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Greek Transportation Workers Strike Over Austerity Cuts

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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A day long strike by Greek public transit workers and taxi drivers over government austerity cuts has created traffic gridlock in Athens Thursday. Air traffic controllers are staging a shorter strike that forced airlines to cancel and reschedule flights. The work stoppage comes one day after the Greek government imposed more austerity cuts to keep […]

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Australia Moves Toward Vote on Malaysia Refugee Swap

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s parliament is moving toward a vote as early as Thursday on changes to immigration law that would allow a proposed refugee swap with Malaysia to go forward. Analysts give the bill little chance of passage in the face of opposition from the right-wing Liberal Party and the left-wing Greens, whose support keeps Prime Minister […]

Malaysian Anti-Graft Officers Arrested for Theft

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 3:23 am (UTC-5)
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Three Malaysian anti-corruption officers have been accused of robbing money lenders of $300,000 at Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport. Malaysia’s The Star newspaper says the trio went to the airport last week to investigate suspected money laundering by several money changers. The three confronted at least one of the money changers and questioned him before asking […]

Palestinians Undeterred in UN Statehood Push

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Palestinian officials say they will continue their pursuit of full U.N. membership despite diplomatic efforts to persuade them to drop the bid in favor of renewed peace talks with Israel. U.S. President Barack Obama has told his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, that United Nations action will not achieve a Palestinian state. White House officials say […]

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Three Peruvian Children Killed by Contaminated Food

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:44 am (UTC-5)
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Peruvian health officials say three school children have died and dozens were treated at a hospital after eating food contaminated with pesticide. Offcials say 88 children and at least three adults became ill after consuming food prepared in a pot containing pesticide residue in Cajamarca north of Lima, the capital. Health officials say the food […]

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Roadside Bomb Kills Five in Pakistan

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:44 am (UTC-5)
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A passenger vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region killing at least five people. Officials say the blast occurred in Bajaur agency near the border with Afghanistan. Several others were wounded in the blast. Bajaur agency is regarded as a stronghold for Taliban and al-Qaida militants. Pakistani forces have carried out a […]

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Big Losses on Japan’s Nikkei

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:41 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is trading higher against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over two percent (181 points)) to finish at 8,560. The dollar was selling at 76.75 yen, a gain of just over one-quarter of a yen from Wednesday. The Taipei market ended Thursday’s trading session […]

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US Death Row Inmate Put to Death Despite International Outcry

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. death row inmate Troy Davis, who was convicted for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer, was put to death late Wednesday in the southern state of Georgia, after the Supreme Court rejected a last minute appeal to stay his execution. Davis died by lethal injection just after 11 p.m. local time as […]

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Opposition Strike Hits Bangladesh

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Schools and businesses are shut down across Bangladesh as the country’s main opposition party and its allies hold a daylong strike to protest recent hikes in fuel prices. Thousands of police were deployed across the capital, Dhaka, to keep order and prevent widescale opposition protests. Transportation in and out of the city was largely disrupted […]

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ASEAN Experts Meet in Manila on South China Sea

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Maritime experts from across Southeast Asia are meeting in Manila to discuss a Philippine proposal for avoiding future conflicts in the South China Sea. The group’s findings will be passed to senior officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, who will make recommendations ahead of an ASEAN summit in November. Philippine Vice President Jejomar […]

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