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In a Jail in Cuba Beat the Heart of a Poet
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Among the old leather volumes in the library of Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost is a black plastic binder full of rumpled letters he wrote, sent from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Hospital Services Performed Overseas
A movement toward greater use of telemedicine is widening the spectrum of care doctors can provide from afar and enabling more outsourcing of services overseas.
-The Washington Post
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Hu Jintao Tightens Party's Grip on Power
Chinese president is emerging as an unyielding leader determined to preserve the Communist Party's monopoly on power and willing to impose new limits on speech and other civil liberties to do it.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
30 Years Later, Immigrants Shed Vietnam War's Burden
Thirty is now the median age of the 1.2 million people of Vietnamese heritage living in the United States. Thirty is young enough to be haunted by Vietnam, old enough to have created new lives.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Koizumi, Hu Meet to Address Tensions
JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 23 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao urged Japan to translate its remorse over wartime atrocities into "actual action" during a much-anticipated meeting here Saturday that both sides said they hoped would ease dangerously heightened tensions between the two countries.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
A Dark Side to Good News on Bird Flu
Vietnamese doctors are reporting that the mortality rate in their country has dropped substantially, but it could mean the outbreak of bird flu in Southeast Asia is taking an ominous turn.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Koizumi, Hu to Meet at Weekend Summit
After apologizing for his country's aggressive role in World War II, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi won agreement from Chinese President Hu Jintao to meet at the Asian-African summit.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Japan's Observance Opens Wounds
The observance was central to the roiling dispute over history that has engulfed Japan and its primary wartime victims, China and South Korea.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Stocks Fall, But Gains For Week Hold Up
NEW YORK, April 22 -- A fresh wave of worries pushed stocks lower Friday as investors dealt with disappointing earnings in the consumer sector, rising oil prices and the possibility of a nuclear weapon test by North Korea. Stocks finished the week higher, however.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
In His Own Defense, Terror Suspect Takes Offense as 9/11 Trial Opens in Madrid
A Spanish man facing terror charges scolded prosecutors and judges from the witness chair Friday as Europe's biggest al Qaeda trial opened in a heavily guarded courtroom here following eight years of investigation.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Signs Stir Concern North Korea Might Test Nuclear Bomb
U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that North Korea may be preparing its first test of a nuclear weapon, though they warn that the information is sketchy and not definitive.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Senate Approves Spending Bill
The Senate unanimously approved yesterday an $81 billion bill to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, provide relief to Asian tsunami victims and construct a massive embassy in Baghdad.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Trade Nominee Vows Action on China
Rob Portman, the White House nominee for U.S. trade representative, vowed yesterday to adopt a "more aggressive approach" with China, the latest sign that the Bush administration is responding to pressure from Congress and business for action against Beijing's allegedly unfair trading practices.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Japanese Leader Apologizes For the Past
JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 22 -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi reiterated an apology for Japan's wartime acts in an attempt to mend fences with Beijing and persuade China's president, Hu Jintao, to meet with him on the sidelines of an Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia Friday.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
U.N. Envoy To N. Korea Steps Aside For Probe
The United Nations' special envoy to North Korea, Maurice F. Strong, decided Wednesday to step aside until U.N.-appointed investigators and federal prosecutors finish examining his financial ties to a South Korean lobbyist accused of trying to bribe U.N. officials.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
The Complexity of Taiwan's Ties With Lobbyists
Taiwan's relationships with its Washington lobbyists are sometimes as complicated and tortuous as its relationship with the U.S. government.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Region's Leaders Ask China, Japan to End Feud
JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 20 -- Asian foreign ministers on Wednesday called on China and Japan to resolve a dispute the ministers said was sparking concern across the region.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
In China, Roots of Anger Run Deep
The lasting sting of wartime atrocities is fueling protests over Tokyo's policies.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
Wall Street Ends Streak Of Steep Declines
A handful of bargain hunters emerged to pick through the wreckage of last week and snap up a few carefully chosen shares.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM
U.N. Envoy Says Park Invested in His Firm, Advised Him on N. Korea
UNITED NATIONS, April 18 -- A senior U.N. official said Monday that he "was associated" with a company that received investments from a South Korean businessman who was charged last week with lobbying U.N. officials as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein's government.
04/24/2005 11:12 AM