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Burmese Democracy Leader Marks Uprising Anniversary

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has challenged the government by attending a ceremony honoring victims of a failed 1988 uprising against military rule. The ceremony Monday marked the 23rd anniversary of the so-called 8.8.88 uprising, which marked her emergence as a leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. At Monday’s event, she urged about 400 […]

New Tibetan PM Vows to Continue Pressing China on Autonomy

Posted August 7th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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HEAD: New Tibetan PM Vows to Continue Pressing China on Autonomy DATE: 08/07/11 NUMBER: 1229746 TYPE: CN )) The newly-elected Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, says he will use his tenure in office to continue pressing China for negotiations aimed at resolving the decades-long dispute over the status of Tibet. Sangay assumes office Monday, ending […]

Israeli Stock Markets Falls 6 Percent

Posted August 7th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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The Israeli stock market plunged more than six percent upon opening Sunday following the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. The fall triggered a series of brief, mandatory suspensions in trading, after which the market stabilized but did not immediately recover. International markets are expected to drop this week, after the credit rating agency Standard […]

Cyprus President Appoints Cabinet

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Cyprus President Demetris Christofias has appointed a new Cabinet as his country engages in a fight to ward off bankruptcy. He named Kikis Kazamias as finance minister amid growing speculation that Cyprus may be forced to seek a bailout. Last week, the Moody’s credit rating agency downgraded Cypriot government bonds two levels and said the […]

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ECB Resumes Bond Purchases to Help Indebted Eurozone Governments

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Central Bank says it has resumed purchases of bonds from indebted governments to help them overcome a debt crisis that some investors fear could draw in big economies like Italy and Spain. ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said Thursday the bank’s governing council voted in favor of buying more government bonds, but he did […]

UN Criticizes Sudan for Jailing Journalists Who Wrote Rape Story

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations has criticized the Sudanese government for imprisoning journalists who reported on the alleged rape of a political activist in the country. Last week, a Sudanese court sentenced a journalist to one month in prison for writing about the alleged rape of a female political activist by Sudanese security forces. Another journalist who […]

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2 Russian Cosmonauts Complete 6-hour Space Walk

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Two Russian cosmonauts have completed their six-hour spacewalk without accomplishing all the tasks as planned. Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov launched an educational satellite during the spacewalk Wednesday. The launch was delayed after the cosmonauts discovered that one of its antennas was missing. They eventually released the 26-kilogram satellite with only one antenna, which will […]

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Russia Rejects Polish Report on Smolensk Plane Crash

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian investigation has dismissed a Polish report partially blaming Russian air traffic controllers for the 2010 crash that killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people. Alexei Morozov, chief of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee panel that investigated the crash, said Tuesday the controllers had given the pilots precise guidance and that the […]

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Muslim Americans’ Optimism Growing

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A survey by the Gallup polling organization indicates Muslim Americans feel more optimistic than in recent years, but are more critical of U.S. foreign policy. A Dubai-based branch of the Gallup polling centers released results of a three-year survey on Tuesday that showed some 60 percent of American Muslims say they are “thriving,” an increase […]

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Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it has tapped Grammy Award-winning musician to headline a concert in China this year promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries. The popular hip-hop artist, a founder of the Black Eyed Peas, will perform along with other U.S. and Chinese pop stars at an unspecified date. The State […]