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Asia Markets Close Higher

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:50 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed higher Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained just a fraction of one percent to finish at 8,955. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose nearly one and three-quarters percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,535. Share prices were also higher in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. The […]

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Asian Stocks Higher

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed higher Wednesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained just a fraction of one percent to finish at 8,955. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose nearly one and three-quarters percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,535. Share prices were also higher in Manila, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington. In currency trading, the dollar […]

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UN Chief to Embark on Pacific Region Mission

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon embarks this week on a four-nation visit to the Pacific region that will focus on climate change and international security. Mr. Ban will travel to Australia on Saturday for talks with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on his initiatives on climate change, as well as the U.N.-backed missions in Afghanistan and […]

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Deadly Tropical Storm Makes Landfall in China

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical Storm Nanmadol made landfall in southeastern China early Wednesday, striking Fujian province with maximum winds of 72 kilometers an hour. Authorities say there have been no immediate reports of casualties in China despite the death and destruction caused by Nanmadol in Taiwan and the Philippines. Forecasters expect the storm to linger over the region […]

UN Warns of New Threat of Bird Flu

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is warning of a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus, including a mutant strain that is spreading in Asia and elsewhere. The world body’s Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday that a variant strain of the H5N1 virus , which appears able to bypass the defenses of existing vaccines, has […]

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Asia Markets Close Mixed

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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Major Asian stock markets closed mixed Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained nearly one and one-fourth percent to finish at 8,954. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index soared nearly one and three-quarters percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,204. Share prices were higher in Mumbai, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Bangkok and Shanghai. […]

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China Braces as Storm Heads for Populous Southeast Coast

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in southeastern China braced for Nanmadol’s arrival late Tuesday after the tropical storm left a trail of destruction in Taiwan and the Philippines. Chinese state media said more than 40,000 people had been organized into rescue teams in the city of Quanzhou on the Taiwan Strait. Tens of thousands of fishermen were ordered back […]

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Asian Stocks Mostly Higher

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Asian stock markets closed mostly higher Tuesday. Tokyo’s Nikkei index gained nearly one and one-fourth percent to finish at 8,954. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index soared nearly one and three-quarters percent to finish the day’s trading at 20,204. Share prices were higher in Sydney, Taipei and Wellington, but lower in Shanghai. The index in Manila […]

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UN Warns of New Threat of Bird Flu

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is warning of a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus, including a mutant strain that is spreading in Asia and elsewhere. The world body’s Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday that a variant strain of the H5N1 virus , which appears able to bypass the defenses of existing vaccines, has […]

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Tropical Storm Strikes Taiwan, Heads for Chinese Coast

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Tropical storm Nanmadol dumped as much as a half-meter of rain on Taiwan Monday, forcing mass evacuations and flooding homes, roads and farmland before heading toward southeastern China. The storm was downgraded from typhoon status early Monday. It struck with torrents of rain and winds over 100 kilometers an hour, as it began plowing through […]

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