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Clinton Urged to Press Nigerian Leader to Address Violence

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making a brief visit to Nigeria Thursday for meetings with President Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders. She is traveling to the capital, Abuja, amid calls to urge Mr. Jonathan to address rising sectarian violence in Nigeria. Northern Nigeria is mostly Muslim. The south is mainly Christian. U.S.-based Human […]

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Chinese State Media Quiet as Gu Kailai Trial Begins

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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China’s most sensational criminal trial in recent memory got underway Thursday, as the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai appeared before a court charged with the murder of a British businessman. But you would not know it from looking at the communist country’s state-controlled media. Despite the opening of the trial, which has major implications […]

US Sprinter Felix Wins Women’s 200-Meter Gold in London Olympics

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix’s victory in the women’s 200-meter race Wednesday at the 2012 London Olympics was the highlight of a huge night for the American track-and-field team. Felix finally won gold after consecutive second place finishes in the 2004 and 2008 Games. Her time of 21.88 seconds beat Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was seeking […]

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Japan Marks 67th Anniversary of Nagasaki Atomic Bombing

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials are calling for a move away from nuclear power as the nation marks the 67th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city of Nagasaki. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged the Japanese government Thursday to set new policy to achieve a society free of radiation fears. Speaking at a memorial service held […]

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Fresh Rains Drench Flooded Philippines

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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More rains have drenched the already flooded Philippine capital, Manila, sending rescuers in boats to retrieve residents stranded by high water. Some of the residents who evacuated Thursday after heavy overnight rains had returned to their homes only hours earlier. Riverside areas like Manila’s Marikina district have been particularly hit hard by the floods, which […]

US Begins Cleanup of Agent Orange in Vietnam

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has begun cleaning up the contamination left from the herbicide Agent Orange sprayed by U.S. forces during the U.S.-Vietnam War, nearly four decades after the conflict ended. Vietnamese and U.S. officials launched a project Thursday to clean up deposits of the toxic chemical dioxin at a former U.S. airbase in Danang where […]

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Chinese Inflation Slows

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 12:30 am (UTC-5)
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China’s inflation rate has slowed for the fourth consecutive month, giving the government more room to loosen its fiscal policies in order to spur growth in its slowing economy. The National Bureau of Statistics says consumer prices rose by 1.8 percent in July compared to the same period a year before. The inflation rate is […]

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