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Pakistan, India to normalize trade by end of year

Pakistan will normalize trade with India by the end of 2012, Islamabad announced Wednesday, signalling its commitment to liberalizing trade with its regional rival.

US official: North Korea food aid tied to nuclear progress

US food aid for North Korea is now linked to political conditions, including the shutting down of Pyongyang's nuclear programme, a senior US military official said Tuesday, directly contradicting stated US policy.

China's northwest hit by riots that leave 12 dead

 There has long been tension between Han Chinese migrants and the region's native Turkish Muslim Uighur ethnic group.

India workers' strike sees mixed response

All India Trade Union Congress general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said: “This is a historic occasion. For the first time all the big trade unions have come together to protest the anti-labor policies of the government.”

Samsung boss sued by sister for inheritance in growing family feud

Lee Sook-Hee has filed a suit against her 70-year-old brother demanding that he hand over part of the sum that their father left before his death in 1987.

Lead poisoning sickens hundreds of children in China

Environmentalists warn that these figures merely represent the tip of the iceberg. 

Indonesian Supreme Court upholds Abu Bakar Bashir jail term

Considered the spiritual leader of Al Qaeda-linked militants blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings, as well other attacks in the mainly Muslim nation, Bashir established an Islamist militant training camp in western Indonesia and was found guilty of inciting terrorism by a district court in June.

Olympus unveils new board members

Former chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and two other former executives were arrested earlier this month as part of an ongoing probe into the company’s efforts to cover up massive investment losses incurred in the late 1980s bubble economy.

Nepal villager crowned world's shortest man

A 72-year-old man from an isolated mountain village in Nepal has been declared the world's shortest man ever by Guinness World Records officials.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi lives in Rhimkholi, an isolated mountain village some 400 kilometers west of Nepalese capital, Kathmandu. A foreign contractor cutting timber in the village last month alerted local media to his height.

Pakistan begins demolishing Osama bin Laden compound

Residents say the government brought in three mechanised backhoes on Saturday, and started to destroy the compound’s tall outer walls after sunset.
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