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China leads surge in foreign students: U.S. report

America’s colleges and universities are seeing record numbers offoreign students, thanks to a surge from China and heavy enrollment from elsewhere in Asia, a report released Monday said. The report by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs found a five-percent in rise in international…

US shifts drones from Iraq to Turkey: Pentagon

The United States has deployed Predator drones to Turkey from Iraq for surveillance flights in support of Ankara’s fight against Kurdish rebels, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. With US forces withdrawing from Iraq by the end of the year, the four American unmanned aircraft will be shifted from an air field innorthern Iraq to the Incirlik air base in Turkey, Captain…

Britain may deploy missiles for Olympics – minister

Britain may deploy surface-to-air missiles to protect London during the 2012 Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said Monday, shortly after the government rejected reports of US security fears. Hammond told lawmakers that “all necessary measures” would be taken to protect the London games following the reports that the United States was set to send 1,000…

Tripoli asks Niger to rethink asylum for Kadhafi son

Libya’s new leaders on Monday urged Niger to reconsider its “hostile” decision to grant asylum to Moamer Kadhafi’s son Saadiduring the uprising which overthrew the longtime leader. “Niger should not become an asylum for criminals. We ask Niger to review this unjustified decision,” said Abdel Hafidh Ghoga, vice chairman of the National Transitional Council and spokesman for the…

New Greek PM says implementing EU accords ‘main task’

Greece’s new prime minister said Monday the main task of hisinterim government was to implement EU agreements on a debt rescue package, warning that the country’s participation in theeurozone was at stake. “The main task of this government as agreed by political leaders under the president is to carry out the decisions of the…

China tax office refuses Ai appeal funds: lawyer

Ai Weiwei has raised enough money to launch an appeal against his 15 million yuan ($2.36 million) tax bill, but authorities are refusing to accept the cash, the artist and dissident’s lawyer said Monday. Ai — who maintains that the government’s tax evasion charge is politically motivated — had said that he…

‘Climate vulnerable’ countries meet in Bangladesh

Some of the countries most affected by climate change should be an “inspiration” to rich nations on how to reduce their emissions, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. Speaking at the Climate Vulnerable forum – which brings together countries most affected by climate change — Ban praised low-lying nations such as the Maldives, Costa…

Eurozone crisis likely to hit Asia growth: ADB

The eurozone debt crisis will hit growth in Asia’s developing economies this year and next as the key trade zone cuts back export orders, a senior Asian Development Bank official said Monday. In September, the bank forecast developing Asia, excluding Japan, Australia and New Zealand, would grow at a rate of 7.5 percent in both…

Russia ‘to train army to play badminton’

Russia will train its army to play badminton to improve its battle prowess after the racket sport won a surprise personal endorsement from President Dmitry Medvedev, a newspaper said Monday. Izvestia newspaper said the Russian defense ministry next year would purchase some 10,000 badminton rackets and tens of thousands of shuttlecocks, and snipers will be…

Leveson inquiry into press ethics opens

The Leveson inquiry into the ethics of the British press opened on Monday with the judge vowing to find out “who guards the guardians” in the wake of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Some four months after a flood of hacking allegations shocked the nation and prompted the closure of…

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