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Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

Jul 7, 2014

Bellicose North Korea promises cheer

North Korea said Monday it will send an official cheering squad to support its athletes at the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea. In a statement, it said the gesture is aimed at promoting reconciliation between the rivals. The games are scheduled from Sept. ...

Jul 3, 2014

Sarkozy fights back in face of corruption charges

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has accused France’s justice system of trying to “humiliate” and “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption probe that could spell trouble for his future political ambitions. The former conservative party leader fought back in a broadcast interview ...

Indonesia candidate battles puppet image

Jun 29, 2014

Indonesia candidate battles puppet image

When one of Indonesia’s most powerful politicians wanted to be part of a new government, he did not approach Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the front-runner in next week’s presidential election. Instead, sources say, he went to the home of Jokowi’s political patron, a former president ...

Jun 28, 2014

Thai military junta sets 2015 poll date

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced Friday. Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in a coup last month, said the temporary constitution will allow an interim legislature ...