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Zambians Nervously Await Election Results

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 5:47 am (UTC-5)
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Zambia’s High Court has barred three private media organizations from publishing speculative reports on the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, as the country’s electoral commission scrambles to finish counting votes ahead its self-imposed Thursday deadline. The court ruled Wednesday that the country’s leading privately-owned newspaper, The Post of Zambia, and two other media […]

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China: US Relations Will Suffer Over Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 5:47 am (UTC-5)
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China warned Thursday that diplomatic and military relations with the United States will suffer because of Washington’s decision to upgrade Taiwan’s aging fleet of F-16 jet fighters. U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke was summoned late Wednesday to the foreign ministry, and a spokesman says he was told the deal will undermine cooperation on military and security […]

Japanese Computers Linked to South Korean Cyber Attack

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese police say they have identified two computer servers and a personal computer in Japan that were used in a massive cyber attack on South Korean government offices six months ago. The National Police Agency said Thursday it was the first known instance of a personal computer in Japan being used for cyber terrorism. They […]

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China: US Relations Will Suffer Over Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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China warned Thursday that diplomatic and military relations with the United States will suffer because of Washington’s decision to upgrade Taiwan’s aging fleet of F-16 jet fighters. U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke was summoned late Wednesday to the foreign ministry, and a spokesman says he was told the deal will undermine cooperation on military and security […]

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Three Explosions in Dagestan Kill Four

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say three car bombs have killed at least four people and wounded dozens of others in the volatile Dagestan region. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said two of the blasts occurred just after midnight Thursday near its headquarters in the city of Makhachkala. The spokesman says a Russian police officer was among […]

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Syria Says Ambush Kills 5 Security Personnel

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 4:57 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian state media say “armed terrorist groups” have killed five security personnel and wounded 17 others in an attack in southern Syria. The state-run SANA news agency said the attack Thursday was an ambush on a military convoy in Daraa province, about 100 kilometers south of the capital, Damascus. The uprising against President Bashar al-Assad […]

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Asian Stocks Mostly Lower

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over two percent (181 points)) to finish at 8,560 Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index plunged nearly five percent to finish the day’s trading at 17,912. Share prices were also lower in Manila, Shanghai, Sydney and Taipei, but higher in Wellington. In currency trading, […]

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Yao Ming Urges Countrymen to Give Up Shark Fin Soup

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Retired basketball star Yao Ming is using his incredible popularity in China to try to discourage his countrymen from eating shark fin soup. Yao appeared at a news conference in Shanghai Thursday alongside British business tycoon Richard Branson and representatives of the wildlife protection group WildAid. Yao encouraged about 30 top business leaders in attendance […]

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US Prepares to Reopen Embassy in Libya

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is preparing to reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, while NATO says it is extending its operations in the country for another three months. U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz has returned to Tripoli where the U.S. plans to raise its flag over its mission on Thursday. Cretz was based in Tripoli […]

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Roke Turns its Fury on Japan’s Earthquake-Battered Northeast

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Typhoon Roke headed to sea late Thursday after lashing Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido with high winds and rain. At least 15 people were reported dead or missing from the storm, which did its worst damage with landslides and flooding in central Japan. It slammed Tokyo with fierce winds and torrential rain Wednesday, halting mass […]

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