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US imposes new sanctions on North Korea

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 9:19PM UTC

The Obama administration has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea, fallout from the sinking of a South Korean warship two months ago. Asia Society Fellow Charles Armstrong said “it is unlikely that a show of strength by the US military will cause the North Koreans to back down, much less

Afghanistan’s tough road ahead

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 9:10PM UTC

On July 20, European, American, and other foreign leaders met in Kabul to renew their dedication to the success of Afghanistan. While the cause is a good one, it will be easier said than done for Afghan forces to take charge of their own security.  “Afghan President Hamid Karzai‘s stated

Thailand’s massive Internet censorship

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 8:55PM UTC

Government objective: Hear no evil, speak no evil, writes Asia Sentinel. Global Voices Advocacy (GVD), a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists, has launched a shocking report that Thailand has blocked at least 113,000 websites deemed to pose a threat to national security. With its objective to defend

NATO: Insurgent attack planner caught in Kabul

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 8:45PM UTC

NATO and Afghan forces captured a suspected insurgent who had planned attacks against this week’s international conference in Kabul, NATO said Thursday. The man was detained Wednesday night at a compound in the capital, the military coalition said in a statement. He is accused of involvement in plans to attack

Rights group asks India to repeal detention law

By Thu, Jul 22, 2010 8:34PM UTC

An international rights group has urged India to immediately release two jailed lawyers in the troubled Indian-controlled part of Kashmir and repeal a harsh law that allows detention for up to two years without trial. Mian Qayoom, president of the Kashmir Bar Association, was detained July 7 for “questioning the

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