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Thai PM Says Flooding in Bangkok’s Center Will Be Minor

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s prime minister assured the residents of Bangkok Saturday that flooding in the capital’s center would be minor and brief. In her weekly radio address, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said a barrier of huge sandbags had been completed and drainage systems would keep the city’s economic and political center mostly dry. Bangkok residents have been […]

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Kenyan Navy Sinks Boat of Suspected al-Shabab Militants

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan military officials say their navy has sunk another boat carrying suspected al-Shabab militants. A Navy spokesman says Kenyan forces fired on the boat in the area Ras Kamboni on Friday, after the vessel refused to stop for identification as it sped toward Kenyan waters. Kenya has not confirmed the number of casualties. Earlier this […]

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21 North Koreans Defect to South

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean authorities said Saturday that 21 North Koreans defected to the South after they were found drifting in a wooden boat in the Yellow Sea last Sunday. South Korea’s military said the boat was found drifting south of the Northern Limit Line, a disputed sea border between the two Koreas. The boat was floating […]

45 Chinese Miners Rescued from Cave-In

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s latest coal mine disaster ended Saturday, after the remaining 45 survivors were pulled from underground 36 hours after an explosion. The ordeal in the Qianqiu Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia began Thursday when a rock burst caused a cave-in. The explosion killed eight miners and trapped the 45 who were rescued. At […]

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Over 2 Million in Saudi Arabia for Hajj

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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Saudi officials say more than 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims are taking part in the annual Hajj rites, which peak on Saturday. Hajj is the oldest and most sacred ritual of Islam. The pilgrimage focuses on the holy city of Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz said a […]

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Syrian Amnesty Begins, More Deadly Protests

Posted November 5th, 2011 at 12:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Syrian government began a week-long amnesty program Saturday for citizens who have sold or possessed weapons. The interior ministry announced the amnesty Friday, the same day that activists said security forces killed at least 19 people as anti-government protesters rallied across the country. The government says under the amnesty, citizens who have not committed […]

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