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Al-Jazeera Head Resigns

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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The al-Jazeera television network has named a member of the Qatari royal family to be its new director, after its chief of eight years resigned. Wadah Khanfar stepped down Tuesday, and said in a statement the move was one he had discussed with the network “for some time.” His resignation follows the release of leaked […]

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Japan’s Noda Says Nuclear Plants Must Be Re-Started

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 1:52 am (UTC-5)
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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says Japan has no choice but to restart its idled nuclear reactors by the middle of next year in spite of growing public opposition to nuclear power. More than 20,000 people marched in Tokyo this week to demand an early end to the use of nuclear power. But Mr. Noda told […]

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North, South Korean Envoys Open Nuclear Talks in Beijing

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 1:13 am (UTC-5)
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Nuclear negotiators from North and South Korea sat down in China’s capital Wednesday for their second round of talks in two months. South Korean envoy Wi Sung-lac and North Korea’s Ri Yong Ho met at a private club in central Beijing to discuss terms for a resumption of six-nation talks on the dismantling of North […]

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Suicide Bomber Kills Former Afghan President

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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Former Afghan president and peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed in a suicide bomb attack at his home in the capital Kabul Tuesday. Police say a Taliban bomber went to Mr. Rabbani’s house for peace talks Tuesday and detonated a bomb hidden in his turban after greeting the former president. At least four other people […]

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Gunmen Dump 35 Bodies on Busy Mexican Roadway

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities have found the bodies of 35 people suspected of having ties to organized crime in the eastern port city of Veracruz. State prosecutor Reynaldo Escobar said some of the bodies were left in trucks while others were dumped on a busy roadway, near a shopping center. Escobar said the victims, both men and […]

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Hong Kong Ranks First in Global Economic Freedom Study

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based public policy research institute says Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy. The former British colony, which became a Chinese territory in 1997, has ranked first in the Cato Institute’s annual report on global economic freedom since the study was started 15 years ago. Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang says the territory […]

Mexican Police Arrest Suspected Drug Gang Leader

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:07 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of accused drug gang leader, Saul Solis Solis. The Mexican army and federal authorities say the arrest was made Monday in the western state of Michoacan. Saul Solis Solis, of the Knights Templar drug cartel, has been accused of orchestrating violence across Mexico’s western region including murder, kidnappings and […]

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Says Country is on “Right Path”

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says his country is on the “right path” toward a stable democracy, and that he believes there is a need for continuing U.S. military training of Iraqi forces. In remarks Tuesday to the Council on Foreign Relations, Zebari said corruption and mismanagement remain prevalent in Iraq, but the country is […]

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