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Gore, others urge CEOs to back climate change deal

May 24, 2009 3:51 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Climate-change heavyweights U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and Nobel prize winner Al Gore urged more than 500 business leaders on Sunday to lend their corporate muscle to reaching a global deal on reducing greenhouse gases.The CEOs of PepsiCo, Nestle, BP and other major world businesses...

Sankyo and Ranbaxy Announce Reconstitution of Ranbaxy Executive Leadership Pharmaceutical Writers/Business Editors

May 24, 2009 3:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO & GURGAON, India-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 24, 2009-- Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. and Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited today announced that Mr. Malvinder Mohan Singh has stepped down from the positions of Chairman, CEO and Managing Director of Ranbaxy with immediate effect.Mr. Atul Sobti, currently...

Japan likely to be upgraded to 'controlled BSE risk' status+

May 24, 2009 3:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 24 (Kyodo) — The World Organization for Animal Health is expected to soon grant Japan status of controlled risk regarding its safeguard measures taken to eradicate mad cow disease in beef production, government sources said Sunday.The Japanese government will try to boost Japanese beef...

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Fla. marks 30 years since death penalty's return, FL

May 24, 2009 3:05 am | by RON WORD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Three decades have past since Florida resumed executions when John Spenkelink was strapped into Old Sparky and electrocuted, the nation's first involuntary execution after a Supreme Court ban was lifted.Since then, the state has executed another 64 men and two women....

Footrace honors military personnel, IL

May 24, 2009 2:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CHICAGO (AP) — Some 9,000 runners made an early start on the Memorial Day weekend by racing along Chicago's lakefront in a show of support for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.Among those running Saturday morning in the footrace that started and ended at Soldier Field were White House chief of...

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Sri Lanka rejects full access to Tamil camps, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 24, 2009 2:40 am | by ARTHUR MAX - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president on Sunday rejected a call by the U.N. secretary-general to lift restrictions on aid delivery to overcrowded displacement camps, saying the army must first finish screening the hundreds of thousands of Tamil refugees.President Mahinda Rajapaksa's...

Facebook block ahead of Iran vote hampers youth

May 24, 2009 2:09 am | by ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's decision to block access to Facebook — less than three weeks before nationwide elections — drew sharp criticism Sunday from a reformist opposition hoping to mobilize the youth vote and unseat President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.The decision, critics said, forces Iranians to...

Official: Myanmar had planned to release Suu Kyi, 8th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 24, 2009 1:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar considered releasing pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest this week, but canceled the decision after an American stayed at her house in violation of the country's security law, a top police official said Tuesday.Suu Kyi was expected to testify...

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Germany seeks better bids in battle for Opel, 2nd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 24, 2009 1:38 am | by GEIR MOULSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — A battle over the future of troubled General Motors Corp.'s Opel unit is heating up as Germany prepares to decide which of three potential suitors it prefers to takeover the automaker.Germany's economy minister said in an interview published Sunday that all three bids have...

G-8, emerging economies to sign pact for new energy-saving body+

May 24, 2009 1:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROME, May 24 (Kyodo) — The Group of Eight nations and several emerging economies will sign an agreement Sunday on establishing a new international organization for energy efficiency as part of efforts to fight against global warming.The signing for the International Partnership for Energy...

Atlantis, crew land in Calif. after Hubble mission

May 24, 2009 12:22 am | by JOHN ANTCZAK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Space shuttle Atlantis and its seven astronauts returned safely to Earth, detouring from stormy Florida to sunsplashed California to end a 13-day mission that repaired and enhanced the Hubble Space Telescope."Now and only now can we declare this mission a total...

Asia-EU talks focus on NKorean nuke test, Myanmar, 4th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 24, 2009 12:11 am | by BEN STOCKING - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — North Korea's announcement of a second nuclear test and Myanmar's trial of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi seized the attention of foreign ministers from Asia and Europe meeting Monday in Hanoi.Government ministers and other high-ranking officials said the nuclear test,...

Philippines confirms 2nd case of swine flu, AS

May 23, 2009 10:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines confirmed its second case of swine flu Sunday, and health officials said 15 other people were undergoing tests for the virus.A 50-year-old woman from Chicago tested positive for the virus over the weekend, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told a news...

SKoreans mourn death, pay respects to ex-president, 4th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 23, 2009 9:44 pm | by YOUNG-JOON AHN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BONGHA, South Korea (AP) — Bowing deeply and laying white chrysanthemums before his portrait, tens of thousands of mourners journeyed Sunday to the southern village where former President Roh Moo-hyun killed himself by jumping off a rocky cliff overlooking his home.But several top officials,...

Main events scheduled for Monday, May 25+

May 23, 2009 9:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 24 (Kyodo) — -- Cabinet Office to release monthly government economic report for May.-- Bank of Japan to release monthly report on economic and financial developments for May.-- Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa to make speech and hold press conference in Kanazawa.-- Ministry of...

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