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NATO Defense Ministers Meet on Libya, Afghanistan

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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NATO defense ministers are meeting Wednesday to discuss the alliance’s ongoing mission in Libya, the war in Afghanistan and efforts to acquire necessary resources as members face budget cuts. The talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels come as NATO warplanes continue to carry out airstrikes against forces loyal to former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. NATO […]

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Trial Underway for Defiant Alleged “Underwear Bomber”

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Nigerian man accused of attempting to blow up a U.S. airliner by detonating chemicals in his underwear appeared in a federal court Tuesday, defiantly proclaiming allegiance to al-Qaida as his trial opened in of Detroit. In an outburst before the judge entered the courtroom, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who has become known as “the underwear […]

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UN Relief Chief to Visit North Korea

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ top humanitarian official says she will make her first visit to North Korea this month. Valerie Amos, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator, said in New York Tuesday she wants to raise awareness of the situation in North Korea, where the world body estimates that 6 million people are in urgent need of […]

Philippines Police Nab Suspected Abu Sayyaf Terrorist

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine police officials said Wednesday a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist organization has been arrested. National Police Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz says Adzhar Patta Mawalil was captured by security forces Tuesday on the southern island of Jolo. Mawalil, who also goes by the name of Ajang Nedz Mawalil, is suspected of taking part […]

Malaysia Releases 125 Suspects Held Under Colonial-Era Law

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia said Wednesday it will immediately release 125 suspects who are being held under a harsh security law that is scheduled for repeal. Prime Minister Najib Rezak announced the move in parliament, where he said the release is only the beginning of his government’s moves to enhance a democratic way of life. The government on […]

Greek Public Servants Strike Against Proposed Austerity Measures

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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A strike in Greece has caused airlines to cancel all commercial flights across Greece. Protesters are continuing demonstrations and work stoppages in a show of displeasure with Athens’ latest austerity plan to avert a Greek debt default. Greek officials expect Wednesday’s strike to impact many public services. Aegean Air said all Wednesday flights have been […]

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Japan’s FM to Discuss Economic, Maritime Issues in SE Asia

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s new foreign minister says he will travel next week to Southeast Asia, where he is expected to discuss economic and maritime issues ahead of an ASEAN summit next month. Koichiro Gemba, who was named as foreign minister last month, said Tuesday he will visit Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia from Tuesday to Friday next week. […]

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US Defense Chief Holds Talks on Egypt’s Regional Security

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has urged Egypt’s ruling military council to lift emergency law and push forward with a transition to a civilian government. Panetta said Tuesday after meeting with the council’s chief, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, that Egyptian leaders told him they are looking to end emergency rule as soon as possible. He […]

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Russia Says Closer to WTO Membership

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say their country could become a member of the World Trade Organization by the end of the year. Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov says because of U.S. efforts, Russia is closer to joining the WTO. He met Monday in Washington with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for talks on the matter. […]

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Japan’s Nikkei Slump Continues

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar is lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index fell nearly one percent to finish at 8,383. The dollar was selling at 76.69 yen, a loss of just over one-tenth of a yen from Tuesday. The Taipei market closed at 6,989, a loss of nearly one […]

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