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  • U.S. Carrier Kitty Hawk was in 28-hour Standoff with Chinese Submarine

    01/16/2008 12:53:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 267 replies · 1,848+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 01/16/08 | Chung Juho
    /begin my excerpt U.S. Carrier Kitty Hawk was in 28-hour Standoff with Chinese Submarine Tense battle-ready standoff in Taiwan Strait (Hong Kong=Yonhap News) Chung Juho = U.S. aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk (and its battle group) had 28-hour battle-ready standoff with a Chinese submarine and a missile destroyer in Taiwan Strait last November, it has been revealed. This was the first military standoff between U.S. and China since the Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1996. According to Jan. 16 dispatch by China Times in Taiwan, on Nov. 23 last year, Kitty Hawk battle group was en route to Japan after China...
  • China lists substandard Wal-Mart, Carrefour goods (how to salvage ruined ego)

    11/29/2007 12:24:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 138+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/29/07
    China lists substandard Wal-Mart, Carrefour goods 1 hour, 8 minutes ago China has published a blacklist of substandard toy jugs and children's shoes sold at Wal-Mart stores and drawing pens from French retailer Carrefour in a quality sweep on children's goods sold at Beijing supermarkets. China has been buffeted by food, drug and other product safety scares in past months. More than 20 million toys made there have been recalled worldwide over the past four months. In response, Beijing has promised to crack down on faulty manufacturers and suppliers, but also said much responsibility lies with foreign regulators and buyers....
  • Credit squeeze spreads to Norwegian towns

    11/25/2007 7:02:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 102+ views
    FT ^ | 11/23/07 | David Ibison
    Credit squeeze spreads to Norwegian towns By David Ibison in Stockholm Published: November 23 2007 22:19 | Last updated: November 23 2007 22:19 Few people in the remote Norwegian town of Narvik, 200km north of the Arctic Circle where the sun has disappeared until January, were likely to have given a lot of thought to the credit squeeze sweeping the global money markets – that is, until it threatened their wages over Christmas. Narvik, along with three other similarly isolated towns of Hemnes, Rana and Hattfjelldal, has become the latest community to discover just how directly even the most remote...
  • Japan detains 5 with new fingerprint entry checks

    11/21/2007 5:37:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 99+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/21/07
    Japan detains 5 with new fingerprint entry checks Wed Nov 21, 12:59 AM ET Fingerprint checks on foreigners arriving in Japan matched five people to an immigration blacklist on the first day, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday. Biometric scanning of almost all foreigners entering Japan was introduced on Tuesday, sparking anger among long-term residents, businesspeople and human rights campaigners. The five individuals' fingerprints came up on a list containing around 800,000 names including Interpol suspects and people deported from Japan in the past, the ministry said. It refused to give any details of the five people or say which...
  • N. Korea: Secret journalists report on North (independent underground journalists)

    11/21/2007 4:17:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 119+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 11/21/07 | Brian Breuhaus
    Secret journalists report on North November 21, 2007 The grainy video featured old women in clothes that hung from their thin frames scrounging for bottles in a market in Pyongyang that they planned to sell to recyclers. Images like these have been seen before but this footage shown at a press conference in Seoul yesterday is different, according to a Tokyo-based journalist, because it was shot by the first independent reporters to ever work inside North Korea. Ishimaru Jiru, of the Japan-based Asia Press International, said his group is also launching the first-ever magazine to print independent journalism by North...
  • Chavez, Ahmadinejad to work against US (time to bomb Venezuela?)

