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China’s Ruling Party Urges Cadres to Become Better Microbloggers

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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China’s ruling Communist Party is urging its officials to become more proficient at microblogging. An article in its flagship newspaper, People’s Daily, says the ability to perform in cyberspace reflects a cadre’s all-around capability. The article, titled “How to speak in a microblog era,” says officials must give up speaking in bureaucratic cliches. It says […]

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Haiti Lawmakers Reject Second Pick for Prime Minister

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Haitian lawmakers Tuesday rejected President Michel Martelly’s second pick for prime minister. Lawmakers rejection of Bernard Gousse, a controversial lawyer and former justice minister, delivers a major blow to President Martelly’s efforts to get a new government in place nearly three months after taking office. Sixteen members of the 30-seat Haitian Senate voted against Gousse. […]

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Slain Libyan Rebel Leader’s Family Seeks Justice

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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The family of the Libyan rebel military leader assassinated last week says its powerful tribe may take justice into its own hands if opposition leaders fail to reveal who was behind the killing. General Abdel Fattah Younis’ family on Tuesday demanded an open investigation and speedy trial for those responsible. The opposition general was murdered […]

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Australian Duo Plan Walk Across Antarctica to South Pole

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two young Australians are preparing to become the first people to walk from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. James Castrission and Justin Jones plan to begin their 2,200-kilometer journey at Union Glacier in October. That will coincide with the 100th anniversary of a legendary race to the South Pole by […]

Continuity Seen as Vietnam Approves New Cabinet

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam’s National Assembly has approved a new cabinet dominated by supporters of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The lineup, approved Wednesday, includes new ministers or agency chiefs in 15 of the 22 posts, but many stepped up from deputy positions and analysts saw little evidence of a change in direction. The assembly also approved four […]

Tropical Storm Emily Heads Toward Haiti, Dominican Republic

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical storm warnings and watches are posted for parts of the Caribbean as Tropical Storm Emily moves on a track that is expected to bring its center across Hispaniola late Wednesday. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola. The news is particularly bad for Haiti, where thousands of people still live in […]

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Mubarak in Cairo to Face Trial

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian officials say former president Hosni Mubarak has arrived in the capital, Cairo, where he is set to go on trial Wednesday, nearly six months after he was toppled in an 18-day revolution calling for democratic reforms. Security officials said the ailing Mr. Mubarak arrived at a military airport, after speculation as to whether he […]

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Former Guatemalan Soldiers Sentenced in Civil War Trial

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Guatemalan court Tuesday sentenced four former soldiers to 6,060 years in prison each for the 1982 massacre of 201 men, women and children during the Guatemalan civil war. The court sentenced them to 30 years for each person killed, plus an additional 30 years for each murder as a crime against humanity. The length […]

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China Expresses Disgust Over US Debt Deal

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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America’s biggest creditor — China — is signaling deep unhappiness over this week’s deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and the way it was accomplished. A Chinese credit rating agency Wednesday downgraded U.S. debt, saying the deal does nothing to address the underlying problem. And the official Xinhua news agency dismissed the negotiating process […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Rises, Dollar Falls

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is slightly higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index plunged more than two percent to finish at 9,637. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.17 yen, a gain of a fraction of a yen from Tuesday. The Taipei market closed at 8,457, a […]

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