China bans construction of government buildings
Myanmar releases dozens of political prisoners
Vietnam to seek end to arms embargo on US visit
US top general seeks Afghan troops deal by October

China bans construction of government buildings
China’s leaders have banned the construction of government buildings for five years as another step in a frugality drive that aims to address public anger at corruption.

Myanmar releases dozens of political prisoners
Myanmar started releasing nearly 70 political prisoners Tuesday, just days after the president promised during a European tour to free all who remain behind bars for opposing the government by the year’s end.

Vietnam to seek end to arms embargo on US visit
Vietnam’s president Truong Tan Sang is calling for an end to a U.S. ban on the sale of lethal weapons to his country ahead of talks this week with President Barack Obama.

US top general seeks Afghan troops deal by October
America’s top general on Monday said he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October to give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence instead of a total pullout.

Philippine leader loses patience over corruption
The Philippine president said Monday three years of anti-corruption reforms have banished his country’s image as the “sick man of Asia” but added he has lost patience over continuing problems such as large-scale smuggling and declared a tougher crackdown against wrongdoing in government.

Lawyer: Snowden to stay in Russia for now
Edward Snowden may be settling in for a long stay in Russia, his lawyer indicated Wednesday, saying the National Security Agency leaker plans to start studying the Russian language and culture and that, for the time being, Russia is his final destination.

Egypt army call signals possible crackdown
Egypt’s military chief on Wednesday called on his countrymen to hold mass demonstrations to voice their support for the army and police to deal with potential “violence and terrorism,” a move that signals a stepped up campaign against supporters of the ousted Islamist president.

Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to SF parks
Google and a San Francisco supervisor announced a partnership on Wednesday to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks, plazas and open spaces.

Dell’s founder boosts offer to buy the company
A group led by Dell’s founder raised its offer for the struggling computer maker Wednesday in hopes of attracting more shareholder support for its plan to take the company private.

US lawmaker urges steps to open Japanese markets
House Democratic leader Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan on trade policy says the time is right to press Japan on its closed markets as Japan formally joins the United States and 10 other Asia-Pacific nations in negotiations to create a major new trade bloc.

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