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Cairo Simmers, Braces for ‘Million-Man’ Protest

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of angry Egyptians are massing in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, hoping to send a stark message to the country’s ruling military council. Organizers have called for a “million-man” march Friday to pressure the council to hand over control to a civilian government. Some protesters are even calling this the “last chance” for the council to […]

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Philippines Wants Arroyo Detained

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine prosecutors said in a court hearing Friday that they want former president Gloria Arroyo held in a detention center after a doctor said she is well enough to be released from the hospital. Government lawyer Maria Juana Valleza asked the court to order Ms. Arroyo’s transfer to a detention facility at a Manila police […]

South Korean Official Monitors Aid to North Korea

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean official traveled to North Korea Friday to help monitor the distribution of aid. It is the first time the North has allowed a South Korean official to travel to the isolated country to monitor aid since a conservative government took power in Seoul in 2008. The Unification Ministry official and four aid […]

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China Starts Trade Investigation of U.S.

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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China announced Friday that it is starting an investigation of U.S. renewable energy policies and whether they hurt foreign manufacturers. The Commerce Ministry said it will look into whether U.S. policies improperly favor American manufacturers of solar, wind and other technology and constitute a trade barrier. The announcement comes after the U.S. Commerce Department said […]

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Doctor Emigration Costs Africa $2 Billion

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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A study published in a British medical publication says sub-Saharan African countries that have invested in training doctors have lost billions of dollars as clinicians leave home to find work in developed nations. The authors of the research, published in the British Medical Journal, say the nine countries included in the study — Ethiopia, Kenya, […]

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Indonesia Sentences Australian Boy for Drug Possession

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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An Indonesian court on Friday sentenced an Australian teen to two months detention for buying marijuana while on the resort island of Bali. The unidentified 14-year-old boy could be released as early as next week, when time already served is taken into account. Under the country’s tough narcotics laws, he could have faced up to […]

Yemen’s President Orders Probe Into Deadly Violence

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered a probe into deadly violence in the capital, Sana’a, Thursday, a day after he agreed to a Gulf Cooperation Council plan that calls for him to relinquish power. Witnesses said five people were killed and at least 34 wounded after Mr. Saleh’s loyalists opened fire on protesters who were […]

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