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Officials: 17 Dead in Angola Military Plane Crash

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Angola say 17 people died Wednesday when a military plane crashed while trying to take off from the airport in the central city of Huambo. The Angolan Armed Forces released a statement Thursday saying 11 military officials and six civilians were among the dead. The pilots and crew survived the crash. The civilian […]

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Strong Earthquake Hits Northeast Japan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast late Thursday, but no tsunami warnings were issued. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 6.2 magnitude quake struck near the coast of Honshu, about 155 kilometers east of Tokyo, at a depth of 10 kilometers. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says there was no risk of a tsunami. There […]

Japan’s Nikkei Loses Ground

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:45 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 76.67 yen, up slightly from Wednesday. Gold is trading at $1,807.57 an ounce.

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Peru Soldiers Killed In Rebel Attack

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:42 am (UTC-5)
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Peruvian military officials say two troops have been killed in an helicopter attack by Shining Path rebels. They say the soldiers were patrolling the Apurimac and Ene River valley when they came under fire Wednesday. Authorities say Shining Path rebels have ties to the drug trade in the valley area. The Maoist Shining Path rebels […]

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US Warns Pakistan on Pakistan-Based Militants

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:32 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Pakistan Wednesday that the United States would “do everything we can” to defend against Pakistan-based militants attacking in Afghanistan. Panetta’s comments follow U.S. officials assigning blame to the Haqqani network — based in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region — for Tuesday’s 20-hour assault on the Afghan capital Kabul. In […]

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Australia Approves New Gender Choice on Passports

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Australians will now have a third choice besides male and female when they identify their gender on passport applications. Under new guidelines announced Thursday, applicants will also be able to check a box marked “indeterminate.” Officials say the purpose of the change is to end discrimination against transgendered or intersex individuals. Applicants taking advantage of […]

Thai PM Visits Cambodia Seeking to Mend Frayed Relations

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visits neighboring Cambodia Thursday in hopes of normalizing relations after a series of deadly border clashes. Ms. Yingluck, who took office last month, is to hold talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen after a welcoming ceremony in Phnom Penh, and then proceed to Khemarin Palace to meet King Norodom Sihamoni. […]

Leaders of Britain, France Visit Libya for Talks

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:06 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are in Libya for talks with the country’s interim government, becoming the first foreign heads of state to visit the nation since the overthrow of former leader Moammar Gadhafi. The two leaders, who arrived Thursday, were scheduled to hold talks with National Transitional Council Chairman […]

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Asian Stocks Mostly Higher

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly higher Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained just over one and one-quarter percent to finish at 8,669. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose nearly three-quarters of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,181. Share prices were higher in Manila, Sydney and Taipei, but lower in Wellington and Shanghai. In […]

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Taiwan Receives Rare Cranes from Japan

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 4:36 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan has welcomed a pair of exotic birds sent by Japan in a gesture of friendship and appreciation. The red-crown cranes, named named “Big” and “Kika,” arrived at Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport Wednesday and were taken to the city’s zoo. They will be displayed at a special enclosure designed to simulate their natural habitat in the […]