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Tokyo Stocks Up, Dollar Down

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese share prices ended higher Friday, while the dollar slipped against the yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained three-tenths of a percent , to close at 8,798. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.16 yen, down three-tenths of a yen from late Thursday. The Taipei market gained one-half of a percent , to close […]

China Denounces U.S. Report on Military

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s Defense Ministry has rejected a Pentagon assessment of China’s military, calling the report “groundless,” and, ” a distortion of facts.” The annual report said China is on track to achieve its goal of building a modern, regionally-focused military by 2020, citing a new stealth fighter, an aircraft carrier and the development of an anti-ship […]

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Abkhazia Holds Presidential Election Friday

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Voters in the Georgian breakwaway region of Abkhazia will cast their ballots for a new president on Friday. The winner replaces President Sergei Bagapsh, who died in May. The candidates include acting president Alexander Ankvab, Prime Minister Sergei Shamba and Raul Khajimba of the opposition Forum of the National Unity of Abkhazia. If no candidate […]

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Eastern US Braces for Hurricane Irene

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Eastern U.S. states are scrambling to prepare for a possible onslaught from a powerful hurricane heading toward the U.S. coast. The governors of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York have declared states of emergency to free up resources ahead of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina […]

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Japan PM Resigns as Party Head

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his resignation as president of the Democratic Party of Japan Friday, effectively ending his tenure as the nation’s leader. Mr. Kan has been under pressure to resign because of widespread dissatisfaction with his government’s handling of the response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. After surviving a no-confidence […]

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Opposition Party Ask Court to Replace CAR President

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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An opposition party in the Central African Republic (CAR) has filed a court order for the country’s president to step down because of his suspected poor health. The head of the MDREC party, filed a petition this week asking the court to declare President Francoise Bozize unfit to stay in office. In the petition, Jose […]

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Libyan Rebels Move Cabinet to Tripoli

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s rebel Transitional National Council says it is moving its political leadership to the capital, Tripoli, from its eastern stronghold city of Benghazi. Council official Ali Tarhouni, in charge of financial matters, on Thursday declared “the beginning and assumption of the executive committee’s work in Tripoli.” The announcement came as embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi […]

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Death Toll Rises in Mexico Casino Fire

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities say more than 40 people have been found dead inside a casino in the northern city of Monterrey that was set on fire by armed assailants Thursday. Adrian de la Garza, the attorney general for Nuevo Leon state, told reporters more bodies could be found as crew dig through the burned out rubble […]

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