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Chinese Factory Workers End Strike Over Bonus Pay

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of workers at an electronics manufacturing factory in eastern China ended a three-day strike on Thursday after company officials agreed to boost their year-end bonuses. As many as 8,000 workers at the South Korean-owned LG Display factory in Nanjing city walked off the job Monday. They complained that South Korean workers were receiving bonuses […]

Chinese Police Kill 7 Suspected Kidnappers in Restive West

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials say police have shot and killed seven suspected kidnappers during a rescue operation in the country’s troubled western region of Xinjiang. Police opened fire on the suspects after encountering resistance while trying to free two hostages who officials say had been kidnapped by what they called “a violent terrorist group.” Officials say the […]

Burma Warehouse Explosion Kills 17

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 2:25 am (UTC-5)
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A large explosion at a warehouse in Burma’s largest city, Rangoon, has killed at least 17 people and injured about 80 others. Witnesses reported a loud blast early Thursday at what appeared to be a medical warehouse in an industrial district of eastern Rangoon. Officials say the explosion triggered a fire that quickly spread to […]

North Korea Hails Kim Jong Un as ‘Supreme Leader’

Posted December 29th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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Kim Jong Un has been declared supreme leader of North Korea’s ruling party and military during a memorial service for his late father, Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang. State television showed a massive gathering of people for the service in Kim Il Sung Square. As the younger Kim watched from a palace balcony, ceremonial head […]

National Memorial Service for Kim Jong Il Underway in Pyongyang

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 11:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Tens of thousands of people packed a central square in Pyongyang on Thursday for a national memorial service for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. State television showed a massive sea of tightly packed soldiers that filled Kim Il Sung square as the deceased leader’s heir apparent and youngest son, Kim Jong Un, […]

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Arab Monitors Deploy Across Syria as Credibility Questioned

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Arab League monitors Thursday are expected to visit the Syrian cities of Daraa, Hama and Idlib, where anti-government protests have been violently repressed, as questions mount about the observers’ credibility. In the two days since the Arab monitors arrived, activists and rights groups said troops have killed at least 39 people, including six shot in […]

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Mexico Arrests Cocaine Smuggler Wanted by US

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexico says it has arrested a suspected drug trafficking kingpin who also is wanted in the United States. Mexican federal police Wednesday said they detained Luis Rodriguez Olivera, known as “El Guero,” at Mexico City’s international airport the day before. The U.S. had offered a reward of $5 million for information leading to his capture. […]

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15 Killed in Burma Warehouse Explosion

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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At least 15 people were killed and more than 50 others injured in a warehouse explosion in Burma’s largest city, Rangoon, early Thursday. Witnesses report a loud explosion at a state-owned warehouse in an eastern Rangoon suburb. They said fire spread to nearby buildings. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast. Firefighters have […]

Samoa Skips December 30 With Time Change

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Samoa will not have December 30 this year due to a time zone change. Instead, the tiny South Pacific island nation will go from Thursday, December 29, straight to New Year’s Eve and will become one of the first countries to celebrate the New Year, 2012, instead of being one of the last. Samoa decided […]

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World Watches As North Korea Bids Farewell to Kim Jong Il

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Observers worldwide watched television images of Kim Jong Il’s funeral procession Wednesday for clues of who holds the real power after his death. Mr. Kim’s youngest son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, clearly had a central role in the ceremony. He walked alongside a black limousine carrying his father’s hearse through central Pyongyang, and […]

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