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Japan’s Nikkei Posts Mild Losses

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 5:53 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 76.54 yen, a loss of just over one-quarter of a yen from Tuesday. Gold is trading at $1,793.85 […]

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Eight Turkish Soldiers Dead in Suspected Bomb Attack

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish officials and local media say eight Turkish soldiers have been killed in a suspected bomb attack in the country’s southeast. Officials say the attack happened early Wednesday in the Hakkari province near Turkey’s border with Iraq. A security source tells Reuters that fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, are believed to be […]

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Asian Stocks Mixed

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mixed Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one-half of one percent to finish at 9,057. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained nearly four-tenths of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,289. Share prices were higher in Wellington and Sydney, but lower in Manila, Shanghai and Taipei. In currency […]

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Australian ‘Collar Bomb’ Victim Speaks Out

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Australian teenager who spent hours chained to a fake bomb says she is relieved that an arrest has been made in the case. Madeleine Pulver spoke to reporters outside her Sydney home Wednesday, two weeks after a man carrying an aluminum baseball bat broke into her home and attached what he claimed to be […]

Muslim Nations Meeting on Somalia Famine

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Foreign ministers of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation are meeting in Turkey Wednesday to discuss how to combat the famine in Somalia. The representatives will talk about boosting assistance to drought-stricken Somalia and the wider Horn of Africa region. Turkey’s prime minister and foreign minister are set to travel to Somalia on Thursday. The […]

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Chinese Court Sentences Man For Murder in New Zealand

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Shanghai court sentenced a Chinese man Wednesday to 15 years in prison for killing a taxi driver last year in New Zealand. The unusual case marked the first time anyone accused of murder in New Zealand has been tried in another country. The court said it considered the remorse shown by the defendant, Xiao […]

Thai Opposition Challenges Government Over Thaksin’s Japan Visa

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:35 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 […]

Obama Takes Bus Tour to Illinois

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is wrapping up his three-state bus tour Wednesday in his home state of Illinois. Mr. Obama is holding two town hall events in Illinois, which will likely focus on job creation–a key theme at his previous stops in Minnesota and Iowa. The president is using his three-day trip to the midwestern […]

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Lost Penguin Set to Return Home to Antarctic

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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An Emperor penguin who wandered far from his frozen Antarctic home onto a New Zealand beach will be shipped back home later this month. The Wellington Zoo announced Wednesday the adult male penguin who has been dubbed “Happy Feet” by an adoring public will transported to the Southern Ocean aboard a research vessel on August […]

Japan Approves First Nuclear Plant Re-Start Since Accident

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials have approved the re-start of a nuclear reactor for commercial purposes for the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The energy ministry was expected to issue a safety certificate authorizing operations later Wednesday after the governor of Hokkaido prefecture announced she has no objection to the move. Only 15 of […]

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