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Vietnam releases prominent dissident on bail

By Tue, Mar 01, 2011 3:00AM UTC Vietnam releases prominent dissident on bail

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A well-known Vietnamese pro-democracy dissident has been released on bail after calling for a revolution inspired by protests in the Middle East. The state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper says Dr. Nguyen Dan Que was released on bail Sunday evening after being detained for two days for allegedly

Taiwan-Phils spat ensnares overseas workers

By Mon, Feb 28, 2011 6:56PM UTC

Taiwan’s immigrant workers caught in cross-strait mess, reports Asia Sentinel’s Jens Kastner Taiwan is threatening to freeze visas for Filipino workers as the result of a diplomatic spat sparked when the Philippine government recently deported Taiwanese and Chinese con men to China instead of Taiwan. That would mean the 77,000

China says its population has passed 1.34 billion

By Mon, Feb 28, 2011 4:36PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China’s population grew to 1.34 billion people last year, the National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday, marking a modest jump for a massive population and leading experts to suggest China may relax its generation-old one-child policy. The figure of 1.3410 billion, which is preliminary and based on

Top Filipino diplomat leads rescue in Libya

By Mon, Feb 28, 2011 4:32PM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The new Philippine foreign secretary has led an evacuation of hundreds of Filipinos out of troubled Libya’s capital in what his spokesman said Monday was a “heroic act” that risked his personal safety. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, who was appointed in an acting capacity last

Virtually all 30,000 Chinese in Libya evacuated

By Mon, Feb 28, 2011 4:26PM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — State media in China say virtually all 30,000 Chinese citizens living in Libya have left the turbulent North African country. The official Xinhua News Agency says the vast majority of the almost 29,000 Chinese who have departed so far are taking shelter in third countries. Monday’s report

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