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Pirates Release Crew of Oil Tanker Seized off Nigeria

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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The crew of a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker seized by pirates last week off the coast of Nigeria has been released. The Russian agency that hired the sailors said the entire crew was freed early Friday, and that none of the members had been harmed. The company said it would provide information on how the […]

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Tokyo Stocks Down, Dollar Unchanged

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese share prices ended lower Friday, while the dollar was steady against the yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost nine-tenths of a percent , to close at 8,747. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 76.92 yen, unchanged from late Thursday. The Taipei market dropped one percent , to close at 7,358.

28 Dead in Papua New Guinea Plane Crash

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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At least 28 people were killed when a small passenger plane went down in stormy weather in a heavily-forested area of northern Papua New Guinea. The two pilots, one Australian and one from New Zealand, survived, as did two passengers, a Papuan and a Chinese. The plane, a twin-engine Airlines PNG Dash 8, was flying […]

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Thai PM Says Bangkok Largely Safe from Flooding

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reassured residents of Bangkok Friday that the capital should largely avoid the flooding that has devastated a third of the country since July. The Thai leader told reporters that areas on the outer edge of the city could face some problems, but inner Bangkok has strong defenses and the situation […]

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Dagestan Prison Official Wounded in Shooting Attack

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russian authorities say the head of prison services in Dagestan and his bodyguard have been shot in the volatile region’s capital city. Police say the official will survive. His bodyguard was seriously wounded in Thursday’s drive by shooting in Makhachkala. The shooting comes less than a month after a deadly attack on another high ranking […]

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Obama to Visit Detroit Auto Plant with South Korean Counterpart

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will travel to Detroit, Michigan Friday to promote a new bilateral trade deal passed this week by the U.S. Congress. The two leaders will visit a factory operated by U.S. automaker General Motors. Mr. Obama has said the trade deal will open South Korea’s market […]

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Malawi Opposition Group Calls for Arrest of Sudanese President

Posted October 14th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi’s main opposition party and two leading international human rights groups are pressuring Malawi’s government to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his visit to the country for a regional trade summit. President Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, is in Malawi for a meeting of the 19-member Common Market for Eastern […]

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