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18
Nov
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Explosion on a bus in Kenya's capital kills at least 5

 

A Kenya police official says that an explosion on a bus in Kenya's capital has killed at least five people and injured 13.

Nairobi police chief Moses Ombati says at least five people were killed Sunday after an explosion on a 25-seater public transportation vehicle, and that there will likely be more casualties. He says 10 men and three women were injured in the blast. He did not give details on the cause of the blast.

Kenya has been hit by a string of grenade attacks that are blamed on sympathizers of al-Shabab, Somalia's Islamist extremist rebels who are linked to al-Qaida.

Sun
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Israel's U.S. ambassador tweets support for dialogue with Hamas, then deletes post After a CNN Interview

 

Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren deleted a tweet on Saturday which claimed the Israeli government is willing to sit and talk with Hamas if the barrage of rockets from Gaza stops, the website BuzzFeed.com reported.

The original tweet read: "Just appeared on the set of #CNN: #Israel willing to sit down with #Hamas -- if they just stop shooting at us."

A short while later Oren twitted again: "Correction: the earlier tweet about my CNN interview was sent erroneously by a staffer."

According to the BuzzFeed report, "the deleted tweet Oren attributed to a staffer appeared to be a paraphrase of a comment he made during his CNN interview were he said, while not mentioning Hamas directly, that Israel would be willing to sit down and negotiate."

Fri
16
Nov
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China's Concerns About President Obama's Asian Trip

 

China is watching Obama's trip to neighboring Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia this weekend with a wary eye. But Myanmar could offer an opportunity for China and the US to work together, say analysts.

 

As President Obama heads to Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand on Saturday, China is keeping a wary eye on the latest US move in the sometimes bruising tussle between the two giants for influence in the region.

Beijing is nervous that Mr. Obama’s “pivot to Asia,” a drive to strengthen old US friendships and forge new ones, is a strategy designed to hem China in.

Myanmar (also called Burma) is Exhibit No. 1 in the case for such fears. A nascent civilian government has recently stepped out of neighboring China’s orbit and leaned toward the West with liberal political and economic reforms there.

Thu
15
Nov
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China's New Leadership

 

Xi Jinping meets the press after highly anticipated transition

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, led the other newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the 18th CPC Central Committee Political Bureau to meet the press Thursday morning at the Great Hall of the People.

Wed
14
Nov
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Vladimir Putin: Redresses Treason

 
Now not only Russians working for foreign intelligence can be convicted but also citizens who pass state secrets to any foreign organisation.
Even if no secrets have been divulged, the treason charge may still be used.
It is enough for defendants to provide consultancy or "other assistance" to a foreign state or international body "directed against Russia's security".
The maximum punishment for high treason remains 20 years in prison but under the changes, Russians can now be jailed for up to four years if they have obtained state secrets - even if they have not shared them.
They can be jailed for up to eight years if they obtain them with the help of special surveillance equipment.
Human rights campaigners believe the aim of the legislation is to scare Russians into cutting links with Western non-governmental organisations, the BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports from Moscow.
Academic to be freed

Tue
13
Nov
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Spanish Banks Offer Two Year Exemptions On Evictions

 

It comes three days after Amaia Egaña, who was 53, died after jumping from her fourth floor apartment in northern Spain, just before she was due to be evicted. Her death has inflamed public anger at banks, accused of being heartless.

Another man in the city of Granada and whose house was also due to be repossessed, apparently committed suicide last month.

Spain's Finance Minister, Luis De Guindos, said it was important to find a bipartisan solution to the problem.

Tue
13
Nov
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Hague Announces Support Change

 

William Hague has confirmed that Britain is switching its focus to supporting the Syrian opposition rather than trying to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Speaking at the Arab League meeting in Cairo Hague snubbed a call by international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for the UN security council to try to reach agreement on Syria. He said:

Mon
12
Nov
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West Support New Opposition In Syria

 

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was unveiled in Doha on Sunday.

Its president will be Moaz al-Khatib, a former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus who fled Syria this year.

Meanwhile, Syrian government aircraft bombed the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain, near the border with Turkey.

Both jets and helicopters targeted the town, sending civilians fleeing into the Turkish settlement of Ceylanpinar. Casualties were reported.

Observers and activists estimate that more than 36,000 people have been killed in the long-running uprising against President Assad. Hundreds of thousands have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

 

International recognition

Western and regional powers have in recent weeks put pressure on a hitherto fractious Syrian opposition to create a unified, credible body that could become a conduit for all financial and possibly military aid.

Fri
09
Nov
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Hu Jintao's speech Focuses On China's Economy

 

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- A big day today for China - The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has kicked off in the capital Beijing. Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPC and Chinese President, delivered a keynote report to the congress, on behalf of the 17th CPC Central Committee.

China to double its 2010 GDP by 2020

 

Fri
09
Nov
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Pentagon: Iran Fires On U.S. Drone

 

 Iranian warplanes fired at an unarmed U.S. drone in international airspace last week but did not hit the aircraft, the Pentagon said on Thursday, disclosing details of an unprecedented incident that triggered a formal warning to Tehran through diplomatic channels.

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