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China’s Long History of Tainted Food Products

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Here is a timeline of notable food safety incidents in China: 2008: Six babies are killed and 300,000 others sickened after drinking milk formula is contaminated with an industrial chemical Dumplings are discovered tainted with an insecticide 2010: Food sciences professor exposes recycled cooking oil taken from sewers outside restaurants Green beans are found to […]

UN: Human Rights Violations in DRC Could Lead to Post-Election Violence

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the continued repression of fundamental freedoms in the lead-up to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s upcoming election is endangering the country’s democratic process and could lead to post-election violence. The U.N. Joint Human Rights Office released a report Wednesday documenting nearly 200 cases of human rights violations apparently linked to […]

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Italy’s Bond Yield Rises Above 7 Percent Mark

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Italy’s 10-year bond yield topped 7 percent Wednesday, a day after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced he will resign once parliament passes crucial economic reforms. Greece, Ireland and Portugal asked for bailout loans after their borrowing rates crossed the 7 percent threshold. Mr. Berlusconi made his resignation announcement Tuesday after he lost his parliamentary […]

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Indian Court Convicts 31 Hindus for Muslim Killings

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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A special court in India has convicted 31 Hindus for the 2002 killing of dozens of Muslims during one of the country’s worst outbreaks of sectarian violence. The judge in the case handed down the guilty verdicts Wednesday, while acquitting 41 others. A group of 33 Muslims who had sought shelter in a house were […]

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US Pacific Commander Acknowledges China’s Global Interests

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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The commander of America’s Pacific fleet says he respects China’s right to manage its interests around the world but worries about erratic behavior by North Korea. Vice Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, spoke to reporters in Hong Kong Wednesday during a port call by the battle group attached to the giant aircraft […]

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India, Pakistan Work to Boost Trust

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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India and Pakistan are seeking ways to improve bilateral trust as the nuclear-armed neighbors continue to work on a peace process they renewed earlier this year. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna said Wednesday relations have improved but that there is still work to be done. They met with […]

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Iran Vows Not to Retreat From its Nuclear Program

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his county will not retreat “an iota” from its nuclear path, in the wake of a report that raises concerns Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. He also rejected the findings of the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency while speaking at a rally shown Wednesday on Iranian […]

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Debate Over Greek Interim Government Enters 3rd Day

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Greek party leaders halted debate on the formation of a new coalition government early Wednesday without reaching consensus, but were set to resume talks later in the day. Outgoing Prime Minister George Papandreou and main opposition leader Antonis Samaras have been locked in talks since Monday on who will lead a power-sharing government until early […]

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Death Toll Rises in Vietnam Flooding Disaster

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnamese authorities say 100 people are now dead due to serious flooding that has plagued the nation for weeks. The new death toll includes 17 people killed across central Vietnam, which has been inundated with heavy rains in recent days. Bhupinder Tomar, a representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross who is based […]

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Berlusconi Promises to Resign After Economic Reforms

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says that he will resign after parliament passes crucial economic reforms aimed at stabilizing Italy’s economy. Mr. Berlusconi made the announcement Tuesday after he lost parliamentary majority during a vote on a routine budget measure in the lower house, with seven ruling party members defecting. The measure passed with 308 […]

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