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Yemeni Tribesman Shoot Down Government Warplane

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Anti-government tribesman in Yemen have shot down a government warplane north of the capital, Sana’a. The jet went down Wednesday about 40 kilometers from Sana’a, in an area where armed tribesmen have been battling forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Tribal sources said fighters shot down the plane using anti-aircraft weapons and captured the […]

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Eight Policemen Killed in Afghanistan

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Eight Afghan policemen were killed in an insurgent attack on their checkpoint in the country’s south. Local officials say the attack occurred late Tuesday night near Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Officials say three other policemen were injured and another policeman, who was a part of the group of attacked officers, was also missing. Earlier […]

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Celebrants Mark Confucius’ Birthday After 2,561 Years

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 5:06 am (UTC-5)
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Direct descendents of Confucius participated in ceremonies in Beijing Wednesday marking the anniversary of the philosopher’s birth. Scholars and officials also took part in the ceremony, with many dressed in traditional costumes from Confucius’ time more than 2,500 years ago. The ceremony at a 700-year-old temple included ritual offerings and readings from Confucian texts. Among […]

Boeing’s Dreamliner Completes Maiden Flight

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 4:47 am (UTC-5)
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Boeing’s long-delayed 787 Dreamliner completed its maiden flight Wednesday in Tokyo, where it is scheduled to go into commercial service for Japan’s All Nippon Airways. Airline executives, reporters and aviation enthusiasts turned out for the plane’s arrival after its flight from the Boeing Aircraft facilities in the United States, where it was built. Pilot Hideaki […]

UN Security Council to Consider Palestinian Statehood Bid

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 4:41 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. Security Council is set to formally consider a Palestinian bid for full membership at the world body. The discussion Wednesday comes amid continued calls for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and condemnation by U.S., European and Palestinian leaders of an Israeli plan to construct new housing in east Jerusalem. U.N. political chief Lynn Pascoe […]

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Asian Stocks Mostly Higher

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 4:37 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly higher Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained a fraction of one percent to finish at 8,616. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index lost more than six-tenths of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 18,011. Share prices were higher in Manila, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Shanghai. In currency […]

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Court Rules Australian Commentator Violated Racial Laws

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian court says a newspaper columnist violated an anti-discrimination law when he suggested that fair-skinned Aborigines identified themselves as such for personal gain. The judge ruled Wednesday that fair-skinned Aborigines were likely “to have been offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated” by two articles by Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt in 2009. Justice Mordy Bromberg […]

Amid Violence, Guinea Holds “Day of National Reconciliation”

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 4:07 am (UTC-5)
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Guinean President Alpha Conde has declared Wednesday to be a “day of national reconciliation” to mark the two-year anniversary of a massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators, even as fresh violence broke out Tuesday between security forces and opposition protesters. President Conde called for the day of remembrance to commemorate the more than 150 people killed in […]

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Diplomat: Pyongyang Links Nuclear Surrender to Gadhafi’s Defeat

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 3:14 am (UTC-5)
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A British diplomat says North Korean officials believe NATO would never have mounted air strikes in Libya if former leader Moammar Gadhafi had not given up his nuclear weapons programs. Peter Hughes, London’s outgoing ambassador to Pyongyang, said Wednesday he heard that analysis in discussions with high-ranking North Korean officials. He said that belief makes […]

Another Day of Gains on Japan’s Nikkei Index

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 2:36 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed slightly higher Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is trading lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained a fraction of one percent to finish at 8,616. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 76.54 yen, a loss of just over one-quarter of a yen from Tuesday. The Taipei market ended […]

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