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President, Lawmakers Continue US Debt Talks

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and members of Congress continue the search Thursday for a compromise on how to raise the country’s debt limit, as an August 2 deadline approaches to avoid a potentially catstrophic default. President Obama says he is not giving up hope for what he calls a “grand bargain” to raise the country’s […]

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Kenyans Get to Sue Britain for Alleged Mau Mau Abuses

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Four Kenyans have won court approval to sue the British government for alleged torture during the anti-colonial Mau Mau rebellion. The four Kenyans, all in their 70s and 80s, say they were beaten and sexually assaulted by British colonial officers trying to suppress the rebellion during the 1950s. The British government tried to have the […]

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Asia Markets Close Mixed

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mixed Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained a fraction of one percent to finish at 10,010. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost a fraction of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 21,987. Share prices were higher in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Manila, […]

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Japan’s ANA Forms New Budget Airline with AirAsia

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s biggest airline is joining forces with Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia to create a new low-cost airline to be based in Japan. All Nippon Airways announced the creation of AirAsia Japan Thursday in a joint press release with AirAsia. The companies say AirAsia Japan will be the first low-budget airline to operate out of Tokyo’s […]

Yemen Military Says Senior al-Qaida Member Killed

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s military says army forces have killed a leader of the country’s al-Qaida branch. The military said Thursday Ayed al-Shabwani was killed in heavy fighting between militants and government troops in the southern town of Zinjibar. Al-Qaida militants have controlled the town since May. Reports say troops also killed a second al-Qaida leader, but his […]

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Eurozone Leaders Meet to Discuss Second Bailout for Greece

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Eurozone leaders are meeting Thursday to discuss a second economic bailout for Greece. Officials say the rescue plan could allow Greece to slip into a temporary debt default as part of a bond payback plan, but is unlikely to contain a bank tax levy. The leaders of France and Germany, Europe’s two largest economies, reached […]

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Vietnam Pledges China Sea Defense as Legislative Session Opens

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s deputy prime minister pledged to defend the country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea as a newly elected National Assembly convened for the first time Thursday. Nguyen Sinh Hung said the government will act to protect Vietnamese fishermen and defend the country’s economic activities in the waterway, including its exploration for oil and […]

Syrian Activists: Gunfire in Homs

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Syrian rights activists says there is intense gunfire in the central city of Homs as security forces continue a crackdown on anti-government protesters. The activist for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday tanks moved to block off neighborhoods as government forces conducted raids and made arrests. Syrian rights activists and witnesses have […]

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Asian Ministers Urge Early Resumption of 6-Party Korean Talks

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Foreign ministers from East and Southeast Asia called Thursday for an early resumption of six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programs. The ministers issued the statement after a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, of the so-called ASEAN Plus 3. The annual meeting groups China, Japan and South Korea with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations. […]

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Australian Immigration Detention Hit with Second Day of Riots

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Australian police have put down violent protests at an immigration detention center on remote Christmas Island for a second consecutive day. Despite the violence, authorities say another 52 asylum seekers who arrived in Australia this week will be sent to the overcrowded facility. A boat carrying the asylum seekers and two crew members was intercepted […]