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Pakistani Protesters Demand PM's Resignationi
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August 20, 2014 4:13 AM
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched on Pakistan's parliament Tuesday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The demonstrations are led by two charismatic opposition leaders who claim that the ruling party rigged the 2013 election, which marked the country's first peaceful transfer of power between two civilian governments. Zlatica Hoke reports the demonstrators vow to continue.
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Video Pakistani Protesters Demand PM's Resignation

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched on Pakistan's parliament Tuesday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The demonstrations are led by two charismatic opposition leaders who claim that the ruling party rigged the 2013 election, which marked the country's first peaceful transfer of power between two civilian governments. Zlatica Hoke reports the demonstrators vow to continue.
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Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
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Video US Ambassador Presses for Quick Resolution of Afghan Elections

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Video Kerry: Law, Not Coercion, Key to South China Sea Disputes

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Video Pope’s Asia Trip Puts Focus on China's Growing Christian Population

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Video US Monitors S. China Sea after Beijing Knocks Down Proposal

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Video US Urges Calm in Sea Disputes During SE Asia Summit

Senior diplomats from Southeast Asian nations, China and the United States wrapped up talks in Myanmar's capital Sunday with a statement urging all sides to avoid confrontations in the South China Sea. Overlapping ownership claims in the oil- and gas-rich sea continue to be a major regional flashpoint, but efforts by the U.S. and Philippines to temporarily halt all so-called “provocative acts” such as oil drilling, failed to attract broad support. Barry Newhouse reports from Bangkok
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Video Tibetans in Exile Reach Out to Chinese Citizens in Renewed Push for Autonomy

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Video US Police Department Uses Chinese Social Media to Reach Residents

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Video ASEAN Foreign Ministers to Discuss South China Sea, Other Issues

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Video Thailand Makes Efforts to Improve Conditions for Migrant Laborers

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Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

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