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China’s Wen Presses Saudi Arabia for Oil Access

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday on the first leg of a diplomatic mission that will also take him to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. China’s official Xinhua news agency said that, in a meeting Saturday with Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, Mr. Wen pressed Saudi Arabia to open its […]

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China Critical of UN Resolution on Syria

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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China has criticized a United Nations human rights resolution condemning Syria’s deadly eight-month crackdown on anti-government protesters. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters Wednesday that U.N. condemnation did not help solve Syria’s problems. He said dialogue is the only way to protect human rights. China was among 41 nations to abstain from voting […]

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Report: Asia Growth to Slow, but Largely Cushioned From Global Financial Crisis

Posted November 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank says economic growth is still strong in East Asia, but will continue to be affected by weakening external demand. In a bi-annual report released Tuesday, the World Bank says growth in East Asia’s developing economies will slow to 7.8 percent in 2012, down from 8.2 percent this year. The report says the […]

Obama to Meet with Indian PM at Summit

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama plans to meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of an East Asia summit next week in Indonesia. A senior White House official, Ben Rhodes, says Mr. Obama will also hold talks with the leaders of Thailand and the Philippines while attending the summit in Bali. The United […]

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Officials Assess Damage After Rare Quake in Eastern US

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Some Washington landmarks and schools are closed Wednesday, as authorities assess damage from Tuesday’s rare earthquake that was felt throughout eastern North America . U.S. Geological Survey officials say the 5.8 magnitude earthquake was the largest to strike the eastern part of the U.S. since 1944. The quake, centered in the small Virginia town of […]

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Officials: US Quake Largest on East Coast in 67 Years

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Geological Survey officials say Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake was the largest to strike the eastern part of the country since 1944. The quake, centered in the small town of Mineral in the eastern state of Virginia, rattled homes as far away as Ottawa, Canada and forced the evacuation of businesses in major cities across […]

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Killer Tropical Storm Slams East Asia

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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A tropical storm that left a path of death and destruction in the Philippines is cutting through China, Vietnam and Thailand, prompting mass evacuations. China’s state-run news agency says Tropical Storm Nock-Ten flooded parts of the southern island province of Hainan early Saturday. Officials said almost 190,000 people were evacuated from their homes to safety. […]

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Killer Tropical Storm Slams East Asia

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A tropical storm that left a path of death and destruction in the Philippines is cutting through China, Vietnam and Thailand, prompting mass evacuations. China’s state-run news agency says Tropical Storm Nock-Ten flooded parts of the southern island province of Hainan early Saturday. Officials said almost 190,000 people were evacuated from their homes to safety. […]

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Clinton Announces Travel to Indonesia, Hong Kong

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 9:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Indonesia and Hong Kong later this month. The State Department says Clinton will arrive in Bali July 21 and will attend the annual gathering of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. A State Department spokeswoman says the visit demonstrates the U.S. commitment to […]

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Worst Drought in 60-Years Hits Horn of Africa

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says at least nine million people in the Horn of Africa have been hit by the worst drought in six decades. Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says the drought is one of the worst to strike East Africa since the 1950s and people are […]

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