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Report: Sony to cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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A leading Japanese newspaper says Sony is preparing to slash 10,000 jobs worldwide, as the consumer electronics giant attempts to carry out structural reforms aimed at restoring the company to profit. That figure represents 6-percent of Sony’s workforce. The Nikkei business daily, quoting unnamed sources, said Monday that as many as 5,000 job cuts will […]

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Iberia Pilot Strike Grounds 150 Flights

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Spanish airline Iberia grounded 150 flights Monday as pilots struck to protest the start-up of the low-cost carrier Iberia Express. The Iberia pilots say they plan to strike 30 times — every Monday and Friday between now and July 20. The pilots said the start of the new airline is a threat to their […]

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Nuclear Deal Tops Agenda as Turkish PM Visits China

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in China, where he will meet with top officials to forge closer economic and political ties. In Turkey’s first prime ministerial visit to China in 27 years, Mr. Erdogan received a red-carpet welcome with anthems and an honor guard in Beijing. He was to meet Monday with President […]

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Body of Late Malawi President to Return Thursday

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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Malawi says the body of late president Bingu wa Mutharika will arrive back in the country Thursday. The Office of President and Cabinet said Mr. Mutharika’s body will return from South Africa, where he was taken after suffering a heart attack last week. Meanwhile, the late president’s party has named his brother, Peter Mutharika, as […]

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Shooting, Bombing Kill Dozens in Northern Nigeria

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in northeastern Nigeria say suspected members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram shot dead a 6-year-old girl and wounded two infants Sunday, after a suicide car bombing earlier in the day killed at least 36 people. A Yobe state police spokesman told VOA the gunmen stormed the house of a police corporal in […]

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Turkey: Gunfire From Syria Wounds Three

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish officials say Syrian forces fired across the border at a refugee camp, wounding a Turkish translator and at least two Syrian refugees, in the first such incident since Turkey began sheltering thousands of refugees last year. Monday’s attack occurred near the southeastern town of Kilis where Turkey has set up a camp for Syrians […]

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Foreign Press Shown North Korean Rocket

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean space officials took the rare step Sunday of allowing foreign journalists to see a rocket, that, despite the objections of the United States and South Korea, is being prepared for launch this week. The rocket viewing came as South Korean intelligence photos, obtained by VOA, showed what appear to be preparations for a […]

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US Team in Pakistan to Assist in Avalanche Recovery Efforts

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. team of military experts arrives in Pakistan Monday to provide technical assistance in the recovery efforts for the 135 soldiers and civilians buried by a massive avalanche in mountainous Kashmir near the Indian border. Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, visited the disaster site Sunday and supervised rescue efforts on the remote […]

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Indonesia’s Aceh Province Votes for Governor

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Residents are voting Monday in the Indonesian province of Aceh to elect a governor of the only province in the country ruled by Islamic sharia law. It is only the second election in Aceh since a December 2004 tsunami which killed 170,000 people in the province and led separatist rebels to lay down their arms […]

World Bank Finds Vietnam Faces Future Urban Woes

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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A new World Bank report says rapid urbanization in Vietnam’s main cities is driving home ownership out of reach of most residents and raising the threat of transportation gridlock. The report, titled Vietnam Urbanization Review, notes that no country has reached high-income status without first becoming urbanized. In Vietnam, it says, urban population growth is […]