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2 Hong Kong TV Execs Resign Over Jiang Zemin Reports

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Two senior Hong Kong television executives have resigned, two months after an apparently false report that former Chinese President Jiang Zemin had died. Asia Television confirmed the resignations of the two officers , who earlier took responsibility for the report. ATV reported on the Jiang death for several hours on July 6, before retracting the […]

Turkish PM to Visit Egypt, Tunisia, Libya

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:21 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to visit Middle Eastern countries, where activists have staged popular uprisings this year against long-time leaders. Turkish officials say the prime minister’s Arab Spring tour starts Monday and includes visits to Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Mr. Erdogan has said he may also cross into the Gaza Strip […]

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Spain Honors Japanese Nuclear Responders

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Crews in Japan that worked to bring a damaged nuclear plant under control after a deadly earthquake and tsunami earlier this year have won Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias humanitarian award. The Prince of Asturias Foundation said Wednesday it is honoring the workers who braved dangerous levels of radiation at the Fukushima nuclear facility, about […]

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Nearly 1,000 Prisoners Escape DR Congo Jail

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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An official in the Democratic Republic of Congo says gunmen have attacked a jail in the southeastern state of Katanga, killing two people and allowing nearly 1,000 prisoners to escape. Katanga provincial minister Dikanga Kazadi said eight assailants attacked guards at the prison on Wednesday in a bid to free a jailed militant. He said […]

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Burma Journal Publishes Aung San Suu Kyi Commentary

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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A political journal in Burma has published a news column written by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a move that follows years of censorship by the country’s authoritarian government. The column first appeared July 19 in Tokyo’s Mainichi newpaper. It was published without changes this week by the political journal People’s Era in Rangoon. […]

British Police Make New Arrest in Phone-Hacking Scandal

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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British police have arrested a man suspected of phone-hacking, the 16th person detained in the scandal involving the now-defunct News of the World tabloid owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Police say they detained the 35-year-old man Wednesday but gave no further comment on the arrest. In July, Murdoch closed down News of the World, […]

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Indian PM Ends Bangladesh Visit Without Key Deals

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh concluded a visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday, with the two sides failing to sign agreements on key bilateral issues. Mr. Singh and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed a deal the day before that demarcates the 4,000 kilometer border between their two nations, helping to settle a long-running border dispute. […]

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Russian Plane Crash Kills 43

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:46 am (UTC-5)
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A Russian jet carrying a local ice hockey team has crashed in the western part of the country, killing at least 43 people. The Emergency Situations Ministry says the Yak-42 passenger plane crashed immediately after take-off Wednesday from the city of Yaroslavl, about 240 kilometers northeast of Moscow. The ministry says the plane was carrying […]

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Court Bombing Kills 11 in Indian Capital

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful bomb exploded outside the High Court building in the Indian capital Wednesday, killing at least 11 people and injuring some 76 others. Police say they believe the “medium intensity bomb” was hidden in a briefcase near a main gate to the courthouse in New Delhi, where people were waiting to enter the building. […]

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NATO Suspends Transfers to Some Afghan Jails Over Torture Fears

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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NATO forces in Afghanistan have stopped handing over prisoners to some Afghan jails after an unpublished United Nations report detailed allegations of torture in the prisons. Coalition officials said Wednesday they are proceeding with “appropriate caution” and suspending detainee transfers to certain facilities until the details of the pending U.N. report are verified. The United […]

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