    11/19/2007 4:21:46 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 515+ views
    AP ^ | 11/19/07 | NASSER KARIMI
    Chavez, Ahmadinejad to work against US By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer 53 minutes ago The presidents of Venezuela and Iran boasted Monday that they will defeat U.S. imperialism together, saying the fall of the dollar is a prelude to the end of Washington's global dominance. Hugo Chavez's visit to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran followed a failed weekend attempt by the firebrand duo to push the Organization of Petroleum Exporting States away from trading in the slumping greenback. Their proposal at an OPEC summit was overruled by other cartel members led by Saudi Arabia, a strong U.S. ally. But the...
  • Fukuda says N Korea will 'disappear' if it doesn't abandon nukes

    11/18/2007 10:32:14 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 187+ views
    Japan Today ^ | 11/19/07
    Fukuda says N Korea will 'disappear' if it doesn't abandon nukes Monday, November 19, 2007 at 11:08 EST WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda warned North Korea in a CNN interview aired Sunday that it will eventually "disappear" unless it abandons its nuclear program. In the interview recorded during his trip to Washington, Fukuda said: "If it hopes to stand on its own as an independent nation, it should abandon its nuclear program." Fukuda urged North Korea to further compromise on the nuclear issue. "As long as it poses a threat to its neighbors, it cannot truly stand on its...
  • New book on China raises a storm (So what? They still love Chicom money)

    11/18/2007 7:14:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 169+ views
    IHT ^ | 11/18/07 | Richard Bernstein
    New book on China raises a storm By Richard Bernstein Sunday, November 18, 2007 NEW YORK: Even given the inherent ruthlessness in the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan, there was something almost poignant last week about President Pervez Musharraf appearing before the press and practically imploring the United States to understand the reasons for his move. Dictators don't usually do that. They don't go in for a lot of public self-justification in Cuba or China or Burma, although none of those countries are remotely as tied to the United States and dependent on American support as Pakistan is. Still,...
  • China pulls out of Iran sanctions meeting

    11/16/2007 6:59:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 187+ views
    Times of London ^ | 11/16/07 | David Byers
    Times OnlineNovember 16, 2007 China pulls out of Iran sanctions meeting (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: the Iranian President has ignored Western demands to stop enriching uranium David Byers China has pulled out of crucial London talks to discuss further sanctions against Iran, raising the prospect of the US, Britain and France going it alone to stop the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment programme. In what is seen as an indication that China will not risk its economic interests in Iran by supporting extra UN sanctions, it was confirmed that it had called off its attendance at a meeting of officials...
  • Trade jitters, anti-China sentiment rouse voters

    11/14/2007 4:59:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 135 replies · 88+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/14/07 | Andrea Hopkins
    Trade jitters, anti-China sentiment rouse voters By Andrea Hopkins Wed Nov 14, 1:56 PM ET It could be expected that Iraq would play a big role in the 2008 U.S. election campaign. But if recent populist rallies are an indication, another country may be rousing even more anger from voters: China. In all corners of an overflowing convention room this week in the industrial Rust-Belt city of Pittsburgh, voters, union officials and company executives alike railed against unfair trade -- and demanded U.S. politicians do something. "Our government refuses to stand up to the Chinese and make a level playing...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-nam Sighted in Paris (now in Moscow)

    11/13/2007 7:51:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 11/13/07 | Shin Ju-hyun
  • Carry Trade Falls Sharply on Risk Aversion

    11/12/2007 7:58:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 69+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 11/12/07 | Antonio Sousa
    Daily FX Carry Trade Falls Sharply on Risk Aversion Monday November 12, 10:23 am ET By Antonio Sousa, Quantitative Strategies Analyst strategist@dailyfx.com Investors are becoming more risk averse on speculation major banks could announce more write downs tied to subprime home loans, a situation that has been benefiting the Japanese yen and triggering a major sell-off on carry trades. Not surprisingly, during last week, the DailyFX Dynamic Carry Trade Portfolio was down by 540 pips. The biggest loss was taken in the short position we held in the Japanese yen with 415 pips loss. Moreover, since stop losses are activated...
  • Threatened N.Korea Cracks Down Female Merchants

