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PNG Acting Leader’s Son is Questioned in Death of Woman

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Papua New Guinea are questioning the son of acting Prime Minister Sam Abal in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found at Mr. Abal’s home of in the capital of Port Moresby. Police say Mr. Abal’s son Teo was detained for questioning Wednesday. He was seen entering the compound […]

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Nuclear-Tainted Tea Found at Five Japanese Plants

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in the Japanese prefecture of Shizuoka have asked five tea manufacturing plants to stop shipping green tea leaves after they were found to contain excessive levels of a radioactive material. The tea leaves contained 580 to 650 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, above the legal limit of 500 becquerels. The product was tested […]

Philippines Says it Removed Disputed South China Sea Markers

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Military officials in the Philippines say their navy has removed a number of marker posts from shoals and reefs in the South China Sea that are mutually claimed by the Philippines and China. Officials said Wednesday the posts were removed in May, shortly before the government protested that China had offloaded building materials and erected […]

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Suicide Bomber Strikes in Afghanistan’s Kapisa Province

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has killed at least five people in Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul. Government officials said the attacker was in a car when he blew himself up near a government building. Four civilians and at least one police officer were killed. At least four other people were wounded. Earlier, Afghan […]

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Shanghai Cooperation Summit Opens in Kazakhstan

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Central and South Asian leaders sat down Wednesday for security talks with their Russian and Chinese counterparts at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Kazakhstan. The leaders were expected to discuss expanding the core six-member group for the first time since it was founded 10 years ago. India, Pakistan and Iran all […]

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Arizona Wildfire Now State’s Largest Ever

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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A wildfire that began two weeks ago in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona is now the state’s largest ever. The Wallow Fire has so far burned nearly 190,000 hectares and destroyed more than 30 homes. Arizona’s second largest wildfire consumed 400 homes in 2002. Firefighters have the fire nearly 20 percent contained, but hundreds […]

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Afghan Vice President, Interior Minister Survive Rocket Attack

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say the country’s vice president and interior minister were unharmed by a rocket attack on a police training center south of Kabul. Government officials say Vice President Karim Khalili and Interior Minister Besmullah Mohammadi were unhurt in Wednesday’s attack, which took place while they were attending an event at the center in Wardak […]

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19 Killed in Venezuelan Prison Riot

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuela’s minister of interior and justice says the death toll from a Sunday prison riot has risen to 19. Tareck El Aissami said Tuesday that as many as 20 inmates were wounded in the violence that erupted at the El Rodeo prison. Overcrowding and violence are common in Venezuelan prisons. President Hugo Chavez’s government has […]

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Woman’s Body Found at Home of PNG Acting Leader

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Papua New Guinea are investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found at the home of acting Prime Minister Sam Abal in the capital of Port Moresby. In a statement carried by local news outlets, Mr. Abal says “all family members living with me are immediate suspects” and pledges to cooperate […]

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Report Says Chinese Officials Ignore Lead Poisoning in Children

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group says authorities in four Chinese provinces are hiding test results and denying care to children suffering the effects of industrial lead pollution. In a 75-page report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says parents, journalists and others who speak out about the problem have been “detained, harassed and ultimately silenced.” The […]