• Pakistan ends weeks of fighting; over 100 dead
  • Hong Kong votes in key legislative elections
  • Chinese peace prize nominees include Bill Gates
  • Chicago teachers strike in bitter contract dispute
  • US employers posted fewer open jobs in July

Pakistan ends weeks of fighting; over 100 dead
Pakistani security forces pushed Taliban militants who came from Afghanistan back across the border after more than two weeks of fighting in a mountainous tribal region, spokesmen for both sides said Sunday. The government says over 100 people were killed in the offensive.

Hong Kong votes in key legislative elections
Hong Kong voters cast ballots in legislative elections Sunday that will help determine the eventual shape of the full democracy that Beijing has promised the former British colony.

Chinese peace prize nominees include Bill Gates
Organizers of a Chinese alternative “peace prize” announced the nominees Sunday. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Thailand’s prime minister and Microsoft founder Bill Gates are among those nominated for the Confucius Peace Prize.

Chicago teachers strike in bitter contract dispute
For the first time in a quarter century, Chicago teachers walked out of the classroom Monday, taking a bitter contract dispute over evaluations and job security to the streets of the nation’s third-largest city.

US employers posted fewer open jobs in July
Labor Department said Tuesday Job openings fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.67 million which means employers posted fewer jobs in July than in June, further evidence that hiring may stay weak in the coming months.

Two-thirds of Indonesian men smoke, tops in world
Indonesian men rank as the world’s top smokers, with two out of three of them lighting up in a country where cigarettes cost pennies and tobacco advertising is everywhere. Nearly 80 percent of Indonesians are exposed to smoke at home.

US, Afghans locked in dispute over detainees
Afghan president Hamid Karzai welcomed Monday’s handover of the main American-run prison to Afghan forces as a victory for Afghan sovereignty, though he and U.S. officials remain locked in a dispute over the fate of hundreds of Taliban and terror suspects behind bars.

Muslim rebels: Philippine peace pact possible soon
The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines said Monday that a peace accord with the government could be forged soon despite recent attempts by a breakaway guerrilla faction to derail the talks.

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