The Philippines government on Tuesday denied a witness's accusation that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo bribed election officials and threatened a lawsuit. Arroyo says people are being paid to testify against her as part of impeachment proceedings . Michael Angelo Zuce, a former aide, says Arroyo paid officials during a meeting in January 2004. Zuce's former [...]

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Leonard Clark, of the Arizona Army National Guard , has been demoted from Specialist to Private First Class and fined $1,640 for disclosing classified information on his Iraq weblog . Soldiers are allowed to maintain such sites but cannot post information related to their location, troop movements, or deaths of soldiers whose families have not [...]

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US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said Tuesday in Baghdad that protecting women's rights was "a fundamental requirement for Iraq's progress". Leaked drafts of the Iraqi constitution have reportedly contained provisions that would apply strict Islamic law to such personal matters as marriage, divorce, and inheritance, significantly limiting women's rights. US Secretary of Defense Donald [...]

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Kyrgyz prosecutor Nurlan Jeenaliyev said Monday that Kyrgyzstan will return 15 Uzbek refugees back to their home country over the objections of the UN and some rights groups. The announcement came after weeks of diplomacy about the status of hundreds of Uzbeks who sought asylum in neighboring Kyrgyzstan in May after Uzbek forces crushed an [...]

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Zimbabwe dropped a second treason charge against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday, clearing him of charges. Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was acquitted of plotting to kill President Robert Mugabe in 2004. This second charge was for leading protests urging Zimbabweans to oust Mugabe . AFP has more.

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After strong Congressional opposition to an $18.5 billion offer from the China National Offshore Oil Company Ltd. (CNOOC) and a $17.3 billion bid from Chevron, CNOOC has announced that it will drop its offer completely instead of raising it . China's offer led Chevron to increase its offer and alarmed Congress, which feared Chinese control [...]

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