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Official: Google’s China changes in line with law

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 6:42PM UTC

China renewed Google’s Internet license after it pledged to obey censorship laws and stop automatically switching mainland users to its unfiltered Hong Kong site, an official said Tuesday in Beijing’s first public comment on its decision. The company closed its China search engine March 22 amid a public clash over

Ex-NKorean spy who blew up jetliner visits Japan

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 6:26PM UTC

A former North Korean spy who blew up a South Korean jetliner more than 20 years ago arrived in Japan on Tuesday to meet the families of Japanese kidnapped by the reclusive regime, including one she says coached her on Japanese culture. Kim Hyon-hui was convicted in South Korea of

Climate change: vulnerable nations promise to cut emissions

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 6:10PM UTC

Six nations pledged to either go carbon neutral or low carbon at a meeting this past weekend in the Maldives. All are developing countries and most are low-lying island nations, which are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels resulting from climate change. Though these countries contribute almost nothing to climate

Mikey Arroyo in Congress: Only in the Philippines

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 5:55PM UTC

Filipinos, in their inimitable way of denigrating themselves, have this expression: “Only in the Philippines.” It usually refers to something that is so outrageous and absurd that it can happen nowhere else but the Philippines. It’s a combination of self-flaggelation and self-deprecation. I heard this expression again today, minutes after

Lenient courts

By Tue, Jul 20, 2010 5:53PM UTC

Aboriginal advocate Chris Graham sees racism in the “lenient” sentences handed out to reckless youths. Perhaps, but lenient sentences, even under new laws meant to increase violence penalties, are the norm. Racism isn’t really a factor.

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