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South Africa Denies Approving Billion Dollar Loan for Swaziland

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Africa has denied a report that it approved a $1.2 billion loan for its neighbor, cash-strapped Swaziland. The South African Finance Ministry, in a statement Tuesday, confirmed that Swaziland has requested a loan, but said “no loan has been agreed to or granted.” The ministry said the two countries are holding “technical discussions” about […]

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South Korea to Lift Ban on Canadian Beef Imports

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea has agreed to end its eight-year-old ban on beef imports from Canada imposed after an outbreak of mad cow disease in the North American country. The Agriculture Ministry announced Tuesday that South Korea has agreed to accept Canadian beef from cows aged 30 months old or younger. The ministry says the deal will […]

Greenpeace Dumps Coal Outside South African Utility

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The activist group Greenpeace has dumped five tons of coal outside the headquarters of South Africa’s power utility to protest construction of a new power station. Three trucks dropped off the coal outside an entrance to Eskom’s Megawatt Park in Johannesburg Monday. The environmental activists are demanding the state-owned company stop building the coal-fired Kusile […]

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US Calls for Calm Regarding South China Sea

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. diplomat has appealed for restraint by all parties to the South China Sea territorial dispute. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said Friday the U.S. does not take a stand on the sovereignty of the sea, claimed by China, the Philippines and Vietnam. The three countries have been arguing about the […]

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US Calls for Calm Over South China Sea

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A top U.S. official says Washington wants nothing more than peace and stability for the hotly contested South China Sea. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters Friday the U.S. does not take a stand on the sovereignty of the sea, claimed by China, the Philippines and Vietnam. The three countries have been […]

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China Warns Vietnam of Possible Military Response in South China Sea

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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China’s state-controlled media are warning Vietnam that Beijing will “take whatever measures necessary,” including military action, to protect its interests in the South China Sea. The Global Times newspaper, in an editorial Tuesday, issued Beijing’s sternest public warning yet to Vietnam as regional tensions rise over conflicting maritime claims to territories thought to be rich […]

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Singapore Urges Beijing to Spell Out China Sea Claims

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Singapore is urging China to spell out its territorial claims in the South China Sea with more precision. In a formal statement Monday, Singapore’s foreign ministry said it is in China’s own interest to clarify the extent of its claims, saying the current ambiguity is causing concern among other maritime nations. The statement comes as […]

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Bus Crash in Sudan Kills 28

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 8:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials say two buses have collided on a road near the border between southern Sudan and Uganda, killing at least 28 people. A Ugandan police spokesman said the two buses hit each other Friday some 50 kilometers from the Ugandan border in southern Sudan. He says at 17 of those killed were Ugandans. Road accidents […]

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S.Korean Company to Help Build Southern Sudan Capital

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s state-run land developer says it has signed a deal with southern Sudan to build its new capital after it becomes a country next month. LH Corporation said Thursday it will lend technical support in devising a master plan for the capital of the world’s newest country. Southern Sudan’s capital is currently located in […]

Philippines Says it Removed “Foreign” Markers From South China Sea

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 6:46 pm (UTC-5)
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The Philippine navy has removed foreign marker posts installed on three reefs and banks in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, which Manila now calls the West Philippine Sea. Officials said Wednesday the unidentified posts were removed in May from Reed bank, Boxall Reef and Amy Douglas Bank, shortly before the government protested […]

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