Honduras' de facto foreign minister calls for disarmament at Brazil embassy

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on Honduras' de facto foreign minister calls for disarmament at Brazil embassy 

TEGUCIGALPA, Oct. 8 — Carlos Lopez Contreras, foreign minister for Honduras' post-coup government, on Wednesday made a public call for the disarmament of Hondurans and foreigners in Brazil's embassy in Honduras capital Tegucigalpa, which is hosting Honduras' ousted president, as an essential condition for dialogue.

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Tsunami warning issued after Vanuatu quake

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on Tsunami warning issued after Vanuatu quake 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 — An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred in the Vanuatu region on Thursday local time, triggering an expanding regional tsunami warning from the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for parts of the Pacific located closer to the quake.

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OAS chief sets up Honduras post-coup political talks

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on OAS chief sets up Honduras post-coup political talks 

TEGUCIGALPA, Sept. 8 — The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, on Wednesday inaugurated a formal dialogue in Honduras to overcome the constitutional crisis that began with June 28's coup.

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Magnitude-7.8 earthquake strikes off Vanuatu, triggering tsunami alert

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on Magnitude-7.8 earthquake strikes off Vanuatu, triggering tsunami alert 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 — An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 occurred in the Vanuatu region on Thursday local time, triggering an expanding regional tsunami warning from the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for parts of the Pacific located closer to the quake.

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New Zealand issues tsunami alert after Vanuatu quake

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on New Zealand issues tsunami alert after Vanuatu quake 

WELLINGTON, Oct. 8 — New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defense issued a tsunami watch for New Zealand following two strong earthquakes near the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Thursday.

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S. Korean purchase of U.S. precision missiles put off: lawmaker

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on S. Korean purchase of U.S. precision missiles put off: lawmaker 

SEOUL, Oct. 8 — South Korea will have to wait until at least mid-2010 before starting to acquire U.S.-developed long-range precision missiles it had hoped to install on its F-15K fighter, a lawmaker said Thursday.

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French aid workers set up water purifying station in Pariaman

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on French aid workers set up water purifying station in Pariaman 

JAKARTA, Oct. 8 — France`s Civil Security Detachment personnel who came to West Sumatra to help quake victims have set up and are now operating a water purifying and distribution machine in Pariaman city.

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Pacific on alert after quakes: Australian media

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on Pacific on alert after quakes: Australian media 

CANBERRA, Oct. 8 — Residents of parts of Tuvalu and New Caledonia are being evacuated after two powerful earthquakes hit the Vanuatu region, Australian Associated Press reports Thursday.

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Typhoon Melor makes landfall in Japan

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on Typhoon Melor makes landfall in Japan 

TOKYO, Oct. 8 — Typhoon Melor on Thursday became the first tropical cyclone to hit Japan in two years, killing one and injuring several others.

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ASEAN on a learning curve

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm· Comments Off on ASEAN on a learning curve 

JAKARTA, Oct. 8 — The spate of disasters that struck several Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States recently has provided lessons for the region to further improve its disaster management mechanism.

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