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Bangkok Escapes Disaster, Millions Affected by Asian Floods

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thai authorities expressed relief Monday as floodwaters in the Chao Phraya River passed their crest stage and began receding without breaching the barriers protecting Bangkok. However, some wary residents are continuing to fortify the capital’s flood walls with sandbags, despite assurances from officials that the city will not be inundated. One resident said he will […]

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Iran Warns US Over Assassination Plot Allegations

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s supreme leader has warned that any “inappropriate” action by the United States in connection with Iran’s alleged plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador in the U.S. will bring a “decisive response”. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that Iran will respond to political or security-related actions by the United States. He also said the […]

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Jurists Accuse Sri Lanka Diplomat of War Crimes

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s Federal Police say they are examining a brief filed by a rights group accusing a top Sri Lankan diplomat of war crimes. The legal paper, filed Friday by the International Commission of Jurists, calls for authorities to investigate Sri Lanka’s high commissioner to Australia, Thisara Samarasinghe. The former admiral was commander of the Sri […]

Wal-Mart CEO in China Resigns Amid Mislabeled Pork Allegations

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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Retail giant Wal-Mart says its chief officer and another top executive in China have stepped down amid accusations that the company sold mislabeled pork. Chinese authorities last week ordered Wal-Mart to close more than a dozen stores in the city of Chongqing following charges that the stores had sold ordinary pork as organic for the […]

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Arab League Calls for Dialogue in Syria

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Arab League says it will bring together Syria’s government and opposition groups in an attempt to end the country’s ongoing violence. The league’s secretary-general said the group plans to start the dialogue within 15 days. He spoke Sunday after an emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo. Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim […]

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