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UN Envoy Meets Burmese Political Prisoners, Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say special investigator Tomas Quintana visited Burma’s notorious Insein Prison and spoke with political prisoners on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Quintana, who is charged with assessing the human rights situation in Burma, had not been permitted to meet Aung San Suu Kyi during previous […]

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Biden Thanks US Forces for Their Japanese Relief Efforts

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wound up his Asian tour Wednesday by thanking U.S. service members and their families for their assistance to the Japanese people after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Mr. Biden expressed his appreciation to the service personnel at the Yokota Air Base outside Tokyo for helping to save countless lives. […]

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Asia Markets Close Lower

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed lower Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one percent to finish at 8,640, wiping out gains made early in the day’s trading. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index plunged just over two percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,467. Share prices were also lower in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, […]

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Rights Group Urges Bangladesh to Stop Unlawful Killings

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group is urging Bangladesh to stop its authorities from committing extrajudicial killings and other abuses that allegedly have continued despite government pledges to stop them. In a statement released Wednesday, Amnesty International said Bangladesh’s government must act now and take what it called “concrete steps” to protect people from the alleged […]

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Biden Thanks US Forces for Their Japanese Relief Efforts

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to a U.S. air base outside Tokyo Wednesday to thank service members and their families for their assistance to the Japanese people after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Mr. Biden expressed his appreciation to the service personnel at the Yokota Air Base for “making America look as good […]

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Gadhafi Urges Residents to Clear Tripoli of Rebels

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has urged residents of the capital, Tripoli, to clear the city of rebels, after the opposition fighters overran his compound, taking weapons, television sets and souvenirs from the site. In a message broadcast Wednesday, Mr. Gadhafi also said he had discreetly gone out in Tripoli without being seen, but did not […]

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Hurricane Irene Pounds the Southern Bahamas and Aims for U.S. Coast

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Bahamas, crossing the Turks and Caicos Islands as it also takes aim at the eastern coast of the United States. The National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin Wednesday that the storm was about 595 kilometers southeast of Nassau, Bahamas, moving to the west-northwest, with 175 kilometer-per-hour […]

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Libyan Embassy Staff in Manila Trash Gadhafi Symbols

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Libyan embassy staff in the Philippines celebrated the apparent fall of Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday by destroying symbols of the longtime dictator’s rule. Libyan expatriates joined employees at the Manila diplomatic mission as they hoisted the Libyan rebel flag over the embassy’s grounds and draped it over the old Libyan seal. A small crowd gathered […]

Japan’s Nikkei Reverses Course

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:35 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 percent to finish at 8,640, wiping out gains made early in the day’s trading. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 76.49 yen, a loss of nearly two-tenths of a yen from […]

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Merkel Sets Conditions for Serbia to Join EU

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Serbian President Boris Tadic that Serbia’s admission to the European Union depends on progress in negotiations with Kosovo. During a one-day visit to Belgrade Tuesday, Ms. Merkel said Germany believes that Serbia’s place is in Europe, but that to get there it must restart dialogue with Kosovo. Mr. Tadic […]

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