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WFP Cuts Afghan Food Assistance

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations World Food Program says it is cutting food assistance to millions of people in Afghanistan because of a shortage of funds from donor nations. The agency said Monday instead of 7 million people, the agency can afford to feed only 3.8 million Afghans. A WFP spokesman said the U.N. agency will focus […]

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Tokyo Markets Down, Dollar Up

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese share prices ended lower Monday, while the dollar rose against the yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped 1.04 percent , to close at 9,578. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 80.77 yen, up three-tenths of a yen from late Friday. Gold was selling at $1,499.20 an ounce.

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Vietnam to Switch from Firing Squads to Lethal Injection

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam will begin on Friday to carry out the death penalty by lethal injection instead of firing squad. Legislators looking for a more humane method of carrying out the death penalty approved the change last year. The government said lethal injection causes less pain for the condemned and reduces psychological pressure on the executioners. The […]

Malaysia Arrests 30 on Subversion Charges Before Mass Rally

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Thirty members of a Malaysian opposition party have been charged with plotting to overthrow the government after they were arrested on the way to an event promoting a mass political rally next month. Police say the 30 Socialist Party of Malaysia members, including a member of parliament, were arrested Saturday because police found leaflets and […]

China Tests High-Speed Train Line

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Developers of China’s high-speed train system conducted a test run of the showcase Beijing-to-Shanghai route Monday. A train set out from Beijing for the 1,318-kilometer trip carrying government officials, reporters and executives of the companies that are building the line. The new service takes five hours to make the trip, half as long as a […]

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ICC Set to Rule on Gadhafi Warrant

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Judges at the International Criminal Court are set to decide whether to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two of his most trusted lieutenants on war crimes charges. The court in The Hague is expected to announce the judges’ decision on Monday. ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has asked for arrest warrants for […]

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Asian Markets Mostly Lower

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were mostly lower in trading Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped one percent to close at 9,578. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell six-tenths of a percent to end at 22,042. Elsewhere, share prices were lower in Taipei, Sydney, Wellington and Manila. Shanghai markets closed slightly higher. The dollar was selling at 80.78 […]

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Suspected Kurdish Rebels Kill Turkish Soldier

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s Anatolia news agency says Kurdish rebels have attacked soldiers in eastern Turkey, killing one and wounded three others. The semi-official news agency reported the attack happened Sunday in the town of Saray, when the rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party opened fire on a military vehicle. The PKK has been fighting against Turkey’s military […]

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7 Afghans Killed in Bomb Blasts

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says two separate roadside bomb blasts Monday in Ghazni province have killed seven people. Authorities say four civilians, including two children, were killed when their car hit a bomb in Qarabagh district. Officials say another three Afghans were killed when their vehicle struck a bomb in Ghazni city.

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Tribunal Opens Trial of Top Khmer Rouge Leaders

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The top surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge appeared in a Cambodian courtroom Monday at the beginning of their long-awaited trial for crimes against humanity. The trial is the showcase event for the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal, which was created to demonstrate impartial justice and foster healing in a country long divided by the […]