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Obama in Burma: Propelling reform, or legitimising abuse?

By Mon, Nov 19, 2012 12:24PM UTC

How times have changed. President Obama arrived in Burma today to become the first sitting US head of state to visit the country, a gesture given added significance in that it comes less than a fortnight after his reelection to office. The president’s Extended Hand Tour 2012 will also take

Thousands of Chinese protest, smash police cars

By Mon, Nov 19, 2012 11:45AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — Thousands of residents protested in a southeastern Chinese city after a traffic accident, smashing police cars and overturning three police vans, police and residents said. The reason for the protest in Fuan city in Fujian province was unclear. Police said it was instigated by “a handful of

Obama opens landmark visit to Burma

By Mon, Nov 19, 2012 11:34AM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Launching a landmark visit to long shunned Burma, President Barack Obama said Monday he comes to “extend the hand of friendship” to a nation moving from persecution to peace. But his praise and personal attention came with an admonition to those in charge: The work of

11 dead as fire races through Bangladesh slum

By Sun, Nov 18, 2012 6:51PM UTC

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire has raced through a massive slum on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 11 people and injuring scores. Fire department official Ataur Rahman says the fire broke out at 3 a.m. Sunday at the Bou Bazar slum near Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area. It

Big funeral for India’s Hindu extremist leader

By Sun, Nov 18, 2012 6:31PM UTC

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of supporters have filled the streets of Mumbai for the funeral of Bal Thackeray, a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India. Nearly 20,000 policemen were on hand Sunday because of the violent history