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US Sends High Level Delegation to South Sudan Ceremonies

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is sending a delegation of high-level officials to ceremonies marking the independence of South Sudan, including former secretary of state Colin Powell. The White House announced Wednesday that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, will lead the delegation. Those also attending the ceremonies include the U.S. envoy […]

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South Sudan Could Join UN Shortly After Independence

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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The president of the United Nations Security Council says south Sudan could become an official U.N. member as early as next week. The new nation, which will be known as the Republic of South Sudan, is set to mark its independence on Saturday. Germany’s U.N. Ambassador, Peter Wittig, who is serving as the council’s president […]

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President Lee Urges Effort to Bring Olympics to South Korea

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak has called for the maximum effort to bring the 2018 Winter Olympics to the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to choose the winning city by secret ballot Wednesday in the South African city of Durban. On the eve of the crucial vote, President Lee […]

Bells, Ceremonies to Mark Birth of South Sudan

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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The government of south Sudan has unveiled plans for the ceremonies that will mark the new country’s independence on Saturday. The government is urging its citizens to gather in churches and public squares Friday evening to light candles and say prayers for the new nation. It says at midnight, bells will be rung across the […]

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S. Africa Deputy President Denies Challenge to Zuma

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa’s deputy president has denied that he is campaigning to replace Jacob Zuma as head of the ruling party when it elects new leaders next year. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also deputy leader of the ruling African National Congress, said that he is “not involved in any campaigning or lobbying for the […]

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South Korea’s Ruling Party to Select New Leaders

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s ruling Grand National Party is holding its national convention Monday to elect a chairperson and members of its supreme council. The Yonhap news agency says seven candidates are competing for four council member positions. It says all seven are in their late 40s and early 50s. The report says there have been calls […]

China Defends China Sea Exercises, Eyes US-Philippines Drill

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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China’s military insists that a series of recent naval exercises are not related to its disputes with regional neighbors over the South China Sea. Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun said Wednesday media reports have speculated excessively about a series of six naval exercises this month, including one in waters near China’s Hainan Island bordering Vietnam. […]

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Southern Sudan Asks US to Lift Oil Sanctions

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Southern Sudan, which will soon become an independent country, has asked the United States to lift oil sanctions on all of Sudan. The south’s vice president, Riek Machar, said Wednesday that the current sanctions will hurt the new country’s ability to export oil because it must rely on the north’s pipelines. South Sudan is set […]

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China Says Taiwan Shares Responsibility to Defend Spratlys Claim

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese official dealing with Taiwan relations has said the two governments have a common responsibility to defend Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Yang Yi, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a news conference in Beijing Wednesday that Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are obliged to […]

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South Korea to Train Future Officers in Internet Warfare

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s military says it is establishing a cyber warfare school following a series of suspected Internet attacks by rival North Korea. The military has established the four-year cyber-defense program at Korea University, where it will be housed at the Graduate School of Information Security. The program will be train students in subjects such as […]


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