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Tobacco officials accepted millions in bribes says SEC

By Thu, Aug 12, 2010 1:40AM UTC

By James Harriman, The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently concluded its bribery cases against two US tobacco companies, Universal and Alliance. The SEC had accused the companies and its subsidiaries of paying millions of dollars in bribes to officials from the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (TTM). The TTM is

North Korea’s favorite pastor to return to the South

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 10:44PM UTC

Despite the heightened tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang, we have one piece of good news: The Rev. Han Sang-ryol will soon return to the loving embrace of South Korea. Han, a pro-unification activist, had requested to return via Panmunjom, and that the North’s Red Cross had sent its South Korean

Terrorism charges filed against Indonesian cleric

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 6:46PM UTC

Indonesia’s best-known radical Islamic cleric was charged Wednesday with planning terrorist attacks, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of death, police said. Abu Bakar Bashir was arrested on Monday for allegedly helping set up and fund a terror cell that was plotting high-profile assassinations and attacks targeting foreigners at

SKorea probing if NKorea deliberately sent mines

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 6:26PM UTC

South Korea is investigating whether dozens of mines that washed up on South Korean shores and killed one man were deliberately floated by North Korea, officials said Wednesday. About 200 land mines — all in wooden boxes — have been discovered on South Korean shores since late July and Seoul

Sri Lanka war commission begins public hearings

By Wed, Aug 11, 2010 4:41PM UTC

A commission appointed by Sri Lanka’s government to look into the country’s civil war began public hearings Wednesday amid international skepticism about its credibility and mandate to probe and punish war crimes. The hearings began a day after a group of 57 U.S. lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State Hillary

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