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17 injured in blast targeting Afghan candidate

By Fri, Jul 23, 2010 8:25PM UTC

A bomb exploded Friday inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, seriously wounding a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections and at least 16 other people, an official said. The candidate, Mawlvi Saydullah, was making a speech inside the mosque in Mando Zayi district when the blast went off, shattering windows. His

US wades into South China Sea disputes

By Fri, Jul 23, 2010 7:51PM UTC

The Obama administration on Friday waded into thorny territorial disputes over islands in the South China Sea, declaring their resolution to be a U.S. “national interest” in a move likely to irritate China. At a regional security forum in Vietnam, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Washington was

UN Command confronts NKorea over ship sinking

By Fri, Jul 23, 2010 7:38PM UTC

The U.S.-led military command monitoring the cease-fire on the Korean peninsula confronted North Korea on Friday about the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, calling it a violation of the 1953 armistice. Colonels from the U.N. Command, who met at the border with counterparts from Pyongyang’s Korean People’s Army,

NKorea tensions spike at Asian security forum

By Fri, Jul 23, 2010 7:34PM UTC

North Korea on Friday threatened the United States and South Korea with a “physical response” to planned weekend naval exercises as tensions with the communist nation rose in the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on the North. In Vietnam for a Southeast Asian regional security

Alan Shadrake update

By Fri, Jul 23, 2010 7:20PM UTC

Inevitably, the initial international media buzz surrounding the arrest of British writer Alan Shadrake in Singapore has faded. But for Shadrake, the saga continues. Although Shadrake was released on bail in the early hours of Tuesday morning, he has subsequently been summoned back to the police station several times for

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