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Obama Tells Burma Reforms Have Much Further to Go

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Cambodia, where he will meet with leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations – ASEAN. Mr. Obama is scheduled to meet Monday evening with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. The White House says the president will raise U.S. concerns about Cambodia’s human rights record. The U.S. […]

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Obama: Resolving Gaza Conflict Begins with No Missiles Fired at Israel

Posted November 18th, 2012 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says efforts to resolve the latest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas must begin with militants firing no more missiles into Israeli territory. Mr. Obama made the comment Sunday while on a visit to the Thai capital, Bangkok. He reiterated U.S. support for what he called Israel’s right to […]

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Israel, Hamas Exchange Fire

Posted November 17th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Israel and Hamas continued exchanging fierce attacks Saturday as Israeli forces massed along the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground invasion. Israel carried out more than 200 air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Saturday, destroying the Hamas Cabinet headquarters, while Palestinian rocket fire continued over southern Israel. Israel’s military has shut down […]

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Petraeus Testifies on Capitol Hill About Libya Attack

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. House and Senate committees have questioned former CIA chief David Petraeus about the Obama administration’s initial descriptions of the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Lawmakers say Petraeus told the House and Senate intelligence committees, in closed hearings on Friday, that he believed from the onset that terrorist elements were involved […]

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China Unveils New Leaders, With Xi at Head

Posted November 15th, 2012 at 12:00 am (UTC-5)
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China unveiled a new senior leadership lineup on Thursday, with Vice President Xi Jinping emerging as head of the country’s Communist Party for the next decade. The Politburo Standing Committee, China’s most powerful decision-making body, walked onto a stage at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Thursday. Besides Mr. Xi, the leaders include Vice […]

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United Syrian Opposition Seeks Recognition

Posted November 12th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The leader of Syria’s newly united opposition headed to Arab League headquarters in Cairo seeking diplomatic recognition Monday, bolstered by a hard-won unity deal among the disparate factions. Ahmed Maath al-Khatib, a moderate Muslim cleric who quit Syria three months ago, was to be accompanied on his visit by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin […]

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Burma Quake Kills at Least 13 People, Collapses Bridge

Posted November 11th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese officials and witnesses say a strong earthquake has killed at least 13 people and injured many others in the center of the country. The 6.8 magnitude tremor struck an area about 110 kilometers north of the Burmese city of Mandalay at 7:42 a.m local time on Sunday. Several aftershocks followed, one of them with […]

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Obama to Address Economic Issues

Posted November 9th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will unveil plans Friday to move the economy forward, in negotiations with Congress that are designed to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax hikes in January. In his first policy speech since being re-elected, Mr. Obama is expected to urge Congress to agree on a plan that resolves the political stalemate […]

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Chinese President Urges Communists to Address Party Woes

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s President Hu Jintao has called on the ruling Communist Party to combat corruption and strengthen governance to prevent disintegration as the country continues on the path of economic development. Mr. Hu delivered a keynote report in Beijing Thursday at a Party Congress that will inaugurate a new slate of leaders. Addressing more than 2,000 […]

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Balance of Power Remains Unchanged in US Congress

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 10:50 pm (UTC-5)
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While a few congressional seats changed hands in U.S. elections Tuesday, the balance of power in Congress remains the same, with Democrats in control of the Senate, and Republicans keeping their majority in the House of Representatives. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said now that the election is over, it is time to put politics […]

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