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Rights Group Urges Libya’s NTC to End Arbitrary Detentions

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights group is urging Libya’s provisional authority to end arbitrary detentions and “widespread abuse” of detainees, saying there is a risk of repeating patterns of former leader Moammar Gadhafi’s rule. In a report released Thursday, London-based Amnesty International said it found a pattern of beatings and ill-treatment of pro-Gadhafi soldiers, suspected loyalists and […]

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UN Considers Stepping Up Land Mine Clearance in South Sudan

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says it may step up efforts to clear land mines from South Sudan following a mine explosion this week that killed 20 people. The U.N. says 18 civilians and two soldiers were killed on Sunday when the bus in which they were travelling struck an anti-tank mine recently laid by rebels in […]

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South Korea Confronts Japan at UN Over ‘Comfort Women’

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea is asking the United Nations to support its demand for compensation from Japan for the sexual enslavement of Korean women by Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Shin Dong-ik, Seoul’s deputy chief envoy to the U.N., told a General Assembly committee Wednesday that Japan’s actions during this period constituted war crimes and crimes […]

Floods Kill 9 in Vietnam, Threaten Thai Capital

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Vietnam are reporting nine more deaths in flooding that has swept through the entire Mekong basin, bringing the death total in that country to 43 people, mostly children. In Thailand, where more than 280 have died, residents were forced to abandon their homes in the central city of Ayutthaya, where a historic temple […]

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Bus Crash Kills 38 in Nepal

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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At least 38 people were killed in eastern Nepal after their bus swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a river. The accident occurred Thursday in Sindhuli district located east of the capital, Kathmandu. Reports say that so far the bodies of 38 people have been recovered with more feared swept in the river. […]

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US Drone Strike Kills Four in Northwest Pakistan

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected US drone strike has killed at least four militants in the country’s North Waziristan tribal region. Officials say the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a compound in the village of Dande Darpa Khel, near the region’s main town Miran Shah. Thursday’s strike targeted suspected members of the Haqqani […]

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Strong Earthquake Rocks Indonesia’s Bali Island

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian resort island of Bali Thursday, causing a panic among residents and tourists. No deaths were reported but several people were treated at hospitals for minor injuries. Endro Tjahjono, an official at Bali’s meteorological agency, said cracks appeared in the walls of the agency’s office and […]

South Korean Leaders Hail US Approval of FTA

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean leaders are hailing the U.S. Congress’ approval of a bilateral free-trade pact and calling for their own legislature to quickly ratify the deal as well. Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon was quoted Thursday saying he believes the National Assembly will sign off on the pact by the end of this month. South Korea’s Yonhap […]

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Japanese Stock Prices Rebound

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed higher Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is trading lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained one percent to finish at 8,823. The U.S. dollar was selling at 77.09 yen, a loss of less than one-fourth of a yen from Wednesday. The Taipei market rose more than one-half of one percent […]

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Russia, US Conduct Joint Anti-Terrorism Training

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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The navies of Russia and the United States began a joint anti-terrorism exercise in Guam Thursday. The first phase of Exercise Pacific Eagle involves training in maneuvering and communication between vessels. During the three day exercise, the Russian missile cruiser Varygag and the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCampbell will also practice rescuing a vessel seized […]

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