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Mexican Prison Riot Leaves 17 Dead

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities say 17 people were killed and two others wounded during a prison riot in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Police said Tuesdy gunshots could be heard coming from inside the Cereso prison. The Norte newspaper reported that some of the prisoners may have been dressed as prison guards. Meanwhile, the mayor of Ciudad Juarez, Hector […]

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Morocco in Mourning After Plane Crash Kills 78

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Morocco’s King Mohammed has declared three days of national mourning following a military plane crash that killed 78 people. The state-run MAP news agency says the plane crashed into a mountain Tuesday as the pilot was preparing to land in bad weather at a military airport near the southern town of Guelmim. It says three […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Suffers Losses

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index fell one-half of one percent to finish at 10,047. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.72 yen, a loss of one-fifth of a yen from Tuesday. The Taipei market finished at 8,817, a gain of […]

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South Korean Landslides Kill 18 Including Student Volunteers

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least 18 people are dead after two landslides triggered by heavy rains in South Korea Wednesday. Authorities say at least 12 people were killed when a landslide crashed into a mountain resort in Chuncheon, located about 100 kilometers east of Seoul. Among those staying at the resort were dozens of college students who had […]

Criticism Mounts Over Chinese Rail Accident

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese newspapers and websites leveled relentless criticism at railway officials Wednesday for their handling of a train wreck that killed 39 people and left 192 injured. Railway officials have struggled to explain the reasons for the collision Saturday, which sent several carriages tumbling off a bridge in eastern China. Late Tuesday, they began issuing compensation […]

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China Cites US Spy Flights as Obstacle to Closer Ties

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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China says U.S. surveillance flights near its coast have “severely harmed” strategic trust between the countries and are a “major obstacle” to closer military ties. The Global Times newspaper on Wednesday quoted defense ministry officials as demanding that the United States respect China’s sovereignty and security interests. The remarks follow a speech this week in […]

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North Korea Calls For US Peace Treaty Ahead of Disarmament Talks

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea is calling for a peace treaty officially ending the Korean War, as one of its senior diplomats visits the U.S. to discuss efforts to restart six-nation talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said a peace agreement could help resolve the deadlock over its nuclear ambitions and ease […]

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US Calls for Release of Dissident Vietnamese Priest

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is calling for the immediate release of a prominent Vietnamese dissident who has been taken back into custody despite frail health. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman issued a statement late Tuesday expressing “concern” over the re-arrest of Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly. Father Ly has been a long-time critic of Vietnam’s ruling […]

Obama Chief of Staff: US Will Not Default

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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The White House and House Republicans clashed Tuesday over differing plans to raise the U.S. debt ceiling one week before the August 2 deadline. Republican leaders Tuesday postponed a House vote on their plan until at least Thursday after it was discovered the bill did not include the level of budget cuts it promised. The […]

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Koreas Fail to Reach Terms for Kumgang Resort Talks

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea said Wednesday it has failed to reach agreement with Pyongyang on terms for talks on a dispute over a shuttered tourist resort in North Korea. Pyongyang agreed conditionally on Tuesday to attend a meeting this week, raising hopes for a breakthrough after amiable talks between the two Koreas in Indonesia last week. But […]