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Hospital Fire Kills 60 in Eastern India

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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A fire has killed more than 60 people at a private hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata. Authorities say the blaze swept through the AMRI Hospital early Friday in the capital of West Bengal state. Local television channels showed patients being rolled out on stretchers and distraught relatives waiting outside the hospital as […]

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Japan Whaling Authorities Sue Environmental Activist Group

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese whaling authorities say they are suing a group of environmental activists in the U.S. who have tried to disrupt Japan’s controversial Antarctic whale hunt. Kyodo Senpaku, which owns the ships used in the annual hunt, said Friday a lawsuit was filed against the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a U.S. court. The anti-whaling activist […]

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Japan Widens Sanctions Against Iran

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japan announced Friday that it is imposing a fresh round of financial sanctions against Iran, as European Union leaders meeting in Brussels consider their own plan to turn up the pressure on Tehran over its controversial nuclear program. Japan’s cabinet on Friday said it will freeze the assets of 106 organizations, one individual and three […]

Hospital Fire Kills 60 in Eastern India

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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A fire has killed has killed at least 60 people at a private hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata. Authorities say the blaze swept through the AMRI Hospital early Friday in the capital of West Bengal state. Local television channels showed patients being rolled out on stretchers and distraught relatives waiting outside the […]

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DRC Election Results Expected Friday

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo expect to release the preliminary results of the presidential vote on Friday, three days later than originally scheduled. VOA’s West Africa correspondent said late Thursday that supporters of President Joseph Kabila and opposition candidate Etienne Tshisekedi had begun to celebrate in anticipation of an announcement that their […]

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Pakistan Deploys Air Defense Weapons to Afghan Border

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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A senior Pakistani military officer says the government has deployed air defense weapons on the country’s border with Afghanistan, following the NATO airstrikes last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reports Major General Ashfaq Nadeem says the new deployment of the border weapons was aimed at preventing “fresh attacks” as Pakistan re-evaluates […]

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Hospital Fire Kills 35 in Eastern India

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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A fire has killed has killed at least 35 people at a private hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata. Authorities say the blaze swept through the AMRI Hospital early Friday in the capital of West Bengal state. Local television channels showed patients being rolled out on stretchers and distraught relatives waiting outside the […]

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Netherlands Apologizes for 1947 Indonesia Massacre

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Dutch government has formally apologized for the 1947 massacre of up to 430 young men and boys during Indonesia’s war for independence. The Netherlands ambassador to Indonesia, Tjeerd de Zwaan, apologized to families of the victims at a tearful ceremony on Friday in the Indonesian town on Rawagede. On December 9, 1947, Dutch troops […]

Ex-Chief of Japan Nuclear Plant Has Cancer

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say the former head of Japan’s troubled Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant has been diagnosed with cancer, but that it is likely not related to radiation exposure. A spokesperson at the Tokyo Electric Power Company said Friday that Masao Yoshida has informed the company that he has cancer of the esophagus. The 56-year-old Yoshida […]

EU Treaty Change Bid Collapses

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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The 27 members of European Union have failed to agree on a change to the EU treaty that would impose tighter rules on national fiscal policy. Officials say an agreement involving all 27 members fell through Friday at the summit in Brussels after British Prime Minister David Cameron demanded concessions that Germany and France were […]

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