In other news Thursday, The New York Times reported that the Libyan government allegedly demanded that oil companies operating there pay its $1.5 billion fine in the Pan Am jetliner bombing over Scotland. Also, facing growing protests, the Syrian president pledged to consider lifting some restrictions on civil liberties. Continue reading
Relief organizations responding to Cyclone Giri, which pounded western Myanmar on Friday, are finding homes and schools swept away and a need for emergency food and water in the saltwater soaked islands. Continue reading
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President Obama kicked off a nine-day trip to Asia on Friday with a visit to Japan, where the newly elected prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, is seeking a more “equal partnership” with the U.S. and the closing of an unpopular Marine base in Okinawa. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb talks about his unusual mission to reclusive Myanmar to secure the release of an American prisoner, and the other stops on his Asia tour. Continue reading