24 Jun 2009

U.S. Trade Officials Say China Web Filter Breaks WTO Rules

Senior U.S. trade officials have called on China to revoke an order for all personal computers in China to be shipped with Web-filtering software, saying the requirement could conflict with China’s obligations under the World Trade Organization. According to a U.S. government official familiar with the matter, U.S. Trade Representative

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24 Jun 2009

Piracy delays East African marine telecoms project

Piracy off Somalia will cause a month-long delay in the launch of SEACOM, one of the submarine cable projects that will provide east Africa’s first cheap broadband telecoms link, SEACOM said on Wednesday. Full Story

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24 Jun 2009

Nigeria to propose 60-day amnesty for oil militants

Nigeria’s president will propose a 60-day amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta on Thursday, in an effort to end years of attacks on Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry, a senior official said. Full Story

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24 Jun 2009

Somali legislators flee abroad, parliament paralysed

Scores of Somali legislators have fled violence at home to the safety of other countries in Africa, Europe and the United States, leaving the conflict-torn nation’s parliament without a quorum to meet. Full Story

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24 Jun 2009

Egypt police kill migrant near Israel border

Egyptian police shot dead a migrant on Wednesday as he tried to enter Israel illegally, a security official said. Full Story

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24 Jun 2009

Philippines arrests JI-linked Muslim rebels

Philippine soldiers have arrested a Muslim guerrilla who helped transfer funds from the regional militant network Jemaah Islamiah (JI) to local separatist rebels, an army spokesman said on Wednesday. Full Story

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24 Jun 2009

India Maoist official in custody

A court in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta has remanded a leading Maoist “spokesman” in custody after he walked out of a talk show on a TV channel. Officials said Gour Chakrabarty was initially detained for interrogation but has now been remanded on suspicion of involvement in Maoist activity.

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24 Jun 2009

Madagascar: Rajoelina says ex-president planning coup

Madagascar’s president said in comments published on Tuesday the man he ousted as the country’s leader was planning a coup in a bid to come back to power. Full Story

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24 Jun 2009

Suicide bomber Somali teen

The suicide bomber who blew himself up and killed 19 other people in western Somalia last week was a 17-year-old Somali, the hardline Islamist Shebab group that claimed the attack said on Tuesday. Full Story

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24 Jun 2009

Missile death toll at 55 in Pakistan

Intelligence officials denied reports Wednesday that the head of Pakistan’s Taliban narrowly escaped death in a suspected U.S. missile strike that killed about 55 people, saying he was elsewhere at the time. Full Story

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