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South Korean Red Cross Offers Flood Aid to North

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s Red Cross is offering millions of dollars worth of flood relief to North Korea in a move that reflects easing tensions between the hostile neighbors. The Red Cross said it sent a message to its counterpart in Pyongyang Wednesday offering $4.7 million in medical supplies and other necessities. The independent organization said funding […]

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Mexican Prison Director Arrested After 17 Die in Prison Fight

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities confirmed Tuesday that the director of a prison in Ciudad Juarez and four guards at the facility have been taken into custody in connection with a July 25 fight that resulted in the death of 17 inmates. Chihuahua state officials said in a statement Tuesday that state prison director Lucio Cuevas is accused […]

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Australian Judges Freezes Profits from Ex-Gitmo Detainee’s Book

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian judge has frozen the assets from a book written by former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks about his incarceration at the U.S. terrorist detention center. The government is seeking to seize profits from Hicks’ autobiography under a law that forbids convicted criminals from making profits from their crimes, including books or movie deals. […]

Japan’s Nikkei Falls Again

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is flat in trading against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index plunged more than two percent to finish at 9,637. The dollar was selling at 77.14 yen, unchanged from Tuesday. Gold is trading at $1,669.00 an ounce.

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Mubarak: Egypt’s Controversial Former Leader

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak — on trial for ordering the killing of protesters during the revolution that deposed him — was credited by some with keeping Egypt stable during his 30-year rule. Others say that stability came at too high a price. The 83-year-old former air force commander attained the presidency in 1981 after […]

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Chinese Taxi Strike Enters Third Day Despite Subsidy Offer

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A taxi strike in China’s eastern tourist city of Hangzhou stretched into a third day Wednesday in spite of a local government offer to subsidize fares. Drivers in the city south of Shanghai have been on strike since Monday demanding relief from rising fuel prices and high fees paid to taxi companies and for road […]

Asian Stocks Lower

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed lower Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index plunged more than two percent to finish at 9,637. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost nearly two percent to finish the day’s trading at 21,993. Share prices were also lower in Manila, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.33 […]

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Drought Leaves 2 Million Short of Drinking Water in China

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media say more than 2 million people in drought-stricken areas are suffering from critical shortages of drinking water. The official Xinhua news agency says about 290,000 people are short of drinking water in the central province of Hunan. Fire engines have been delivering regular supplies of drinking water to residents in the city […]

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Egypt Begins Trial of Former Leader Mubarak

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt has begun the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak, who was in the courtroom Wednesday nearly six months after he was toppled in an 18-day revolution calling for democratic reforms. During the hearing in Cairo, Mr. Mubarak was reclined on a bed inside of a cage that was built in the front of the […]

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Sudan Criticizes Darfur Peacekeeping Mission

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan has threatened to terminate the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying its new mandate infringes on its national sovereignty. Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Karti said Tuesday that the new resolution passed by the U.N. last week is full of “negative and obsolete references” that distort the reality on the ground. On Friday, the […]

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