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India official told to cover statues ahead of poll

By Mon, Jan 09, 2012 9:45AM UTC

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Workmen using truckloads of cloth raced Monday to comply with election officials who ordered a flamboyant Indian state leader to cover up a dozen large statues she erected of herself. The Election Commission said the statues of Mayawati, who is a hero to India’s lowest castes,

SKorean politician sparks cash-for-vote scandal

By Mon, Jan 09, 2012 9:30AM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean lawmaker says a former party leader offered him an envelope of cash to buy his vote in an internal party election in 2008. The office of Koh Seung-duk said Monday the lawmaker made the statement as part of efforts to end rampant

Aussie tourist survives snapped bungee cord

By Mon, Jan 09, 2012 9:10AM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian tourist bungee jumping in Africa plunged 365 feet (111 meters) into a river when her cord snapped, but she survived and managed to swim to safety with a broken collarbone and her legs tied together. Erin Langworthy of Perth told Nine Network television news

China uses trade to influence Taiwan election

By Mon, Jan 09, 2012 8:30AM UTC

XUEJIA, Taiwan (AP) — The fish farmers on the terraced plains above Taiwan’s west coast are riding a China boom, exporting tons of sweet, flaky milkfish to the mainland, thanks to import duties Beijing lowered to win over the island’s voters. When Taiwanese choose a president this Saturday, Beijing hopes

Attack on car near Freeport mine in Papua kills 2

By Mon, Jan 09, 2012 5:45AM UTC

TIMIKA, Indonesia (AP) — Two Indonesian workers were shot to death in an attack near Freeport-McMoRan’s gold and copper mine. Freeport Indonesia spokesman Ramdani Sirait said the victims were employees of a contractor who were by car near the mining town of Tembagapura. Sirait says initial reports indicate that gunmen

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