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Worker Protests Continue in Asia

Protesters were arrested in South Korea yesterday after the demonstrations turned violent. The protesters were marching in support of employees of Ssangyong Motor Co. who have occupied the plant for the past two months, halting production. The workers are protesting layoffs. The protesters were trying to enter the plant to give the workers fresh water. Gas and water supplies to the plant have been shut off in an effort to end the sit-in, Yonhap.

30,000 workers at a steel plant in Tonghua, China rioted yesterday. The workers were protesting a possible merger deal. The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, a Hong Kong human rights group, said that the protesters beat one of the company’s managers, Chen Guojun, to death, BBC News.

US Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is in the middle of a Mid-East tour to generate support for peace talks. Mitchell met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus today. Syria cut off diplomatic relations with Israel earlier this year after Israel initiated a military assault on Hamas, Voice of America.

India launched its first nuclear submarine today, IBN.

The Associated Press has a report on the protests for human rights in Iran yesterday.

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Quakes Shake Afghanistan

Two earthquakes hit the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan east of Kabul. At least 22 are dead and dozens injured, Hindustan Times.

Thai “Yellow Shirt” leader survives attempted assassination. Opponents shot Sondhi Limthingkul in the head as he was riding in a car, but he has survived, Christian Science Monitor.

Take two: Mumbai terror trial begins again today. The trial of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab that was delayed on Wednesday when his attorney was removed for conflict of interest has resumed. Kasab is accused of being the only living member of the group that conducted the Mumbai terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of more than 160 people last year, CNN International.

4 founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay have been sentenced to a year in jail in Sweden, the Local. The Local also reports that a Pirate Bay server confiscated by the Swedish police is on display at the National Museum of Science and Technology Stockholm – make your travel plans now!

A Pakistan aid conference hosted by Japan has raised more than $6 billion. Of the $6 billion Japan and the U.S. are both pledging $1 billion each, BBC News.

U.S. envoy George Mitchell meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas today and later with the Prime Minister, Salam Fayad, United Press International. Bloggers are reporting that Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, has said Obama expects to see the Two State solution implemented by the end of his first term, Talking Points Memo.

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