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Emergency Session of British Parliament Meets to Address Riots

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says the rioting that has gripped the country for much of the past week is not about politics or protest, but is the result of a culture that “glorifies violence.” Mr. Cameron made his comments at an emergency session of parliament on Thursday. He said the British government “will not […]

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Key Bali Bombing Figure Returned to Indonesia for Trial

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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The last key figure in the 2002 Bali bombings is back in Indonesia, where he will stand trial for that and other crimes. A police spokesman confirmed that Umar Patek was flown to Jakarta Thursday from Pakistan, where he was arrested more than six months ago in the same garrison town where al-Qaida leader Osama […]

Top EU Official Criticizes Sentencing of French-Vietnamese Dissident

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union’s foreign affairs chief is demanding that Vietnam release a French-Vietnamese academic and blogger who was sentenced this week on subversion charges. Catherine Ashton issued a statement Thursday saying she is “seriously concerned” about the three-year prison term handed Wednesday to Pham Minh Hoang. The 56-year-old math professor was convicted of “carrying out […]

Burmese Activist Issues Irrawaddy Appeal

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says a joint Burma-China hydro-electric project is impeding water flow on Burma’s largest river, the Irrawaddy, threatening rice production in a country that relies on the grain as a staple food and as a major export. In an appeal issued Thursday, the Nobel laureate pins large-scale environmental problems […]

Asia Markets Close Mixed

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mixed Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei dropped more than one-half of one percent to finish at 8,982. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost one percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,595. Share prices were higher in Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai and Wellington, but lower in Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Singapore and […]

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Israel Approves Plans for 1,600 New Homes in East Jerusalem

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Israel’s Interior Ministry has given final approval for the construction of 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem, days after the United States said it was “deeply concerned” about Israel continuing to build in the city. A spokesman said Thursday the ministry also expects to soon approve the construction of another 2,700 houses in East Jerusalem. […]

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Nairobi Councilors Elect New Mayor

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Nairobi city councilors have elected George Aladwa of the Orange Democratic Movement as mayor of Kenya’s capital. Aladwa,who was acting mayor,got 57 votes to defeat his lone rival, James Gakuya of the Party of National Unity, who got 39 votes. Thursday’s poll marks the last time councilors will elect the mayor. Under the new constitution, […]

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Burma Announces Shake-Up of Public Information Operations

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s new government has announced a reorganization of the way it provides official information to the public. Official media on Thursday reported the formation of an 11-member team that will be responsible for the release of news and information and for holding occasional press conferences. The team will be headed by Information Minister Kyaw Hsan […]

Indian President Upholds Death Sentences for Rajiv Gandhi’s Killers

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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India’s president has rejected the clemency petitions of three men convicted of killing former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The decision by President Pratibha Patil virtually assures that the three men will be hanged. They were sentenced to death in 1999 for their part in the assassination, but had appealed to the president for mercy. Twenty-six […]

Europe Markets Rise Sharply After Asia Recoups Early Losses

Posted August 11th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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European markets opened their trading day in positive territory Thursday after more bad news about the global economy caused an up-and-down trading day in Asia. Japan’s main Nikkei index opened nearly two percent below Wednesday’s close, but recovered to end the day by losing about half of one percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was […]

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