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Thai Soldiers Rush to Reinforce Bangkok Flood Walls

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Thai soldiers and government workers in Bangkok are racing to reinforce the capital’s northern flood defenses with 1 million more sandbags. Officials said early Monday that the flood threat to the city had passed. But authorities have discovered new weaknesses in barriers erected north of the city, where an industrial estate was inundated Monday. They […]

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Asian Stocks Mixed

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed lower Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost just over one and one-half percent to finish at 8,742. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index plunged nearly four and one-quarter percent to finish the day’s trading at 18,076. Share prices were also lower in Manila, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. In currency trading, the U.S. […]

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Asia-Pacific Defense Chiefs Meet on Maritime Security

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Senior military leaders from 27 Asia-Pacific countries are meeting this week in Hawaii for talks dealing with issues raised by a growing dispute in the South China Sea. The U.S. Defense Department is hosting the annual conference, which began Monday and runs through Thursday. It said Australia, Japan and South Korea are among the 27 […]

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Bangkok Escapes Disaster, Millions Affected by Asian Floods

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Thai authorities expressed relief Monday as floodwaters in the Chao Phraya River passed their crest stage and began receding without breaching the barriers protecting Bangkok. Officials said early Monday that fears of widespread flooding throughout the city center have eased. However a spokesman for flood relief officials said an industrial park north of the city […]

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Asian Markets Close Up

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed higher Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index rose 1.5 percent to close at 8,880. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped 2 percent to end at 18,874. Elsewhere, share prices were higher in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Wellington and Manila. Markets also closed up in Shanghai, Seoul, Sydney, Singapore and Bangkok. Mumbai stocks slipped. […]

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Occupy Hong Kong Protesters Seek to Build Movement

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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A handful of protesters pressed their message in the streets of Hong Kong Monday as supporters of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement attempt to gain a foothold in Asia. About 20 young people, mainly students, protested in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district where they have been since Saturday, when similar protests were held […]

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Occupy Hong Kong Protesters Seek to Build Movement

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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A handful of protesters pressed their message in the streets of Hong Kong Monday as supporters of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement attempt to gain a foothold in Asia. About 20 young people, mainly students, demonstrated in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district where they have been since Saturday, when similar protests were held […]

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Asian Markets Up

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were higher in Monday trading. Tokyo’s Nikkei index rose 1.5 percent to close at 8,880. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index jumped two percent , to end at 18,874. Elsewhere, share prices were higher in Shanghai, Sydney, Wellington, Taipei and Manila. The dollar was selling at 77.38 yen in currency trading, up two-tenths […]

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Bangkok Escapes Disaster, Millions Affected by Asian Floods

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thai authorities expressed relief Monday as floodwaters in the Chao Phraya River passed their crest stage and began receding without breaching the barriers protecting Bangkok. However, some wary residents are continuing to fortify the capital’s flood walls with sandbags, despite assurances from officials that the city will not be inundated. One resident said he will […]

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Thai PM: Flood Barriers Holding in Bangkok

Posted October 16th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says flood barriers on the Chao Phraya river are holding and are likely to protect Bangkok and its 12 million residents from the country’s worst and deadliest flooding in decades. Ms. Yingluck spoke Sunday, as flood experts said the crest of floodwaters flowing southward from rain-saturated northern Thailand had cleared […]

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