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VIENTIANE, 8 November 2010 (IRIN)

Delegates from more than 100 countries are discussing the Convention on Cluster Munitions at the First Meeting of States Parties on 9 November in Vientiane, Laos, the world’s most affected country.


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June 27, 2010
Source: Japan Times

On June 16, the last day of the Diet session, the Diet in a suprapartisan vote managed to enact a bill to give a one-shot allowance to Japanese who were interned in Siberia, Mongolia and Central Asia and used for forced labor after World War II. (more…)

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By East Asian Times

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – An international rights group said Friday it has new evidence that wartime abuses were perpetrated against civilians during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s long and bloody civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels. (more…)

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By Frieda Berrigan, Foreign Policy in Focus

Good news is in short supply. The economy remains bleak. The war in Iraq entered its seventh year last week, and violence reaches new pinnacles in Afghanistan. But there is one bright light amid all this gloom. Real progress is being made to ban cluster munitions. These are canisters of different sizes that release hundreds of bomblets on detonation, scattering deadly devices over an area as large as several football fields.

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Iraq dominates foreign policy for McCain
By RICHARD SPENCER
The Telegraph (UK)

China has admitted firing on Tibetan protesters for the first time, as it sent in tens of thousands more troops to restore order.

State media said that four Tibetan “rioters” had been wounded when police opened fire on Sunday in the town of Aba, Sichuan province, neighbouring Tibet.

It did not give details, but Tibet support groups said that at least 12 people died in a protest which began at Kirti monastery in Aba. Monks in Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile in India, have released photographs of what they claim are some of the dead. (more…)

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4 U.S. Marines face courts-martial
CNN NEWS

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) — The U.S. military plans to court-martial four Marines accused of raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman in Hiroshima last year, a military spokesman said on Thursday. (more…)

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