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US to send first delegation to Hiroshima memorial

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 9:54AM UTC

Survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are welcoming a decision by the United States to send its first ever delegation to a ceremony marking the anniversary of the attacks, but are asking for something they aren’t likely to get — an apology. Tokyo has praised the decision

Cambodian leader ‘respects’ Khmer Rouge verdict

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 9:48AM UTC

Cambodia’s prime minister, a frequent critic of the U.N.-backed trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders, said Wednesday his government recognizes the tribunal’s independence and respects the guilty verdict in its first case. Hun Sen was giving his first public reaction since the Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer was convicted and sentenced

Polls close in peaceful Solomon Islands election

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 9:44AM UTC

Polls in the Solomon Islands closed Wednesday after elections that officials said were free of the violence that has marred previous balloting in the South Pacific nation. Turnout was high at almost 900 polling stations across the nation’s 1,000 islands, with police patrolling the streets of the capital, Honiara, and

Yao Ming, others film ads to boost China’s image

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 9:21AM UTC

Basketball star Yao Ming, movie director John Woo and piano prodigy Lang Lang are among dozens of celebrities who will appear in television commercials later this year in a bid by China to boost its image abroad. Experts say Chinese leaders have been unhappy over international coverage of sensitive aspects

Chinese author to publish book critical of premier

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 9:17AM UTC

China’s premier cultivates the image of a sympathetic “Grandpa Wen,” but a new and unusually critical book claims he should be known as “China’s Best Actor” instead. Author Yu Jie said his new book aims to show the vast difference between the prim premier’s image and his hard-line policies. “China’s

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