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Burma Orders Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party to Halt Political Activity

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s state media say democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and her allies have been ordered to halt all political activities. The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said Wednesday the order was issued in a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi’s political movement, the National League for Democracy. The NLD was forced to dissolve […]

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Local Reports: 18 Children Dead in Uganda Lightning Strike

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Ugandan media reports say that lightning killed 18 children at a primary school in western Uganda on Tuesday, the latest in a series of deadly lightning strikes in the country. State-owned newspaper The New Vision says the students died instantly as they were waiting for a thunderstorm to end at the Runyanya Primary School in […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Closes on High Note

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index soared just over one and one-half percent to finish at 9,797. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 81.03 yen, a loss of a fraction of a yen from Tuesday. The Taipei market closed at 8,573, […]

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China Says Taiwan Shares Responsibility to Defend Spratlys Claim

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese official dealing with Taiwan relations has said the two governments have a common responsibility to defend Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Yang Yi, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a news conference in Beijing Wednesday that Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are obliged to […]

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Floods Kill at Least 14 in the Philippines

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least 14 people are dead in the southern Philippines after heavy rains triggered flash flooding on the island of Mindanao. Authorities said Wednesday that 15,000 families in five villages in Davao city had to be evacuated as their homes were inundated by the flood waters. Many of those killed were children. At least 10 […]

Taliban Militants Kill 10 Civilians in Kabul Hotel Attack

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say 10 Afghan civilians were killed Tuesday night when heavily armed Taliban militants stormed a luxury hotel in the capital, Kabul. The officials said early Wednesday the figure did not include at least six suicide bombers who either blew themselves up or were killed by security forces. They cautioned the death toll could […]

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South Korean Football Star Admits to Role in Fixing Matches

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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A top South Korean international football player has admitted to being involved in a growing match-fixing scandal. Officials with the country’s professional K-League say Choi Sung-kuk came forward Tuesday and confessed to throwing games. K-League officials say they have turned the case over to prosecutors. Choi, a member of the Suwon Samsung Bluewings team, is […]

New Zealand Experts Settle Fate of Lost Penguin

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s specially constituted “penguin advisory group” has decided the fate of “Happy Feet,” an Emperor penguin that turned up unexpectedly on a New Zealand beach last week. The team of wildlife experts put together by the New Zealand Department of Conservation said Wednesday the preferred option is to release the lost bird in the […]

New Zealand Experts Settle Fate of Lost Penguin

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand’s specially constituted “penguin advisory group” has decided the fate of “Happy Feet,” an Emperor penguin that turned up unexpectedly on a New Zealand beach last week. The team of wildlife experts put together by the New Zealand Department of Conservation said Wednesday the preferred option is to release the lost bird in the […]

Obama to Discuss Debt Ceiling with Democratic Leaders

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is set to meet with top Democratic Senate leaders on Wednesday to discuss stalled negotiations on how to raise the nation’s borrowing limit and avoid a potentially catastrophic debt default. President Obama will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic Senators following a news conference where the president […]

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