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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Addresses Thousands Gathered in Osaka

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala. Dharamshala: On Sunday, 30 October 2011, The spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his first public teaching since arriving in Japan, at the Mainishi arena in Osaka, which saw over 5,000 Japanese and nearly 400 Koreans in attendance. He began with a teaching on ‘Heart Sutra: From Emptiness to ...

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Israel aircraft hit Gaza, 2 found dead

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says its aircraft struck at a rocket squad that attacked Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, and Palestinians officials report that two men were found dead in the area. Palestinian security officials say two bodies were discovered around dawn Monday. They say the men were wearing the uniform of a little-known ...

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Experts say it will take at least 30 years to close Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant

TOKYO – A Japanese government panel says it will take at least 30 years to safely close the tsunami-hobbled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, even though the facility is leaking far less radiation than before and is considered relatively stable. The plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986, was severely damaged by Japan’s March 11 ...

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Taliban Hit Challenges Gains

By DION NISSENBAUM KABUL—The Taliban’s deadliest attack on the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul, which killed 13 troops and civilian employees this weekend, showcased the insurgency’s increasing ability to strike the Afghan capital, challenging military gains made over the past year. By launching such spectacular strikes in Kabul, the Taliban—driven from many historic strongholds in their southern heartland by the coalition—seek ...

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Assad warns of ‘quake’ if West intervenes in Syria

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has warned that any Western intervention would cause an “earthquake” inflaming the region, after dozens died in one of the bloodiest days of the uprising against his rule. In an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Assad warned of “another Afghanistan” if foreign forces intervened in his country as they had with the Libyan uprising that ...

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Syria’s Assad says intervention will burn region

BEIRUT – Syrian President Bashar Assad warned against Western intervention in his country’s 7-month-old uprising, saying such action would trigger an “earthquake” that “would burn the whole region.” Assad comments, published in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, were made against a backdrop of growing calls from anti-regime protesters for a no-fly zone over Syria and increasingly frequent clashes between ...

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Bangladesh’s first war crimes trial deferred

A special court in Bangladesh set up to try war crimes suspects from the country’s 1971 battle for independence has delayed the start of its first trial. The prosecution was due to make an opening statement on Sunday against Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party who is charged with 20 counts of crimes against humanity and genocide. Sayedee denies ...

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UN urges end to Syria killings after another 50 die

UN chief Ban Ki-moon today urged Syria "immediately" to end attacks on civilians, a day after dozens of people were killed in a fierce crackdown on dissent and 17 troops died in clashes with suspected army deserters. Ban's appeal follows condemnation by the Arab League of the deaths of 36 people yesterday activists said were killed by security forces during ...

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Stranded passengers pin hopes on Qantas mediator

About 70,000 stranded passengers were desperately hoping Australia’s workplace regulator would end the stunning grounding of Qantas Airways’ entire fleet over a bitter industrial row. The national carrier’s passengers across the world on Sunday were scrambling to make alternative travel plans after Qantas announced its shock decision a day earlier to lock out union staff and cancel all flights indefinitely. ...

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