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May 20, 2012

Chinese activist Chen arrives in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States on Saturday after China allowed him to leave a hospital in Beijing in a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. Embassy was a huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic controversy while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

May 19, 2012

Blind Chinese activist Chen leaves Beijing for U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) – China allowed a blind legal activist, Chen Guangcheng, to leave a hospital in Beijing on Saturday and board a plane bound for the United States, a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. embassy caused huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic rift while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

May 19, 2012

Blind Chinese activist appears to have left for U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) – China allowed a blind legal activist, Chen Guangcheng, to leave a hospital in Beijing on Saturday and board a plane bound for the United States, a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. embassy caused huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic rift while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

Apr 16, 2012

Secure despite rocket fiasco, N.Korea’s Kim lauds military

PYONGYANG (Reuters) – North Korea’s new leader delivered his first major public speech on Sunday as the impoverished state celebrated the centenary of its founder’s birth, calling for a push to “final victory” despite a failed rocket launch two days earlier.

A jowly Kim Jong-un, clad in black and the third of his line to rule North Korea, read monotonously from a script in Pyongyang’s central square after goose-stepping soldiers and sailors showcased the North’s military power in a parade in spring sunshine.

Apr 15, 2012

North Korea’s Kim lauds military in “push to victory”

PYONGYANG, April 15 (Reuters) – North Korea’s new leader
delivered his first major public speech on Sunday as the
impoverished state celebrated the centenary of its founder’s
birth, and called for a push to “final victory” at a mass
military parade in the country’s capital.

A jowly Kim Jong-un, clad in black and the third Kim to rule
North Korea, read monotonously from a script in Pyongyang’s
central square after goose-stepping soldiers and sailors
showcased the North’s military power in spring sunlight.

Apr 14, 2012

Embarrassed by rocket crash, North Korea may try nuclear test

PYONGYANG/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.

The isolated North, using the launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of the dead founding president Kim Il-sung and to mark the rise to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un, is now widely expected to press ahead with its third nuclear test to show its military strength.

Apr 13, 2012

North Korea suffers major blow as rocket crashes

PYONGYANG/SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarrassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.

The isolated North, using the launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of the dead founding president Kim Il-sung and mark the rise to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un, is now widely expected to press ahead with its third nuclear test to show its military strength.

Apr 11, 2012

Defiant North Korea begins injecting fuel into rocket

PYONGYANG (Reuters) – Impoverished North Korea rejected international protests over its planned long-range rocket launch and said on Wednesday that it was injecting fuel “as we speak”, meaning it could blast off as early as Thursday.

If all goes to plan, the launch, which North Korea’s neighbors and the West say is a disguised ballistic missile test, will take a three-stage rocket over a sea separating the Korean peninsula from China before releasing a satellite into orbit when the third stage fires over waters near the Philippines.

Apr 10, 2012

N.Korea says ready to launch rocket, prompts warnings

PYONGYANG, April 10 (Reuters) – Isolated and impoverished
North Korea said on Tuesday it was ready to go ahead with its
proposed long-range rocket launch in a move that sparked
immediate condemnation from South Korea and Russia and a plea
from China, its main ally, for calm.

The launch of the Unha-3 rocket, which North Korea says will
merely put a weather satellite into space, breaches U.N.
sanctions imposed to prevent Pyongyang from developing a missile
that could carry a nuclear warhead.

Aug 18, 2011

Closure of migrant children schools in China sparks anguish

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has shut down 24 schools for the children of migrant workers in Beijing forcing more than 14,000 students to drop out, state media said, sparking anger among parents who say they face discrimination.

Local officials told the migrant schools that they had not met safety and hygiene standards.