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Axe-Wielding Man Kills Four on Chinese Street

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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An axe-wielding man attacked children and adults on a city street in central China Wednesday, killing four people. Authorities in Gongyi city in Henan province say a child and three adults were killed in the attack, while another child and adult were seriously wounded. The suspected attacker has been a identified as a local farmer […]

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Taiwan Opposition Candidate, in US, Promises Moderate China Policy

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan’s opposition presidential candidate is appealing for the United States to sell the island F-16 jets, but said on a visit to Washington that her party will seek good relations with China if returned to power. Tsai Ing-wen, who is challenging President Ma Jing-jeou in elections scheduled for January, told a Washington audience Tuesday that […]

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Officials: Taliban Attack on Kabul Ends After Nearly 20 Hours

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a nearly day-long Taliban assault on Kabul has ended after security forces killed the remaining insurgents. The Afghan interior ministry made the announcement Wednesday, some 20 hours after militants first launched their coordinated assault on several high-profile targets in the capital. On Tuesday, insurgents armed with suicide vests and rocket-propelled grenades targeted […]

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Obama Urges Approval of Jobs Bill as US Poverty Rate Increases

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 12:46 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will continue on Wednesday his appeal for lawmakers to pass his proposal to create jobs and boost a sluggish economy, amid news that the country’s poverty rate has risen to its highest level in 17 years. The president, taking his message directly to the American people, will head to North Carolina, […]

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Australian FM, Back From Heart Surgery, Heads to US

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd is heading to the United States on his first diplomatic mission since undergoing major heart surgery last month. Rudd and Defense Minister Stephen Smith left Canberra Wednesday for two days of talks in San Francisco with their U.S. counterparts, Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta. Rudd will also attend the United […]

South Korea, Japan Still Pondering Defectors’ Fate

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say they have not yet decided whether to take in nine North Korean defectors from Japan. A spokeswoman at the Unification Ministry told VOA Wednesday that officials will hold discussions with their counterparts in Japan, where nine North Koreans were found in a wooden boat Tuesday morning. She said South Korea will […]

Taliban Continues Deadly Assault on Afghan Capital

Posted September 14th, 2011 at 12:15 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan and NATO forces continued to battle Taliban insurgents as night fell Tuesday, hours after militants first launched their coordinated assault on several high-profile targets in Kabul. NATO helicopters circled over a high-rise construction site as Afghan security forces moved through the building in an attempt to subdue the one or two insurgents believed to […]

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