Hillary Clinton lauds voting in south Sudan

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on Hillary Clinton lauds voting in south Sudan 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday described as "a historic step" the successful start of voting for the southern Sudan referendum which is widely expected to split the largest African state in two.

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Millions vote for south Sudan's new chapter

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on Millions vote for south Sudan's new chapter 

by Li Zhihui, Shao Jie

JUBA/KHARTOUM, Jan. 10 — Sudan's southerners started casting ballots Sunday to decide the fate of unity or division of the African's largest country where two-decades of north-south war claimed two million lives.

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Obama commits to help solve post-vote issues in Sudan

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on Obama commits to help solve post-vote issues in Sudan 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 — As south Sudan began to vote on whether to break away, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the United States will remain "fully committed" to helping the parties solve critical post-referendum issues regardless of the outcome.

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6.4-magnitude quake hits Vanuatu — USGS

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on 6.4-magnitude quake hits Vanuatu — USGS 

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 — An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale jolted Vanuatu at 17:21:55 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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72 killed, 33 survive, in Iran air crash

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on 72 killed, 33 survive, in Iran air crash 

TEHRAN, Jan. 10 — A passenger plane with 105 passengers on board crashed Sunday evening in northwest Iran and 72 passengers, including 12 crew members, were killed, the semi-official Fars news agency reported early Monday morning.

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Sudanese referendum peaceful, smooth in first day

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on Sudanese referendum peaceful, smooth in first day 

KHARTOUM, Jan. 10 — The South Sudan referendum which started early Sunday in north and south Sudan and eight overseas countries, is witnessing an intensive turnout in the south and a weak one in the north. However, no incident has interrupted the polling progress in its first day, contrary to what has been anticipated.

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Sea Shepherd sends balloons to spy on Japanese whalers

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on Sea Shepherd sends balloons to spy on Japanese whalers 

CANBERRA, Jan. 10 — Giant weather balloons are part of the latest artillery in the war between anti-whaling protesters and Japanese whalers in Southern Ocean, Australia's media reported on Monday.

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Obama calls for silence for Tucson shooting victims

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on Obama calls for silence for Tucson shooting victims 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 — U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday called for a moment of silence for victims of a shooting rampage that killed 6 people and critically wounded Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords a day before.

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President Lee vows support for youths in launching startups

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on President Lee vows support for youths in launching startups 

By Lee Chi-dong

SEOUL, Jan. 10 — President Lee Myung-bak vowed Monday to provide more institutional support for younger people here seeking to launch their own startups in the knowledge-based sector, saying he hopes that South Korea will produce world-renowned business leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, an American computer scientist who founded the social networking service Facebook.

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Gates says he will discuss N. Korean provocations, nukes with China

January 10, 2011 10:02 am· Comments Off on Gates says he will discuss N. Korean provocations, nukes with China 

By Hwang Doo-hyong

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he will discuss ways to prevent further provocations from North Korea and denuclearize the isolated communist state while visiting China early this week.

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