Asia

More than 100 jailed after opposition strikes in Bangladesh

June 14, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The Bangladeshi government launched mobile courts in the streets Sunday, jailing more than 100 as the opposition parties began a 36-hour countrywide general strike, the second in a week, police said. The general strike, enforced to protest a government move to change the electoral system, brought normal life to a standstill in [...]

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In India, Badal and Chautala lend political support to Ramdev

June 12, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   The political brawl between Congressand BJP over Ramdev continued on Sunday with Congress MP and spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad saying, ”BJP and RSS must be sad and wondering why Baba did not perish as they would have gained huge political mileage out of the issue.” That Ramdev was not alone was evident when Punjab [...]

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The Taliban denies involvement in Pakistan bombings

June 12, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The Taliban has denied responsibility for twin bombings at a crowded market in Pakistan’s Peshawar city that killed at least 35 people and wounded more than 100 others late Saturday. A Taliban spokesman (Ehsanullah Ehsan) called reporters Sunday in the North Waziristan tribal region to deny involvement. He said, “We do not [...]

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Japanese Government rebukes Nuclear operator over radiation

June 11, 2011

[expand title=Read More] http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2011/06/11/japan_rebukes_utility_over_radiation/ “Japan’s nuclear safety officials reprimanded the operator of Japan’s tsunami-damaged power plant yesterday and demanded an investigation of how two workers were exposed to radiation more than twice a government-set limit. The government also ordered the utility to reduce workers’ risks of heat-related illnesses as concerns grow about the health risks faced [...]

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South China Sea tensions continue rising

June 11, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The Vietnamese government said yesterday that it would conduct live-fire naval exercises off its coast next week, a step that escalated a long-running dispute with China over South China Sea territory that both nations claim. The naval maneuvers follow an exchange of sharp statements Thursday. Vietnam claimed that China had harassed a [...]

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Japanese Health Minister: No plans to recall Actos drug

June 10, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “France’s drug safety authority suspended use of both Actos and Competact — which combines Actos and an older drug called metformin — on Thursday saying an official study had found they appeared to slightly raise the risk of bladder cancer. After France’s move, the European Medicines Agency, based in London, said it [...]

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China accuses Vietnam of escalating tensions in South China Sea

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source China warned its neighbors to cease looking for oil in the resource-rich South China Sea. Vietnam accused China of sabotaging its seismic-survey boat. Source 2 China accused Vietnam of “gravely violating its sovereignty and endangering the lives of Chinese sailors”. [/expand]

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Election in Turkey on June 12th

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Turkey is set to vote in national elections as citizens focus on the economy, constitutional amendments, and a resolution addressing the Kurdish issue. The electorate is looking to amend or redraft the constitution that was written in 1982 after the 1980 coup. Source 2 “A recent survey by the research institute TESEV [...]

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Syrian refugees pouring into Turkey

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   The flow of refugees fleeing to Turkey from an expected military crackdown in Syria swelled Thursday, as the government moved to limit a potential crisis just days before elections. Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said that the number of Syrians taking refuge in Turkey was now 2,700, Turkey’s state run Anadolu [...]

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French candidate Lagarde, China agree: IMF selection process must be open

June 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “Speaking after meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing to press her candidacy for the post, Lagarde said selecting the first woman to head the Washington-based agency would help improve the institution’s commitment to diversity. China, India and Brazil are among emerging economies that have demanded an end to the six-decade-old custom where the [...]

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