Showing Archived Posts

Activists Say Syrian Security Forces Kill 10 in Homs

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Witnesses and activists say Syrian security forces have killed 10 people in the central city of Homs, as part of a continued crackdown against a more than four-month-long anti-government uprising. The reported killings come days after sectarian fighting in the city between supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad killed about 30 people. Activists say […]

Tags: Posted in Middle East

China Reports Continued Growth of Internet Usage

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

China says the world’s largest online population is rapidly getting larger. The government said Tuesday that 485 million people in China were using the Internet at the end of June. That marks a 6.1 percent increase in just six months. The report from the China Internet Network Information Center also said 195 million people in […]

Japan’s Nikkei Ends Trading Day in Negative Territory

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Japanese markets closed lower Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is slightly lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost nearly one percent to finish at 9,890. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 79.03 yen, a loss of a fraction of a yen from Monday. Gold is trading at $1,601.73 an ounce.

Tags: , Posted in Economy

7 Afghan Police Killed as Security Transition Begins

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Afghan officials say seven police officers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, as NATO troops begin to hand over security control of some areas to Afghan forces. Authorities said the officers were killed Monday at a checkpoint near Lashkar Gar in Helmand province. The killings came as U.S. General David Petraeus ended his command of […]

Tags: Posted in South Asia

Heavy Shooting Near Guinea Presidential Residence

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Armed assailants have attacked the private home of Guinea President Alpha Conde in Conkary. Mr Conde was not injured in the attack early Tuesday and is safe. The heavy gunfire reportedly lasted for one hour before the military took control of the Kaporo Rails neighborhood. A witness in Conkary told VOA the military has sealed […]

Tags: , Posted in Africa

Roadside Bomb Kills 5 Militants in Northwest Pakistan

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Officials in southwestern Pakistan say gunmen have kidnappped eight Pakistani employees of a U.S.-based aid organization. Authorities said Tuesday the aid workers from the American Refugee Committee were kidnapped in Baluchistan province after distributing aid to Afghan refugees. Baluchistan has faced an Islamist militancy, a local insurgency, and sectarian violence between majority Sunnis and minority […]

Tags: , , , Posted in South Asia

Israeli Military Contacts Gaza-Bound Yacht

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

The Israeli military says it has made contact with a French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists trying to breach Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The military said it contacted the Dignity al-Karama on Tuesday and warned the vessel the leave the area. The yacht is the only vessel remaining from a flotilla that pro-Palestinian […]

Tags: , , Posted in Middle East

Taiwan Report Warns of Growing Chinese Military Advantage

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Taiwan says it is falling further behind in its race to keep up with China’s rapidly expanding military capability. In a biennial defense white paper published Tuesday, Taiwan says China is already capable of imposing a naval blockade around Taiwan and seizing Taiwan-controlled offshore islands. It says the balance of power is expected to continue […]

Japanese Women’s Football Team Makes Triumphant Return Home

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Thousands of flag-waving fans flocked to Tokyo’s Narita Airport Tuesday to welcome Japan’s women’s football players on their return home as the nation’s first World Cup champions. Fans waved and cheered as the players strode through the terminal wearing the gold medals they earned with an unexpected victory over the United States. The women stunned […]

Asian Stocks Mixed

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Asian stock markets closed mixed Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost nearly one percent to finish at 9,890. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained nearly one-half of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 21,902. Share prices were higher in Manila and Wellington, but lower in Sydney, Taipei and Shanghai. In currency trading, the dollar […]

Tags: , , Posted in Economy