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Syria Hand In Beirut’s Assassination

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U.S. seems sure of Syria’s hand in Beirut’s Assassination as Syrian government had failed to act against militant groups in Israel and against a supply line from Syria to Iraq. U.S strongly condemns this brutal attack.
The White House spokesman said that the killing was a terrible reminder. It was an ominous on two counts: first, because it raised concern that could plunge back into the civil war and second, it underscored growing American impatience with the role played by Syria in the Middle East.

In the view of American analysts, Syria has done the bidding of Iran, using Syrian territory to support Hezbollah, and other Islamic groups earlier that attacked Israel.

As per Western diplomat Syria’s had possible role in the Beirut attack. It also tried to rebuke Iran. The State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency had also credited Syria influence with some anti-Western militant groups.

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Mar 13, 2010

Myanmar Frees Opposition Figure After Seven Years

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Myanmar’s ruling junta (government) liberated the deputy leader of the country’s pro-democracy party after imprisonment of seven years, but did not present any explanation about taking part in allowed in coming elections.

The liberation of 82-year-old Tin Oo, who assisted to find the National League for Democracy with Suu Kyi, came out before a U.N envoy visit to Myanmar to check the regime’s progress on human rights. After his release, Tin Oo told reporters, “I will continue to work for democracy.”

Tin Oo, had spent about seven years in prison and under house arrest. The junta restored his imprisonment on an annual basis since his arrest in 2003. Tin Oo also said that he would ask government to allow him to visit Suu Kyi, and thanked the United Nations, European Union and others for compelling his release. Human rights groups stated that the junta still holds nearly 2,100 political prisoners, along with Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi.

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Mar 13, 2010

Two Decades of Long Civil War Of Sudan Ended

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After three years of negotiations, a peace deal ended Sudan’s two-decades-long civil war. It was signed on January 9, 2005. This peace pact ended the conflict between the Arab-Muslim government of the North and the black Christian and animist south. The entire peace process was done a weeks later of Garang’s death.

The protracted negotiations had largely stalled over oil reserves, because 75 percent of which are located in the South only. The peace agreement gave half of Sudan’s oil wealth to the south, as well as complete autonomy and the right to secede.

Sudan was not able to gain complete peace in its western region. International condemnation and a modest group of African Union peacekeepers tried to end the violence but were successful only to some extent. The Janjaweed, pro-government Arabic militias were still slaughtering the black villagers. By the end of 2005, approximately 200,000 and 400,000 Darfuris had been killed and more than 2 million displaced.

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Mar 11, 2010

Suicidal Bombing Attack In Indonesia

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Indonesian bombings were a series of terrorist suicide bomb and a series of car bombs attacks. On 1st October 2005, bombs exploded at two sites of south Bali. As per the official report 20 people were killed and 129 were injured. They also stated that the three bombers were dead.

According to Indonesia’s head of counter-terrorism, these attacks were carried out in a similar way to the 2002 bombings. Mutilated bodies and the remnants of backpacks were the major evidence of suicide bombing. The active terrorist network Jemaah Islamiah (JI) was responsible for several bombings in Indonesia.

Two days prior to the incident, Indonesian president and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) had issued warnings. Three months earlier US state department also issued a travel warning against non-essential trips to Indonesia.

These bombing attacks severely affected Indonesian economy and progress. It resulted as a loss of both human lives and nation’s property.

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Mar 10, 2010

Sources Of Tension Between China And US

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for China and other autocratic governments to put restrictions on citizens’ use of the Internet, warning to provoke earlier uneasy ties with Beijing.

Both the two giant nations are popular economically. The major sources of tension between them are:

Currency and debt: The United States complains that China maintains its currency undervalued using artificial means, thus illegally helping exporters. China has confidentially pegged the yuan to the dollar since mid-2008, this made its currency weakened compared other trade partners as the value of the dollar fall.

Trade and investment: A World Trade Organization panel is evaluating US duties on Chinese trade, after the United States initially charged security duties on China after it agreed to join the WTO. Other trade disagreement is concentrated around steel products, poultry, Chinese tariffs on raw materials exports, and quality and safety tasks over Chinese food, toys and other goods which Chinese manufacturers looks as a perspective of protectionism.

Diplomatic and military influence: As China has evolved as the world’s third largest economy it is acquiring higher power, especially in Asia and Africa. It is also increasing its military and space capability, and Washington asked Beijing to be more open regarding its defense spending and strategic objectives.

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Mar 10, 2010

U.S Defends Taiwan Arms Deal

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The U.S government announced that it had approved the arms deal to Taiwan. China and Taiwan have separate governments since the end of a civil war in 1949 and Taiwan to be part of China. The worth of arms deal to Taiwan is $ 6.4 billion of military equipment and it is the most sensitive issue in U.S-China relations.

The arms deal providing 114 Patriot missiles, 60 Black Hawk helicopters, two Osprey mine-hunting ships, twelve harpoon missiles and $105m worth of advanced communication technology systems to china by U.S defense government and it does not include F-16 fighter jets. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Yafei said that the United States is responsible to sell weapons to the Taiwan.

This type of arms deal will contribute to maintaining security and stability across the Taiwan Strait and it also give Taiwan to more confidence and sense of security to go forward in developing cross-Strait relations. After Taiwan arms deal China suspended U.S military visit.

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Mar 4, 2010