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East Timor president cautiously backs refugee plan

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:49PM UTC

East Timor’s president said Wednesday he supports in principle an Australian plan to turn his country into a regional center for processing asylum seekers but does not want his tiny, impoverished nation to become an “island prison.” Jose Ramos Horta said Wednesday that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard had raised

Japan court convicts NZ anti-whaling activist

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:43PM UTC

A Tokyo court on Wednesday convicted a New Zealand activist of assault and obstructing the Japanese whaling mission in the Antarctic Ocean, sentencing him to a suspended prison term. Peter Bethune was also found guilty of three other charges: trespassing, vandalism and possession of a knife. He had pleaded guilty

Aid group: NKorea jailed kin of currency reformers

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:39PM UTC

North Korea sent nearly three dozen relatives of former economic officials to a prison camp over the country’s botched currency reform, a South Korean aid group said Tuesday. North Korea’s Ministry of State Security last month sent 34 relatives of former economic official Pak Nam Gi and others to a

Army presence soars amid deadly Kashmir protests

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:34PM UTC

Indian troops patrolled tense, curfew-bound cities in Kashmir on Wednesday in a show of force to help quell increasingly violent street protests. Patrols in Srinagar, Kashmir’s main city, and the key town of Baramulla marked the first time in nearly two decades the army was called in to help police

Sri Lankan protesters vow hunger strike against UN

By Wed, Jul 07, 2010 4:28PM UTC

Sri Lankan protesters threatened hunger strikes and nationwide demonstrations Wednesday if the United Nations doesn’t halt its investigation into possible abuses committed during the final bloody months of the civil war here. The threats came a day after hundreds of demonstrators led by a government minister laid siege to the

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