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Burma’s Suu Kyi: This Will Be Telling Year

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging supporters not to lose hope. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party has faced some criticism for its decision to participate in by-elections in April. But the long-time democracy advocate tells the Associated Press there have been changes for the better even though the country’s slow […]

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Obama Unveils New Military Shaped by Budget Cuts

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has unveiled a new defense plan reflecting billions of dollars in budget cuts and what he described as a “moment of transition” after a decade of war. The president outlined the strategic review at the Pentagon Thursday. Joining him were Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs […]

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China Airs Anger Over EU Flight Tax

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Flying to and from Europe will not be getting more expensive for passengers using Chinese airlines, at least not yet. China says its airlines will not pay a European Union tax on carbon dioxide emmissions that went into effect January 1. And during a news conference Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei urged European […]

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Senior US Diplomat to Meet Top South Korean Nuclear Envoy

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell held talks Thursday with South Korean officials in Seoul on how to revive stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il. Campbell met with Lim Sung-nam, South Korea’s top negotiator to six-party talks aimed at convincing North Korea to abandon its nuclear […]

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LA Arson Suspect Charged, on Suicide Watch

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities have charged a German citizen with 37 counts of arson in connection with dozens of fires set across Los Angeles over the New Year’s weekend. Harry Burkhart made a brief court appearance on Wednesday, appearing disoriented at times.Burkhart is accused of going on a four-day arson rampage, setting more than 50 fires across the […]

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Russian Dissident Udaltsov Released

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Russian protest leader Sergei Udaltsov was freed from jail in Moscow Wednesday, one month after he was arrested for organizing anti-government demonstrations. Udaltsov emerged to a snowy Moscow night and cheers from supporters gathered to greet him. He said the anti-government protesters will continue their activities with peaceful a march in Moscow on February 4. […]

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