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200,000 people affected by flooding in Australia

By Fri, Dec 31, 2010 8:23AM UTC

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined, officials said Friday. Thousands of homes and businesses across Queensland state have been inundated with water after days

Beijing warning on HK activism stirs outcry

By Fri, Dec 31, 2010 8:15AM UTC

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese criticism of Hong Kong’s support for a man who protested a tainted milk scandal has unleashed an angry response from activists and politicians the semiautonomous territory who see Beijing’s comments as an attempt to silence them. A former British colony, Hong Kong’s constitution guarantees freedom

Thai court convicts 1st ‘Yellow Shirt’ protesters

By Fri, Dec 31, 2010 8:09AM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court ordered prison terms Thursday for 79 members of the right-wing, nationalist “Yellow Shirt” movement who stormed a state television station two years ago armed with guns, knives and clubs. The convictions are the first major court ruling against members of the People’s Alliance for

Blast kills at least 14 civilians in Afghanistan

By Fri, Dec 31, 2010 7:54AM UTC

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb blew up next to a minibus at a crowded intersection on a major highway in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 14 civilians, officials said. The blast struck the minibus in the Lashkar Gah-Sangin district in Helmand province on the main road

China to go after Internet phone services

By Fri, Dec 31, 2010 7:49AM UTC

BEIJING (AP) — China is going after Internet phone services such as Skype in a move to protect the country’s state-owned telephone companies, causing alarm among consumers who rely on cheap Internet calls. A notice by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on its website this month says it’s