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World News Brief, Friday January 21

China admits it has much to do to improve human rights; Is it a shift in tone from President Hu? (+ analysis); Wikileaks banker fined then re-arrested; Who really killed Daniel Pearl?; Japanese debt reaches "critical point"; and more

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World News Brief, Thursday September 23

China threatens retaliation unless Japan releases fishing boat captain detained in disputed waters; China has already suspended diplomatic ties with Japan; America taking bigger role in Asian security; US may apply sanctions to China unless value of yuan rises; Hillary Clinton encourages Arab aid to Palestine; France investigates al-Qaeda kidnapping; and more

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