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Australia Announces Massive Selloff of Military Equipment

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Australian military says it will sell dozens of ships, aircraft and armored vehicles in the biggest disposal of surplus military equipment since the end of World War Two. The military announced Wednesday it will sell 24 ships, more than 200 aircraft of various types, and 600 armored vehicles over the next 15 years. The […]

Britain Faces Mass Strikes

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Britain’s airports are warning travellers they could face major delays Thursday when civil servants and teachers plan to take part in a nationwide strike. BAA, which runs Heathrow, Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports, made the statement Wednesday. Nearly three quarters of a milllion teachers and civil servants are planning to walk off the […]

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Asian Nations Are Urged to Address Disasters Together

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations agency says Asian nations must work together to reduce the impact of increasingly severe weather events and natural disasters that threaten the region’s economic recovery. Nagesh Kumar, the deputy chief of the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, issued the warning Wednesday to delegates from 31 Asian nations […]

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

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Burmese political organization led by Aung San Suu Kyi says it has been ordered to halt all political activities. A spokesman for the National League for Democracy told VOA’s Burmese service Wednesday that the group is considering its response to the order, which came in a letter from the government. The NLD was forced […]

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Pakistan Charges 7 in Videotaped Killing

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has charged six members of the paramilitary forces and a civilian with murder for the videotaped killing of an unarmed man earlier this month. The charges Wednesday come three weeks after 22-year-old Sarfaraz Shah was killed in the southern city of Karachi. The video shows a civilian dragging Shah over to a […]

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Clashes in Cairo Injure More Than 40

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters in Cairo have injured more than 40 people Wednesday as demonstrators called for the country’s field marshal to step down. Demonstrators are frustrated with what they see as the slow prosecution of security officers believed to be responsible for the deaths of protesters during an 18-day uprising earlier […]

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Philippines Sex Club Crackdown Linked to US Trafficking Report

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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National police in the Philippines are linking a crackdown on sex clubs in a notorious red-light district north of Manila to the country’s removal from a U.S. human trafficking watch list. Officials said about 100 sex workers were rescued in Tuesday night raids on three foreign-owned sex clubs in Angeles City, the site of a […]

Malaysian Police Continue Arrests of Election Reform Activists

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Malaysia arrested 14 people Wednesday for supporting an upcoming mass rally calling for electoral reform. The arrests in northern Perak state bring to nearly 100 the number of people detained since last week for promoting the July 9 demonstration in Kuala Lumpur. The arrests include 30 members of the Socialist Party of Malaysia, […]

Japan’s Nikkei Loses Ground

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is slightly higher 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 81.15 a gain of a fraction of a yen from Tuesday. Gold is trading at $1,508.30 an […]

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Government Tanks Shell Northern Syrian Province

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say government tanks have moved into the northern province of Idlib, the latest move in an on-going, violent crackdown against protesters calling for an end to the Syrian president’s 11-year rule. Activists say several tanks rolled into the village of Rama overnight, sending more people fleeing to Syria’s border with Turkey, where thousands […]

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