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China to Ordain 40 Catholic Bishops Without Vatican Approval

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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China’s state-controlled Catholic church says it wants to quickly ordain at least 40 bishops, a move likely to further aggravate tensions with the Vatican. The official Xinhua news agency quoted Yang Yu, spokesman for the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, as saying more than 40 of the country’s 97 dioceses were without a bishop. The report […]

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Clinton: US Committed to Defense of Philippines Amid Territorial Dispute with China

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is committed to the defense of the Philippines amid a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea. Clinton spoke to reporters after talks in Washington Thursday with Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario. She said both countries are looking at the best way the […]

Chinese Red Cross Denounces Microblogger’s Lavish Claims

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Red Cross Society of China is worried about reduced donations after a young woman claiming to be a manager at the charity boasted on the Internet about her extravagant lifestyle. Chinese press reports Thursday quote from a statement by the society as denying any connection with 20-year-old Guo Meimei, who claimed on a microblog […]

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Ai Weiwei’s Movements Restricted for One Year

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Celebrated artist Ai Weiwei is at home on bail after almost three months in Chinese detention, but officials say his movements will be restricted for one year. At a foreign ministry briefing Thursday, spokesman Hong Lei said the investigation of the 54-year activist will remain open during that time. He said Ai remains confined to […]

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Ai Weiwei, Home on Probation, Declines All Interviews

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Celebrated artist Ai Weiwei is at home on probation after almost three months in Chinese detention, but says he cannot discuss his case. The outspoken 54-year-old activist offered apologies to reporters and television crews who gathered outside his suburban Beijing studio following his release Wednesday. Ai said he is in good health and happy to […]

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China Boosts Nuclear Safety as Storm Opens Typhoon Season

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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China is announcing tightened marine disaster warning measures for nuclear plants along its southern coast as Tropical Storm Haima blasts ashore at the start of the annual typhoon season. The official Xinhua news agency said Thursday the measures are based on forecasts that three to four typhoon-triggered storm surges will hit the southeastern coast this […]

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Philippines Minister, in Washington, to Seek Help Against China

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario is expected to seek assurances of U.S. military support against China during a meeting Thursday with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Philippine officials say Clinton invited del Rosario to Washington during a flare-up in tensions between Manila and Beijing over Chinese naval activities near the disputed Spratly Islands in […]

China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China has freed internationally known artist and dissident Ai Weiwei after nearly three months in detention. The official Xinhua news agency says he was freed after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from a chronic illness. But Ai told British television that his health is fine. The conditions of his release forbids him […]

China Stakes Out China Sea Position For US Talks

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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A senior Chinese official has warned the United States to stay out of the regional dispute over the South China Sea. Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai told foreign journalists in Beijing Wednesday that because the U.S. is not one of the states claiming territory in the South China Sea, it should “counsel restraint to those […]

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China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say internationally known artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has been freed after nearly three months in detention. Xinhua news agency says he was released after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from a chronic illness. Ai, whose works have been exhibited all over the world, was taken into detention in […]

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