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Mozambique and South Africa Set to Issue Single Visa

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Mozambique and South Africa will soon issue a single visa for individuals traveling to both countries. Mozambique Tourism Minister Fernando Sumbana says the initiative makes it easier for people to move between the countries without a second visa. He not specify a date for the start of issuing single visas. Sumbana also told a local […]

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Asian Stocks Mostly Lower

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost one and one-quarter percent to finish at 8,944. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slumped more than one and one-quarter percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,016. Share prices were higher in Manila, but lower in Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. In currency trading, […]

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UN Chief Expresses Alarm to Syrian President

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he is alarmed at reports of excessive use of force by government security forces against citizens and continued widespread violations of human rights. Mr. Ban spoke by telephone Wednesday with Mr. Assad, who said military and police operations had stopped. A spokesman for the […]

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Roadside Bomb Kills At Least 20 in Western Afghanistan

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say at least 20 passengers in a minibus were killed after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the western province of Herat early Thursday. Officials say women and children are among the victims. The attack wounded at least 12 other civilians. An Afghan spokesperson says a similar improvised explosive device in the […]

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Turkey Confirms Strikes Against PKK Targets in Iraq

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s military says its warplanes have attacked 60 targets of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party in northern Iraq. The military said Thursday that Turkish planes carried out the raids late Wednesday. It said it will continue such operations until the PKK is “rendered ineffective.” The military said Turkish artillery fire hit 168 targets in the […]

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Officials: At Least 30 Dead in Karachi Violence

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani officials say ongoing ethnic and gang-related violence in Karachi has left at least 30 people dead since Wednesday in the southern port city. Police say much of the violence has been focused in Karachi’s southern Lyari neighborhood, a stronghold of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, where criminal gangs are known to operate. The overnight […]

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Anti-Thaksin Thais Protest Visa to Visit Japan

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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About 50 people protested outside the Japanese embassy in Bangkok Thursday against a planned visit to Japan by fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The group urged the Japanese public to pressure their government to revoke Mr. Thaksin’s visa, which was issued in spite of rules that normally prohibit granting visas to fugitives. The group’s […]

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Two Rare Chinese Sculptures Are Stolen

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the theft of two ancient Chinese head sculptures from a private collection. The two sculptures, valued at about $800,000 each, had been stored at an undisclosed location in the wealthy coastal town of Westport. Police have not said exactly when they were stolen. The sandstone sculptures are between 800 and […]

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Child Hunger is Cited as Growing Problem in Hong Kong

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A new study commissioned by Oxfam found tens of thousands of children are regularly going hungry amid the glitter and prosperity of Hong Kong. The study, performed by Hong Kong University and released Thursday, found children go hungry in one-sixth of families living below the poverty line. That includes more than 140,000 families in the […]

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Fugutive Zimbabwean Banker Arrested In Taiwan

Posted August 18th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Taiwan have arrested a fugitive Zimbabwean banker on an Interpol warrant. Taiwanese investigators say they took Nicholas Mugawaga Vingirai into custody Wednesday, after getting a tip he would be at a Taipei hotel. Authorities turned him over to Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency to arrange his deportation to Zimbabwe. Vingirai says he was in […]

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