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Liu Xiaobo: The man China couldn’t erase

By Carrie Gracie|BBCNEWS Activist Liu Xiaobo has died after spending eight years in prison. “There is nothing criminal in anything I have done but I have no complaints.” So stated Liu Xiaobo in court in 2009, and in the eight … Continue reading

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Hong Kong lawmakers reject Beijing poll plan

Legislators in Hong Kong have rejected a controversial Beijing-backed election reform package that sparked mass protests last year. The reforms would have given Hong Kong voters the right to choose their leader for the first time in 2017. 

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Edward Snowden appears at Moscow airport and renews asylum claim

Paul Owen and Tom McCarthy| guardian.co.uk, Friday 12 July 2013 13.17 EDT Edward Snowden along with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks (left) at a meeting with human rights campaigners in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow today. Photograph: Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch

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US admits contact with other countries over potential Snowden flights – as it happened

Oliver Laughland, Helen Davidson, Haroon Siddique and Paul Owen |guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 3 July 2013 20.21 EDT • Bolivian president’s plane takes off after 14-hour stop • Jet landed in Vienna amid fears Snowden on board • France, Spain, Italy and Portugal accused of blocking airpsace • Snowden not … Continue reading

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Statue of Liberty once again open for tourists

Erik Shilling, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News Liberty Island was forced to close nine months ago because of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. NEW YORK — The Statue of Liberty, a beacon of hope for waves of immigrants at … Continue reading

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Iceland proposal would grant Snowden citizenship

LONDON (AP) — Some Icelandic lawmakers have introduced a proposal in Parliament to grant citizenship to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who admits to revealing key details of U.S. surveillance activities.  

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2013 Public Holidays in China Mainland [CN]

http://news.ifeng.com/mainland/detail_2012_12/10/20011642_0.shtml

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Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win

Originally posted on Swampland:
In late spring, the backroom number crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49. The women were far and…

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Obama wins second term, Romney concedes defeat

By Steve Holland and John Whitesides | Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House on Tuesday, overcoming deep doubts among voters about his handling of the U.S. economy to score a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.  

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Why Romney Will Win

Nov 5, 2012 • BY FRED BARNES Mitt Romney will win.  The tie in the polls goes to the challenger. Here’s why: Enthusiasm. It matters enormously, and it’s disproportionately on the Republican side, in good measure because of an intense desire … Continue reading

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