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Projected Philippine Mining Boom Upsets Indiginous Groups

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:07 am (UTC-5)
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Philippines officials project that mining companies will pump almost $15 billion into the country’s hard-pressed economy over the next few years, but not everyone is pleased. Leftist and indigenous groups protested with placards outside a mining conference in Manila Thursday, complaining that many will be marginalized by the rapid increase in mining activity. Activist Rene […]

Polls Open In Denmark’s Parliamentary Election

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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The polls have opened in Denmark’s parliamentary election Thursday, where voters are deciding the fate of a decade of center right rule. Recent opinion polls show the ruling center right government led by Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rassmussen is trailing the left leaning Social Democrats. If the Social Democrats take power, Helle Thorning-Schmidt would likely […]

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South Korean Maestro Concludes Goodwill Visit to Pyongyang

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Renowned conductor Chung Myung-whun was on his way home to South Korea Thursday after a four-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at fostering closer relations through cultural exchanges. North Korea’s official media released television footage of the maestro’s arrival and departure in Pyongyang but not of his activities. However the KCNA news agency said Wednesday he […]

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Human Rights Watch Criticizes ICC

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is urging the International Criminal Court to do more to live up to its standards of independence and impartiality. In the 50-page report released Thursday, the human rights watchdog reviews the first five investigations undertaken by the ICC since its inception in 2002. The report says the international tribunal has often “bypassed […]

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Scaffolding Accident Disrupts Mexico to U.S. Border Crossing

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:23 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials say scaffolding collapsed on several cars at a busy border crossing with Mexico, forcing vehicle traffic to be detoured to nearby border crossings. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reopened the San Ysidro crossing to pedestrian traffic late Wednesday, hours after the collapse. The scaffolding collapse injured several people. Eleven people, including four construction […]

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US Legislators Boost Pressure to Sell Taiwan US Fighters

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:04 am (UTC-5)
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Pressure is building in the U.S. Congress to force the Obama administration to sell new fighter jets to Taiwan. Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey and John Cornyn of Texas introduced the Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act this week. The bill says President Barack Obama must adhere to “obligations” under a 1979 law that requires the […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Rebounds

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is trading slightly higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained just over one and one-quarter percent to finish at 8,669. The dollar was selling at 76.69 yen, a gain of a fraction of a yen from Wednesday. The Taipei market closed at 7,386, a […]

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Burmese Court Extends Press Photographer’s Jail Term

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Burmese court has added 10 years to the prison sentence of a young news photographer who was arrested after taking pictures at the scene of a bomb attack last year. The court sentenced 21-year-old Sithu Zeya on Wednesday under Burma’s harsh Electronics Act, saying he had circulated material that could damage tranquillity and unity […]

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Leaders of Britain, France to Visit Libya Thursday

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 2:18 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s interim government says the leaders of Britain and France will travel to the North African nation Thursday, becoming the first foreign heads of state to visit the country since the overthrow of former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Senior officials from Libya’s National Transitional Council said British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy […]

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Indonesian Widows Win Dutch Compensation for 1947 Massacre

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 2:12 am (UTC-5)
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Seven elderly Indonesian women are to receive compensation payments from the Dutch government for the loss of their husbands, who were massacred during the nation’s independence struggle more than 60 years ago. A Dutch court announced the decision in a lawsuit Wednesday, rejecting as “unreasonable” the Dutch government’s argument that a statute of limitations has […]