    11/11/2007 7:03:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 103+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/09/07
    Threatened N.Korea Cracks Down Female Merchants North Korea has banned young women from working in street markets across the country to prevent the rapid spread of street markets, it was known on Thursday. According to a North Korea expert, authorities on Oct. 1 banned women in their 40s or younger from participating in street food market businesses in Pyongyang, and expanded the measure nationwide this month. According to Good Friends, a Seoul-based civic relief organization for North Korea, the measure will be applied to all women under 45 beginning Dec. 1. Authorities are also confiscating all wire telephones that have...
  • S. Korea: SKorean challenger launches presidential campaign (conservative storm hit the land)

    11/10/2007 7:32:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 154+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/08/07
    SKorean challenger launches presidential campaign Thu Nov 8, 2:24 AM ET A rightwing former opposition leader Thursday launched his campaign for South Korea's presidency as the main opposition party bitterly denounced him as a traitor. Lee Hoi-Chang, a harsh critic of North Korea, on Wednesday announced his third presidential bid -- throwing the race into confusion by splitting the conservative vote just six weeks before polling day. Lee, a former supreme court judge and graduate of the top high school and university, visited homes of teenagers living alone and disabled elderly people. Aides said the 72-year-old is trying to soften...
  • N. Korea's cooperation may undercut US intelligence: Washington Post(selling a Brooklin Bridge?)

    11/10/2007 6:44:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 140+ views
    AFP ^ | 11/10/07
    N. Korea's cooperation may undercut US intelligence: Washington Post Sat Nov 10, 3:27 AM ET The government of North Korea is providing information that could prove that, contrary to US claims, the communist country never intended to produce highly-enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, The Washington Post reported on its website Friday. Citing unnamed US and South Korean officials, the newspaper said the evidence is undermining a key US intelligence finding made five years ago and used in public statements by President George W. Bush. The North Korean government has granted US experts access to equipment and documents to make its...
  • US envoy questioned on disarming N.Korea(Chris Hill dodge Syrian incident)

    10/26/2007 5:27:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 65+ views
    AP ^ | 10/25/07 | FOSTER KLUG
    US envoy questioned on disarming N.Korea By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 25, 6:26 PM ET Republicans and Democrats alike criticized the Bush administration on Thursday for its nuclear disarmament accord with North Korea, saying a rush to achieve a foreign policy success could lead to a bad deal. At a House hearing, the lead envoy to six-nation nuclear talks defended a U.S. pledge to take North Korea off a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, despite suspicions the communist nation may be helping Syria develop a nuclear program. But Christopher Hill, an assistant secretary of state, frustrated...
  • Afghan:Some won’t fight, some can’t fight in snow: the problems that face Nato(lazy Euro troops)

    10/26/2007 12:49:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 104+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/25/07 | Anthony Loyd
    Some won’t fight, some can’t fight in snow: the problems that face Nato There are 38 countries with troops in Afghanistan. Co-ordinating them is not easy, General Dan McNeill tells our correspondent Anthony Loyd A clearly defined mission; troop strengths and structures composed to fit the task; consolidated public will; the generation of mass and precise execution of force: these are some of the principles of war stated as necessary for victory by the greatest military thinkers of our age. They all seem dangerously absent in Afghanistan, where General Dan McNeill commands a disparate force of 40,000 Nato troops drawn...
  • Turkish Troops Kill 64 Suspected Rebels Near Iraq Border

    10/25/2007 7:52:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 126+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/25/07
    Turkish Troops Kill 64 Suspected Rebels Near Iraq Border Thursday , October 25, 2007 ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey is running out of patience and will not tolerate Kurdish rebels' use of Iraqi soil to launch terrorist attacks, President Abdullah Gul said Thursday. Turkey has threatened to stage an incursion into northern Iraq if Iraqi Kurds and U.S.-led coalition forces do not crack down on Kurdish rebels based there. Turkish troops have killed at least 64 suspects rebels this week, including more than 30 poised to attack a military unit on the border on Tuesday, Turkey's military said Thursday. A pair...
  • Bread and butter issue: Rising prices may herald the first global food shortage since the 1970s

