Israeli lawmakers reject Obama's AIPAC speech

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on Israeli lawmakers reject Obama's AIPAC speech 

JERUSALEM, March 5 — Israeli lawmakers on Sunday lashed at U.S. President Barak Obama's stance on Iran, after his speech at an influential pro-Israel lobbying group where he called for diplomacy rather than military force to prevent a nuclear Iran.

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Arming rebels in Syria pushes for fully fledged civil war: dissidents

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on Arming rebels in Syria pushes for fully fledged civil war: dissidents 

DAMASCUS, March 5 — Leading opposition figures in Syria lambasted on Sunday calls by the opposition abroad as well as some foreign and Arab countries for arming the rebels in Syria, stressing that it would bring about "an all-out civil war."

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Five killed in Kotabaru flood

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on Five killed in Kotabaru flood 

KOTABARU, S Kalimantan, March 5 — A flood swept through Kotabaru in South Kalimantan province on Sunday, leaving five people dead.

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Feature: Survivors recount arsenal blasts as toll rises in Republic of Congo

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on Feature: Survivors recount arsenal blasts as toll rises in Republic of Congo 

BRAZZAVILLE, March 5 — Chinese workers who survived Sunday morning's blasts at a munition depot in Brazzaville, capital of Republic of Congo, said the shockwave ripped through their bodies and threw them against the wall, recounting the horrific moments of the explosions which have already killed over 150.

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Feature: Toronto march marks Women's Day aimed at fighting service cuts

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By Phoebe Ho

TORONTO, March 5 — To mark the International Women's Day, thousands of women on Saturday participated in an indoor rally and braved the gusty winds to march along one of the busiest streets of Canada's biggest city of Toronto in a bid to end service cuts, violence and harassment.

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Bigger income seen for Davao farmers growing oil palm

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on Bigger income seen for Davao farmers growing oil palm 

DAVAO CITY, March 5 — Hundreds of farmers in the Davao Region are expected to reap huge benefits from the planting and production of oil palm, a high-value crop that will soon be grown hand-in-hand with fresh bananas, cacao, coffee and rubber over the next several years.

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GS Shop enters Vietnamese home shopping market

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on GS Shop enters Vietnamese home shopping market 

SEOUL, March 5 — GS Shop, South Korea's No. 1 home shopping company, has entered the emerging Vietnamese market by acquiring stakes in a local operator.

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China to increase exports, imports by 10 % this year: report

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on China to increase exports, imports by 10 % this year: report 

BEIJING, March 5 — China aims to increase the volume of its total exports and imports by around 10 percent year-on-year in 2012 to further improve its international balance of payments.

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China to deepen reforms in its financial systems: report

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BEIJING, March 5 — China will deepen the reforms in its financial systems by improving services for small and micro businesses, and making Renminbi convertible under capital accounts, according to a report distributed to the media on Monday morning.

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China's yuan retreats to 6.3121 against USD Monday

March 5, 2012 11:30 am· Comments Off on China's yuan retreats to 6.3121 against USD Monday 

BEIJING, March 5 — The Chinese currency Renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 141 basis points to 6.3121 against the U.S. dollar on Monday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System.

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