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Losses Continue for Japan’s Nikkei

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is lower 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 77.80 yen, a loss of nearly one-quarter of a yen from Wednesday. The Taipei market finished at 8,767, a […]

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UN Peacekeepers Deployed to Sudan’s Abyei Region

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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The top United Nations peacekeeping official says 500 troops have been deployed to the disputed Abyei region of Sudan. Alain Le Roy told the Security Council Wednesday that he expects to have up to 1,200 troops in the region by Sunday. Le Roy says the situation in oil rich Abyei remains tense. But he says […]

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Century-Worst Deluge Kills Dozens in South Korea

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say dozens of people have died as a result of mudslides triggered by the heaviest rains to hit the nation’s capital in a century. Soldiers and police were called out Thursday to assist with rescue and clean-up efforts as the rain continued into a third day. Thirteen people were killed and 24 […]

Jury in Antigua Convicts Pair in Slaying of Honeymooners

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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A jury has convicted two Antinguan men of murdering a Welsh couple during their honeymoon on the popular Caribbean vacation island. The two men, Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin, were found guilty Wednesday of shooting to death Benjamin and Catherine Mullany in their luxury beach cottage in an apparent robbery attempt in 2008. Howell and […]

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Thai Parliament to Open Monday

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s election commission has certified all but a handful of the winners in July 3 elections, clearing the way for parliament to open its session on Monday. The chamber is expected to select Yingluck Shinawatra, candidate of the winning Phue Thai party, as Thailand’s first female prime minister before the end of the week. The […]

ADB Forecasts Slower Economic Growth for East Asia

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank says the East Asian region will grow at a more moderate pace this year and next due to rising inflation and sovereign debt woes in the United States and Europe. In a report issued Wednesday, the Manila-based lender forecasts average growth for the emerging economies of East Asia at 7.9 percent […]

China Blames Signaling Equipment for Deadly Train Crash

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say a design flaw and human error combined to cause the nation’s deadliest train accident since 2008. State media Thursday quoted railway officials saying a severe flaw in the design of signaling equipment prevented a green light from turning to red after a lightning strike halted a train on a high-speed line south […]

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Libyan Rebel Deadline for Gadhafi Expires

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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The head of Libya’s opposition council says the rebel group’s offer for leader Moammar Gadhafi to remain in the country if he cedes power has expired. Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Wednesday that the proposal, which was presented to a United Nations envoy about a month ago, had a deadline attached. Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi […]

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Chavez Says “Largely Recovered” From Cancer

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is recovering from his battle with cancer, and that he will win the country’s presidential elections next year. Mr. Chavez said Wednesday he has “largely recovered” from the disease, beating his chest and stomach to demonstrate his health during televised interviews. However, Mr. Chavez said he will soon undergo […]

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