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US, China Agree on UN Resolution For North Korea

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States and China have reached a tentative agreement on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution condemning North Korea for its December rocket launch. U.N. diplomats said Friday that the resolution would not impose new sanctions against Pyongyang, but would call for expanding the existing ones. U.N. envoys say a draft was expected […]

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US Warns Against Unilateral Moves In Japan-China Island Dispute

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States opposes any unilateral actions on the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Speaking at a joint conference with the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Clinton called on Japan and China to resolve their territorial dispute peacefully. But she also indirectly warned China against […]

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US House Republicans Call For Short Debt Limit Increase

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are calling for a big enough increase in the country’s borrowing limit so the nation can pay its bills until mid-April. House Republican leaders said Friday the chamber would vote next week on a plan to boost the debt ceiling. The United States has already reached its current […]

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US Sundance Festival Showcases International Film, Documentaries

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The annual Sundance Film Festival has opened in Park City, Utah, bringing 119 films from 32 different countries to a snow-covered ski town, in what has become known as Hollywood’s winter vacation. This 35-year-old festival was started by actor and director Robert Redford as a way to help independent filmmakers promote their work. Now, it […]

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‘Dear Abby’ Advice Columnist Dies at 94

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Long-time American newspaper columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips, who for decades wrote the syndicated advice column “Dear Abby,” has died. She was 94. Phillips’ publicist said she died Wednesday in Minnesota after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips’ column — seen by millions of readers — competed for decades with another widely circulated advice column, […]

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Pakistani Terrorist Sentenced in Chicago

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Pakistani-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for helping a terrorist group plot an attack on a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The defense says Rana was unwittingly lured into the plot by his lifelong friend, David Coleman Headley, an American of Pakistani origin who […]

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U.S. Set to Recognize Somali Government

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is set to officially recognize the government in Somalia, opening formal diplomatic relations for the first time since 1993. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are set to exchange diplomatic notes Thursday to confirm the new relationship. In an interview Thursday with VOA’s Somali Service, President […]

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Scene of 2012 Massacre to Reopen

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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A movie theater in Colorado where 12 people were killed in a shooting spree nearly six months ago is reopening to the public. The owners of the 16-theater complex in the town of Aurora will host a private ceremony Thursday for victims and their families, along with police and emergency medical personnel. The theater, which […]

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Pakistani Terrorist to be Sentenced in Chicago

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani-born Tahawwur Rana, convicted in the United States of supporting terrorist plots, is to be sentenced Thursday in a Chicago federal courtroom. Rana was convicted in 2011 of providing support to the Pakistani group responsible for a 2008 attack in Mumbai, India that killed more than 160 people. He also was convicted of backing a […]

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Clinton Urges Laos to Investigate Activist’s Disappearance

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling on Laos to investigate the disappearance of a prominent social activist and reunite him with his family. Human rights groups say Sombath Somphone, a campaigner for a sustainable development in Laos, was detained in the capital Vientiane a month ago and that he is in government custody. […]

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