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UN Sees Meth Use Surging in Southeast Asia

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 6:51 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations agency says amphetamine-type stimulants, or ATS, are now the number-one illicit drug threat facing East and Southeast Asia. The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says in a report Tuesday that methamphetamine seizures increased fourfold in the Greater Mekong countries of Laos, Burma, Thailand and China between 2008 and 2010. It says […]

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Asian Stocks Mixed

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mixed Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained one percent to finish at 8,617. Share prices were higher in Sydney and Wellington, but lower in Manila, Shanghai and Taiwan. Indexes in Hong Kong and Seoul were closed Tuesday. In currency trading, the dollar was selling at 77.01 yen, a loss of nearly one-quarter […]

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ADB Warns of Hunger Risk From Climate Change

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The Asian Development Bank is warning of increased hunger and malnutrition among the Pacific region’s neediest people if countries do not act quickly to address the threat posed by climate change. In a new report Tuesday, the ADB says the region is already suffering coastal erosion, floods, drought and storm surges as a result of […]

Heavy Flooding Kills Hundreds in Pakistan, India

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:51 pm (UTC-5)
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Seasonal rains and flooding have killed more than 200 people and made thousands more homeless in Pakistan and eastern India. Zafar Qadir, the head of Pakistan’s disaster management authority, said Monday that at least 200 people have been killed and more than five million affected by monsoon rains in his country. The flooding has inundated […]

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Heavy Flooding Kills Hundreds in Pakistan, India

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 10:57 am (UTC-5)
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Seasonal rains and flooding have killed more than 200 people and made thousands more homeless in Pakistan and eastern India. Zafar Qadir, the head of Pakistan’s disaster management authority, said Monday that at least 200 people have been killed and more than five million affected by monsoon rains in his country. The flooding has inundated […]

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Asian Markets Close Lower

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed lower across the board Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped 2.3 percent to close at 8,536. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index plunged 4.2 percent to end at 19,031. Elsewhere, share prices closed lower in Sydney, Mumbai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Wellington and Manila. Markets in Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul were closed […]

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Asian Markets Sharply Lower

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets were sharply lower in trading Monday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index dropped 2.3 percent to close at 8,536. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index plunged 4.2 percent to end at 19,031. Elsewhere, share prices closed lower in Sydney, Manila and Wellington. Markets in Shanghai and Taipei were closed for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The dollar was […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mostly lower Friday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost over one-half of one percent to finish at 8,738. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell nearly one-quarter of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,867. Share prices were higher in Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, […]

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Asian Stocks Mixed

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mixed Friday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index lost over one-half of one percent to finish at 8,738. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell nearly one-quarter of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,867. Share prices were higher in Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Manila and Shanghai. In currency trading, […]

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Asia Markets Close Mostly Higher

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mostly higher Thursday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained more than one-quarter of one percent to finish at 8,793. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell nearly three-quarters of one percent to finish the day’s trading at 19,913. Share prices were higher in Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei […]

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