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Satellite reveals activity at NKorea launch site
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WASHINGTON (AP) — New satellite imagery appears to show preparations beginning for a long-range rocket launch in North Korea despite international objections. The image from a privately operated satellite was taken Wednesday at the Tongchang-ri site where North Korea says it plans to launch
Suu Kyi cites widespread poll irregularities
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that Myanmar's weekend elections will be neither free nor fair because of widespread irregularities, but vowed to press forward with her candidacy for the sake of the country. Suu Kyi said opposition candidates had been
Pakistan: Gunmen kill 6 people, 1 a UN employee
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QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen killed six people Thursday in a pair of attacks in southwestern Pakistan, one of which targeted local employees of a U.N. agency, officials said. The assailants opened fire on the staff of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as they were riding
Army chief battles Indian gov't, blames corruption
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NEW DELHI (AP) — In his day, India's army chief fought the Pakistani army in the battlefields of Bangladesh and the Tamil Tiger insurgents in the forests of Sri Lanka. Now, he has a new adversary — his own government. Over the last three months, Gen. Vijay Kumar Singh sued the government in
Rising powers mull bank for developing nations
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Developing nations again seem unlikely to propel one of their own citizens to the World Bank presidency. It may not matter. A group of rising powers is mulling its own alternative to Western-dominated lending institutions. The proposal for a new development bank is one of many
Mumbai, Miami on list for big weather disasters
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a report issued Wednesday. The greatest danger from
UK government feels the heat on Cornish pasty tax
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LONDON (AP) — The British government's intention to tax the humble Cornish pasty, a cheap pastry savory snack much beloved by workers and students, has opened a new front in the country's never-ending class war. In his U.K. budget last week, Finance Minister George Osborne announced he would
Thousands march in Mali streets to support junta
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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Several thousand people took to the streets of Mali's capital in support of last week's coup and to protest against the possible use of force by Mali's neighbors who are putting a peacekeeping unit on standby in case the country's military junta refuses to stand down. The
Australian PM defends banning of Chinese company
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has not harmed its relationship with Beijing by banning Chinese technology giant Huawei from helping to build a nationwide high-speed Internet network due to concern about cyber attacks traced to China, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Thursday. The
Prominent Pakistani acid victim commits suicide
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani acid attack victim Fakhra Younus had endured more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided life was no longer worth living. The 33-year-old former dancing girl — who was allegedly
Leaked letter reveals Indian army weaknesses
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's army chief says the country's security is at risk, with army tanks running out of ammunition and its air defense system obsolete. Defense Minister A.K. Antony told India's Parliament on Wednesday that the government was addressing the concerns that the army chief had
Rising powers mull bank for developing nations
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Developing nations again seem unlikely to propel one of their own citizens to the World Bank presidency. It may not matter. A group of rising powers is mulling its own alternative to Western-dominated lending institutions. The proposal for a new development bank is one of many
Forced conversions hike Pakistan minorities' fears
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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — It was barely 4 a.m. when 19-year-old Rinkal Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door. A few hours later her father got a call telling him
Cuba dissidents concerned for mystery protester
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SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — Leading Cuban dissidents say they don't know the man who shouted anti-government slogans before Pope Benedict XVI's Mass in the eastern city of Santiago. Nor do they know his whereabouts a day after security agents removed him from the ceremony. But they say they are
Pope prays for freedom, 'renewal' in Cuba
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HAVANA (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI prayed for freedom and renewal "for the greater good of all Cubans" before the nation's patron saint Tuesday, but the island's communist leaders quickly rejected the Roman Catholic leader's appeal for political change after five decades of one-party rule. The