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President Obama Condemns North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test, Promising “Firm Action” in Response

February 12, 2013

“We will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our Six-Party partners, the United Nations Security Council, and other UN member states to pursue firm action.”

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North Korea Confirms Conducting Third Nuclear Test

February 12, 2013

“It may take days to ascertain whether the North used highly enriched uranium for the first time in the nuclear test, a move that would give it a second path to a nuclear weapon.”

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Documents: United States is Target of “Sustained” Cyber-Espionage Campaign From China

February 11, 2013

“Over the past five years, the Chinese have focused their efforts on businesses operating in finance, technology, and aerospace, among others, according to the Post.”

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China’s Patience With North Korea “Wearing Thin”

February 11, 2013

“China’s patience with North Korea is wearing thin, and a widely-expected nuclear test by the latter could bring that frustration to a head.”

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Car Explosion Kills 12 People Near the Turkish-Syrian Border; Unclear if Explosion Was Accidental

February 11, 2013

“Turkish media say the explosion of a car near the border between Turkey and Syria has killed at least 12 people and wounded nearly 30 others.”

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China Surpasses the United States as the World’s Biggest Trading Partner in 2012

February 10, 2013

“U.S. exports and imports of goods last year totaled $3.82 trillion, the U.S. Commerce Department said last week. China’s customs administration reported last month that the country’s trade in goods in 2012 amounted to $3.87 trillion.”

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Ferry Carrying Around 100 People Capsizes in Bangladesh River

February 8, 2013

“A number of people were said to be unaccounted for after the boat went down in the Meghna River.”

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China: In January, Exports Increase 25%; Imports Up 28%

February 8, 2013

“China reports surge in January trade; exports jump 25 percent, imports 28 percent.”

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Human Rights Watch: India Government Response to Sexual Abuse of Children Has “Fallen Short”

February 8, 2013

“The group urged the government to better shield children from sexual abuse as part of a broad push for change after the death of a young woman who was gang-raped here in December.”

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United Kingdom Exit Strategy Plans: Over 40% of Britain’s Military Equipment Will Remain in Afghanistan

February 8, 2013

“The plans – which are still to be finalized – have raised fears high-tech material could end up in the hands of the Taliban.”

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China Foreign Ministery: Government Probing Japan’s Complaint About Radar

February 8, 2013

“China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday the government was investigating a complaint from Japan that a Chinese navy vessel aimed a type of radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship in the East China Sea.”

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Google Earth Satellite Images Reveal North Korea’s Purported Nuclear Test Site

February 8, 2013

“The latest series of images was captured on January 29th DigitalGlobe for Google.”

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China Sentences 16 Environmental Protesters to Prison

February 7, 2013

“China has sentenced 16 people to up to a year-and-a-half in prison for involvement in an environmental protest last July when a crowd of thousands ransacked government offices, the official Xinhua news agency reported.”

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North Korea Propaganda Video Rips Off Video Game ‘Call of Duty’

February 7, 2013

“The anti-U.S. video also employs an instrumental version of Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World” while a sleeping North Korean man apparently dreams himself aboard a North Korean space shuttle launched into orbit around the Earth.”

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United Nations Report: Cost of Corruption Rises Sharply in Afghanistan

February 7, 2013

“It said the amount rose in 2012 to $3.9bn, twice the country’s domestic revenue and that 50% of Afghans were paying bribes compared to 58% in 2009.”

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