Asia

The Philippines and South Korea sign an agreement to enhance the Occupational Safety and Health System in the Philippines

August 30, 2012

“The Philippines and South Korea have signed an agreement on enhancing the occupational safety and health (OSH) system in the Philippines, a senior government official said today.”

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai moves to replace the Country’s Intelligence Chief and the Ministers of Defense and Interior

August 30, 2012

“The first step in what senior government officials said was a planned wider cabinet shake-up aimed at solidifying his power before elections and the drawdown of foreign forces.”

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Obama Administration confirms that the Taliban-allied Haqqani’s Military Operations Commander was killed in a drone strike last week in Pakistan

August 30, 2012

“Badruddin Haqqani was the third-ranking official of the militant group, which the administration considers the most potent threat to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.”

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32 people, including the former Education Minister, convicted for their roles in the 94 deaths during the 2002 Gujarat riots

August 30, 2012

“The charges included murder, rioting and conspiracy, and they can carry the death penalty. Sentencing may occur as soon as Thursday.”

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Update: Five Australian Soldiers killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan

August 30, 2012

“PM Julia Gillard said that “in a war of so many losses this is our single worst day in Afghanistan”.”

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Three Australian Soldiers killed by a gunman wearing an Afghan Army uniform

August 30, 2012

“Three Australian soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday by a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform, the NATO-led coalition said, the latest in an alarming series of “rogue” shootings that have damaged trust between Kabul and its allies.”

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Analyzing and Simplifying the 2012 Republican Party Platform: American Exceptionalism

August 29, 2012

“We are the party of peace through strength. Professing American exceptionalism – the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history.”

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India Supreme Court upholds the death penalty for Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab

August 29, 2012

“A trial court convicted Qasab, 24, of murder and other crimes in May 2010. His first appeal was rejected by the Mumbai High Court in February 2011. The Mumbai attacks claimed 165 lives. Nine gunmen were also killed.”

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United Nations: Myanmar sentences 3 UN Staff Members to prison for their alleged involvement in June 2011 violence

August 29, 2012

“The staffers were charged with various crimes, including promoting hatred between Buddhist and Muslims, and participation in arson attacks. All are believed to be Myanmar citizens from the region’s Muslim community.”

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China’s State-controlled Media criticizes Romney ahead of the Republican National Convention

August 28, 2012

“The Chinese state-owned outlet said that Romney was “provoking” China by promising to supply Taiwan with aircraft and other military platforms and called his China approach “pugnacious.”"

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William Douglas’ Outline of the 2012 Republican Party Platform

August 28, 2012

“TAXES: Romney calls for cutting marginal income tax rates 20 percent across the board and eliminating taxes on dividends, interest and capital gains for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of less than $200,000.”

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Study: South Korean Cheonan Warship was sunk in March 2010 by a Mine, not a North Korean Torpedo

August 27, 2012

“Korea Seismological Institute director Kim So-gu and the Geophysical Institute of Israel’s Yefim Gitterman wrote that analysis of the seismic waves, acoustic waves and bubble frequency made it clear an underwater explosion took place.”

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Report: Japan moving away from nuclear power

August 27, 2012

“Motohisa Furukawa, Japan’s national policy minister, last week gave a broad hint of what a panel he chairs will recommend for a future energy policy in a report to be produced later this month.”

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Influx of Refugees from Syria forces the Turkish Government to close-off two key border crossings

August 27, 2012

“The closure left more than 7,000 refugees stranded in olive groves just inside Syria at the two places where most of the Syrians cross, while Turkish officials look for a way to accommodate them at camps that can’t keep pace with the influx.”

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Afghan Government: Taliban Forces behead 17 Afghanistan Civilians for taking part in a music event

August 27, 2012

“The Musa Qala government chief says the people had gathered for a celebration and were playing music and dancing and the insurgents wanted to stop the event.”

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