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US or China? Clinton says Australia needn’t choose

By Thu, Nov 15, 2012 4:11PM UTC

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Australians they do not have to choose between the United States, their most important security ally, and China, their primary trading partner, as she ended a visit to the important Pacific ally Thursday. Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

American Samoa bans shark fishing to save species

By Thu, Nov 15, 2012 4:04PM UTC

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa is banning shark fishing in its waters in hopes of stopping the population’s decline. American Samoa is among a number of Pacific islands to record a dramatic drop in shark numbers. Sharks are often harvested for their fins, which typically end up

Ireland probes death of ill Indian woman who sought abortion

By Thu, Nov 15, 2012 10:01AM UTC

DUBLIN (AP) — The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed that a woman in the midst of a miscarriage was refused an abortion and died in an Irish hospital after suffering from blood poisoning. Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings

Report: Sri Lankan war was grave failure for UN

By Thu, Nov 15, 2012 9:52AM UTC

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations report released Wednesday said inadequate efforts by the world body to protect civilians during the bloody final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war marked a “grave failure” that led to suffering for hundreds of thousands of people. The report was unusually scathing for

Burma says 450 prisoners to be freed in amnesty

By Thu, Nov 15, 2012 9:45AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — State media in Burma say President Thein Sein has ordered more than 450 prisoners freed in an amnesty. It was not clear whether any political prisoners would be among them, but past amnesties have included both prisoners of conscience and common criminals. The announcement Thursday in

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