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McCain Calls on US to Take Greater Role in South China Sea Disputes

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Senator John McCain says the United States must help nations in the Southeast Asian region boost their maritime forces to counter China’s “unsubstantiated” territorial claims in the South China Sea. Speaking in Washington late Monday, the former presidential candidate said he is troubled about Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea, especially […]

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Hurricane Beatriz Threatens Mexican Coast

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical Storm Beatriz has turned into a hurricane just before making landfall on the southwest coast of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm is expected to move near the coast overnight before moving away late Tuesday. The hurricane has wind speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. Beatriz […]

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Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Provincial Governor

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has targeted the offices of a provincial governor in northern Afghanistan, killing two people. Officials said the bomber detonated his suicide vest outside the office of Parwan province’s governor Tuesday. There were no reports of injuries to the governor. The Interior Ministry says two people, including a young woman, were killed and […]

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Eurozone Ministers to Greece: No Bailout Payment without Spending Cuts

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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The government of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou faces a vote of confidence Tuesday. Mr. Papandreou is appealing to parliament to quickly pass his package of spending cuts and tax hikes to stave off bankruptcy and default on the country’s debt. Eurozone finance ministers say Greece must institute further severe economic reforms before it can […]

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European Stocks Higher in Midday Trading

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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European stock prices are higher in midday trading Tuesday. London’s Financial Times index and the DAX index in Frankfurt are both up seven-tenths of a percent, while the CAC-40 in Paris is up one percent, In New York, the S&P futures contract is up five points, indicating a higher opening. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained 1.1 […]

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Asian Election Monitors Decry Violence in Thai Campaign

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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An international organization is appealing for party leaders in Thailand to ask their supporters to end violence and stop obstructing the campaign processes of their opponents. The Asian Network for Free Elections, supported by private-sector groups in 11 countries, said Tuesday it has recorded several cases of threats and intimidation during the campaign for Thailand’s […]

New Graphic Images Warning of Dangers of Tobacco Use

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled a series of graphic images Tuesday that will appear on cigarette packages meant to warn of the dangers of smoking tobacco. The warnings feature pictures of rotting teeth, diseased lungs and dying cancer patients. The images must appear on the top half of the front and back labels […]

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Thousands Rally in Support of Syrian President

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of Syrians have gathered for rallies backing President Bashar al-Assad, a day after the leader blamed the country’s recent unrest on “saboteurs” and laid out plans to consider political reforms. Thousands of demonstrators holding flags and pictures of Mr. Assad gathered Tuesday in the capital, Damascus, while state television showed similar rallies […]

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Bangladesh Will Keep Islam State Religion

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Government officials in Bangladesh say the nation will retain Islam as its state religion, despite other moves to secularize the government. The Bangladeshi cabinet on Monday discussed a package of constitutional amendments. Officials said they decided not to change Islam’s status as the state religion even though the constitution, drafted in 1972, declares the country […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted June 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed higher Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained one and one-tenth percent to finish at 9,460. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index also rose one and one-tenth percent to finish the day’s trading at 21,851. Share prices were higher in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Taipei, but […]

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