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Philippines: 2,000 Filipinos refuse to leave Libya

By Tue, Mar 22, 2011 11:50AM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Benigno Aquino III says at least 2,000 Filipino workers have refused to leave strife-torn Libya. The workers are mostly nurses and hospital personnel. Aquino said Monday that Filipino diplomats have made a final plea to Filipinos to leave the besieged North African nation after allied

Thai police arrest man for selling monarchy video

By Tue, Mar 22, 2011 11:47AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai man faces up to 15 years in prison for selling video CDs containing an Australian TV news program about Thailand’s monarchy, his lawyer said Monday. Akachai Hongkangwan was arrested on March 11 on the charge of lese majeste, or disrespect for the monarchy, said Anont

No quick fix seen at Fukushima nuclear plant

By Tue, Mar 22, 2011 11:24AM UTC No quick fix seen at Fukushima nuclear plant

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Officials are racing to restore electricity to Japan’s leaking nuclear plant, but getting the power flowing will hardly be the end of their battle: With its mangled machinery and partly melted reactor cores, bringing the complex under control is a monstrous job. Restoring the power to

Will Burma go to war against the Wa?

By Tue, Mar 22, 2011 12:37AM UTC

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) has reportedly ordered all of its frontline units on 24-hour alert  along the Salween river, a shared border with its ally the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’, according to Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.). SSA ‘North’ has been combating Burmese armed forces for

52 feared dead in Pakistan coal mine explosion

By Tue, Mar 22, 2011 12:10AM UTC 52 feared dead in Pakistan coal mine explosion

SORANGE, Pakistan (AP) — Rescuers used shovels and bare hands Monday to dig out miners buried after a gas explosion deep in a coal mine in southwestern Pakistan, lining up wooden caskets to await the bodies from an accident that left 52 feared dead. More than 200 people stood outside

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