    10/24/2007 10:53:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies · 506+ views
    FT ^ | 10/23/07 | Jenny Wiggins and Javier Blas in London
    Bread and butter issue: Rising prices may herald the first global food shortage since the 1970s By Jenny Wiggins and Javier Blas in London Published: October 23 2007 19:11 | Last updated: October 23 2007 19:11 When the United Nations held its annual World Food Day last week to publicise the plight of the 854m malnourished people around the world, its warning that there “are still too many hungry people” was a little more anxious than usual.Finding food to feed the hungry is becoming an increasingly difficult task as growing demand for staples such as wheat, corn and rice...
  • Matron at Oprah Winfrey's £30m girl school accused of 'sexually abusing pupil'

    10/23/2007 8:00:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 95+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/23/07
    Matron at Oprah Winfrey's £30m girl school accused of 'sexually abusing pupil' Last updated at 10:23am on 23rd October 2007 Oprah Winfrey made a weekend dash to South Africa amid allegations of sexual abuse at her girls' school. It was the chat show host's second visit in 10 days after serious claims of misconduct were made against a matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a school for underprivileged children near Johannesburg. Chief executive John Samuel said the South African police child protection and sexual offences unit had been told of the internal investigation. Oprah Winfrey at the...
  • Wall Street ends higher on tech optimism

    10/22/2007 10:39:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 95+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/07
    Wall Street ends higher on tech optimism Mon Oct 22, 4:06 PM ET NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks finished higher on Monday, rebounding from last week's sharp sell-off as investors piled into technology shares ahead of Apple's (AAPL.O) quarterly earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average (.DJI) was up 45.12 points, or 0.33 percent, to end unofficially at 13,567.14. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index (.SPX) was up 5.71 points, or 0.38 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,506.34. The Nasdaq Composite Index (.IXIC) was up 28.77 points, or 1.06 percent, to close unofficially at 2,753.93.
  • Market turmoil sends London stocks plummeting

    10/22/2007 1:28:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 128+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/22/07 | Steve Hawkes
    Market turmoil sends London stocks plummeting London shares slide as investors react to a weaker US dollar and heavy overnight falls on Asian stock markets Steve Hawkes The value of Britain’s biggest companies plunged this morning with 114 points wiped from the FTSE 100 as investors reacted to growing signs of global market turmoil. The US dollar hovered near a record low overnight and stock markets in Asia suffered their biggest falls for weeks as traders took their lead from the brutal sell-off on Wall Street on Friday. In London, the FTSE 100 was down 114.5 points at 6413.5 after...
  • 12 Turkish troops killed in rebel attack (PKK)

    10/21/2007 8:41:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies · 74+ views
    AP ^ | 10/21/07 | VOLKAN SARISAKAL
    12 Turkish troops killed in rebel attack By VOLKAN SARISAKAL, Associated Press Writer 12 minutes ago Kurdish rebels ambushed a military unit near Turkey's border with Iraq early Sunday, killing 12 soldiers and increasing pressure on the Turkish government to stage attacks against guerrilla camps in Iraq. Iraq's president, a Kurd, ordered Kurdish guerrillas to lay down their weapons or leave, but Turkey's deputy prime minister said words were no longer enough: "We are expecting concrete steps from them." The soldiers died when rebels blew up a bridge as a 12-vehicle military convoy was crossing it, less than three miles...
  • N. Korea: Major Health Indicators of Both Koreas

