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Rare Victory Against China's Controversial Labor Camps

Rare Victory Against China's Controversial Labor Camps
A woman who became a symbol for the groundswell of opposition to China's labor camp system scored a rare victory Monday in an appeal for compensation in a case that generated a huge public outcry. The Hunan Provincial People's High Court ruled in favor of Tang Hui, who last year was sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp for petitioning for harsher penalties for the men who abducted, raped and prostituted her 11-year-old daughter.
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Gillian Wong
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Hezbollah Makes Inroads with Latin Spies

Hezbollah Makes Inroads with Latin Spies
Hezbollah and its sponsors in Iran are using anti-American sentiment in Latin America to foment ties between the militant group and intelligence agencies. The State Department and the Obama Administration worry that this increases the likelihood of terrorist networks close to home, and steps must be taken quickly to counter Iran's encroachment.
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Sebastian Rotella
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Chinese Pollution Cutting Lives Short

Chinese Pollution Cutting Lives Short
A new study by US, Chinese, and Israeli researchers shows that life expectancy in coal-burning northern China is significantly lower than that of their southern counterparts. Incentives to heat homes and offices with free coal from the state has detrimentally effected the health of millions of Chinese alive during the period of 1950-1980, when the policy was in place.
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Louise Watt
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For-Profit Security Company Sued for Killing Angolan Refugee

For-Profit Security Company Sued for Killing Angolan Refugee
The family of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan refugee in the UK, has brought a civil lawsuit against G4S, the world’s largest private security company. Mubenga died on October 12, 2010 while being restrained by G4S guards who were hired to help deport him from the country.
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Turns Out Latin America Doesn't Appreciate Being Spied On By the US

Turns Out Latin America Doesn't Appreciate Being Spied On By the US
Just a week after the controversial forced landing of the Bolivian president's plane and amid new revelations about US secret spying on Latin American countries, anger is reaching a boiling point across the region.
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Kids Say the Darndest Things: Young Boy Details Egypt's Troubles Moving Forward

Kids Say the Darndest Things: Young Boy Details Egypt's Troubles Moving Forward
As video of this alarmingly intelligent and articulate young man begins to sweep the Internet, it'd be good to recognize his many points and ideas — and not just his ability to deliver them in front of a camera. Egypt's continued turmoil is hugely important on a global scale, but no where bigger than locally within the country. The young man's points sound familiar, don't they?
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Brandon Perkins
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Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation

Steelworkers, Lawmakers Express Outrage Over Chinese Steel Being Used on Verrazano Bridge Renovation
New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has decided to outsource the steel fabrication for the $285 million Verrazano-Narrows Bridge renovation. United Steelworkers' VP calls it "a kick in the teeth" while Staten Island lawmakers call it "shocking."
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Surveillance Contractor Bug In Ecuador Embassy Fails to Stop Wikileaks

Surveillance Contractor Bug In Ecuador Embassy Fails to Stop Wikileaks
Spy equipment from the Surveillance Group Limited, a British private detective agency based in Worcester, England, has been found in the Ecuadorean embassy in London where Julian Assange, editor of Wikileaks, has taken refuge.
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Love Does Cost a Thing: Jennifer Lopez Sings For Brutal Dictator

Love Does Cost a Thing: Jennifer Lopez Sings For Brutal Dictator
Jennifer Lopez is under fire for being paid extravagantly for performing for one of the world's most oppressive dictators, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
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Mandela Told About Obama's Visit by Daughter: 'He Opened His Eyes and Gave Me a Smile'

Mandela Told About Obama's Visit by Daughter: 'He Opened His Eyes and Gave Me a Smile'
Nelson Mandela's daughter told her father about President Obama's South Africa trip, and she said, "He opened his eyes and gave me a smile," according to NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander.
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