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

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:57 am (UTC-5)
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Typhoon Roke turned its fury toward Japan’s northern island Hokkaido on Thursday after leaving at least 12 people dead or missing on its way through central Japan. Roke slammed Tokyo with fierce winds and torrential rain, halting mass transit and stranding tens of thousands of commuters before heading toward the northeastern coast, which was devastated […]

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Ahmadinejad to Address U.N. General Assembly

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:38 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, just one day after Iran released two American hikers who had been held for two years on suspicion of spying. During past addresses to the U.N., President Ahmadinejad has denied the holocaust and expressed doubt about the official version of the September […]

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Cambodian Minister’s Letter Proposes Crackdown on NGOs

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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A letter signed by Cambodia’s finance minister suggests the government should act against relief groups that have been advocating on behalf of displaced villagers. The June 17 letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, obtained by VOA’s Khmer service, suggests the government “nullify the eligibility” of the NGOs. It says the main goal of the groups […]

China: US Relations Will Suffer Over Taiwan Arms Deal

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:14 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, where a spokesman says he was told the deal will undermine cooperation on military and security […]

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Colombian Oil Workers Agree to End Protests

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:06 am (UTC-5)
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Colombian oil workers have agreed to stop demonstrations that forced a Canadian company to shut down one quarter of Colombia’s oil production. Pacific Rubiales Energy Company and union officials announced the deal late Wednesday following a meeting with government representatives. Toronto based Pacific says the protests forced it to stop pumping 225,000 barrels of oil […]

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US Death Row Inmate Put to Death Despite International Outcry

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 12:08 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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