan province say a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded billiard hall, followed by a second bomber there minutes later. The twin blasts killed 81 people, including police and rescue workers. More […]

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Deadly Bomb Blasts Rock Pakistan

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 56 people have been killed in a twin bombing in Quetta, just hours after a bombing at the southwestern Pakistani city’s market killed 11. Pakistani police said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives Thursday in a crowded billiard hall in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. About 10 minutes later, a second bomb […]

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Pakistan: Indian Troops Kill Pakistani Soldier in Kashmir

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan’s army says Indian troops have shot and killed a Pakistani soldier, the third cross-border incident reported in the disputed Kashmir region in recent days. The army says the soldier was killed Thursday as a result of “unprovoked” firing by Indian troops on a Pakistani military outpost. The shooting came amid a rise in tensions […]

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Amid Disputes with China, Philippines, Japan Pledge Tighter Cooperation

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ top diplomat has pledged cooperation with Japan on tighter security, warning that China’s efforts to defend its maritime claims are threatening stability in Asia. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario made the comments after meeting in Manila with his counterpart from Tokyo, which is involved in its own tense territorial dispute with China. “We […]

Bomb Blast Kills 11 in Pakistan

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say a bomb attack in the city of Quetta has killed 11 people and wounded dozens more. Quetta senior police officer Zubair Mehmood told reporters the explosion in a crowded area of the city also injured 27 people. It was not immediately clear what kind of a device it was. Reports said the […]

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India Rape Lawyer Alleges Evidence Tampering, Coercion

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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The lawyer for three suspects arrested for a brutal gang rape trial in India says his clients will plead not guilty and he alleges that police used force to gain confessions from them. M.L. Sharma spoke to reporters Thursday on the way to a closed-door hearing in New Delhi. He says police manipulated the evidence […]

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Following Strike over Censorship, China Newspaper Publishes Weekly Edition

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese newspaper where journalists had gone on strike to protest government censorship has published its weekly issue as scheduled, but is urging Beijing to reform its media control policies. The Guangzhou-based Southern Weekly was available in several parts of the country Thursday, following reports that editors at the progressive paper had reached a tentative […]

Google Chairman Urges N.Korea on Internet Freedom

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, who wrapped up a private trip to North Korea on Thursday, is urging the reclusive communist state to allow more of its citizens to use the Internet. Speaking to reporters at the Beijing airport, Schmidt said he used the trip to warn North Korea that it risks staying behind economically […]

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Google Chairman Urges N.Korea on Internet Freedom

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, who wrapped up a private trip to North Korea on Thursday, is urging the reclusive communist state to allow more of its citizens to use the Internet. Speaking to reporters at the Beijing airport, Schmidt said he used the trip to tell North Korean officials their country would have difficulty […]

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China’s December Trade Figures Stronger Than Expected

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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China posted stronger than expected trade figures for December, in a further sign that the world’s second-largest economy continues to recover from its worst slowdown in years. Official data released Thursday showed export growth more than quadrupled from the previous month to 14.1 percent. December imports increased 6 percent after after failing to grow at […]

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