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Panetta, in Japan, Says US to Remain in Middle East

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a stern warning Monday to Iran and other countries that the United States plans to maintain a strong presence in the Middle East. Panetta was speaking to U.S. forces at an air base in Japan, where he addressed concerns raised by last week’s announcement that the United States will […]

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Asian Markets Close Up

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed higher Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index rose 1.9 percent to close at 8,844. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 4.14 percent to end at 18,772. Elsewhere, share prices were higher in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Manila. Markets also closed higher in Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, Singapore and Mumbai. Markets in Bangkok and […]

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Panetta Heads to Japan After ASEAN Defense Parley

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived Monday in Japan after telling his Asian counterparts that coming budget cuts will not lead the United States to reduce its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Panetta flew Monday from the Indonesian resort island of Bali, where he had attended a meeting of Southeast Asian defense ministers. Before leaving […]

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Asian Stock Markets Higher

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were higher in trading Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index rose 1.9 percent to close at 8,844. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 4.13 percent to end at 18,771. Elsewhere, share prices were higher in Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Manila. Wellington markets were closed for a national holiday . The dollar was selling at […]

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Bangkok Residents Evacuate Six Districts as Floodwaters Near

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Residents of six Bangkok districts were moving to higher ground Monday after officials in Thailand’s capital city warned that flooding in the areas is imminent. Bangkok’s governor said late Sunday that aged and infirm residents of the districts should move into emergency shelters while others should move their belongings to higher ground. Monday morning, water […]

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Panetta Heads to Japan After ASEAN Defense Parley

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta left Monday for Japan after telling his Asian counterparts that coming budget cuts will not lead the United States to reduce its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. Panetta flew from the Indonesian resort island of Bali, where he had attended a meeting of Southeast Asian defense ministers. He told his […]

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Floods Devastate SE Asia

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand authorities are battling to protect the capital, Bangkok, from the flood waters that devastated central provinces, while officials in neighboring Burma said Sunday floods there killed at least 100 people. Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the city’s flood defenses are prepared, but face a new wave of waters now bearing down from the northern […]

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Clinton Concludes Tour to South, Central Asia

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has wrapped up a four-nation tour to South and Central Asia, where she met with regional leaders on issues including terrorism, economics and human rights. During talks Saturday in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent, the secretary thanked President Islam Karimov for supporting U.S. troops in Afghanistan. But she voiced concerns on […]

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Flooding Devastates Thailand, Burma

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Thailand battled to protect Bangkok Sunday from being swamped by flood water, while officials in neighboring Burma say floods there have killed at least 100 people. Authorities in Thailand’s capital shored up weak areas in the city’s defenses and attempted to protect infrastructure. The flooding is the worst to hit Thailand in decades, killing at […]

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Clinton: US Held Talks with Militant Haqqani Network

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed Friday that the United States has reached out to the militant Haqqani network in a bid to end the violence in war-torn Afghanistan. Clinton said Pakistani government officials had helped set up a preliminary meeting between American officials and the Haqqani network to test the al-Qaida-linked group’s willingness […]

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