Southeast Asia

56 Dead in Ethnic Clashes in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

October 25, 2012

“The latest clashes are the first serious outburst of violence since June when a state of emergency was declared in Rakhine after 90 people were killed.”

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Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party promises Economic Reforms and the Restructuring of State Firms

October 17, 2012

“The banks are swimming in bad debt, much of it owed by the huge state enterprises at the heart of the economy. Moody’s downgraded Vietnam last month and said bank reforms should be implemented quickly.”

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Canada officially joins the closed-door Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

October 11, 2012

“More than 100,000 people signed a petition protesting Canada’s participation in the agreement, which Open Media warns could impose draconian restrictions on the Internet and cost Canada its sovereignty when it comes to Internet law.”

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Philippine Government signs a Peace Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

October 7, 2012

“President Benigno S. Aquino III announced Sunday that the Philippine government had reached a deal with a major rebel group that officials hope will reduce the persistent violence in the southern part of the country.”

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Political Supporters clash in the Philippines, killing 3 people and injuring 2 others

October 1, 2012

“Investigation disclosed that Noeh and his son had just attended a political gathering of the Nacionalista Party in Pagadian City when the group of Daniel attacked the two at around 4 p.m. on Saturday.”

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Islamist Insurgents fire Grenades at a Fair in southern Thailand, wounding 30 people

September 30, 2012

“Police Lt. Col. Krajang Raknarong said Sunday the attackers fired grenades at a security checkpoint near the trade fair in Narathiwat province’s Bajoh district on Saturday. Thirty people were hurt, four seriously, when two grenades exploded near fair booths.”

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Secretary of State Clinton: U.S. will loosen its import ban against Myanmar

September 26, 2012

“Clinton’s announcement marks a further step in the U.S. rapprochement with Myanmar, which offers economic and strategic benefits to both sides and is a political boost to the former general now leading Myanmar’s reforms.”

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Two Cops killed in Cebu City, The Philippines, after their Patrol Car fell into a ravine

September 26, 2012

“Garbo said the victims were on their way back to Dalaguete police station after providing security in a festival when it fell off a cliff along Barangay (village) Mantalogngon around 3 a.m.”

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Grandson of the Creator of Red Bull arrested for killing, dragging a police officer with his Ferrari in Thailand

September 6, 2012

“A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested after a Ferrari he was driving struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street, the police said Monday.”

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Secretary of State Clinton: The U.S. can work with China in the Pacific

September 1, 2012

“Clinton arrived in the tiny Pacific outpost of the Cook Islands for this year’s Pacific Islands Forum, part of Washington’s effort to woo nations across the Asia-Pacific.”

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Australia ends its search for almost 100 asylum-seekers whose ship capsized off the coast of Indonesia

September 1, 2012

“Indonesian authorities said they planned to continue searching, though huge swells were hampering their efforts.”

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Secretary of State Clinton embarks on an 11-day trip to Asia and the Pacific

September 1, 2012

““I’ve said that the 21st century will be ‘America’s Pacific century’ — with an emphasis on ‘Pacific,’” Clinton said today, speaking at the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands.”

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7.6 Magnitude Earthquake strikes off the coast of the Philippines, creating a small Tsunami and killing one person

August 31, 2012

“The magnitude-7.6 quake struck off the Philippines’ eastern coast late Friday, killing one person in a house collapse, knocking out power in several towns and spurring panic about a tsunami that ended up generating only tiny waves.”

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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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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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