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Voting Underway in Zambian Presidential Election Rematch

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:24 am (UTC-5)
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Zambians are heading to the polls on Tuesday in what is expected to be a close presidential election rematch between incumbent Rupiah Banda and opposition leader Michael Sata. President Banda hopes to ride a wave of recent economic success to defeat Mr. Sata, a passionate nationalist leader – nicknamed “King Cobra” – who heads Zambia’s […]

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Clashes in Yemeni Capital Continue for Third Day

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Explosions have hit Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, as the worst violence in a seven-month uprising against President Ali Abdullah Saleh continued for a third day. The clashes Tuesday between government security forces and protesters calling for Mr. Saleh to step down come a day after pro-Saleh troops shot dead at least 31 people in Sana’a. The […]

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North Korean Ship’s Crew Detained in Malaysian Flag Error

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities say they have detained the crew of a North Korean-registered freighter after the vessel anchored illegally in the nation’s waters while flying the Malaysian flag upside down. Officials say maritime enforcement officers investigated the MT Yong An after spotting it anchored off Malaysia’s southern coast Saturday with the improperly flown flag. They said […]

Four Earthquakes Strike Guatemala, Three Dead

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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Four separate earthquakes struck the Central American nation of Guatemala on Monday, 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 three, was centered some 52 kilometers south of […]

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Rights Group Finds Press Freedom in Burma Still Restricted

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says press censorship in Burma remains “arbitrary, intensive, and highly restrictive,” despite the new government’s promise of reform. The study released Monday by the Committee to Protect Journalists says there has been a surge of privately owned and operated publications in recent years, but they are heavily censored and often forced to […]

UN General Assembly’s Annual Meeting Opens Tuesday

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:22 am (UTC-5)
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The annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly opens Tuesday, with more than 100 world leaders gathered to discuss a wide range of issues including the Palestinian statehood application, the future of a post-Gadhafi Libya and non-communicable diseases. Topping the agenda is the question of U.N. membership for a Palestinian state, but many other issues […]

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Netanyahu Calls for Direct Talks with Abbas in New York

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for direct negotiations to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is vowing to press ahead with an application at the United Nations for a Palestinian state. Mr. Netanyahu appealed to the Palestinian leader to open talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General […]

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US Official Defends Plan to Upgrade Jets for Taiwan

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 12:08 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. official says a reported offer to upgrade Taiwan’s fleet of F-16 fighters will provide the same level of quality as the more advanced fighters that Taiwan is seeking to purchase. The official, who briefed reporters Monday on condition he not be identified, was seeking to refute charges by Taiwan and its supporters […]

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