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Tibetan Man Sets Himself on Fire in Protest Over China

VOA: A Tibetan man has set himself on fire in eastern Tibet, in the latest gesture of defiance used by Tibetans to protest Chinese government policies. Witnesses told VOA Tibetan Service that 44-year-old Sonam Dhargyal set himself on fire early Saturday in the Rebkong region of Tibet. The..

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Former Nazi guard Demjanjuk dead at 91: German police

By Gareth Jones, BERLIN | (Reuters) - John Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. engine mechanic convicted for his role in killing 28,000 Jews as a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War Two, died on Saturday aged 91 in a care home in Germany, police said. Once top of the Nazi-hunting Simon..

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Twin blasts kill 27 in Syria’s capital, Damascus

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS, AMMAN, Jordan: After weeks of punishing defeats in rebellious Syrian cities, anti-government insurgents struck at the heart of President Bashar Assad's regime Saturday with twin bombings in the capital that killed 27 and wounded more than 100. The Syrian state news agency,..

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Ex-ISI chief confesses endowment for BNP

Ahmed Toslim, Dhaka, Bangladesh,N24:  Inter Services Intelligence (ISI)- the spy agency of Pakistan has confessed that it had funded the BNP during the 1991 general elections which the party won and formed government. The confession came from a man no less than..

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Baidya launches campaign against own government

KATHMANDU: In what is termed as an open orchestra of intra-party rift, the hardliner Mohan Baidya faction of the UCPN Maoist announced full fledged offensive against the incumbent government headed by the party and the party leadership itself. The faction leaders organized a program in the..

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Finance Minister Pun Stresses New Development Policy

Kathmandu, March 17: Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun has said there was a need of a new development policy so that all countries could reap benefit equally in the changed context.   Addressing a high-level conference on 'development policy on changed context' organized in Copenhagen..

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Motorcyclist dead, relatives obstruct highway

Tanahun, March 1 [caption id="attachment_291" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Motorcycle accident (File Photo)"][/caption] 7: A person died in a motorcycle accident this morning at Aanbukhairani VDC-7, Tanahun, along the Prithivi Highway.   Motorcyclist Ram Kumar Shrestha of..

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Opposition youth’s 24 hours ultimatum to government

KATHMANDU: The government’s decision to shell out Rs 20 million to climb Mount Everest has drawn widespread criticism from different quarters . CPN-UML youth wing Youth Association Nepal (YAN) has given 24-hour ultimatum to the government to take back its decision. YAN chief Mahesh Basnet has..

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Obama seeks halt to tax subsidies for oil industry

saying the nation needs to develop alternative sources of energy in the face of rising gasoline prices. Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address that he expected Congress to consider in the next few weeks halting $4 billion in tax subsidies, something he hasn't been able to..

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Thai billionaire who created Red Bull dies at 89

BANGKOK (AP) — State media in Thailand say the self-made Thai billionaire who created the renowned Red Bull energy drink three decades ago has died. He was 89. Thai state television broadcaster MCOT says that Chaleo Yoovidhya died of natural causes on Saturday. It cited an executive at the..

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Artist admits to shortcuts in show about Apple

CHICAGO (AP) — An artist admitted Friday to taking shortcuts in crafting an often harrowing tale about Apple Inc.'s operations in China after the veracity of his one-man theatrical show was challenged by a public radio program that had based a broadcast on his work. But writer Mike Daisey said..

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Who’s afraid of economic development?

By Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson: Surely even the most kleptocratic dictator would be in favor of economic development. Economic development means greater income, greater taxes and more stuff to grab, so what’s not to like about it? But actually, it often doesn’t work that way. In the..

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Afghanistan’s Karzai slams U.S. over massacre

[caption id="attachment_831" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during a meeting with the family members of civilians killed by U.S. soldier in Kandahar last week at the presidential palace in Kabul March, 16, 2012.REUTERS/Omar..

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Syrian security compounds hit by car bombs: TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two explosions hit security complexes in the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, killing several civilians and security force personnel, state television reported. [caption id="attachment_829" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two explosions hit..

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