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Dalai Lama Cancels Visit to South Africa over Visa Troubles

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Dalai Lama says South Africa’s failure to issue him a travel visa has forced him to call off his planned participation in this week’s birthday celebration of anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu. In a statement released Tuesday, the Dalai Lama’s office in India said it is convinced that, “for whatever reason,” the South Africa government […]

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Car Bomb Kills 10 in Somali Capital

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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A car bomb has exploded outside a government building in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people. The al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. Al-Shabab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s fragile transitional government in a bid to impose a strict form of Sharia, or Islamic law. The group recently […]

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Amanda Knox Leaves Italy After Murder Conviction is Overturned

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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American college student Amanda Knox boarded an airplane in Italy a free woman Tuesday enroute to the United States, after a jury in Italy overturned her murder conviction. Knox collapsed in tears and the courtroom erupted Monday evening when the court decision was read. Knox’s former Italian boyfriend and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, also was exonerated […]

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Amid Tension with Pakistan, Karzai Begins Two-Day Visit to India

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai departed Tuesday for a two-day diplomatic trip to India, a visit that comes amid increasing tension with Pakistan, a traditional foe of both countries. President Karzai will meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, where the two leaders are expected to boost economic ties. Mr. Karzai and Mr. […]

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Mild Losses on Japan’s Nikkei Index

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Tuesday, while the U.S. dollar is trading slightly lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one percent to finish at 8,456. The dollar was selling at 76.61 yen, a loss of a fraction of a yen from Monday. Gold is trading at $1,670.55 an ounce.

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Japan Gears Up for Antarctic Whale Hunt

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japan is gearing up for this year’s Antarctic whale hunt with a sharp eye on anti-whaling activists who forced an early end to last year’s hunt. Fisheries Minister Michihiko Kano said Tuesday the government is planning new measures to protect the whale hunters. He said those measures will include the dispatch of a Coast Guard […]

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Greek Protestors Voice Disapproval of Economic Woes

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Greek protestors took to the streets of Athens Tuesday to show their displeasure with austerity plans for their country. Protestors blocked the entrance to several government buildings, including the Greek finance and labor ministries. Demonstrators said they did not want to lose their jobs or have their pay reduced as a part of expanding austerity […]

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Taiwan Presidential Candidate Seeks Ally in Japan

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen says she would like to see Taiwan strengthen its economic ties with Japan so as not to become too dependent on China. Ms. Tsai is running in January elections against Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, whose China-friendly policies have resulted in a series of lucrative trade deals between Taiwan and the […]

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US Defense Chief Criticizes Palestinian Aid Block

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has criticized U.S. lawmakers for suspending $200 million in aid slated to fund development projects in the Palestinian territories. Panetta said Monday at a news conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that this is “no time to withhold those funds.” He said it is a “critical” […]

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Asian Stocks Mostly Lower

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one percent to finish at 8,456. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index plunged nearly three and one-half percent to finish the day’s trading at 16,250. Share prices were higher in Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Manila and Sydney. The Shanghai index was […]

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