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India’s PM: Hazare’s Hunger Strike Undemocratic

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dismissed the hunger strike undertaken by a leading anti-corruption activist in a New Delhi prison as an unacceptable attempt to undermine the country’s democracy. In a speech to parliament Wednesday, Prime Minister Singh said Anna Hazare’s protest may be inspired by high ideals, but that Hazare cannot be allowed […]

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Biden Visits China Amid Anxiety Over Taiwan Arms Sale

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives in China Wednesday amid rising anxiety on both sides of the Taiwan Strait over the prospect of new U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. U.S. officials have stressed that Biden wants to use the four-day visit to deliver assurances about the U.S. financial system and to build ties to the […]

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Syria Says Troops Leave Latakia After 4-Day Crackdown

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state media say government security forces have begun moving out of the port city of Latakia, where rights activists say the troops killed at least 35 people in a four-day crackdown on opposition demonstrators. The state-run SANA news agency said the military has completed its mission and blamed unrest in the city on “terrorist […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Posts Mild Losses

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one-half of one percent to finish at 9,057. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 76.65 yen, a loss of less than one-fourth of a yen from Tuesday. The Taipei market ended the […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Posts Mild Losses

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:37 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one-half of one percent to finish at 9,057. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 76.65 yen, a loss of less than one-fourth of a yen from Tuesday. The Taipei market ended the […]

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Thai Opposition Challenges Government Over Thaksin’s Japan Visa

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s main opposition party is demanding an explanation from the government of its role in Japan’s decision to grant a visa to fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. A Democratic Party spokesman says the government may have misled the public about its conversations with Japanese officials, citing discrepancies in accounts offered this week. News […]

At Least 12 Missing after Boating Accident in Nepal

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in southern Nepal are searching for at least 12 people who are missing after their boat capsized on the flooded Kamala River late Tuesday. Officials say at least 35 people were crowded onto the boat, which overturned 400 kilometers southeast of the capital, Katmandu. Nepali police tell the Associated Press the exact number of […]

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China Launches Police Crackdown in Xinjiang

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces have launched a two-month crackdown in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang in response to a string of deadly incidents. Officials say they have established dozens of police checkpoints throughout Xinjiang, along with around-the-clock street patrols in city squares, bus and train stations and shopping centers. The security crackdown coincides with the annual […]

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Supporters of Jailed Anti-Corruption Activist Hold Protests in India

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of people are gathered outside a prison in New Delhi where a leading anti-corruption advocate continues to hold a hunger strike. Indian police say 74-year-old Anna Hazare remained in prison overnight on Tuesday, continuing his indefinite fast behind bars, despite police orders to leave. Hazare was placed in “preventative custody” by police on Tuesday, […]

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China’s Li Announces Expanded Yuan Trading in Hong Kong

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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China Wednesday announced measures to make it easier for Hong Kong companies to invest in mainland securities, the latest step in a continuing drive to make the yuan an international currency. Vice Premier Li Keqiang announced an initial quota of more than $3 billion for foreign investors based in Hong Kong seeking to purchase yuan-denominated […]

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