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South Korea Has Highest Suicide Rate in OECD

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea has the highest suicide rate among the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). South Korean news reports say about 15,500 people in South Korea committed suicide in 2009. This represents about 28 deaths by suicide for every 100,000 people, or about 42 people on average daily. The country’s suicide […]

Libyan Fighters Prepare to Attack Gadhafi Stronghold

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 10:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Libyan provisional authority fighters have massed for an attack on one of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi’s last remaining strongholds, as negotiations aimed at persuading loyalists to peacefully surrender the desert town of Bani Walid broke down. A negotiator for the National Transitional Council said Sunday that talks failed when pro-Gadhafi tribal elders rejected an offer […]

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Typhoon Death Toll in Japan Rises

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The death toll from a powerful typhoon in Japan has risen to at least 24, while more than 50 people remain missing. Police and firefighters Monday continued searching for the missing in several parts of Japan hit by Typhoon Talas. Officials say floods and landslides are hampering rescue efforts. Floods and landslides swept away houses […]

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Suspected Kurdish Rebels Kill 2 at Turkish Football Game

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Suspected Kurdish rebels killed two people and wounded at least eight others when they fired on policemen playing football in the Turkish city of Tuniceli. The attack came a day after a clash in the same region killed two Turkish soldiers. Also Sunday in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border, alleged Kurdish rebels killed two […]

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Iceland’s President Demands EU Probe into Bank Collapse Aftermath

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar wants the the European Union to investigate why Britain and the Netherlands were allowed to bully Icelandic citizens over a collapsed bank. Mr. Ragnar told Icelandic radio Sunday that he wants to know how EU member states could make what he calls absurd and preposterous claims against another. When the Landsbanki […]

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Syrian Forces Kill 12 as ICRC Head Visits Damascus

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian security forces have killed at least 12 civilians in raids on restive northwestern towns as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited Damascus to push for medical care for the wounded and access to detainees. Rights groups said Sunday that troops cracking down on pro-democracy protesters killed eight people in […]

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Obama Inspects Irene Damage; Lee Threatens the South

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 5:36 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is urging politicians in Washington not to play politics with federal aid for victims of last week’s Hurricane Irene. Mr. Obama on Sunday got a first-hand look at the storm’s devastation as he traveled to New Jersey, touring the state’s third largest city, Paterson, which was inundated by Irene’s torrential rains. […]

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Polish Jews, Christians Protest Anti-Semitic Vandalism

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Polish Jews and Christians prayed together and marched silently to oppose last week’s desecration of a memorial to Polish Jews burned to death in World War Two. As many as 100 people protested the crime in the town of Jedwabne near the eastern city of Bialystok. Vandals spray painted a swastika and the words “they […]

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Nepal’s PM Appoints 13 Cabinet Ministers

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Nepal’s new Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai expanded his two-member Cabinet Sunday, appointing 13 new ministers. Mr. Bhattarai named Narayan Kaji Shrestha from his United Communist Party of Nepal as the deputy prime minister and foreign minister. The Cabinet now has seven members from the Maoist party and eight from an alliance of small parties. […]

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4 Protesters Wounded in Yemen Rally

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 4:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Activists in Yemen say attacks on demonstrators in the capital, Sana’a, have wounded at least four people. The activists say the protesters were shot in a Sunday rally as they marched past government buildings. Reports vary as to whether the assailants were security forces or loyalists to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Protests in the capital […]

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