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Claims of Afghan civilian deaths spark protest

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 2:00PM UTC

A crowd of about 300 villagers yelled “death to the United States” and blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday as they swore that U.S. forces had killed three innocent villagers, officials said. NATO forces rejected the claim — saying they killed several suspected insurgents and detained a

Women in Asia: Remembering Afghan women

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 1:07PM UTC

Following the overthrow of the misogynistic Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the situation for women seemed to enter a promising era. A Ministry of Women was established and a new constitution guaranteed women 25 percent representation. Further progress has halted. Over 80 percent of Afghan women are illiterate and many remain

Boxer-lawmaker Pacquiao ready to train in House

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 10:54AM UTC

Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao isn’t planning on letting his new job as a congressman in the Philippines curtail training for his bout. Pacquiao, who is likely to fight former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13, says he will sleep and train in his office in the House of Representatives

SKoreans protest Japan’s apology for colonial rule

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 10:26AM UTC

Hundreds of South Korean protesters including former sex slaves rallied in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday, saying that an apology issued by the prime minister for Japan’s past colonial rule of Korea was not enough. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan apologized in Tokyo on Tuesday for

Thai court rejects ex-PM’s appeal in assets case

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 10:16AM UTC

Thailand’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of its verdict finding him guilty of corruption and allowing the government to seize $1.4 billion of his fortune. The court said there was no reason to review the case because Thaksin had not submitted any

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