S. Korea, U.S. to ink final FTA text in mid-Feb

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on S. Korea, U.S. to ink final FTA text in mid-Feb 

SEOUL, Jan. 27 — South Korea and the United States have finalized the text of their free trade agreement (FTA) and plan to officially sign the document in the middle of next month, Seoul's trade ministry said Thursday.

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Special Olympics' Greek organizers confident of hosting best Games ever<p>by Maria Spiliopoulou

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Special Olympics' Greek organizers confident of hosting best Games ever<p>by Maria Spiliopoulou 

ATHENS, Jan. 27 – Despite the economic crisis which hit Greece hard, Athens will be ready to host in June the best World Summer Special Olympics ever, the event's Greek organizers said Wednesday, 150 days before the Games start.

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Flash flood damages hundreds of houses in Lampung

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Flash flood damages hundreds of houses in Lampung 

BANDARLAMPUNG, LAMPUNG, Jan. 27 – Flash flood triggered by heavy rains on Tuesday night swept through a residential area of Pesawahan village in Telukbetung Selatan subdistrict, Lampung province, leaving hundreds of houses damaged.

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Tidal waves damage structures on Flores island

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Tidal waves damage structures on Flores island 

KUPANG, E NUSA TENGGARA, Jan. 27 – Flooding triggered by tidal waves hit seven sub-districts in the eastern Indonesian island of Flores on Wednesday.

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Indonesia eyes defense cooperation with other ASEAN States

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Indonesia eyes defense cooperation with other ASEAN States 

JAKARTA, Jan. 27 – Indonesia will try forging defense cooperation with other Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) member-States by holding an ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) this year, an official said.

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Italian FM asks ambassadors' help for 2015 Milan Expo

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Italian FM asks ambassadors' help for 2015 Milan Expo 

ROME, Jan. 27 – Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini on Wednesday asked foreign ambassadors' cooperation for successful staging of the 2015 Milan Expo.

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Chile raises death toll from earthquake, tsunami

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Chile raises death toll from earthquake, tsunami 

SANTIAGO, Jan. 27 – Chile's interior ministry said Wednesday health authorities raised to 523 casualties the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami of Feb. 27, 2010.

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SoKor president appoints new minister despite political backlash

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on SoKor president appoints new minister despite political backlash 

by Lee Chi-dong

SEOUL, Jan. 27 – Overriding the main opposition party's strong resistance, President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday pressed ahead with the appointment of his new knowledge economy minister.

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Brazil to inaugurate China-aided thermoelectric power plant

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Brazil to inaugurate China-aided thermoelectric power plant 

BRASILIA, Jan. 27 – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will inaugurate Friday a thermoelectric power plant built with China's help and which can provide energy for a million people, a presidential statement said Wednesday.

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Canadian benchmark equity index rises more than 200 points

January 27, 2011 12:10 pm· Comments Off on Canadian benchmark equity index rises more than 200 points 

TORONTO, Jan. 27 – Canadian stocks rose Wednesday with resources companies surging.

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