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Russia’s Upper House Passes Treason Bill

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s upper house of parliament has approved a controversial new draft law on treason that would make it a crime to give harmful information to foreign-based nongovernmental organizations. The Federation Council passed the measure Wednesday. That move clears the way for President Vladimir Putin to sign it into law, as he is expected to do. […]

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Chrysler CEO Denies Plans to Shift Jobs to China

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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The chief executive of U.S. automaker Chrysler says his company is not shifting production of Jeep vehicles to China. His comments follow a series of statements by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign that appear to suggest otherwise. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in an email to employees Tuesday that Jeep assembly lines will remain […]

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Cyclone Nilam Approaches SE India

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Indian officials are warning fishermen to cease operations and people in vulnerable coastal dwellings to move farther inland in the nation’s south, where the cyclone Nilam is expected to make landfall later Wednesday. India’s Meteorological Department said the storm is expected to come ashore near the city of Chennai with winds approaching 90 to 100 […]

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Fourteen Dead in Communal Violence in Indonesia

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces have been deployed to a village in western Indonesia where three days of communal violence left at least 14 people dead. Police say the clashes in Balinuraga village in Lampung province were prompted by reports that two young girls of Balinese descent were sexually harassed or assaulted by young men from the Lampung […]

Brahimi Seeks Chinese Support for Syria Solution

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria is urging China to be a part of a solution to Syria’s 19-month-long crisis. Lakhdar Brahimi told Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at a meeting Wednesday in Beijing that he hopes China “can play an active role” in resolving the conflict. Brahimi is in China for a two-day trip, […]

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Obama, Christie to View NJ Damage

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the storm-battered state of New Jersey Wednesday as residents struggle to recover from one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the region. Mr. Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — a Democrat and Republican normally at odds with one another — are expected to view the […]

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