Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-presidential aide over alleged bribery

January 11, 2012 11:47 pm· Comments Off on Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-presidential aide over alleged bribery 

SEOUL, Jan. 11 — A team of special prosecutors said Wednesday they have sought an arrest warrant for a former presidential aide over allegations that he received money from a troubled savings bank in return for business favors.

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Lavrov confirms Russian support to Arab monitoring mission in Syria

January 11, 2012 11:46 pm· Comments Off on Lavrov confirms Russian support to Arab monitoring mission in Syria 

MOSCOW, Jan. 11 — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed the Russian support to the efforts of the Arab mission in Syria in a telephone conversation with League of Arab States (LAS) Secretary General Nabil Elaraby on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.

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Gemba discusses development issues with Karzai in Afghanistan

January 11, 2012 11:45 pm· Comments Off on Gemba discusses development issues with Karzai in Afghanistan 

KABUL, Jan. 11 — Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday to hold talks with President Hamid Karzai and his counterpart Zalmai Rassoul.

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Thai gov't to compensate victims of political conflicts

January 11, 2012 11:43 pm· Comments Off on Thai gov't to compensate victims of political conflicts 

BANGKOK, Jan. 11 — The Thai cabinet has approved 2 billion baht (63 million U.S. dollars) in compensation for victims of all the political violence which took place between 2006 and 2010, the Bangkok Post reported Wednesday.

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Rohani advises Turkey against hosting NATO radar system

January 11, 2012 11:41 pm· Comments Off on Rohani advises Turkey against hosting NATO radar system 

TEHRAN, Jan. 11 — The director of the Strategic Research Center of Iran’s Expediency Council has called on Turkey to reconsider its decision to host an early warning radar as part of NATO’s missile defense system.

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United States awaits new draft resolution on Syria from Russia

January 11, 2012 11:38 pm· Comments Off on United States awaits new draft resolution on Syria from Russia 

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 11 — The United States expects Russia to soon submit a revised text of a new draft resolution on Syria to the UN Security Council members, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said.

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Feature: Thousands march in Rome, Milan to demand public safety

January 11, 2012 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Feature: Thousands march in Rome, Milan to demand public safety 

By Marzia De Giuli

MILAN, Italy, Jan. 11 — Thousands of people marched through the streets of Rome and Milan on Tuesday demanding better public safety, after a Chinese man and his baby daughter were murdered brutally in the capital last week.

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Feature: Canada gets early start on Chinese New Year by issuing dragon stamps

January 11, 2012 11:35 pm· Comments Off on Feature: Canada gets early start on Chinese New Year by issuing dragon stamps 

By Al Campbell

VANCOUVER, Jan. 11 — Canada Post began selling its Year of the Dragon stamps Tuesday and officials with the national carrier expect the latest release from the popular Chinese Lunar New Year series to sell out quickly following the success of 2011's sold-out Year of the Rabbit issue.

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National research on shellfish to formally kick off in Dagupan

January 11, 2012 11:35 pm· Comments Off on National research on shellfish to formally kick off in Dagupan 

By Leonardo V. Micua

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 11 — A comprehensive development program for shellfish is set to kick off in Dagupan this month under the auspices of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), aiming to modernize the traditional backyard type of raising known by farmers in order to produce commodities in larger commercial scale and for export.

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German economy shrugs off crisis impact, grows 3% in 2011

January 11, 2012 11:34 pm· Comments Off on German economy shrugs off crisis impact, grows 3% in 2011 

BERLIN, Jan. 11 — The German economy shrugged off the impact of eurozone debt crisis and grew by 3 percent in 2011, official figures showed Wednesday.

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