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Rights group: Kyrgyz army involved in mob violence

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 10:07AM UTC

A prominent human rights group said Monday that Kyrgyzstan’s armed forces abetted and may even have actively taken part in violence by ethnic Kyrgyz mobs against the minority Uzbek community that left at least 370 people dead in June. Human Rights Watch said many witnesses reported seeing individuals in camouflage

SKorea provides anti-malaria supplies for NKorea

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 9:56AM UTC

South Korea has sent anti-malaria supplies to North Korea despite ongoing tension with its communist neighbor. South Korean Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo says the aid worth about $338,000 was sent to the North on Tuesday by land across the heavily fortified border. Seoul has continued to send humanitarian aid

Lee Myung-bak: One of the world’s 10 best leaders?

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 9:49AM UTC

As I noted a few days ago, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak is in the middle of his annual summer political rise. As is to belabor the point, Newsweek named Lee one of the top 10 world leaders at the “head of the class.”  How did Korea’s “CEO-in-Charge” earn his place

Aquino extends Arroyo’s brutal policy — and repeats his mother’s mistake

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 7:54AM UTC

It’s bad enough that Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III has not made any categorical statement ordering his military to stop its counter-insurgency campaign called Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Freedom Watch). It’s even more atrocious that he has decided to extend the life of this brutal policy up to January

Analysis: Petraeus media blitz seeks to calm fears

By Tue, Aug 17, 2010 7:32AM UTC

A weekend media blitz by the Army’s public relations master sent a clear message: It’s not time to hit the panic button in Afghanistan, but success in the nearly 9-year war won’t come quickly. The appeal for patience by Gen. David Petraeus, made in a series of media interviews Sunday,

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