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Australia Investigates Possible Organ Trafficking

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Australia are investigating the country’s first suspected case of organ trafficking. The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported Thursday that an elderly Sydney woman suffering from a kidney disease is suspected of flying in a younger woman from the Philippines with the intent of harvesting an organ from her. The newspaper said that routine […]

Panasonic to Sell White Goods Operations to China’s Haier

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s Panasonic Corporation has decided to sell the so-called white goods operations of its subsidiary Sanyo Electric to China’s Haier Group. The planned sale of the washing machine and refrigerator operations aims to avoid Sanyo’s business overlapping that of its Osaka-based parent firm, Panasonic. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of […]

US Sailboat Too Crowded in Fatal Incident

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in California say the capsizing of a sailboat that led to the drowning of two people was due to overcrowding on the vessel and its poor condition. The two men who drowned were among 10 people on board the boat when it capsized into the water in San Diego Bay in March. All 10 […]

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New Al-Qaida Chief Hails Syrian Protesters

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 9:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Al-Qaida’s new leader is claiming solidarity with Syria’s pro-democracy movement, while urging protesters there to direct their anti-government uprising also against the United States and Israel. In a video message posted on Islamist websites Wednesday, Ayman al-Zawahri directly addressed the Syrian demonstrators who have risen up against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule despite a bloody government […]

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Tajikistan to Free 15,000 Prisoners in Mass Amnesty

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 9:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Tajik officials say President Emomali Rakhmon plans to free 15,000 prisoners in an amnesty to mark the 20th anniversary of the country’s independence. The presidential press service said Wednesday the amnesty law, sent by Mr. Rakhmon for approval by parliament, will release approximately half of the Central Asian nation’s prison population. Tajik officials say the […]

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Bodies Found in Hidden Grave in Mexico

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Mexico say at least 15 bodies have been found in a hidden grave in the northern part of the country. Officials Wednesday said the grave is located in a town near the industrial city of Monterrey, which is the capital of the state of Nuevo Leon. Monterrey has been the scene of deadly […]

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South Korean Cargo Plane Crashes Near Jeju Island

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A South Korean cargo plane has crashed in waters off South Korea’s southern Jeju island killing two people. The Yonhap news agency quotes the coast guard as saying the Asiana Airlines plane crashed early Thursday. The Boeing 744 plane with one pilot and one crew member was headed from the Incheon International Airport to Pudong […]

Britain Recognizes Libyan Rebel Council; Gadhafi Deadline Expires

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain has granted diplomatic recognition to Libya’s opposition ruling council while the group’s leadership withdrew an offer for leader Moammar Gadhafi to stay in the country if he ceded power. British Foreign Secretary William Hague Wednesday said his government also expelled all of Libya’s diplomats and invited the rebel Transitional National Council to replace them. […]

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Ivorian President: Equal Justice in Post-Election Violence

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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An international rights group says forces allied with Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara continued terrorizing certain ethnic groups even after the country’s political crisis was resolved. Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday hundreds of thousands of refugees are too afraid to return to their homes because they fear they will be targeted for attacks. […]

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Britain Starts One-Year Countdown to 2012 London Summer Olympics

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain launched the one-year countdown to the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Wednesday with a day of festivities in the British capital and other cities around the globe. A huge countdown clock was unveiled in central London. International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge issued a formal invitation to all 202 nations with […]

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