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Australia’s Qantas Airways Returning to Normal After Labor Dispute

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s national airline says its operations are rapidly returning to normal after a government labor board ordered it to end a dispute with its unions. Qantas Airways officials say they hope to have all scheduled flights operating by Tuesday afternoon, little more than a day after the board issued its order. The brief shutdown stranded […]

Academic Abdel-Rahim El-Keeb to Lead Libyan Transition

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Libya’s new interim Prime Minister Abdel-Rahim el-Keeb is an academic and businessman who spent decades in the United States before returning to Libya to support the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi. He is technocrat not widely known before his election Monday, but has been praised as a moderate with wide appeal. El-Keeb was educated in the […]

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China Hails Successful Space Launch on Key Docking Mission

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials are hailing the successful launch of a space vehicle on a mission that pushes forward the country’s plans for a manned space station by 2020. The vehicle was launched around dawn Tuesday. It will rendezvous within two days with an experimental module launched in September to attempt China’s first space-docking operation. Shortly after […]

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Clinton’s Trip to Turkey Canceled After Mother Becomes Ill

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled her trip to London and Turkey late Monday after her 92-year-old mother became ill. Clinton was to have left Washington to join a regional meeting discussing various issues. Earlier Monday, Secretary Clinton said Turkey must strengthen its democracy if it wants to realize its full potential, both economically […]

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Afghan, Pakistani Leaders to Meet in Istanbul

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai will meet with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday at a summit in Istanbul aimed at improving relations between the two neighbors. The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, will attempt to settle big differences between the two governments, who are locked in a diplomatic dispute over Pakistan’s alleged support […]

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UN Urging More Anti-Piracy Action Off African Coasts

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. official says that despite unprecedented efforts to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, countries must do more to address the problem. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun told the Security Council Monday that efforts to stem pirate attacks “remain insufficient” as Somali pirates extend their operations farther into the Indian […]

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Rights Group Reports Attack on Supporters of Chinese Activist

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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A human rights group says more than three dozen supporters of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng were beaten while trying to visit him at his home this week. Human Rights in China quotes witnesses as saying 37 activists and bloggers were attacked by about 100 unidentified men in the city of Linyi in eastern Shangdong […]

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China Hands $2.3 Million Tax Bill to Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities have ordered his company to pay more than $2.3 million in fines and back taxes, demanding payment before the middle of November. Ai told reporters Tuesday that he will not pay unless he and his accountants determine that the company actually failed to pay taxes. He says that […]

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US Soldier is Jailed for South Korean Rape

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean court has sentenced an American soldier to 10 years in prison for raping a teenage girl, the heaviest sentence handed a U.S. serviceman in the country in almost 20 years. The court said Tuesday the unidentified soldier had committed sadistic and sexually perverted acts in which he repeatedly raped the 18-year-old girl […]

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NATO Rules Out Syria Action

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says it has no intention of taking military action in Syria, after closing it’s seven-month campaign to protect civilians in Libya. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday the alliance has ruled out any intervention in Syria. He condemned President Bashar al-Assad’s deadly crackdown on dissent and urged the government to accommodate the “legitimate […]

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