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Clinton Arrives in Russia for APEC Summit

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary has arrived in Russia for a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders, while a Chinese state newspaper is warning Washington not to use the annual economic summit to focus on political differences. Clinton arrived Friday in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok after wrapping up her six-nation tour of Asia that […]

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Burmese Lawmakers Approve Foreign Investment Law

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Burmese parliament has passed a long-awaited foreign investment law that it hopes will lead to a flood of investment in the long-isolated state. The new law allows foreign investors to own up to a 50 percent stake in joint ventures with Burmese business partners. Lawmakers dropped a previous plan requiring a minimum investment of […]

US Labor Market Slumping, Even as Jobless Rate Falls

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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The slumping U.S. labor market added a meager 96,000 jobs last month, but the country’s jobless rate declined as more Americans abandoned their search for work. The government reported Friday that the August unemployment rate was 8.1 percent, down from the 8.3 percent figure in July. It was the 43rd straight month that the figure […]

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Nigerian Police Watch Phone Towers After Attacks

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s police chief has ordered 24-hour surveillance of all telecommunication facilities, after attacks that destroyed mobile phone towers in the country’s north. The Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks Thursday, saying telecom companies are helping security agents track and arrest the group’s members, apparently through their cellphones. In a […]

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Damascus Explosion Kills At Least 5

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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An explosion outside a mosque in Syria’s capital killed five security personnel and wounded several others Friday, as fighting raged in other areas of Damascus and dozens of bodies were reported found in two neighborhoods. Syrian state television said the blast was caused by an explosives-rigged motorcycle at the Rukniyeh mosque in central Damascus. The […]

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Obama Hits Campaign Trail, Following Acceptance Speech

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama is launching a three-day campaign swing Friday, a day after accepting the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Both Mr. Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will spend Friday reaching out to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, two key states in the November elections. On Thursday, Mr. Obama told supporters at the […]

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Japan-China Meetings Not Likely at APEC Summit

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says he will not likely meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of this week’s Asia-Pacific forum in Russia, during a heightened territorial dispute between the countries. But Tokyo officials say informal discussions may be held when both leaders attend the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the […]

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Pakistani Policeman Probing Sectarian Attacks is Killed

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot and killed a senior officer who was investigating sectarian killings in the country’s southwest. Officials say the assailants opened fire on Jamil Kakar’s car Friday in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, and fled the scene. No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities say Kakar was probing […]

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Pakistani Judge Grants Baill to Girl Accused of Blasphemy

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani judge has granted bail to a Christian girl accused of blasphemy. Rimsha Masih was arrested last month in Islamabad after angry neighbors accused her of burning pages from the Quran. During a hearing on Friday, a Judge Judge Mohammad Azam Khan ordered Masih’s release after hearing arguments from lawyers on both sides. She […]

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Syria: 45 Bodies Found Near Damascus

Posted September 7th, 2012 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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Activists said Friday that Syrian residents have recovered 45 unidentified bodies in two areas near the capital, Damascus, the latest such finds of suspected mass executions in the 18-month-long conflict. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 23 bodies were discovered Thursday in the eastern suburb of Zamalka, while another 22 were […]

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