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Kashmir rapper uses rhymes to protest Indian rule

By Fri, Nov 26, 2010 7:54PM UTC

If you ask MC Kash, he’s just speaking the truth. But Kashmir’s breakout rapper’s songs court rebellion and could land him in jail. Kash calls himself a rebel who uses sharp rhymes and beats instead of stones or guns to protest India’s rule over the mostly Muslim region in the

NKorea warns region is on brink of war

By Fri, Nov 26, 2010 7:17PM UTC

North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week. The fresh artillery blasts were especially defiant because they came

China confronts the world

By Fri, Nov 26, 2010 5:39PM UTC

“Strategic competitors” after all? asks Asia Sentinel’s Jonathan Fenby After he launched China onto a market-led course in 1978, Deng Xiaoping counseled caution in international relations. China should, he advised, keep a low profile while enriching itself and not alarm the countries whose markets for its exports would replace deficient

UN official to meet Burma’s Suu Kyi: diplomats

By Fri, Nov 26, 2010 4:37PM UTC

A senior United Nations official will visit Burma this weekend to meet the country’s military rulers and recently released democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats said Friday. Vijay Nambiar, chief of staff for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was probably coming to “feel the temperature” in the country following the

US outlasts Soviets in Afghanistan

By Fri, Nov 26, 2010 4:31PM UTC

The Soviet Union couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days. On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their