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Stosur Defeats a Feisty Williams to Win US Open

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:32 am (UTC-5)
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Australian Samantha Stosur defeated tournament-favorite Serena Williams in straight sets on Sunday, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in U.S. Open history. The ninth-seeded Stosur needed just 73 minutes to beat Williams 6-2 6-3, becoming Australia’s first woman to win a Grand Slam title in more than 30 years. The match was marked not […]

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Chinese Communities Worldwide Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese communities around the world on Monday are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. The origins of the centuries-old holiday, also known as the Moon Festival, are lost in myth. But today it has become an occasion for families to reunite under the full moon – a […]

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Tokyo Stocks, Dollar Lower

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:16 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese share prices ended sharply lower Monday, while the dollar fell against the yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped 2.3 percent to close at 8,536. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.10 yen, down half a yen from late Friday. The Taipei market was closed for a holiday .

Former Japanese Spokesman Edano Assumes Nuclear Oversight Role

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 1:36 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday named Yukio Edano as economy, trade and industry minister, replacing Yoshio Hachiro who stepped down last week after an embarrassing gaffe. Edano served until late last month as chief government spokesman. He was the main person responsible for informing the public about developments during the crisis at the […]

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Retired General Leads in Guatemala Election

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 1:31 am (UTC-5)
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Guatemalan election officials say retired General Otto Perez has taken the lead in the presidential election with 37 percent support with only about 3 percent of the votes counted. Guatemalans looking for relief from poverty and out-of-control crime went to the polls Sunday to choose a new president. Pre-election opinion polls favored 61-year-old Perez of […]

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Erdogan in Egypt Monday; Also to Visit Libya, Tunisia

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 1:22 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan departs Monday on a four-day diplomatic visit to North Africa, in a trip aimed at expanding Turkey’s growing influence in a region full of political upheaval. Prime Minister Erdogan will begin his trip in Cairo, where he is expected to meet with the head of Egypt’s ruling military council, […]

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Thai PM Visits Indonesia With Trade Issues Topping Agenda

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra travels to Indonesia Monday for talks expected to focus on economic issues. The visit is the second in a series of get-acquainted meetings for the new Thai leader, who visited Brunei on Saturday. She travels Thursday to Cambodia, where she is expected to appeal for the release of two imprisoned […]

British National Killed, Second Kidnapped in Kenya

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Armed men have killed one British national and kidnapped a second one in northern Kenya, near the border with Somalia. Britain’s Foreign Office said Sunday the attack occurred at a resort north of Lamu, an island off the Kenyan coast. It later sent out an advisory advising against all but essential travel to within 30 […]

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Rights Group Says China Uses War on Terror to Crack Down on Uighurs

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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A minority rights group said Sunday that China has been using the global war on terror to jail thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in the far-western Xinjiang region. Rebiya Kadeer, president of the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress said Chinese authorities found in 9/11 the perfect excuse to crack down on all forms of peaceful political, […]

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Guatemalans Vote for President

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Guatemalans looking for relief from poverty and out-of-control crime voted for a new president Sunday. Pre-election opinion polls indicated 61-year-old retired General Otto Perez of the Patriotic Party was the leading candidate, but with far less than the 50-percent support needed to avoid a runoff in November. Perez will likely face conservative businessman Manuel Baldizon […]

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