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Panetta, in Seoul, Affirms Commitment to South Korea’s Defense

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Seoul on the final leg of an Asian tour aimed in part at reassuring allies of the United States’ commitment to the region. The newly installed secretary is to meet later Wednesday with some of the 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea. He will attend meetings Thursday […]

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Japan Pledges to Begin US Base Relocation in Okinawa by Year-End

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 10:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Japanese Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa told his U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, Tuesday that Japan will complete by the end of 2011 an environmental assessment on the planned transfer of a key U.S. military base in Okinawa to another location on the island. At a joint news conference in Tokyo, Panetta welcomed Ichikawa’s promise to submit […]

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Flooding Closes Bangkok Airport

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Floodwaters in Thailand reached Bangkok’s domestic airport Tuesday, halting commercial flights and forcing people who had taken refuge there to head further south for safety. Bangkok’s main international airport, southeast of the city, was not affected. But the Don Muang airport, located near flooded districts in the city’s northern suburbs, has been operating as the […]

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South Korea to Host Southeast Asian Economic Talks

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea is set to host diplomats from Southeast Asia’s five Mekong River nations this week as part of a push to deepen economic cooperation with the resource-rich region. The Yonhap news agency says Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan will welcome counterparts from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand for meetings Thursday and Friday. A South […]

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Asian Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly higher Tuesday. But Tokyo’s Nikkei index was down nearly one percent to close at 8,762. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose slightly more than one percent top end at 18,968. Elsewhere, markets were higher in Shanghai, Taipei, Wellington and Manila. Markets were also higher in Mumbai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok […]

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Thai Flooding Closes Bangkok Airport, Threatens Relief Center

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Rising floodwaters seeped into Bangkok’s Don Muang airport Tuesday, halting flights and prompting authorities to begin moving people out of a major evacuation center at the facility. Bangkok’s main international airport, southeast of the city, was not affected. But Don Muang, located near flooded districts in the city’s northern suburbs, is the site of Thailand’s […]

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Asian Markets Mostly Higher

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were mostly higher in trading Tuesday. But Tokyo’s Nikkei index as down nearly one percent to close at 8,762. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose slightly more than one percent . top end at 18.968. Elsewhere markets were higher in Shanghai, Taipei, Wellington and Manila. The dollar was selling at 76.11 yen, […]

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Thai Flooding Closes Bangkok Airport, Threatens Relief Center

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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Rising floodwaters seeped into Bangkok’s Don Muang airport Tuesday, halting flights and threatening the main depot from flying emergency supplies to inundated areas in northern Thailand. Bangkok’s main international airport, southeast of the city, was not affected. But Don Muang, located near flooded districts in the city’s northern suburbs, is the site of Thailand’s Flood […]

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Bangkok Residents Evacuate Six Districts as Floodwaters Near

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of six Bangkok districts have headed to higher ground as floodwaters moved closer to the center of the Thai capital. On Monday morning, water spilled into streets around the city’s old Don Muang airport and a center for relief operations. A volunteer at the relief center said the water rose dramatically through the night […]

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Panetta, in Japan, Says US to Maintain Pacific Presence

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told American forces in Japan Monday that the United States is determined to maintain and strengthen its military presence in Asia. Panetta was speaking at an air base west of Tokyo, where he arrived after delivering a similar message to Southeast Asian defense ministers in Indonesia. During a town hall […]

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