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French Judge: Ex-President Chirac Not Required to Attend Corruption Trial

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A French court has ruled the corruption trial of former President Jacques Chirac will go ahead in his absence after his lawyers said he was too ill to attend. Judge Dominique Pauthe said Monday he took into account an appeal by Mr. Chirac’s defense team, and said he is not required to attend the long-awaited […]

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Yemen’s Wounded President Again Calls For Dialogue

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemen’s wounded president Ali Abdullah Saleh has marked the 33rd anniversary of his rise to power by calling for “peaceful dialogue” to end the nation’s political stalemate. Mr. Saleh’s comments came in an editorial published Monday in several state newspapers, one day after the anniversary of his taking office in 1978. He is recovering in […]

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Japanese Rocker Dies on Saipan

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese rock musician has died in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Pacific possession, after he was arrested for unruly behavior on a flight to the commonwealth. U.S. officials say rocker Taiji Sawada died Sunday at Saipan’s Commonwealth Hospital while he was still under in detention. He was 45. Officials did not say how […]

Burmese Activist to Honor Father After 9-Year Absence

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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Friends and associates of Aung San Suu Kyi say the Burmese democracy campaigner will attend a ceremony Tuesday honoring her liberation hero father for the first time in nine years. The colleagues said Monday that Aung San Suu Kyi has received an invitation to attend the ceremony from the government and has decided to attend. […]

US, Japan Compete in Women’s World Cup Final

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. women’s soccer team is seeking its third World Cup championship when it goes against Japan during Sunday’s match in Frankfurt, Germany. The U.S. team, which is top ranked in this year’s tournament, is the strong favorite against Japan, which has never won a major women’s title. The United States needed to defeat France […]

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Russian Boat Sinks on Volga, Nearly 100 Missing

Posted July 10th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian passenger boat with more than 180 people on board has sunk in the Volga River, killing at least one person and leaving nearly 100 others missing. The Itar-Tass news agency quotes an Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman as saying 84 people had been rescued Sunday, and that emergency operations 750 kilometers east of Moscow […]

Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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Former U.S. first lady Betty Ford, an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse, has died at the age of 93. Family members said she died Friday evening. Mrs. Ford was born in Chicago in 1918. She moved to New York in her twenties where she […]

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UN Convention on Law of the Sea Defines Nations’ Rights, Responsibilities

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans and management of their natural resources. Nations participating in the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea reached agreement on the treaty in 1982 […]

Malaysia Bans Smoking at World Heritage Site

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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The world heritage site of Malacca will become the first smoke-free city in Malaysia when a new smoking ban comes into effect on June 15. Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Monday that the move was being made to create fresh air and a clean environment for tourists and Malaysians to enjoy the historic city. […]


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