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Japan Carmakers Report Sales Plunge in China

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s largest automakers are reporting a sharp sales drop in China in September, confirming fears that a heated territorial dispute is affecting crucial trade between Asia’s two largest economies. Toyota said Tuesday that sales of new vehicles in China dropped nearly 49 percent last month compared to a year earlier, while Honda sales dropped more […]

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UN Chief Calls for Syrian Ceasefire

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is continuing his calls for Syrian forces to halt their fighting in a bid to bring an end to almost 19 months of conflict. Mr. Ban on Tuesday urged President Bashar al-Assad’s government to institute a unilateral ceasefire, and further stressed the need for other nations to halt arms deliveries to […]

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Gunmen Shoot Pakistan Teen Activist

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen in Pakistan have shot and wounded a 14-year-old child activist internationally recognized for speaking out against the Taliban. Malala Yousufzai was shot twice while getting onto her school bus in Swat Valley Tuesday. At least one other girl was wounded in the attack. Witnesses told police that the gunmen arrived at the school and […]

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Nobel Physics Prize Awarded to Frenchman, American

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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The 2012 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to American David Wineland and Frenchman Serge Haroche. The winners of the prestigious prize were announced Tuesday in Stockholm, Sweden. The two physicists won for their groundbreaking work in quantum physics, particularly quantum optics, which deals in the capturing and manipulation of light particles. The Nobel […]

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Austrian Skydiver to Attempt Supersonic Jump

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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An Austrian skydiver hopes to fall faster than the speed of sound Tuesday when he jumps from a capsule 37 kilometers above the southwestern U.S. state of New Mexico. Felix Baumgartner is trying to become the first person to break the sound barrier, while also setting records for the highest and longest free fall. The […]

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UN Says World Hungry Now Under 1 Billion

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations food agency says nearly 870 million people around the world are chronically undernourished. The Food and Agriculture agency said in a report released Tuesday that one in eight people, or 12.5 percent of the global population, are suffering with hunger. The food agency says the new figure is lower than the recent […]

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Philippines Suspends Controversial Cybercrime Law

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines Supreme Court has suspended a controversial new cybercrime law that critics say infringes on free speech. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday the court issued a temporary restraining order, keeping the law from taking effect until it can review whether certain provisions limit civil liberties. The law, which went into force last […]

Citing Bo Case, China Vows to Get Tough on Corruption

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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China’s Communist Party says its decision to pursue charges against disgraced politician Bo Xilai shows it is serious about cracking down on rampant corruption within its ranks. He Guoqiang, the party’s top disciplinary official, was quoted in state media Tuesday as saying the case against the once-powerful Bo should serve as a warning to other […]

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Obama, Romney Vie for Key Ohio Votes

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney take their campaigns to the key political battleground state of Ohio Tuesday, as they seek to win over voters with four weeks left before the election. The latest polls indicate the two candidates are virtually tied ahead of the November 6 vote. Ohio is one of […]

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IMF Predicts Slower Global Economic Growth

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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The International Monetary Fund is cutting its prediction for global economic expansion this year, and the fund’s experts say the risks of serious economic problems are growing. IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard says that advanced economies are at risk of recession, and emerging markets like China are becoming increasingly affected. “The world economic recovery continues, […]

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