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Week-Long TPP Session Opens in Vietnam

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Trade negotiators from nine countries are meeting in Vietnam at the start of a five-day free trade bargaining session. The talks, which opened in Ho Chi Minh City Monday, are aimed at reaching broad agreement on terms of the so-called Trans Pacific Partnership ahead of a November summit in Hawaii. The countries have already agreed […]

Japan Vents Damaged Reactor Building

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials said Monday they have fully opened a door to the building housing one of the Fukushima nuclear plant’s damaged reactors to release water vapor so that workers can install a cooling system to prevent an explosion. A spokesman for the Tokyo Electric Power Company said said the amount of radiation released by ventilating […]

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Tunisia Set to Open Trial Against Former Leader

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Tunisia is set to begin a trial in absentia Monday of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who is facing charges including conspiring against the state, voluntary manslaughter and drug trafficking. Mr. Ben Ali and his entourage are facing more than 90 cases. Officials say he will be tried in a military and a civilian […]

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