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Six Earthquakes Strike Guatemala in 12 Hours

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Six separate earthquakes in 12-hours struck the Central American nation of Guatemala Monday and Tuesday, killing at least three people and causing buildings in the capital, Guatemala City, to shake. The largest quake, with a magnitude of 5.8, hit just after noon local time . The quake, like the other five, was centered some 52 […]

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South Korean Envoy Arrives in Beijing For Nuclear Talks

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 4:11 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s nuclear negotiator says he expects to discuss the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear programs during talks on Wednesday with his North Korean counterpart. Wi Sung-lac described his priorities Tuesday after arriving in Beijing for the meeting with North Korea’s Ri Yong Ho. He said the negotiators would also discuss other issues that were […]

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Sea Names at Heart of Seoul’s Diplomatic Huff with Britain

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:27 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean newspaper says Seoul may change the name it uses for waters near the British-ruled Falkland Islands, adopting the simultaneous use of a Spanish-language name preferred by Argentina. The move would be retaliation for London’s refusal to use the name East Sea for the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan. Like most […]

Fast-Rising Chinese Tax Revenues Prompt Backlash

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese media report growing public anger over taxes after reports of explosive growth in government income. The Shanghai Daily says Tuesday that debate is raging on the Internet, with many writers pointing to a 2009 study by Forbes magazine that claims China taxes its people more heavily than any country except France. The Finance Ministry […]

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France, US Push for Security Council Action on Syria

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 2:58 am (UTC-5)
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France and the United States are pushing for the U.N. Security Council to address Syria’s deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Monday the silence of the Security Council is “unconscionable” and that crimes against humanity are being committed in Syria. He said the international community is growing more unanimous in […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Ends Trading Day with Losses

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Tuesday, while the U.S. dollar is trading slightly lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost well over one and one-half percent to finish at 8,721. The dollar was selling at 76.52 yen, a loss of a fraction of a yen from Monday. The Taipei market rose one-fourth of one […]

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Obama Outlines Deficit Plan; Republicans Reject it

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 2:29 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama announced his deficit reduction plan Monday, but congressional Republicans quickly rejected the proposal. In a White House speech, Mr. Obama called on all Americans, including the wealthy and corporations, to pay a “fair share” of the cost of government. He threatened to veto any proposal that cut medical care for the […]

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Libyan Forces Capture Parts of Key Gadhafi Stronghold

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:57 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s interim government says its forces have captured the airport and other locations in the southern desert city of Sabha, one of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi’s last remaining strongholds. A military spokesman for the National Transitional Council, Colonel Ahmed Bani, said Monday that NTC flags are flying over the airport, an old Italian fort and […]

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Japan Promises Steps to Address Impact of High Yen

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:46 am (UTC-5)
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The Japanese government says it will unveil a series of measures to help businesses withstand the impact of the stubbornly high yen. Officials say the measures will include subsidies for companies establish manufacturing plants in Japan, as well as help for corporations that want to take advantage of the strong yen by investing in overseas […]

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Floods Claim 57 Lives, Displace 1.2 Million Across China

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:36 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese authorities say 57 people are dead and 29 are missing in floods that have swept across three provinces. The Ministry of Civil Affairs said more than 1.2 million people have been evacuated and economic losses are estimated at $2.7 billion in Henan, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces. The official Xinhua news agency said the flooding […]

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