    10/21/2007 8:25:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 70+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 10/21/07 | Namgung Min
    /begin my excerpt Major Health Indicators of Both Koreas(data - S. Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare) indicator N. Korea S. Korea average lifespan(years) male: 61.4 female: 67.3 total: 64.3 male: 74.4 female: 81.8 total: 78.1 average lifespan without sickness or disability (years) total: 52.3(data in 2000) total: 67.8(data in 2005) rate of smokers among 16-year olds(%) 59.9% 21.4% infant mortality rate(per 1000 births) 42 3 rate of anemia(%) 33.8% ~ 35.9% (age: 20~34) 10.3% (all above age 10) /end my excerpt
  • North Korea on brink of famine after floods: study(unholy trifecta: Chia Head, flood, famine)

    10/21/2007 7:04:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 60+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/18/07
    North Korea on brink of famine after floods: study Thu Oct 18, 10:23 AM ET Destitute North Korea will likely be pushed into famine due to devastating floods this year that wiped out crops and ruined farm land, a South Korean state-run think-tank said on Thursday. "The North's food inventory has almost hit the bottom, so unless there's an extraordinary measure to stabilize supply, there may be a situation next year similar to the late 1990s," a study by the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) said. Famine in the late 1990s brought about by flooding, drought and years of mismanagement...
  • N.Korean, Syrian Officials Hold Talks

    10/20/2007 8:44:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 120+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/20/07
    N.Korean, Syrian Officials Hold Talks North Korean Official Holds Talks in Syria on Developing Relations Between the Countries The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria A high-level North Korean official held talks in Damascus on Saturday with senior officials of Syria's ruling Baath Party on ways to develop relations between the two countries, Syria's official news agency reported. Neither Choe Thae Bok, the speaker of North Korea's parliament, nor his Syrian hosts made any mention of suspicions in Western media that the two countries might be cooperating on a secret nuclear program. The suspicions grew after an Israeli airstrike on a target...
  • Ouch! Hillary Clinton's softer image is clawed over dumped cat (revenge of SOCKS)

    10/20/2007 8:07:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 86+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/21/07 | Sarah Baxter
    October 21, 2007 Ouch! Hillary Clinton's softer image is clawed over dumped cat Sarah Baxter AS THE “first pet” of the Clinton era, Socks, the White House cat, allowed “chilly” Hillary Clinton to show a caring, maternal side as well as bringing joy to her daughter Chelsea. So where is Socks today? Once the presidency was over, there was no room for Socks any more. After years of loyal service at the White House, the black and white cat was dumped on Betty Currie, Bill Clinton’s personal secretary, who also had an embarrassing clean-up role in the saga of his...
  • Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place (rise of URBAN CAMOUFLAGE)

    10/20/2007 7:55:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 60 replies · 127+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/20/07 | MARTIN FACKLER
    Torin Boyd/Polaris, for The New York Times Though street crime is relatively low in Japan, quirky camouflage designs like this vending-machine dress are being offered to an increasingly anxious public to hide from would-be assailants. October 20, 2007 Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place By MARTIN FACKLER TOKYO, Oct. 19 — On a narrow Tokyo street, near a beef bowl restaurant and a pachinko parlor, Aya Tsukioka demonstrated new clothing designs that she hopes will ease Japan’s growing fears of crime. Deftly, Ms. Tsukioka, a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer, lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a...
  • Taiwan: Premier dismisses nuclear allegations (Taiwan developing nuke?)

    10/20/2007 7:56:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 236+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 10/20/07 | Mo Yan-chih
    Premier dismisses nuclear allegations ACCUSED: KMT Legislator Su Chi claimed that an unnamed DPP central executive committee member had told him the president was looking to develop nuclear weapons By Mo Yan-chih STAFF REPORTER Saturday, Oct 20, 2007, Page 1 Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) yesterday dismissed allegations by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Su Chi (蘇起) that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government was developing nuclear weapons to confront China's military threat and as a bargaining chip to negotiate with the US. Chang made the rebuttal on the legislative floor during a question-and-answer session with Su. Su said that President...
  • Monument to Che Guevara destroyed by Venezuelans (Hugo's Che shrine in ruins)

