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Somalia's radical group claims Mogadishu bombing, 4th Ld-Writethru, AF

May 25, 2009 1:52 am | by MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president urged the international community Monday to help his country drive out hundreds of foreigners who are believed to be fighting alongside radical Islamic insurgents in the country.President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed made the appeal as a radical Islamic...

Gov't raises assessment of Japan economy, 1st since Feb. 2006+

May 25, 2009 1:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 25 (Kyodo) — The government on Monday raised its assessment of the Japanese economy for the first time in more than three years, citing a gradual pickup in external demand and falling corporate inventories, bringing new hope that the worst of the recession may be over."While the economy...

US dairy subsidy move seen as backward step, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 25, 2009 1:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia and New Zealand on Monday condemned a U.S. decision to reintroduce export subsidies on dairy products as a step toward trade protectionism.The move under the U.S. Dairy Export Incentive Program followed the European Union's reintroduction of export subsidies...

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LEAD: Dollar rebounds to 95 yen zone on N. Korean nuclear test, buybacks+

May 25, 2009 1:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: CLARIFYING 1ST GRAF)The U.S. dollar bounced back to briefly top the 95 yen line Monday in Tokyo as buybacks set in after North Korea announced that it had conducted its second nuclear test.At 5 p.m., the dollar fetched 94.98-95.00 yen, compared with Friday's 5 p.m....

LEAD: Aso blasts North's nuclear test as 'grave challenge' to NPT regime+

May 25, 2009 1:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 25 (Kyodo) — (EDS: ADDING INFO)Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday that North Korea's reported nuclear test is a "grave challenge" to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime and a "clear violation" of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the North from nuclear activity.North...

venture arm of Zambon Company SpA, and Yissum Research Development Company Ltd. Sign a Licensing Agreement for the Development of an Innovative Nanotechnology Drug Delivery System ...

May 25, 2009 1:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MILAN, Italy & JERUSALEM, Israel-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009--Z-Cube Srl, the corporate venture arm of Zambon Company SpA, and Yissum Research Development Company Ltd., the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today that they have entered into a license...

NKorea's Kim Jong Il sends message on Roh's death, 1st Ld-Writethru, AS

May 25, 2009 1:16 am | by YOUNG-JOON AHN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BONGHA, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's leader expressed sorrow Monday at the death of former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, as South Koreans mourned and recalled a leader who championed the oppressed but whose legacy was tarnished by a corruption scandal.Kim Jong Il's message of "profound...

Dollar rebounds to 95 yen zone on N. Korean nuclear test, buybacks+

May 25, 2009 1:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 25 (Kyodo) — The U.S. dollar bounced back to briefly top the 95 yen line Monday in Tokyo as buybacks set in after North Korea conducted its second nuclear test.At 5 p.m., the dollar fetched 94.98-95.00 yen, compared with Friday's 5 p.m. quotes of 94.72-82 yen in New York and 94.24-27 yen...

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Hosemann touts change in pre-need funeral law, MS

May 25, 2009 1:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says changes in Mississippi's pre-need funeral law will provide more monitoring and flexibility for consumers.Changes to take effect July 1 will direct $10 from each customer's contract to build up a fund geared to protect consumers...

Toll policy questioned for new Fourchon bridge, LA

May 25, 2009 1:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GALLIANO, La. (AP) — Ambulances and fire trucks will be subject to tolls on a new bridge in Leeville when it opens in a month or two while police cars will cross toll-free.Firefighters, medics and members of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission say that's unfair.The $166 million bridge is part of...

Brand Name for High-Performance Cable Solutions for the Rolling Stock Industry Business Editors/Energy Editors/Manufacturing Writers

May 25, 2009 1:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- Regulatory News:Nexans (Paris:NEX), the worldwide leader in the cable industry, has launched FLAMEX(R) as the new brand name for its range of cables for the rolling stock industry. The FLAMEX range covers all the product families from power to control...

China shares rise despite possible end of IPO ban, APFN

May 25, 2009 12:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese shares rose Monday after a three-session decline, shrugging off concerns that a proposed end to a ban on initial public offerings might depress prices by flooding the market with new shares.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index opened down after Friday's announcement that...

Tokyo Star Bank posts 97.5% fall in FY 2008 group net profit+

May 25, 2009 12:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO, May 25 (Kyodo) — Tokyo Star Bank said Monday its group net profit in fiscal 2008 which ended in March plunged 97.5 percent from the previous year to 345 million yen, amid the economic recession.The second-tier regional bank based in Tokyo said the profit plunge was mainly attributable to the...

Inspirational Lecture Delivered by Dr. Ted Scambos of NSIDC Environment Writers/Education Editors

May 25, 2009 12:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TAINAN, Taiwan-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 25, 2009-- Dr. Ted Scambos, the Lead Scientist of the USA National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) was invited by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) to deliver an inspirational lecture on May 20, entitled "A closer look at polar ice: Formosat-2 and glacier...

German business confidence up less than expected

May 25, 2009 12:50 am | by PATRICK McGROARTY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — German business confidence rose less than expected in May as sluggish demand weighed on construction and manufacturing, but the six-month outlook improved.The Munich-based Ifo institute's business climate index increased to 84.2 points in May from 83.7 points in April, it reported...

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