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Congo, Rwanda Must Commit to Peace for World Bank’s $1 Billion | Businessweek

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the lender’s $1 billion pledge to Africa’s Great Lakes region obliges countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to adhere to a peace accord signed in February. Kim is traveling in the region with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon amid renewed fighting between rebels and the Congolese army in eastern Congo, ...

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Western hypocrisy over Chinese nukes | Asia Times Online, Flashpoints, NYTimes

A defense white paper released by China on April 16 has invited a debate over a shift in its nuclear policy, because this new paper, unlike previous editions, did not reiterate China’s long-standing no-first-use nuclear weapons doctrine. Colonel Yang Yujun, a spokesman of China’s Ministry of Defense, answered the speculation unambiguously during a briefing on April 25. [2] Yang stated ...

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Standoff at 15,000 Feet – An FP Slide Show | Foreign Policy

The so-called “Line of Actual Control” — a 2,400-mile disputed boundary that divides India from China — is longer than the distance between Jacksonville and San Diego. Most of it is located in the high, desolate mountains — land where “not even a blade of grass grows,” as Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru put it in the years preceding the ...

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NAM, China Reiterate Global Disarmament, Dismantlement of WMDs | Fars News Agency

China and the members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in a joint statement demanded worldwide disarmament and elimination of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). The statement was read on the first day of the 72nd conference meeting of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague, the Netherlands, by Iran’s Envoy ...

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US military secrets leaked to Chinese hackers for three years | RT USA

A US military contractor was allegedly hacked by those associated with the Chinese military. The company reportedly ignored signs of security breaches, allowing hackers to access military technology and classified documents for three years. QinetiQ North America was attacked by a Shanghai-based hacker group from 2007 to 2010, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The hacking collective has been coined the “Comment ...

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Philippines says communist peace talks have failed | AFP

The Philippines says that peace talks with communist rebels have collapsed and a target of ending the decades-long insurgency by 2016 is impossible to achieve. Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s administration is looking for a “new approach” following nearly three years of failed negotiations and a fresh surge in deadly violence, chief government negotiator Alex Padilla told AFP. “We are at ...

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Saudis Debate 1,000-Mile Yemen Border Fence | Global Voices

Earlier this month, BBC reported that Saudi Arabia is building a 1,000-mile fence on its border with Yemen. The news was barely reported in Saudi national press, but it was widely and critically reported in Yemeni press. The development was debated tensely in the Saudi Twittersphere. Supporters cited its absolute necessity for the safety of the kingdom while opponents spoke ...

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As brother goes on trial, wife of China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner says ‘I’m not free’ | The Washington Post

Liu Xia, under house arrest in China’s capital since her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, made a rare appearance Tuesday at a trial, yelling out a car window: “I’m not free.” Liu was allowed to leave the Beijing apartment where she has been held for two-and-a-half years to attend the trial of her brother on fraud ...

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Economic Growth Is Key to Peace in Aceh | The Jakarta Globe

After many long years of civil strife, Aceh is finally experiencing prolonged peace. While there have been scattered incidents of violence, by and large the province has remained calm since the 2005 peace accord. Peace has provided an economic dividend. Despite having a higher poverty rate than the national average, the province’s gross domestic product rose 5.2 percent last year. ...

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