Asia

Defense Secretary Hagel Announces Missile Defense Expansion to Defend Against North Korea and Iran

March 15, 2013

“Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors to be installed by 2017 would bring the total to 44. It is part of a package of steps expected to cost $1 billion, officials said.”

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Western Diplomats: Iran Has “Significantly” Increased Military Support to Syrian President Assad in Recent Months

March 14, 2013

“Iranian weapons continue to pour into Syria from Iraq but also increasingly along other routes, including via Turkey and Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, Western officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Iraqi and Turkish officials denied the allegations.”

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Suicide Bomber Kills 7 People at a Sporting Event in Afghanistan

March 13, 2013

“Among the seven killed in the bombing in the remote village of Basos were several family members of the Afghan speaker of parliament, said regional police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai. Another eight people were wounded.”

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Report: Chinese Investigators Open Investigation into Coca-Cola Over Spying Allegations

March 13, 2013

“It quoted a Coca-Cola statement Wednesday as saying the company was “cooperating fully” with the investigation, and that GPS devices involved used “digital map and customer logistic systems commercially available in China.”"

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North Korea Invalidates 1953 Armistice That Ended the Korea War

March 11, 2013

“North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides.”

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Analysis: Chinese Economic Data Indicates Weakest Start to Year Since 2009

March 10, 2013

“Production increased 9.9 percent in the first two months and retail sales rose 12.3 percent, government data showed March 9, trailing economists’ estimates.”

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Christians Protest Across Pakistan; Authorities Arrest 160 Suspects For Burning Christian Homes

March 10, 2013

“But it remains to be seen whether anyone will be held to account. Mob violence is not uncommon following blasphemy allegations, and police often round up large numbers of suspects. However, these arrests rarely result in actual convictions.”

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Security Threat Cancels Defense Secretary Hagel’s Press Conference With Afghan President Karzai

March 10, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little said the cancellation was not due to Karzai’s earlier comments about the U.S. and the Taliban.”

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai Accuses the U.S. and Taliban of Working Together to Convince Afghans That Foreign Soldiers Shouldn’t Leave

March 10, 2013

“Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave – an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as “categorically false.”"

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Thousands of Pakistani Muslim Protesters Burn 100 Christian Homes in Lahore in Response to Blasphemy

March 9, 2013

“Around 3,000 Muslim protesters took part in multiple simultaneous arsons of Christian homes, that belonged to low to middle-class families from the minority community.”

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North Korea Vows to End Non-Aggression Pact With South Korea

March 9, 2013

“The state-run agency said North Korea “abrogates all agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South … [and] also notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline.”"

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Greenland Prime Minister Threatens European Union to Block Preliminary Mineral Resources Deal

March 9, 2013

“To the dismay of many European politicians, China has been eyeing investments in the former Cold War ally of the West, which include iron, zinc and rare earth minerals.”

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Suicide Bomb Kills 8 Civilians Outside the Afghan Defense Ministry During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Kabul Visit

March 9, 2013

“Pentagon spokesman George Little says the secretary was in a briefing at a U.S.-led military coalition facility in another part of the city when the explosion occurred.”

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China Posts Unexpected Trade Surplus in February

March 9, 2013

“February’s exports were 21.8% higher than a year earlier, when the Lunar New Year fell in January, while imports were 15.2% lower than the year-earlier month.”

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North Korean General: Country Has Placed Nuclear-Tipped Long-Range Missiles on Standby

March 8, 2013

“According to the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), Colonel General Kang Pyo-yong said soldiers are already positioned to launch a war of reunification if the order is given by its leaders.”

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