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Landmark Lawsuit Tests Limits for Growers of GM Foods

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A landmark lawsuit in Australia is raising new questions about the responsibilities of growers of genetically modified crops. West Australia GM farmer Michael Baxter is being sued by his lifelong friend and neighbor Steve Marsh after some modified canola seed blew onto the neighbor’s farm. That caused Marsh to lose his license to sell organic […]

Losses Continue for Japan’s Nikkei

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost nearly one and one-half percent to finish at 9,901. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.69 yen, a loss of more than one-quarter of a yen from Wednesday. Gold is trading at $1,618.00 an […]

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Deadly Battle Between Philippine Soldiers, Islamist Rebels

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Philippine military spokesman says seven soldiers were killed and 21 were wounded during a firefight with al-Qaida-linked militants on a remote southern island. Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang says the fight occurred on Jolo Island before dawn Thursday. He says the soldiers were pursuing a small group of Abu Sayyaf fighters when they accidentally came […]

Court Delivers Light Sentences in Indonesian Mob Killings

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Indonesia has handed sentences of less than six months to two men for their roles in an mob attack that killed three members of a minority religious sect. Human rights groups criticized the sentences, saying they were far too lenient to discourage future violence by religious extremists. The court Thursday gave a […]

Asian Stocks Mostly Lower

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost nearly one and one-half percent to finish at 9,901. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained just over one-tenth of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 22,571. Share prices were lower in Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. Trading in Manila was virtually unchanged […]

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Malawi Govt. Surprised US Agency Withholding Aid Package

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s government says its surprised the United States has withheld a $350 million aid package because of deadly clashes between police and protesters last week. The Millenium Challenge Corporation , a U.S. government agency that assists developing countries, says it will review whether to suspend or terminate aid to Malawi after 18 people died during […]

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Chinese Premier Promises Full Probe of Deadly Train Crash

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised Thursday a complete and open investigation into the nation’s deadliest train accident since 2008, saying anyone found to have been at fault will be punished severely. Mr. Wen also said the government’s top priority is to protect peoples’ lives during a visit Thursday to the site of Saturday’s train wreck, […]

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Spokesman for Dagestan Leader Killed

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say a high-ranking provincial government official in the troubled region of Dagestan has been killed. State-owned news agency RIA quotes an interior ministry official as saying unidentified gunmen opened fire early Thursday on the car of Garun Kurbanov. Kurbanov is the press secretary for the leader of the Dagestan Republic . His driver […]

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Indonesian Pilots Stage Day-Long Walkout

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of pilots with Indonesia’s state-run Garuda Airlines are on a 24-hour strike to protest pay inequality. The pilots walked off the job early Thursday after negotiations broke down between management and the pilots’ union. The union wants its Indonesian-born pilots to receive the same pay as their foreign-born colleagues. The union says foreign-born pilots […]

US-North Korea Talks to Begin in New York

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. and North Korean negotiators will meet Thursday morning in New York for their first direct talks in more than 18 months. Crowd control officers were expected to put up barricades outside the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where the talks are to start sometime after 9 a.m. local time The U.S. side will […]

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