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U.S. hypocrisy over Burma's regime

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DID ANYONE notice the irony that the day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Burma to preach to their country about respecting "democracy" and "human rights," the U.S. Senate voted 93-7 to allow Americans to be detained indefinitely without any charges? Hillary was quoted as saying "any political prisoner is one too many." But the U.S. Senate voted to allow any American vaguely accused of aiding "al-Qaeda" be able to be sent to a prison for life without ever having to go to trial.

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Chinese court hands down lighter-than-expected sentences to 22 detained Indian traders

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A court in the southern Chinese port city of Shenzhen on Wednesday handed down lighter-than-expected sentences for the 22 Indian traders, detained on diamond smuggling charges since January 2010, bringing relief to their family members who have had to wait almost two years for the verdict.

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Police rescue 178 children in child trafficking cases

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Chinese police in 10 provincial level regions have jointly cracked two child traffickinggangs that were deemed "seriously harmful," arresting 608 suspects and rescuing 178children, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

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Pakistan not to attend Bonn conference on Afghanistan

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Pakistan Tuesday announced that it would not attend Bonn Conference on Afghanistan as protest against a recent NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. The Conference is scheduled to be held on Dec. 5 to discuss the post withdrawal Afghanistan and possibility of talks with Taliban. Pakistan had earlier decided to send its Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to the conference which will be attended by representatives from nearly 100 countries and international organizations. "Pakistan looks forward to the success of this Conference but in view of the developments and prevailing circumstances has decided not to participate in the Conference," a Pakistani government statement said.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 03:12

45 tons of highly radioactive water leaked

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Some 45 tons of highly radioactive water leaked Sunday from desalination equipment used to decontaminate the radioactive water in Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and it is unclear if any made it to the sea, a Tepco official said Monday.The water is believed to have high concentrations of strontium, which can cause bone cancer if ingested. The decontamination system Tepco is using to stablize the crippled reactors mainly removes cesium, but does little to mitigate strontium.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 02:50

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