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Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Sues Australia

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong-based tobacco giant Philip Morris Asia announced a lawsuit Monday against the Australian government over the country’s plans to strip company logos from cigarette packages. Under proposed government legislation due to take effect next year, all logos would be removed from cigarette packaging and brand names would have to be printed in a specific […]

Pakistan Expels British Trainers

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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A British newspaper says Pakistan has expelled a team of British military trainers sent to help in the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida. The Guardian reported Sunday that Britain’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed the expulsion of at least 18 military advisers who were part of the $24-million-dollar program to train the paramilitary Frontier […]

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Sudan’s President Praises China Ahead of Visit to Beijing

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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China says a controversial visit to Beijing by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been delayed, forcing the postponement of a scheduled meeting Monday with President Hu Jintao. The planned four-day visit has been condemned by human rights groups because of China’s refusal to arrest Mr. Bashir on warrants issued by the International Criminal Court at […]

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Tokyo Markets Down, Dollar Up

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 2:20 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 80.71 yen, up three-tenths of a yen from late Friday. The Taipei market fell four-tenths of a percent , to close at 8,500.

China Welcomes “New Channel” for Dialogue With US

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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China is welcoming the opening of a “new channel” of communications with the United States after talks in Hawaii where South China Sea tensions were discussed. A commentary Sunday in the official Xinhua news agency said the talks resulted from Washington’s strategic emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region and China’s growing global influence. It said China […]

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WikiLeaks Cable Ties Chinese Officials to Taiwan ‘Honey Trap’

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Documents released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks show that U.S. diplomats suspected a female Taiwanese spy was responsible for the downfall of a top Chinese official. When Chinese Finance Minister Jin Renqing resigned his post in August of 2007, Beijing said he was stepping down for “personal reasons.” But in a U.S. State Department cable […]

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Israel Warns Journalists Against Gaza-Bound Flotilla

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Israel has warned that journalists found onboard a planned flotilla to the Gaza Strip will be banned from the country for 10 years and face other sanctions. The head of the government press office said in a letter to journalists Sunday that the flotilla is being organized by Western and Islamic extremists, and that those […]

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South Korea Holds Military Drills Near DMZ

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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The South Korean army says it is holding military drills near the heavily fortified border with North Korea this week. Military officials say the field-training exercises, set to run from Monday through Friday, will be held in the border city of Paju. Officials say the exercises are designed to examine the military’s combat readiness. South […]

Typhoon Sweeps Across South Korea, Killing 7

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Disaster officials say at least six people are dead and several others missing after a powerful typhoon swept across South Korea. A search-and-rescue official and a student are reported among the dead. Typhoon Meari skirted the west coast of the country Sunday, forcing the cancelation of dozens of domestic flights, knocking out power and flooding […]

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Sudan’s President Praises China Ahead of Visit to Beijing

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has praised China for helping his country to blunt the impact of U.S.-led economic sanctions in an interview ahead of his arrival in Beijing Monday. Mr. Bashir also said in the interview with China’s Xinhua news agency that he expects Beijing to continue to have good relations with both northern and […]

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