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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 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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Cyclist Armstrong Admits on Television to Illegal Doping

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Retired star U.S. Cyclist Lance Armstrong has appeared on American television to admit using performance-enhancing drugs in all seven of his Tour de France victories from 1999 through 2005. The 41-year-old cancer survivor, who has repeatedly denied doping accusations, told interviewer Oprah Winfrey that he could not have won the seven titles without the banned […]

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Lance Armstrong Stripped of Olympic Bronze

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Disgraced U.S. cycling star Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his only Olympic medal. Officials with the International Olympic Committee sent Armstrong a letter late Wednesday asking him to the return the bronze medal he won in the road time trial during the 2000 Sydney games. The move comes as American television personality Oprah Winfrey […]

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Thousands Attend Funeral for Slain Kurdish Activists

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Kurds have gathered in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, for the funeral of three Kurdish activists killed last week in France. The mourners filled the streets and chanted slogans of solidarity as they marched alongside vehicles carrying the women’s coffins, which were flown to Turkey from France on Wednesday. The three women, Sakine Cansiz, Fidan […]

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India Rape Case Fast-Tracked

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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In India, the case against five men accused of gang-raping a woman who died of her injuries has been sent to a special fast-track court. A magistrate in New Delhi announced Thursday that the first hearing in the case will be January 21st. A sixth suspect is under 18 and will be tried separately in […]

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Pakistan’s Anti-Corruption Bureau Refuses to Arrest Prime Minister

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The head of Pakistan’s anti-corruption bureau says it has decided not to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, despite orders to do so by the supreme court. Fasih Bokhari, chief of the National Accountability Bureau, told the court Thursday that he does not have sufficient evidence to arrest Mr. Ashraf on corruption charges. On Tuesday, […]

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Floods Cripple Indonesian Capital, 2 Dead

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Much of the Indonesian capital is under waist-high water, after several days of unusually heavy monsoon rains caused floods that forced thousands to seek shelter. Rising flood waters in Jakarta forced many government offices and businesses to close Thursday, and many roads were unpassable in the low-lying, flood-prone city of 14 million. Forecasters warn the […]

Japan, Vietnam Aim to Deepen Security Cooperation

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan and Vietnam have agreed to deepen security cooperation in hopes of strengthening an alliance that shares concerns about China’s territorial assertiveness in regional waters. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for greater economic collaboration with Vietnam, following talks Wednesday with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi. Mr. Abe said the two countries […]

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2 Killed in Flooding in Indonesia

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian officials say at least two people have been killed in floods that have driven thousands of people from their homes in the capital, Jakarta. A disaster management official told the French news agency that days of torrential rain have caused rivers to overflow and have triggered floods up to three meters. Seasonal downpours cause […]

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