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Tibetan protester sets himself ablaze in New Delhi

A Tibetan exile set himself on fire and suffered extreme burns as he ran down a street in New Delhi on Monday to protest against an upcoming visit to India by Chinese President Hu Jintao. The 27-year-old, identified by fellow protesters as Janphel Yeshi, carried out his attempted self-immolation in Jantar Mantar, a city centre venue…

White House slams Benetton’s Obama kissing ads

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday slammed a new Benetton advertising campaign showing US President Barack Obama kissing Chinese and Venezuelan leaders smack on the lips. “The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the president’s name and likeness for commercial purposes,” spokesman Eric Schultz…

Hawaiian singer surprises Obama summit with ‘Occupy’ song

HONOLULU, Hawaii — A popular Hawaiian recording artist turned a top-security dinner of Pacific Rim leaders hosted by President Barack Obama into a subtle protest with a song in support of the “Occupy” movement. Makana, who goes by one name, was enlisted to play a luau, or Hawaiian feast, Saturday…

Clinton presses China on Tibet

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced alarm over Beijing’s treatment of Tibetans and a blind rights activist as tensions between the superpowers threatened to intrude on Pacific Rim talks. In Honolulu for an Asia-Pacific summit, Clinton said Thursday that the United States welcomed a “thriving China” but wanted to…

Obama regains top spot in Forbes most powerful list

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has regained the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful people, edging out Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and last year’s winner, Chinese President Hu Jintao, who slipped down to third. Obama, who topped the list in 2009 only to…

World’s major emerging powers meet in China

SANYA, China — Leaders of the world’s major emerging powers are set to meet Thursday in China at a summit expected to tackle the conflict in Libya and reform of the international financial system. The summit of the five-member BRICS bloc — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —…

US Treasury cleared China of currency manipulation

WASHINGTON – The US Treasury cleared China of official accusations of currency manipulation Friday, but said progress toward allowing the yuan to appreciate was “insufficient.” In a report to Congress, the Treasury said that China, eight other countries and the eurozone had not manipulated exchange rates “for purposes of… gaining…

Colbert: Limbaugh ripped off my offensive Chinese impersonation

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert Thursday joined Asian Americans who were infuriated at conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for mocking the way Chinese President Hu Jintao speaks. The conservative commentator had lampooned Hu — who he called the “ChiCom dictator” — over his joint news conference Wednesday with US President Barack…

Asian-Americans slam Limbaugh for ‘childish’ mockery of Chinese

VIDEO: Colbert ‘upset’ over Limbaugh ripping off his ‘offensive Chinese impersonation’ from 2005 WASHINGTON — Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host heard by millions of Americans, came under fire from Asian Americans after he mocked the way visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao speaks. The commentator lampooned Hu — who he…

China’s Hu warns US on Tibet, Taiwan

WASHINGTON — Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday warned the United States to respect Beijing’s sovereignty over Taiwan and Tibet but assured that his country had no interest in engaging in an arms race. Hu repeatedly urged “mutual respect” and cooperation between the Pacific powers as he delivered a policy…

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