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Panetta to stress commitment to Asia-Pacific

— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is traveling through Asia this week, determined to show the U.S. is serious about shifting its focus to the region, amid growing worries about China’s increasingly aggressive posture and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. In a series of meetings at a Singapore conference and in a major speech Saturday, Panetta is expected to lay out more ...

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Suu Kyi calls for ‘healthy skepticism’ on Myanmar

BANGKOK: Myanmar’s opposition leader and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi urged the international community Friday to exercise “healthy skepticism” about her country’s reforms as it sheds a half-century of military rule. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, June 1, 2012. AP/ Sakchai ...

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Egypt’s notorious emergency law expires

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s notorious emergency law expired Thursday, ending more than 30 years of broad powers to arrest and detain for a police force accused of widespread human rights abuses. The military rulers who took charge from ousted President Hosni Mubarak indicated they have no intention to renew the law, saying they will continue to be in charge of ...

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Family and Friends Honors Hit and Run Victim

Remembering the dead is always a solemn occasion. For two particular Topeka families, this 2012 Memorial Day had to have been particularly solemn. According to the TopekaCapital-Journal’s Sunday, May 27th report, on Friday, May 25, Dustin Leftwich, 20, hit Brenna Leanne Morgart, 18, in his car as she jogged on a country road a few miles from her home. According ...

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Kenya bombards Shabab-held Kismayo in Somalia, renews long-delayed attack on al Qaida affiliate

Kenya has renewed its long-stalled offensive against al Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia, just days after the Kenyan government blamed the Somali Islamists for an apparent terrorist attack in downtown Nairobi. For the second day in a row, Kenyan naval forces on Wednesday bombarded the Somali seaport of Kismayo, a key stronghold of Somalia’s al Qaida-linked Shabab insurgents, while ground troops ...

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UN chief welcomes withdrawal of Sudanese troops from border flashpoint area

UN peacekeepers in Abyei, which is contested by Sudan and South Sudan. UN Photo/Stuart Price30 May 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomes the full withdrawal of Sudan’s military from the disputed Abyei area yesterday and calls on its Government to withdraw all remaining armed police forces, his spokesperson said today. “He urges the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to ...

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Letters: Keep honoring those who served

I read the article about the foot float in the Ferndale Memorial Day Parade (“How you can help honor Michigan’s fallen,” May 13). Volunteers were needed to carry pictures of the young people from Michigan who have lost their lives in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. There weren’t enough volunteers last year, and some people had to carry two ...

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EU throws Spain 2 lifelines

The European Commission threw Spain, the latest frontline in Europe’s debt war, two potential lifelines on Wednesday, offering more time to reduce its budget deficit and direct aid from a eurozone rescue fund to recapitalise distressed banks. Spanish government borrowing costs lurched higher and the Madrid stock market hit a nine-year low with investors rattled by the parlous state of ...

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Anand crowned chess king for the fifth time

Viswanathan Anand said he was terribly tense before the tie-breakers of the World Chess Championship on Wednesday. But he did not show any of it against Boris Gelfand. In a nerve-wracking rapid play, the Indian…

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Coulson on Sheridan perjury charge

The 44-year-old was detained for questioning at Govan police station in Glasgow by officers from Strathclyde Police. More than six hours later, the force confirmed he had been arrested and charged with perjury. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal which will decide if Coulson is to face court proceedings. The former News of the World editor gave ...

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