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Inside the US Movie Massacre Case: What’s a ‘Preliminary Hearing’?

Posted January 7th, 2013 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. man accused of killing 12 people at a movie theater in Colorado faces a preliminary hearing this week. But what exactly is a “preliminary hearing”? In U.S. criminal cases, a preliminary hearing is a court proceeding used to determine whether a person charged with a felony should stand trial. Prosecutors present their case […]

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A Look at the US Export-Import Bank

Posted May 30th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The Export-Import Bank of the United States provides loans and credit to help American companies sell goods and services overseas. The bank was established in 1934 during the Great Depression as a way to increase trade and boost the economy. Initially, it was designed to finance exports to the Soviet Union, and eventually expanded to […]

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The Korean DMZ: What Might Obama See?

Posted March 23rd, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea is the most heavily-fortified border in the world. Barbed wire, watchtowers and land mines line the DMZ, while across the nearly 250 kilometer-long stretch of land, an estimated two million troops — one million on each side — stand ready to resume battle at anytime. The […]

A Look at Iran’s Main Nuclear Sites

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran’s disputed nuclear program includes uranium enrichment, electricity generation and research at several facilities. They are operating under international inspection or are in the process of being built. Here is an overview of Iran’s main nuclear facilities: Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility Iran’s uranium enrichment program is based in the central city of Natanz. The site […]

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Long-dead Swindler Plays a Role in US Presidential Politics

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:47 pm (UTC-5)
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As odd as it may seem, the name of a long-dead financial swindler named Charles Ponzi has worked its way into the U.S. political debate over who should be the Republican nominee in next year’s election against President Barack Obama – a Democrat. Ponzi was a 1903 Italian immigrant to the U.S., arriving on its […]

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UN Convention on Law of the Sea Defines Nations’ Rights, Responsibilities

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans and management of their natural resources. Nations participating in the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea reached agreement on the treaty in 1982 […]

UN Convention on Law of the Sea Defines Nations’ Rights, Responsibilities

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans and management of their natural resources. Nations participating in the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea reached agreement on the treaty in 1982 […]

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History, Goals of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The prominent Asian regional alliance known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization began as an informal grouping of five nations that attempt to resolve border disputes multilaterally to promote neighborly relations. The “Shanghai Five,” formed in 1996, included China, Russia and three Central Asian states that share their borders: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The regional bloc […]

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