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  • William Pesek | Kerry’s Asia Trip Spotlights Unlikely China Rival (Tokyo)

    April 13, 2013 10:01 AM 208

    Of all the nightmares Chinese President Xi Jinping figured he would have to face, a resurgent Japan Inc. surely wasn’t among them. A major slowdown in the Chinese economy? Yes. Social instability? Absolutely. Debilitating pollution? Check. Rampant corruption eating away at the Communist Party’s legitimacy? You bet. An economically vibrant Japan emboldened

  • 'We're being inundated': Arizona group documents border battle with revealing audio, images

    April 13, 2013 2:56 AM 207

    For all the talk in Washington about border security, the one agency charged with providing it isn't sharing a wealth of details. So a group of volunteers -- called Secure Border Intelligence -- has stepped in, working around the clock in Arizona to keep a thorough record of the front lines of the border battle. Using tiny, motion-activated cameras hidden

  • Cameron and Merkel continue EU talks

    April 13, 2013 2:55 AM 180

    David Cameron is due to hold further talks about European reform with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The prime minister arrived in Berlin on Friday and is staying at Ms Merkel's official country residence with his wife Samantha and their three children. Mr Cameron believes the EU needs to change to allow the UK, along with other members, not to be bound

  • Florida teacher tells fourth-graders to give up constitutional rights, report says

    April 12, 2013 5:56 PM 147

    A Florida father says he was shocked to find a note in his fourth-grade son's backpack suggesting that his teacher instructed students to write letters on their willingness to give up their constitutional rights. Aaron Harvey told that his 10-year-old son was told to write a note reading, "I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights

  • Congress talks Guam defense

    April 12, 2013 5:06 PM 151

    The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, has missile interceptors that are mounted on a truck or and are rapidly deployable. The THAAD system has the capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal, phase of flight. THAAD is capable of shooting down a ballistic missile

  • Is the Burmese Military Keeping Rohingya Women as Sex Slaves?

    April 12, 2013 3:13 PM 188

    Burma's Muslims are still having a pretty awful time of it. Last year, the country's Buddhist majority launched a series of attacks on the minority Rohingya Muslim population, supposedly because they're not "ethnically pure." The attacks have continued this year, and now the general Muslim population, not just the ethnic Rohingyas, are getting their

  • United Nations News Centre

    April 12, 2013 2:56 PM 154

    with breaking news from the UN News Service Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rallied the United Nations community in a Call to Action, capping off a week of activities to spur accelerated progress in the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • Don't Pivot to Beijing

    April 12, 2013 2:31 PM 183

    Responsibility for upending the Obama administration’s initial approach to China belongs overwhelmingly to China itself, which reciprocated the White House’s gestures of deference and graciousness with unprecedented military and diplomatic assertiveness. From torpedoing climate change talks in Copenhagen to muscle flexing in its territorial disputes

  • Fla. parents who kidnapped boys to remain in jail

    April 12, 2013 2:03 PM 142

    Joshua, 35, and Sharyn Hakken, 34, face charges including kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody. A couple charged with kidnapping their boys and sailing with them to Cuba to elude authorities have waived their right to a bond hearing. As a result, Joshua, 35, and Sharyn Hakken, 34, will remain in jail, WTSP-TV

  • 'Brazen' Women of the Wall Arrested, Charges Dismissed

    April 12, 2013 12:03 PM 173

    The five women arrested at the Kotel Thursday morning while participating in a Rosh Chodesh prayer service with Women of the Wall were released by the judge before whom they appeared in a Jerusalem court in a move described by the women’s prayer group as “groundbreaking precedent.” About 300 women, including two members of the Knesset, participated in the Rosh Chodesh