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Bali Bombing Suspect Returns to Resort to Re-enact Crime

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian terror suspect Umar Patek was back in the resort island of Bali on Thursday to re-enact what he says are his movements leading up to the 2002 nightclub bombings there. Police took Patek back to a rental house where, Patek says, he and two other men mixed the chemicals to make the bombs that […]

Burmese Foreign Minister HoldsTalks in Tokyo

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin has arrived in Tokyo, where he is holding talks with senior Japanese officials. Japanese Secretary Osamu Fujimura greeted the visiting minister, who made a brief public statement. He said the visit marks a step forward in developing cooperation between the two countries. The trip is the latest in a […]

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Clinton Seeks “Reality Check” on Afghan Future

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told a group of women and politicians in Afghanistan that she is there for a “reality check” on the country’s future, ahead of talks in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Clinton told the group Thursday at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that she wants to hear the […]

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Johnson Demands Part of Liberia Government in Exchange for Support of President Sirleaf

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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Liberia’s former rebel leader Prince Johnson is demanding his party be given 30 percent of the country’s future government in exchange for his endorsement of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the upcoming run-off election. Johnson, who finished third in the October 11 presidential election, said Wednesday that he would back President Sirleaf, whose 44 percent […]

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Taiwan President Offers Referendum on China Treaty Proposal

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is offering reassurances that he will not pursue a peace treaty with China unless it is the clearly expressed will of Taiwan’s people. Mr. Ma said Thursday he is prepared to put the issue to the public in a referendum before pursuing a treaty, an idea he first made public on […]

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Russia Set to Make Historic Rocket Launch Thursday

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s Soyuz carrier rocket is set make its first launch from outside the former Soviet Union on Thursday, carrying European satellites. The Soyuz is scheduled to blast off from a new launch site at the Kourou space center in the jungle of French Guiana, off the Atlantic coast. The Russian rocket will carry Galileo navigation […]

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Japanese, Taiwan Markets Sag as Dollar Dips

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese markets closed lower Thursday, while the U.S. dollar is trading lower against the Japanese yen. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost slightly more than one percent to finish at 8,682. The dollar was selling at 76.75 yen, a loss of a fraction of a yen from Wednesday. The Taipei market closed at 7,244, losing almost one […]

South Korea Announces Plan for Major Military Drill

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea has announced plans for a major nationwide military exercise aimed at sharpening combat capabilities against any future North Korean provocations. The military said Thursday the seven-day annual exercise will begin next week and involve all branches of the South Korean services. The program will include a joint drill with U.S. forces. South Korean […]

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US Launches Program to Fight Tuberculosis in Ethiopia

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has announced a new initiative to help the government of Ethiopia combat high levels of tuberculosis in the country. A statement by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa says the U.S. Agency for International Development will contribute $42 million over the next five years to provide diagnosis, treatment, case detection and other […]

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US Contemplates Bigger Military Presence in Northern Australia

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Australia says it is in talks with the United States aimed at increasing the U.S. military presence in the north of the country. Defense Minister Stephen Smith said in a radio interview Thursday there are no plans for a permanent U.S. base on Australia’s north coast, which faces Indonesia. But he said the countries are […]