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US Pacific Commander Acknowledges China’s Global Interests

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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The commander of America’s Pacific fleet says he respects China’s right to manage its interests around the world but worries about erratic behavior by North Korea. Vice Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, spoke to reporters in Hong Kong Wednesday during a port call by the battle group attached to the giant aircraft […]

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UN Releases Figures on Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Efforts

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations’ humanitarian relief agency says it has provided more than $48 million this year for crisis and emergency response efforts throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including North Korea and Burma. In a report released Thursday, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says the money has gone to support recovery efforts in war-torn […]

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Asian Markets Tumble on New Fears of Greek Default

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Stock prices tumbled across Asia Wednesday after the Greek government’s call for a referendum on an austerity plan renewed fears of default. Japanese shares closed down more than 2 percent while Hong Kong was down about 1.9 percent. Several other major markets were down more than 1 percent. The sell-off followed similar losses in New […]

Asian Markets Tumble on New Fears of Greek Default

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 1:52 am (UTC-5)
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Stock prices tumbled across Asia Wednesday after the Greek government’s call for a referendum on an austerity plan renewed fears of default. Japanese shares were down about 2 percent in afternoon trading while Hong Kong and Seoul both were down about 1 percent. The sell-off followed similar losses in New York and continued after the […]

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Cambodian Baby Surviving Floods on Raw Cow’s Milk

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Cambodian toddler cut off from his parents by massive regional flooding is relying on direct nourishment from a cow, with his impoverished caretaker unable to afford milk powder. The baby’s struggle was first reported Monday by Chinese state television from Cambodia’s Siem Reap province — part of a vast area ravaged by months of […]

Tensions Mount in Thai Capital as Floodwaters Devastate Suburbs

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Tempers flared Monday along a barrier protecting the Thai capital from record flooding, with angry residents outside the flood wall overpowering security forces to force open a floodgate that left their homes under water. The confrontation in the city’s northeastern sector came as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra voiced renewed focus on repairing ruptures in the […]

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Asian Markets Close Mostly Lower

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were mostly lower in trading Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost about two-thirds of a percent to close at 8,988. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was down three-quarters of a percent to end at 19,865. Elsewhere share prices were lower in Shanghai, Seoul, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Taiwan and Sydney. The markets in Wellington, […]

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Asian Markets Mostly Lower

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were mostly lower in trading Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost about two-thirds of a percent to close at 8,988. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was down three-quarters of a percent to end at 19,865. Elsewhere share prices were lower in Shanghai, Taiwan and Sydney. The market in Wellington was up slightly. The […]

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Thailand Floods Pass Peak, Raising Hopes in Bangkok

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s rain-swollen Chao Phraya River passed its peak stage Monday, raising hopes that central Bangkok will be spared the flooding that has already inundated much of the city’s northern and western suburbs. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the government is now focused on repairing several ruptures in the city’s flood barriers where water still is […]

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Thai PM Optimistic About Floodwaters

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s prime minister remained optimistic Sunday that the capital would be spared any additional destruction from the worst flooding in decades. Yingluck Shinawatra asked her compatriots to have confidence in the government’s ability to handle the flooding, even as some dikes in Bangkok overflowed Sunday. The city’s northern districts were submerged Saturday, as well as […]

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