    10/20/2007 7:36:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies · 109+ views
    Scotman ^ | 10/20/07 | ETHAN MCNERN
    Monument to Che Guevara destroyed by Venezuelans ETHAN MCNERN A GROUP of Venezuelans shattered a glass monument to Cuban hero Che Guevara built by the government of leftist President Hugo Chavez, an area mayor told state TV yesterday. Jesus Espinoza, a municipal mayor in the mountain state of Merida, said: "A group from outside the municipality inconsiderately destroyed the monument to Che Guevara." Local media said a group identifying itself as the Patriotic Command of the Plateau took responsibility for ruining the 8ft glass monument inscribed with a message to honour the icon of Cuba's 1959 revolution. "We do not...
  • China's Hu in control of rapidly modernising military

    10/20/2007 7:26:52 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 109+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/19/07 | Dan Martin
    China's Hu in control of rapidly modernising military by Dan Martin Fri Oct 19, 10:45 PM ET After five years in power, President Hu Jintao has finally gained unquestioned control of China's massive military while transforming it into wealthy, high-tech fighting force, analysts said. Although Hu was named Communist Party chief in 2002 and president in 2003, he did not inherit the mantle of commander-in-chief until a year later and questions had lingered over who commanded the allegiance of the country's rapidly modernising, 2.3-million-strong People's Liberation Army. But key military appointments by Hu in the run-up to the five-yearly Communist...
  • China: What will Olympics bring to Beijing? (Special care for foreigners?)

    10/20/2007 1:00:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 100+ views
    Boxun News ^ | October 7, 2007 - 9:15:30 AM
    What will Olympics bring to Beijing? By Boxun Oct 7, 2007 - 9:15:30 AM China are growing Olympic pigs, Olympic vegetables and Olympic fruits for international visitors. Official report said that Olympic pigs walk out 2-3 hours a day to keep healthy. They have special meals. They are in secret farm and no other pigs can get in. Olympic vegetables and fruits receive similar treatment, they are fed with organic nutrients. It has been a traditonal practice for Chinese communist: to give special deal to foreigners, such as foreign private companies always first get the permission to invest in industries...
  • Chinese Communist elite foresee challenges ahead

    10/20/2007 12:53:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 88+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 10/19;/07 | Cheng Yunjie
    Chinese Communist elite foresee challenges ahead www.chinaview.cn 2007-10-19 20:11:24 Print Special Report: 17th CPC National Congress By Xinhua writer Cheng Yunjie BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- China has ushered in its best period of time over the past century marked by robust economic growth and expanding global clout, but on everyone's lips at the ongoing national congress of the governing Communist Party of China (CPC) is "vigilance in peaceful time". Delegate Wei Jiafu, president of the China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company talks to a Reuters reporter in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2007. (Xinhua Photo) Photo Gallery>>> The sentiment of preparing...
  • Europe: Carbon health warnings for all new cars (Warning: this car is hazardous to your health)

    10/19/2007 10:47:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 83+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/20/07 | Ben Webster
    Carbon health warnings for all new cars Ben Webster, Transport Correspondent All advertising for new cars will have to carry cigarette-style “health warnings” about their environmental impact, under a European plan to force manufacturers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Companies that produce the most polluting cars will also have to pay penalties of up to £5,000 per vehicle, with the proceeds used to reduce the cost of the most efficient cars.Advertisements in newspapers and magazines, will have to devote at least 20 per cent of the space to details about fuel economy and CO2 emissions. At the moment manufacturers have...
  • 70 punished in accidental B-52 flight

    10/19/2007 9:57:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 303+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/07 | PAULINE JELINEK,
    70 punished in accidental B-52 flight By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 3 minutes ago The Air Force said Friday it has punished 70 airmen involved in the accidental, cross-country flight of a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber following an investigation that found widespread disregard for the rules on handling such munitions. "There has been an erosion of adherence to weapons-handling standards at Minot Air Force Base and Barksdale Air Force Base," said Maj. Gen. Richard Newton, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations. Newton was announcing the results of a six-week probe into the Aug. 29-30 incident...
  • China halts rail freight to N Korea (NK took 1800 Chinese wagons; OMG, THIS CAN'T BE REAL)

