The U.S. could be compelled to sanction one of its closest Asian allies — India — unless the country makes significant progress by summer on cutting back on Iranian oil.
The Afghan government is giving companies extensions ranging from a few weeks to 90 days to change from private security guards to a government-run force, officials said Sunday.
African nations must improve their governance to take advantage of a mass of “footloose capital” from private investors according to Tony Blair, who expressed hope about a new generation of leaders on the continent.
AHMED AL-HAJ / Associated Press
More than 2,000 people have been killed in a year of political turmoil that led to the resignation of Yemen’s longtime president, the government disclosed Sunday. The figure is much higher than human rights groups estimated.
Israel’s president has sent Iranians his traditional greeting for the Persian new year, wishing for “peace and coexistence” despite tensions over their country’s nuclear program. Shimon Peres also urged Iranian leaders not to threaten anyone or make their “children flee home” – an apparent reference to the possibility of war.
Despite China’s concerns, a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator reiterated his government’s position on a planned long-range rocket launch after holding talks Monday with his counterpart in Beijing.
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A BBC article was just published discussing the new trade dispute the US has filed against China for its monopolization of the rare earths market (rare earths are of strategic importance to the US, check out ASP’s February 2011 report)
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