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Japan’s New PM Picks Key Ruling Party Executives

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda selected three key ruling party executives soon after being confirmed by parliament Tuesday. Mr. Noda appointed Azuma Kashiiki a top Democratic Party lawmaker in the Upper House as his secretary-general. He picked former chief Cabinet secretary Hirofumi Hirano as chairman of the Diet affairs committee. And he tapped his […]

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Ukraine’s President Discusses Closer Ties to EU in Poland

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was in Poland Tuesday to talk about closer ties to Europe. Mr. Yanukovych met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski in Gdansk, where they discussed plans for greater cooperation and a free trade agreement with the European Union. Poland currently holds the rotating EU presidency. Mr. Yanukovych wrote in The Wall Street […]

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US Stocks Advance In Tuesday’s Trading

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock market indexes advanced in Tuesday’s trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained two-tenths of a percent to close at 11,560. The S&P 500 index moved up two-tenths of a percent to end at 1,213 while the NASDAQ advanced six-tenths of a percent to hit 2,576. European stock markets were mixed at the close. […]

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US Names New Weapons Agency Chief After Mexican Guns Scandal

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. authorities have named a new chief for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives following investigations into the agency’s flawed operation aimed at tracking guns flowing to Mexican drug cartels. The Justice Department announced the changes Tuesday, saying B. Todd Jones, a federal prosecutor in the northern state of Minnesota, is replacing Kenneth […]

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Afghan President Releases Would-Be Child Suicide Bombers

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday released eight children groomed by Taliban insurgents to become suicide bombers. Mr. Karzai greeted the group of boys, including a seven-year-old, during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul. He said five of the children would be released to their parents, another two would be placed in foster […]

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Obama Salutes American Veterans

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama has saluted the nation’s veterans, saying they have borne an “extraordinary burden” with two wars, multiple deployments and thousands of military deaths since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. President Obama spoke Tuesday in Minneapolis at the national convention of the American Legion, a veterans’ group. The president said troops quickly […]

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Oil Price Rises to Near $89 a Barrel

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Here are the prices of some key commodities traded in New York on Tuesday: Crude oil advanced $1.63 to close at $88.90 a barrel. Coffee increased more than 2 cents to end at $2.87 per pound. Copper rose more than 3 cents to finish at $4.12 a pound. Cocoa futures fell $33 to end the […]

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Panel: US Needs System to Pay Research Subjects

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A review panel looking into a U.S.-funded medical study in Guatemala says the U.S. government should set up a system to compensate research subjects for injuries related to the trials. The International Research Panel made the recommendation Tuesday to U.S. President Barack Obama’s commission on bioethics. The research panel was formed in March to address […]

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Libya’s Rebels Give Deadline to Gadhafi Forces

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya’s opposition National Transitional Council has announced a deadline for forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in his hometown of Sirte to surrender. NTC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Tuesday in the rebel-stronghold of Benghazi that rebels will resort to military action in Sirte if they get no indication by Saturday of a peaceful end to […]

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Indian Economy Advances, but Slows from Earlier Pace

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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India says its economy advanced 7.7 percent from April to June, its slowest growth rate in a year-and-a-half and an indication that the weakening global economy is affecting the country. India has Asia’s third largest economy behind China and Japan, and has enjoyed robust growth. But on Tuesday the Indian government said growth is slowing […]

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