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Japan’s New PM Greets Workers at Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s new prime minister has offered his thanks to emergency workers and military forces during a tour of areas around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant Thursday. Yoshihiko Noda, who was sworn in last week, donned blue protective gear for his visit to the plant, which has been leaking radiation since the nation’s devastating earthquake […]

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President Obama Set to Deliver Major Economic Address

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 6:21 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama goes to Capitol Hill Thursday night to outline his plans for boosting the lagging U.S. economy and creating jobs. The nationally televised address to a joint session of the Congress takes Mr. Obama before a House of Representatives dominated by his Republican opponents and a Senate where Democrats are hard pressed […]

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NATO: Blast Kills 2 Service Members in S. Afghanistan

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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The international military coalition in Afghanistan says two of its service members have died following the blast from an improvised explosive device in the southern part of the country. NATO said in a statement that the two were killed Thursday, but did not provide any other details or nationalities. According to the independent online site […]

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Gadhafi Slams Reports of Exit to Niger

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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A Syrian television station has aired an audio message purportedly from ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who slammed reports that he had fled Libya in a convoy to neighboring Niger. In the comments broadcast Thursday on Al-Rai TV, Mr. Gadhafi called the reports “lies” designed to destroy morale and insisted he is still in Libya. […]

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German Police Arrest Terror Suspects in Berlin

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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German police say they have arrested two men in Berlin who are suspected of plotting a major terrorist attack. Officials say the suspects, a 24-year-old German of Lebanese descent and a 28-year-old from the Gaza Strip, were detained after attempting to purchase a large amount of chemicals that could be used to make an explosive […]

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South Korea Calls for Talks with Japan over ‘Comfort Women’

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 5:46 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea says it will ask Japan to join it in talks about Korean women who were used by Japanese soldiers as sex slaves during World War Two. The Foreign Ministry announced its intentions Thursday, days after South Korea’s high court ruled the constitution requires the government to take specific action to settle a dispute […]

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Iran Criticizes Planned NATO Radar in Turkey

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Iran has criticized Turkey’s decision to deploy an early warning radar system as part of a NATO missile defense program, saying the move would increase tensions in the region. State-run media on Thursday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast saying Iran expects its neighbors to not promote policies that lead to “complicated consequences.” The 28-member […]

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Militants, in Video, Claim Attacks in Xinjiang Cities

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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A militant Muslim group has issued a video claiming responsibility for recent attacks that left more than 30 people dead in China’s western Xinjiang region. The video, made available by the SITE Intelligence Group, includes footage of Turkestan Islamic Party leader Abdul Shakoor Damla and a party member who Chinese police say was killed in […]

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Medvedev Demands Russian Airline Reforms Following Crash

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday called for tough reforms of the country’s airline industry while visiting the site of an airplane crash that killed one of the country’s top ice hockey teams. Mr. Medvedev said Russia should drastically reduce the number of airlines operating in the country, quickly replace its aging fleet of domestic […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Enjoys Slight Gains

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed slightly higher Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is trading higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained more than one-quarter of one percent to finish at 8,793. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.30 yen, a gain of a fraction of a yen from Wednesday. Gold is trading at […]

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