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Chinese media fault Obama for meeting with Dalai Lama

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Chinese media fault Obama for meeting with Dalai Lama

China continues to criticize the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to Washington. China's state-controlled media claims the Obama administration used the meeting to divert attention from economic and political challenges at home. As the English-language channel of China's state television reports, the meeting was damaging to U.S.-China relations.

Posted: February 19, 2010 15:22   Comments: 7
Marijuana laws loosen gradually around the globe

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Marijuana laws loosen gradually around the globe

During a recent upswing in drug violence in Mexican border towns, many critics of the drug war called for a change in U.S. policy toward marijuana use. Meanwhile, New Jersey just became the 14th U.S. state to allow marijuana for medical use. View our maps to compare current U.S. marijuana policy to laws in Europe and the rest of the world.

Posted: February 19, 2010 14:53   Comments: 20
Haiti struggles to provide housing for quake survivors

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Haiti struggles to provide housing for quake survivors

Haiti's government says it will take over some privately held land to build camps for quake survivors. The aim is to relieve overcrowding in makeshift camps where many of the one million-plus homeless have been living. But five weeks after the quake, a few stories of hope are emerging as well. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English reports from Haiti.

Posted: February 19, 2010 14:29   Comments: 2
U.S-China relations chill further over Tibetan question

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U.S-China relations chill further over Tibetan question

Disputes surrounding U.S. military support for Taiwan, internet freedoms and currency appreciation have created tension between the two countries in recent months. Washington's Tibetan community is reportedly proud that their spiritual leader was invited to the White House, but many have played down the visit. Here's more from our German partner Deutsche Welle.

Posted: February 18, 2010 16:20   Comments: 17
Worldfocus Radio: Burmese Political Change

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Worldfocus Radio: Burmese Political Change

Myanmar is on President Obama's list of countries deserving of direct diplomatic engagement. Many observers are hopeful that the Southeast Asian nation of 48 million people will respond to U.S. overtures and will hold a free and fair election in fall 2010. Joshua of Burma VJ and Suzanne DiMaggio join Martin Savidge to discuss political change in Burma.

Posted: February 17, 2010 12:19   Comments: 3
‘March of Anger’ protests against violent Mexican drug war

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‘March of Anger’ protests against violent Mexican drug war

On February 13, around 1,300 Mexicans took to the streets of Ciudad Juárez to protest the continued presence of the armed forces in the northern border city. Civil rights groups say the deployment of 6,000 combat troops has worsened the drug-related crime wave and have organized a "March of Anger" to voice their opposition. Read how bloggers are reacting.

Posted: February 16, 2010 15:48   Comments: 0
Mexican economy hard hit by drop in U.S. remittances

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Mexican economy hard hit by drop in U.S. remittances

Mexicans abroad are sending less money home to their families as a result of the global financial downturn and rising unemployment levels. These remittances are the country's second largest source of foreign currency -- after oil sales. Their rapid decline has hit the Mexican economy particularly hard. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Rodolfo de la Garza.

Posted: February 16, 2010 15:28   Comments: 11
U.S. policy toward Cuba remains largely unmodified

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U.S. policy toward Cuba remains largely unmodified

Prior to taking office, Barack Obama spoke of the need for a new approach to U.S.-Cuba relations and a sea change from the past. Last April, the Obama administration lifted a few restrictions on Cuban-Americans, including some on travel and on sending money back to Cuba. However, the 47-year-old embargo remain intact. Read what Cuban bloggers are saying.

Posted: February 15, 2010 15:38   Comments: 5
Cuban trade embargo continues to impair bilateral relations

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Cuban trade embargo continues to impair bilateral relations

Jose Moya, a professor of Latin American history at Barnard College, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the impact of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. Moya explains what U.S. policy has meant for Cuban businesses and for American companies investing in Cuba. He also discusses the future of U.S.-Cuba economic relations.

Posted: February 15, 2010 14:40   Comments: 2
Edgy Berlin artist colony hangs on to irreverent streak

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Edgy Berlin artist colony hangs on to irreverent streak

One of the world's most famous art collectives fears going from avant-garde to art history. Born in the frenzy that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall, the artists' compound known as "Tacheles" is among Berlin's most popular -- albeit unusual -- tourist attractions. As Deutsche Welle reports, 20 years of life on the cutting edge may soon come to an end.

Posted: February 15, 2010 13:05   Comments: 1
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