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Wildfire smoke forces closure of Indonesian airport

By Tue, Sep 13, 2011 5:26PM UTC

JAMBI, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say smoke from fires set by slash-and-burn farmers has forced the closure of at least one airport in western Indonesia. Parts of neighboring Singapore and Malaysia have also been blanketed in a heavy white haze from the fires. Airport official Abiyoso said Tuesday that the

US ambassador has been caught up in many attacks

By Tue, Sep 13, 2011 4:45PM UTC

Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, has been caught up in a number of attacks over the course of his diplomatic career: -Sept. 13, 2011: Taliban insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles at the U.S. Embassy as part of a series of attacks in Kabul, the Afghan capital.

2 Taiwanese military jets crash on training flight

By Tue, Sep 13, 2011 4:00PM UTC

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s Defense Ministry says it is searching for three pilots aboard two reconnaissance aircraft which crashed on a training flight. The ministry says the F-5F and RF-5E jets took off Tuesday night from an air force base in the eastern county of Hualien and soon disappeared

New PM: Japan should aim to reduce nuclear power

By Tue, Sep 13, 2011 3:52PM UTC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister promised Tuesday to restart nuclear plants following safety checks ordered in the wake of the country’s nuclear disaster but also said the nation should reduce its reliance on atomic energy over the long term. Addressing parliament in his first policy speech since taking

Thailand tourist park hunts for escaped crocodiles

By Tue, Sep 13, 2011 2:15PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — The owners of a tourist park just outside the Thai beach resort of Pattaya are scrambling to track down missing crocodiles after dozens escaped when floods swept the area over the weekend. Suthawut Temtub, a spokesman for the Million Years Stone Park and Crocodile Farm, said Tuesday

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