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Afghanistan: More voting stations to remain closed

By Wed, Sep 08, 2010 3:57PM UTC

Afghan election officials say more than 80 polling stations will have to remain closed in the tense eastern Nangarhar province during the Sept. 18 parliamentary vote because of the deteriorating security situation in the region bordering Pakistan. The number adds to the previously announced decision to shut down more than

Sri Lanka debates ending president’s term limit

By Wed, Sep 08, 2010 3:52PM UTC

Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday began debating a controversial amendment to the country’s constitution that would allow President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold unlimited number of terms, a move critics say could lead to a dictatorship The government is likely to secure the two-thirds majority required in the 225-member Parliament to

China calls in Japan envoy over boat collision

By Wed, Sep 08, 2010 3:48PM UTC

Diplomatic tensions between China and Japan escalated Wednesday when Beijing called in Japan’s ambassador after a Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near a chain of disputed islands and Tokyo arrested the boat’s captain. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao summoned Japanese Ambassador Uichiro Niwa and urged

Medardo Roda, the Philippines’ ‘most rebellious driver’

By Wed, Sep 08, 2010 3:45PM UTC

Medardo Roda, one of the country’s best-known and well-loved transport leaders, passed away early this week. In his heyday as president of the transport group Piston, Ka Roda championed the welfare of transport drivers and commuters alike against government neglect and abuses of the oil cartel. For his fierce defense

Australian gov’t plans to continue with mining tax

By Wed, Sep 08, 2010 2:13PM UTC

The first full day of Australia’s new minority government revealed tensions Wednesday between the deputy prime minister and a kingmaker independent legislator over plans to make mining companies pay more tax. The disagreement between Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan and Tony Windsor underscores the fragility of the center-left Labor Party

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