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Clinton tries to win over skeptical Pakistan

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 8:47AM UTC

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Monday to convince skeptical Pakistanis that American interest in their country extends beyond the fight against Islamist militants by announcing a raft of new aid projects worth $500 million. The projects, which included new dams for badly needed electricity and hospitals, are

Gillard’s conspiracy to mislead and how a journalist missed her own scoop

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 5:32AM UTC

Buried in the latest effort by the ABC’s chief online reporter, Annabel Crabb is a news story of some significance: In 2004, when Tony Abbott was John Howard’s health minister, his opposite number in Mark Latham’s Opposition was Julia Gillard. One night, as the 2004 election approached and Ms Gillard ensnared

Mr Burns tells Thai PM to lift emergency law

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 1:59AM UTC

Reuters:   A senior U.S. official urged Thailand on Friday to end a three-month state of emergency that allows the government to arrest and hold people without charge, censor the media and restrict public gatherings. U.S. Under Secretary of State Bill Burns made the comment during a news conference with

Futility and North Korea

By Mon, Jul 19, 2010 8:22PM UTC

Too many South Korean analysts are predicting the collapse of the North , writes Asia Sentinel. Many pundits have spent the past several years writing obituaries for the demise of the Kim dynasty in North Korea, as they did in 1994 when the founder and “Great Leader,” Kim Il-sung, died

Taiwan: China to aim 2,000 missiles at island

By Mon, Jul 19, 2010 7:39PM UTC

A Taiwan Defense Ministry report says China intends to increase the number of missiles targeted at the island to 1,960 this year, despite steadily warming ties between the two sides. A copy of the document obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, described in the summary as an analysis of

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