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‘No Breakthrough’ in US-North Korea Talks, Says High-Ranking US Diplomat

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says progress was made during recent talks with North Korea over resuming the stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations, but added that the impasse remains. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell made the remarks Thursday in Seoul, where he briefed officials about the second round of direct bilateral talks between American and […]

Clinton to Raise Rights Issues with Leaders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Posted October 22nd, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a town hall meeting in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe Saturday that she will raise the issue of human rights with both the leaders of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which she will visit later in the day. When asked why she would meet with Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who has been […]

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Buddhist Monks, US Aid Arrive in North Korea

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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North Korea has opened its borders for goodwill gestures from South Korea and the United States. South Korean monks arrived in Pyongyang Saturday to help celebrate the creation of a religious relic important to Buddhists on both sides of the demilitarized zone. The 37 South Korean monks arrived by plane and were greeted at the […]

Buddhist Monks Arrive in North Korea

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean monks are in Pyongyang to help celebrate the creation of a religious relic important to Buddhists on both sides of the demilitarized zone. The 37 South Korean monks arrived by plane Saturday, greeted at the airport by their North Korean brethren. The monks are scheduled to participate in a service at a North […]

Buddhist Monks Arrive in North Korea

Posted September 3rd, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean monks are in Pyongyang to help celebrate the creation of a religious relic important to Buddhists on both sides of the demilitarized zone. The 37 South Korean monks arrived by plane Saturday, greeted at the airport by their North Korean brethren. The monks are scheduled to participate in a service at a North […]

South Korea Allows Buddhist Monks to Travel to North

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea is allowing a delegation of Buddhist monks to take part in a religious ceremony in North Korea, the first trip of its kind since Seoul accused Pyongyang of sinking one of its warships last year. The 37-member delegation will embark Saturday on a five-day trip to North Korea, where the group will participate […]

AU Calls for ‘Transitional Government’ in Libya

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The African Union is calling for the formation of an “inclusive transitional government” in Libya, but stopping short of joining other world powers by formally recognizing the opposition Transitional National Council . The African Union’s peace and security council announced the decision Friday following an emergency summit on Libya in Ethiopia. Many African nations have […]

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AU Weighs Recognition of Libya’s Triumphant Rebels

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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African Union representatives are meeting in Ethiopia Friday to consider whether they should recognize Libya’s opposition coalition as the country’s new government. The more than 50-member bloc has declined to recognize the opposition Transitional National Council . But AU commission chairman Jean Ping said Friday that events in Libya had reached a decisive stage over […]

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Libyan Rebel Chief Says Govt’s Success Hinges on Releasing Assets

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The head of Libya’s rebel government says the only way it can succeed is if the international community frees all of his country’s assets frozen during Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s reign. Libya’s Transitional National Council chief Mahmud Jabril said Friday that the opposition needs the money in order to pay the salaries of civil servants and […]

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US to Release $1.5 Billion of Frozen Libyan Assets

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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The United States soon will release $1.5 billion in frozen Libyan assets to the country’s opposition-run council for urgent humanitarian aid. The United Nations Security Council approved the funds’ release Thursday after the United States and South Africa reached a deal, designating where the funds would go. Earlier, South Africa had expressed hesitation about releasing […]

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