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Greek Taxi Strike to Continue Indefinitely

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Striking Greek taxi owners Tuesday held a fresh round of protests, after negotiations with the government on new licensing laws fell apart Monday. The collapse of the talks came as drivers on Monday blocked key highways leading to airports and popular resorts and ports, tying up traffic and disrupting the plans of tourists. The drivers […]

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Asia Markets Close Lower

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed lower Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped nearly one and one-quarter percent to finish at 9,845. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell one percent to finish the day’s trading at 22,421. Share prices were also lower in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. In […]

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Local Fans Cheer Taiwan Golfer After Historic Win

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan golf star Yani Tseng has received a hero’s welcome home after winning the Women’s British Open for the second consecutive year. The 22-year-old Tseng was greeted by relatives and hundreds of excited fans when she arrived at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport Tuesday. She received a large bouquet of roses and a hug from her […]

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Rights Group Says Syrian Forces Kill 24

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Human rights activists say Syrian forces have killed at least 24 civilians in attacks on several cities, as the U.N. Security Council met to discuss President Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters. The activists said some of the attacks Monday came as people protested following evening prayers on the first day of the […]

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Bomb Attack Outside Iraqi Christian Church Wounds 23

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Police in northern Iraq say a car bomb has exploded outside a Christian church in the ethnically-divided city of Kirkuk, wounding at least 23 people. Authorities said the blast Tuesday damaged the church as well as homes in the area. As many as 1.2 million Christians lived in Iraq before the 2003 invasion to oust […]

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Shanghai Court Jails Former Officials Over High-Rise Fire

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese media say a court in Shanghai has given long jail terms to four former city officials linked to a high-rise fire that killed 58 people in November. The reports say the former director of construction in the city district where the fire took place was sentenced to 16 years for abuse of power and […]

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Tropical Storm Emily Eyes Puerto Rico

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Emily could threaten several countries in the Caribbean Sea. Storm watches or warnings have been issued for areas including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Forecasters expect the storm to bring up to 10 centimeters of rain to the Leeward and Windward islands and […]

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Two Pakistani Soldiers Killed in Roadside Bomb Attack

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say two soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb attack near the country’s northwest border with Afghanistan. Officials say the Pakistani soldiers were patrolling near the town of Ladha in the South Waziristan tribal area Tuesday when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. South Waziristan has been a known stronghold […]

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US Wants Immunity Deal if Troops Remain in Iraq

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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The top U.S. military officer says any agreement to keep American troops in Iraq beyond the end of this year must include guarantees of legal immunity for U.S. forces. Joint Chiefs of Staff head Admiral Mike Mullen said Tuesday in Baghdad that he understands there are difficult political challenges associated with a potential deal, but […]

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Japan Signals Currency Intervention to Weaken Yen

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials are hinting at plans to intervene in the currency market to tame the fast-rising yen. Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda told parliament Tuesday he is keeping a close eye on currency markets. He said he believes the yen is overvalued, which could hurt exporters and undermine the nation’s recovery from its March 11 natural […]