19 Jul 2012

China strengthens Africa ties with $20 billion in loans

“Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday offered $20 billion in loans to African countries over the next three years, boosting a relationship that has been criticized by the West and given Beijing growing access to the resource-rich continent.” Source: China strengthens Africa ties with $20 billion in loans | Reuters

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09 Jul 2012

Japan’s government could run out of cash by October

“Japan’s government could run out of money by the end of October, halting all state spending including salaries, pensions and unemployment benefits, because of a standoff in parliament that has blocked a bill to finance the deficit.” Source: Japan’s government could run out of cash by October | Reuters

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02 Jul 2012

Afghan policeman kills three British soldiers

“An Afghan policeman shot dead three British soldiers at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province on Sunday, Afghan officials said, the latest in a chain of increasingly frequent rogue killings.” Source: Afghan policeman kills three British soldiers | Reuters

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01 May 2012

Tricky allegiances among China, Brazil and others

” Even as emerging market growth slows, China and Brazil still expect the kind of growth that makes American and European policymakers salivate. Yet these superpowers haven’t yet formed healthy, mutually beneficial economic alliances. The push-pull between the two illustrates the challenges both countries have as they try to amass

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14 Apr 2012

5 soldiers, 8 militants killed in Yemen checkpoint attack

“Five troops and eight militants were killed in Yemen’s business capital of Aden when suspected al Qaeda militants attacked a security checkpoint on Saturday, three security officials told CNN. “ (Source: 5 soldiers, 8 militants killed in Yemen checkpoint attack – CNN.com.)

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08 Apr 2012

Syria suggests it might not pull forces by deadline

“Syria will not commit to pulling its forces from cities only to have “armed terrorist groups” commit attacks, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as opposition activists reported at least 40 deaths in the restive nation.” (Source: Syria suggests it might not pull forces by deadline – CNN.com.)

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05 Mar 2012

Russia election clearly skewed for Putin, say monitors

“Russia’s presidential elections were “clearly skewed” in favour of the winner, Vladimir Putin, international monitors have said.” (Source: BBC News – Russia election clearly skewed for Putin, say monitors.)

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16 Feb 2012

Thailand: Iranians planned to attack Israelis

“Thailand’s police chief said the Iranians who were arrested after accidentally setting off explosives at their rented home in Bangkok were plotting to attack Israeli diplomats, bolstering claims by Israel that the group was part of an Iranian-backed network of terror.” (Source: The Associated Press: Thailand: Iranians planned to attack

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29 Dec 2011

Myanmar Blast in area of Yangon kills 20

“An explosion early Thursday rocked a neighborhood in the city of Yangon killing 20 people and injuring more than 95, Myanmar’s state-run television MR TV reported. The blast occurred in Mingalar Taung Nyunt, a mainly residential area about a 15 minute-drive from central Yangon, the country’s former capital. It struck

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16 Dec 2011

Russian customs seize Iran-bound radioactive metal

“Russia’s customs agency says it has seized radioactive metal from the luggage of a passenger bound for Tehran.” Source: News from The Associated Press

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