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Copper held as collateral in China

Copper held as collateral in China

As copper prices tumble, questions remain how Chinese companies will repay their corporate debt.

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New evidence shows Native Americans' origins are older than previously thought

New evidence shows Native Americans' origins are older than previously thought

The new evidence shows that pre-Columbian American Indians had European ancestors.

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Rats on a plane? No problem, say Chinese authorities

Rats on a plane? No problem, say Chinese authorities

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Some good news for social justice comes from Asia and Latin America

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Australia: Not as secure as it seems

Australia: Not as secure as it seems

In a high-risk situation, Australia's options are to align with the U.S. and thus accept military burdens, or commit to Asia (viz. China).

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Asia: Experts warn ten major archaeological sites at risk in Asia

According to the Global Heritage Fund (GHF), economic growth, war and mass tourism are the main cause of "irreparable loss and destruction." The danger is dramatically underestimated and funds for protection and conservation are limited. A Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan and the ancient capital ...

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Activist priest wins prestigious environmental prize

Activist priest wins prestigious environmental prize

Rev. Edwin Gariguez won the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in leading protests against an open-pit nickel mine that was feared would cause environmental damage. He CARITAS in the Philippines.

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Asia: The courage to wish for a happy Easter

Syria and the Christians; Afghanistan and women, Orissa and the Maoists, China and the power struggles, Vietnam against the Vatican: the horizon of Asia and the world looks very bleak. Easter is not the chocolate egg or exaltation of the suffering of the vanquished: it is God who allowed himself be ...

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Asia: 1.24 million deaths from malaria: twice those estimated by the WHO

A Seattle University study has estimated that in 2010 the victims of the disease numbered about 47% more than shown by the data published by the World Health Organization. Funded by Bill Gates, the new study is based on statistical models that also takes into account deaths that previously were not ...

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Asia: Year of the Dragon: many newborns and political changes

A boom in births anticipated in the Chinese world. Doubts about presidential elections in the U.S., France and Russia. Silence on the changes at the top in China. The growing engagement of civil society against totalitarianism. The Chinese dragon is similar to an angel or an archangel in Christian ...

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Asia: World Bank: global growth heading for a crisis from which "no one will be saved"

The world economy will grow by only 2.5, compared with forecasts of 3.6. Eurozone, U.S., China, India, Japan all se downward trend. Growth in developing countries will be 5.4, 1.4 in rich countries,. Need to promote social welfare and infrastructure programs. Food prices fall by 14%, but the ...

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Obama's defense strategy feints towards Asia, but stuck in Mideast

Obama's defense strategy feints towards Asia, but stuck in Mideast

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Asia: Pick of the year 2011

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Asia: A Christmas of emergencies

Christmas 2011 is marked by economic crisis, unemployment, and anxiety, even among wealthy Chinese millionaires. Post-tsunami Japan, Post-earthquake Indonesia and Turkey, Post-flood Vietnam, Thailand and Laos show that there is also an ecological emergency. In all these situations the Churches of ...

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Asia: World Bank: Asian economies to slow down because of Europe crisis

Growth in East Asia should slow to 7.8 per cent (against 8.2 this year). For China, growth will drop to 8.4 per cent from 9.1. Declining foreign demand comes with lower lending by foreign banks. East Asia is told to focus on domestic or regional markets. China feels the first signs of its bursting ...

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Asia: Boosting cities' food resilience

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CHINA – UNITED STATES Asia must “do more” for global recovery

At the opening of the APEC summit, US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said member states must do more to boost demand and improve currency exchanges. For China, this is “too ambitious” as well as a potential problem for the Asian juggernaut. Clinton appeals to Beijing to improve human rights at ...

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Asia: South Asian pollution spurs cyclone formation in the Arabian Sea

Since the '90s, the "brown cloud" that covers India, Pakistan and the northern Indian Ocean has grown six times. Its’ influence on the monsoon and the decrease of the glaciers of the Himalayas already highlighted. Research shows it is the cause of the storms that have intensified in recent years, ...

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Asia: Eight years of AsiaNews

From bonds of friendship and solidarity between the Church in China and the Universal Church, to the battle for religious freedom. The attempt to understand the real reasons for the Arab Spring and denunciation of Islamic persecution against Christians. Faith in Jesus the most precious gift for the ...

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