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UN to Repatriate 43,000 Angolan Refugees

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency says more than 43,000 Angolan refugees living in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be voluntarily repatriated starting next month. The plan, announced Wednesday, says the repatriation is scheduled to begin July 4 and conclude early next year. Many Angolans fled their country after the outbreak of civil war in 1975. […]

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Samsung Leader Lashes Out Against Internal Corruption

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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The head of South Korean-based conglomerate Samsung is vowing to root out corruption within the company after the resignation of a top executive at its arms-making unit. Lee Kun-hee, the head of the conglomerate’s flagship Samsung Electronics, made the pledge Thursday, a day after Oh Chang-suk stepped down as head of of subsidiary Samsung Techwin. […]

Libya Seeks Chinese Help in Securing Cease-Fire With Rebels

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say an envoy from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has urged China to help secure a cease-fire between his government and rebel forces in the east of the country. The official Xinhua news agency said Abdelati Obeidi made the remark at a meeting in Beijing Wednesday with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Yang was […]

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Netherlands Transit Strike Hits Rotterdam

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Public transit workers in Rotterdam, the Netherlands are staging a 24 hour strike Thursday to protest cuts to the transit agency. Rotterdam is the third Dutch city hit by a day long transit work stoppage this week. On Wednesday, bus, tram, and metro workers stayed off the job in The Hague, protesting $175 million in […]

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Taiwan Will Open to Individual Chinese Tourists Later This Month

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say Chinese tourists from selected cities will be able to start visiting Taiwan on their own by the end of this month. The plan was endorsed Wednesday at a meeting of officials from China and Taiwan to review a number of agreements between the two governments. Until now, Chinese have been allowed to visit […]

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New York Times Says US Intensifying Covert War in Yemen

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:11 am (UTC-5)
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A major American newspaper is reporting that the U.S. government has intensified its covert war in Yemen in recent weeks, deploying armed drones and fighter jets to attack militant suspects seeking to undermine the shaky Sana’a government. Citing U.S. officials, The New York Times said that after nearly a year-long pause in American airstrikes, the […]

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French IMF Candidate Voices Satisfaction After Beijing Talks

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde says she is “very satisfied” after two days of talks with Chinese leaders about her bid to become managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde spoke to reporters in Beijing Thursday following her meetings with Vice Premier Wang Qishan, central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan, and other senior officials. She […]