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Japan Hosts ASEAN Delegates Seeking to Solve Maritime Disputes

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan on Wednesday hosted delegates from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for talks on simmering tensions in the South China Sea. The vice-ministerial-level meeting — the third of its kind since 2009 — focused on the need to create consensus on the interpretation of maritime law regarding freedom of navigation. China, Taiwan, the Philippines, […]

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Reebok to Pay $25 million to Settle Deceptive Shoe Ad Case

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1:58 pm (UTC-5)
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Shoe manufacturer Reebok has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve a U.S. government complaint that its advertising misled consumers by claiming that wearing two of its brands would help tone leg and buttock muscles. Reebok, part of German athletic apparel manufacturer Adidas, claimed in advertising starting in 2009 that its EasyTone walking shoes and […]

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Bahrain Upholds Life Sentences for Opposition Activists

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A special court in Bahrain has upheld life sentences for eight Shi’ite opposition activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the minority Sunni-led government during anti-government protests earlier this year. The state-run Bahrain News Agency said the court confirmed the sentences Wednesday, along with those of 13 other activists who received prison sentences ranging from two […]

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Defense Lawyer Asks Ukraine Court to Acquit Tymoshenko

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawyers for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko have asked the court to acquit her and release her from jail. Defense attorney Yuriy Sukhov argued Wednesday that Ms. Tymoshenko’s actions did not constitute a crime and that the prosecution failed to prove her guilt. Ms. Tymoshenko, who has been in custody since early August, is […]

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Obama Defends Deportations, Jobs Bill in Online Roundtable

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has defended his administration’s record on immigration and advocated for his new job-creation proposal in an online roundtable discussion aimed at the Hispanic community. The hour-long discussion, streamed live in English and dubbed in Spanish on the White House website Wednesday, is part of a push by the Obama administration to […]

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India, Pakistan Agree to Boost Trade to $6 Bn in 3 Years

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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India and Pakistan have agreed to boost trade ties as part of a peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals, who resumed talks earlier this year after a break of several years. In a joint statement issued Wednesday following talks in New Delhi, the Indian and Pakistani trade ministers pledged to more than double the value […]

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France Will Not Extradite Rwanda’s Former First Lady

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 12:54 pm (UTC-5)
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A French appeals court has rejected Rwanda’s request to extradite the widow of the late Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. Rwandan prosecutors say former first lady Agathe Habyarimana played a key role in the country’s 1994 genocide. French authorities arrested her last year, after Rwanda issued a warrant charging her with genocide and crimes against humanity. […]

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US Stocks Mixed in Midday Trading Wednesday

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 12:51 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. stock indexes are mixed in midday trading Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up three-tenths of one percent, while the broader S&P 500 is virtually unchanged from Tuesday’s close. The NASDAQ is down one-tenth of a percent. European stock prices fell. London’s Financial Times index dropped 1.4 percent to end at 5,218. The […]

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Violent Anti-Roma Protests Hit Bulgaria

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Around 2,200 protesters have demonstrated in 14 Bulgarian cities this week after a dispute between a Roma leader and villagers led to an outbreak of violence. More than 160 people were arrested during the protests against Bulgaria’s Roma, or Gypsy, minority. The unrest broke out after the death of a 19-year-old man, which some have […]

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Iran Announces Production of Cruise Missile

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 12:36 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran says it has begun production of a cruise missile that can hit targets within a 200 kilometer range. Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Wednesday that the Ghader missile has “high destructive power” and is capable of destroying targets that include warships. He said an unspecified number of the missiles would be domestically […]

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