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Thai PM Appeals for Unity as Floods Threaten Capital

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is calling for all political factions to unite as soldiers and workers struggle to shore up dikes protecting Bangkok against raging floodwaters. Hundreds of soldiers and volunteers heaped sandbags into breaches in dikes protecting industrial and housing estates north of the capital Wednesday. A government warning identified several districts that […]

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Pakistani Army Chief Says US Should Focus on Afghanistan

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistani lawmakers say the country’s army chief told them the United States should focus on stabilizing Afghanistan instead of pressuring Pakistan to confront militant groups in its northwest tribal region. The lawmakers told reporters about the comments army chief General Ashfaq Kayani made Tuesday during a closed-door briefing to parliamentary defense committees. The meeting comes […]

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Kurdish Rebel Attack Kills 26 Turkish Soldiers

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Kurdish rebels have killed 26 Turkish soldiers and wounded 16 others near Turkey’s border with Iraq, in the deadliest such attack in years. Turkish authorities say rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party opened fire on military outposts in Cukurca and Yuksekova, in southeastern Turkey’s Hakkari province. Media reports say Turkish military forces responded by crossing […]

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France: Hostage Dead in Kenya

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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France’s foreign ministry says an elderly French woman kidnapped in Kenya earlier this month has died. French officials who had been negotiating for the release of Marie Dedieu announced her death on Wednesday, although they did not give the circumstances or date of her death. Unidentified gunmen kidnapped Dedieu on October 1 from her beach […]

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Greek General Strike Ahead of Wednesday Austerity Vote

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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A 48-hour general strike is underway in Greece ahead of parliamentary votes on austerity measures meant to stave off bankruptcy. The work stoppage is predicted by union officials to be the largest in years. The work stoppage is disrupting health services, air travel, public transportation, public services and closing schools. However, air traffic controllers are […]

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China’s Li Keqiang to Visit South Korea Next Week

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang will make back-to-back visits to North and South Korea next week. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said Li will arrive in Pyongyang Sunday for a three-day visit. It did not offer details of an agenda for Li, who is widely expected to succeed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao […]

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British Police Begin Clearing Illegal Camp

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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British police have begun evicting a group of Irish travellers from a farm where they have lived illegally for more than a decade. Witnesses say fires were burning across the camp as police in riot gear moved into the area early Wednesday. More than 80 families are resisting efforts to be evicted. A London appeals […]

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Sudan Summons British Ambassador Following Critical Comments in Blog Post

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan summoned the British ambassador in Khartoum to the foreign ministry on Tuesday, to protest his blog post sharply criticizing the Sudanese government for failing to improve the lives of its citizens. In a blog posted Monday on the British Embassy’s website, Ambassador Nicholas Kay said it was “little wonder” that Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, has […]

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Asian Stocks Mostly Higher

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly higher Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained more than one-quarter of one percent to finish at 8,773. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose just over one and one-quarter percent to finish the day’s trading at 18,309. Share prices were higher in Manila, Shanghai, Sydney and Wellington, but lower in Taipei. In […]

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South Korean, Japanese Leaders Pledge Continued Cooperation

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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The leaders of South Korea and Japan have agreed to improve diplomatic and economic ties, despite bitter feelings from Japan’s occupation of the Korean peninsula and a lingering territorial dispute. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Seoul Wednesday, the second meeting between the two leaders since Mr. […]

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