15 Mar '11, 1am

US envoy to take up Cambodia, Vietnam adoption: WASHINGTON - A US ENVOY will head this week to Vietnam and Cambo...

WASHINGTON - A US ENVOY will head this week to Vietnam and Cambodia to look at ways to resume adoptions, which have been suspended due to concerns over child trafficking, the State Department said on Monday. Susan Jacobs, the special US adviser on children's issues, will head on Wednesday to the South-east Asian countries for talks with officials and other stakeholders on adoption, the department said. The United States suspended adoptions from Cambodia in 2001 and from Vietnam in 2008. In Vietnam, a US probe found that some adoption rackets were paying US$10,000 (S$12,660) 'donations' to orphanages to claim falsely that infants were abandoned. The State Department, in a statement, said it 'welcomes Vietnam's strong efforts to create a child welfare system and an inter-country adoption process that will meet its obligations' under the Hague treaty on adoptions. The United ...

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\"Partial melt\" of fuel rod at stricken reactor: Japan envoy

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channelnewsasia.com 13 Mar '11, 2am

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channelnewsasia.com 12 Mar '11, 10pm

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straitstimes.com 13 Mar '11, 12am

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straitstimes.com 12 Mar '11, 11am

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straitstimes.com 10 Mar '11, 11am

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Mass protest in US state of Wisconsin over cuts

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channelnewsasia.com 13 Mar '11, 5am

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Vietnam detains American pro-democracy activist...

straitstimes.com 22 Mar '11, 10am

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straitstimes.com 16 Mar '11, 11pm

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US jobless claims rise: WASHINGTON: New claims ...

channelnewsasia.com 10 Mar '11, 4pm

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