Ahn Cheol-soo to visit U.S. to meet Bill Gates

January 5, 2012 11:58 pm· Comments Off on Ahn Cheol-soo to visit U.S. to meet Bill Gates 

By Kim Eun-jung

SEOUL, Jan. 5 — Ahn Cheol-soo plans to depart for the United States on Sunday to meet Microsoft founder Bill Gates to receive advice on charitable foundations and discuss the latest trends in information technology, his close aides said Thursday.

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Okinawa acknowledges receipt of report on U.S. base relocation

January 5, 2012 11:58 pm· Comments Off on Okinawa acknowledges receipt of report on U.S. base relocation 

NAHA, Japan, Jan. 5 — Okinawa Prefecture on Thursday acknowledged receipt of a key report related to the controversial relocation of a U.S. Marine base within the prefecture.

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IDB, Germany to continue to offer development aid to Yemen

January 5, 2012 11:56 pm· Comments Off on IDB, Germany to continue to offer development aid to Yemen 

SANA'A, Jan. 5 — Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed al-Sa'adi held Wednesday two separate meetings with each of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Secretary and German ambassador to Yemen.

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Japan police to tighten screw on crime syndicates

January 5, 2012 11:55 pm· Comments Off on Japan police to tighten screw on crime syndicates 

TOKYO, Jan. 5 — Japan's police authority said Thursday it plans to crack down on underworld syndicates such as those involved in gang wars or harming ordinary citizens, as part of its efforts to tighten control over gangs.

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Indonesia buying submarines from S. Korea on technology transfer terms

January 5, 2012 11:54 pm· Comments Off on Indonesia buying submarines from S. Korea on technology transfer terms 

BATAM, Jan. 5 — Indonesia has signed a contract with a South Korean shipbuilding company on the purchase of three submarines with emphasis on technology transfer in the manufacturing process, Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoedin said.

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S. Korea puts policy emphasis on building dialogue channel with DPRK

January 5, 2012 11:52 pm· Comments Off on S. Korea puts policy emphasis on building dialogue channel with DPRK 

SEOUL, Jan. 5 — South Korea said Thursday it will put its policy priority on establishing a dialogue channel with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as the two Koreas remain at odds over border conflicts.

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UNICEF hands over 35 new schools in flood-affected Punjab

January 5, 2012 11:51 pm· Comments Off on UNICEF hands over 35 new schools in flood-affected Punjab 

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 5 — Thirty-five new schools constructed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with donor funding in southern Punjab, which was devastated by floods in 2010, have opened with 4,500 pupils attending classes, the agency reported Wednesday.

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Nationwide strike begins in Nigeria over fuel subsidy removal

January 5, 2012 11:49 pm· Comments Off on Nationwide strike begins in Nigeria over fuel subsidy removal 

ABUJA, Jan. 5 — A nationwide strike is underway in Nigeria Thursday to protest the removal of fuel subsidies by the government, bringing Africa's top oil producer to a standstill.

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US aid for Yemeni media institutions discussed

January 5, 2012 11:47 pm· Comments Off on US aid for Yemeni media institutions discussed 

SANA'A, Jan. 5 — Yemen and the USA discussed here on Wednesday the American possible aid for the Yemeni media institutions.

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Gabon's president calls for re-election of AUC chief Jean Ping

January 5, 2012 11:47 pm· Comments Off on Gabon's president calls for re-election of AUC chief Jean Ping 

LIBREVILLE, Jan. 4 — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba is calling for the re-election of Jean Ping to the presidency of the African Union Commission (AUC) for a second four-year term.

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