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Atlantis Completes Final Landing of Shuttle Era

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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The space shuttle Atlantis has made a perfect landing, bringing an official end to 30 years of U.S. space shuttle missions. The crew of four astronauts on board Atlantis touched down just before 10:00 UTC at the Kennedy Space Center in the southern state of Florida. Perfect weather conditions and a crowd of hundreds welcomed […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Makes Slight Gains

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed slightly higher Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained a fraction of one percent to finish at 10,010. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 78.86 yen, a gain of less than one tenth of a yen from Wednesday. Gold is trading at […]

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Police Raid Greenpeace Offices After GM Wheat Crop Destroyed

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Australia have raided the offices of the environmental activist group Greenpeace after three of its members destroyed an experimental crop of genetically modified wheat. The activists wore mock hazard suits as they scaled a fence and cut down the crop last week at a farm in Canberra operated by the country’s top scientific […]

HSBC Survey Shows Slowdown in Chinese Manufacturing

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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A leading bank survey finds that manufacturing activity in China declined this month for the first time in a year, driven by government measures to slow the economy and ease inflation. The monthly survey by British banking giant HSBC also found that manufacturers are being hurt by rising costs for labor and raw materials as […]

Atlantis Makes Preparations for Final Landing of Shuttle Era

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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The space shuttle Atlantis is making final preparations for its last return to earth, marking the end of the 30-year U.S. space shuttle program. NASA says the four astronauts on board Atlantis shut the payload doors and began de-orbiting procedures on Thursday. The shuttle is scheduled to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center in […]

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US Blogger Exposes Fake Apple Stores in China

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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An American living in China has exposed at least three fake Apple stores designed to look like the distinctive outlets operated by the popular U.S. technology retailer. The woman posted photos of the stores in the southern city of Kunming on her blog, BirdAbroad. The photos show stores that look like genuine Apple stores, complete […]

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Asian Stocks Mixed

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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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 Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Manila and Shanghai. In currency trading, […]

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Bomb Kills 3 in Southwest Pakistan

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Police in southwestern Pakistan say a bomb has hit a vehicle in Baluchistan province, killing three workers from a state-owned oil and gas company. Authorities said the blast Thursday in the town of Jaaferabad also wounded at least four other people. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Baluchistan has faced an Islamist militancy, […]

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Vietnam Legislature Opens With China Sea on Agenda

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s newly elected National Assembly convened for the first time Thursday with rising tensions over the South China Sea on its agenda for the first time. The government has recently proposed various measures to beef up security following reports that Chinese ships have interfered with Vietnamese fishermen and oil exploration vessels in disputed areas of […]

Japanese Man Receives Life Imprisonment for Rape and Murder of British Woman

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese man convicted of raping and murdering a British teacher has been sentenced to life in prison. Japan’s Chiba District Court on Thursday sentenced Tatsuya Ichihashi for killing 22-year-old Lindsay Ann Hawker. Hawker’s parents were present on Thursday to hear the verdict. Her father had previously asked the court to show Ichihashi no mercy. […]

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