Monday, October 27, 2008

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South Korean man walks past advertisement for bank's interests in Seoul, 27 Oct 2008 Asian Stocks Plunge as Policymakers Seek to Shore Up Confidence  Audio Clip Available
Leaders of advanced economies voice concern about swings in Japan's currency; South Korea's president outlines agenda for getting through global turmoil


U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, left, and Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, right, 15 Oct 2008 McCain, Obama Visit Critical States, Just Over a Week Until Election
US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama campaign in two populous states seen as crucial to victory in the November 4 election


Map of Syria, highlighting Abu Kamal Syria Protests Alleged US Raid on Syrian Border Town  Audio Clip Available
Syrian media say four US helicopters took part in raid Sunday on town of Abu Kamal, near Iraqi border, killing 8 civilians


A general view of the opening session of Pakistan Afghanistan Tribal Elders Jirga meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, 27 Oct. 2008 Afghan, Pakistani Representatives Hold Jirga on Taliban Conflict  Audio Clip Available
Meeting comes after suspected US missile strike killed 20 people in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal regions


Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (L) and Lebanese parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri (R) at their first meeting in more than two years, 27 Oct., 2008 Lebanese Political Rivals Hold Rare Meeting
Officials say Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah met with parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri at an undisclosed location Sunday


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (l) shares a light moment with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (r), at signing of power sharing deal in Harare, 15 Sep 2008 Mugabe, Tsvangirai Meet to Discuss Zimbabwe Impasse
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki optimistic about finalizing plans for unity government


UNODC Afghanistan head Christina Oguz at Kabul news conference UN Reports Afghan Opium Crop Drops but Remaining Plants Have Higher Yield  Audio Clip Available
Christina Oguz, head of UN Office of Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan, calls on government and international community to help farmers who have stopped cultivating opium


Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a closed market during a strike in Srinagar, India, 27 Oct., 2008. Indian Troops in Kashmir to Block Anniversary Protests
Troops patrol Srinagar streets amid general strike


Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen greets well-wishers on his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, 26 Oct. 2008 Cambodian, Thai Leaders Seek Peaceful Solution to Temple Dispute  Audio Clip Available
Dispute over an ancient temple complex continues to challenge both countries


Dr Paul Marshall from the Great Barrier Reef marine park photographs bleached coral heads off the Keppel Islands in Queensland (File) New Study Says Global Warming Heaping More Pressure on Fragile Coral Reefs  Audio Clip Available
Research comes as Queensland state government announces new multi-million-dollar plan to protect Great Barrier Reef from agricultural pollution


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