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China, U.S., Japan; VA Executes First Woman In 100 Years; Protests in Pakistan

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the United Nations, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Obama Presses China on Currency:

President Barack Obama pressed Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on China's currency for most of their meeting yesterday in New York. But Jiabao wouldn't move beyond making bland statements about "gradual reform." The US believes China is keeping its currency artificially low, which is hurting American exports. White House aides said Mr. Obama is considering tariffs and other action, according to the New York Times, but wants to avoid an all-out trade war.

Japan Releases Chinese Fishing Boat Captain

Japanese prosecutors have decided to release a the captain of a fishing trawler who was arrested after hitting Japanese patrol craft near a chain of disputed islands. China had cut off ministerial level talks, there were reports of a cut in the export of rare earth minerals, and China said it was investigating 4 Japanese civilians it accused of filming military targets.

Virginia Executes First Woman In 100 Years

Death penalty protestors hold signs as they protest the execution of Teresa Lewis. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Teresa Lewis was put to death last night in Virginia. She had been convicted of plotting with two men to kill her husband and stepson for insurance money. Her last words were to her daughter, "I just want Kathy to know that I love you, and I'm very sorry," according to the Washington Post. The two trigger men were sentenced to life in prison.

Pakistan Calls For Siddiqui's Release

Aafia Siddiqui, who we reported yesterday was sentenced to 86 years for attempting to kill American agents, was called the "daughter of the nation" by Pakistan's Prime Minister. Protests broke out in four cities in Pakistan after her sentencing, with people taking to the streets and chanting, "Down with America! Jihad, Jihad!" Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said releasing Siddiqui would improve the United States image in Pakistan.