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Vietnam and Philippines urge the US President to bring up South China Sea dispute with China during regional summit. Obama met Chinese Premier Jiabao for bilateral talks on the side of the summit [AFP]   US President Barack Obama is set to address the the contentious issue of the South China Sea at a summit […]

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At least 14 people killed and many injured in stampede prompted by bridge collapse in eastern city of Patna. At least 14 people have been killed and more than a dozen injured following the collapse of a bridge which triggered a stampede during a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian city of Patna, officials say. Jayant Kant, […]

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Obama says during his historic visit Barack Obama with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after addressing the media at Suu Kyi’s residence in Yangon. He touched down yesterday morning, becoming the first serving US president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma.Photo: AFP US President Barack Obama used a historic speech […]

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by VIJAY PRASHAD Reporters swarmed the Federal Reserve building in downtown Manhattan, one of the landmark buildings in the Wall Street area. Then they massed in a New York courtroom as 21-year-old Bangladeshi student Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis heard the charges against him. Later, some came to the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, where […]

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By Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason YANGON (Reuters) – Barack Obama became the first American president to visit Myanmar on Monday, using a six-hour trip to balance U.S. praise for the government’s progress in shaking off military rule with pressure to complete the process of democratic reform. Obama, greeted by enthusiastic crowds in the former […]

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Southeast regional leaders discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and ethnic conflict in Myanmar Southeast Asian leaders endorsed a controversial human rights pact on Sunday during an annual summit in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in which they also focused on bruising territorial rows and deadly unrest in Myanmar. The summit of […]

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Move is seen as the latest reward from Washington to encourage Southeast Asian country’s reforms. Barack Obama will meet Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar President Thein Sein on his historic visit to Myanmar [EPA] The United States has said it will allow imports from Myanmar for the first time in a decade days before President […]

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Bal Thackeray was known for his fiery rhetoric Hindu fundamentalist politician Bal Thackeray, the founder of the right-wing Shiv Sena party, has died in Mumbai at the age of 86. Mr Thackeray was blamed for inciting tensions between Hindu and Muslim communities during the 1993 Mumbai riots in which about 900 people died. His fiery […]

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Iran is ready to double the output at its underground uranium enrichment facility, the UN nuclear watchdog says. A leaked report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there were 2,784 centrifuges at Fordo, and that Iran could soon double the number operating from 700 to 1,400. The development is likely to fuel Western […]

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Palestinian fighters launch unprecedented attack amid continuing Israeli strikes on Gaza.   A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip has struck an uninhabited area outside of Jerusalem, causing no damage or injuries, the Israeli army said, shortly after air raid sirens wailed across the city. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the rocket landed on Friday […]

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Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil (L) and senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh wave to people in Gaza City November 16, 2012. Photo: Reuters Egypt’s prime minister has condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza as a disaster during a short visit to the territory. Hisham Qandil, who visited a hospital and talked to Palestinian politicians during his […]

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Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, who had been detained in New York over an allegation of trying to blow up New York’s Federal Reserve Bank, was indicted on Thursday. He was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and trying to provide material support to al Qaeda, reports CNN. […]

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