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UN Mission Reintegrating Ex-Soldiers in Darfur

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Mission in Sudan’s Darfur region says it has begun a campaign to disarm and reintegrate more than 400 ex-fighters from both sides of the long-running conflict between rebels and the government. The U.N. said it began the campaign Monday in El Fasher in North Darfur, with fighters from both the Sudanese Armed […]

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Roadside Bomb Kills One on Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 2:31 am (UTC-5)
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A roadside bomb has killed at least one Pakistani soldier and wounded as many as 14 others along the country’s troubled border with Afghanistan. Pakistani officials say unknown militants set off the bomb near an army vehicle early Tuesday in the North Waziristan region. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. North Waziristan is […]

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Small Gains for Japan’s Nikkei

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed slightly higher Tuesday, while the U.S. dollar is higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained a fraction of one percent to finish at 9,972. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 81.08 yen, a gain of just over one-quarter of a yen from Monday. The Taipei market closed at […]

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UN Chief Welcomes ‘Orderly Conduct’ of Thai Election

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the “orderly conduct” of Thailand’s parliamentary election, as victorious Puea Thai leaders begin talks on forming a government. Mr. Ban issued his statement from New York late Monday, saying he hopes the voting will help “consolidate democracy, reconciliation and stability” in Thailand. A pan-Asian monitoring group, the Asian Network […]

Burma Dissident Groups Demand End to Chinese Dam Projects

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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A coalition of Burmese activist groups is demanding that China halt work on a series of dams in northern Burma, where ethnic Kachin rebels are under attack from government forces. The nine-member alliance of monks, students and youth groups also calls in statements issued Tuesday for renewed pressure on the Burmese government to end its […]

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Oil Pipeline Ruptures in Western US

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in the western U.S. state of Montana say an oil pipeline that ruptured last week dumped about 1,000 barrels of crude oil into the rain-swollen Yellowstone River. The spill from the ExxonMobil pipeline late Friday near the town of Laurel sent oil many kilometers downstream in the river known for its superb fishing. Residents […]

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Japanese Reconstruction Minister Quits Under Pressure

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s newly named reconstruction minister resigned Tuesday over remarks that offended survivors of the country’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Ryu Matsumoto stepped down after meeting with embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan, only a week after Matsumoto was appointed to the post. It was the latest in a string of embarrassments for Mr. Kan, who […]