    10/19/2007 1:21:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies · 594+ views
    FT ^ | 10/18/07 | Anna Fifield in Seoul and Richard McGregor in Beijing
    China halts rail freight to N Korea By Anna Fifield in Seoul and Richard McGregor in Beijing Published: October 18 2007 23:06 | Last updated: October 18 2007 23:06 China suspended key rail freight services into North Korea last week after 1,800 wagons carrying food aid and tradeable goods crossed into Kim Jong-il’s hermit state but were never returned. Absconding with Chinese wagons would be a strange move for North Korea because Beijing is Pyongyang’s closest political ally and biggest provider of food, goods and oil. Analysts monitoring North Korea said Chinese officials had privately complained to them that the...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il sending off Secretary General of Vietnam (another photo; looks not well)

    10/18/2007 10:49:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 224+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 10/19/07
    N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il is seeing off Nong Duc Manh, Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, at an airport in Pyongyang, according to KCNA
  • Indonesia on top alert for volcanic eruption (Mt. Kelud can erupt anytime)

    10/17/2007 8:20:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 89+ views
    China Post ^ | 10/18/07 | Heri Retnowati
    Indonesia on top alert for volcanic eruption Thursday, October 18, 2007 By Heri Retnowati, Reuters KEDIRI, Indonesia -- Fears of an imminent eruption prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents near Indonesia's Mount Kelud on Wednesday, but many flouted the order and stayed at their homes around the rumbling Javanese volcano. The alert on the volcano, one of Indonesia's deadliest and located 90 km (55 miles) southwest of its second-largest city, Surabaya, was raised to maximum late on Tuesday, meaning it could erupt within 24 hours. Authorities had ordered the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from a 10-km (6-mile)...
  • Credit crunch to test oil-proofing of world economy

    10/17/2007 7:23:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 150+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/17/07 | Brian Love
    Credit crunch to test oil-proofing of world economy Wed Oct 17, 2007 8:17am EDT By Brian Love - Analysis PARIS (Reuters) - With world oil prices close to $90 per barrel, memories of war, recession and runaway inflation are coming back to haunt the world economy. Nobody seems to be talking seriously of a return to stagflation, the toxic combination of economic stagnation and rampant inflation that plagued the world after the oil crises of 1973 and 1979-80. But what gives some economists cause for concern is that oil, now just shy of the all-time high it hit in 1980...
  • Japan: Nomura to Shutter U.S. Mortgage Business

    10/15/2007 6:53:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 117+ views
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | 10/15/07 | HIROKO TABUCHI
    Nomura to Shutter U.S. Mortgage Business Monday October 15, 8:10 am ET By Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press Writer Japan's Nomura to Shut Down U.S. Mortgage-Backed Securities Business TOKYO (AP) -- Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest securities firm by revenue, said Monday it will shut down its U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities business, the latest casualty of the subprime mortgage crisis. Nomura said in a statement Monday it will book a 73 billion yen ($621 million) loss in its residential mortgage-backed securities business. The group now expects a group pretax loss of 40-60 billion yen ($340-510 million) for the July-September quarter, including about...
  • Two Airplanes Collide at Heathrow Airport, London

    10/15/2007 3:26:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 69 replies · 226+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/16/07
    Two Airplanes Collide at Heathrow Airport, London(AP) No details yet.
  • Karate Nuns (Sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame Practicing Taekwondo)

    10/15/2007 2:06:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 647+ views
    The nuns began studying the martial arts as a form of exercise. Several of them workout regularly. Though they would never use the arts to hurt someone, a number of them have become quite good. Sister Mary, who is just over five feet tall, is the most serious.
  • Hugo and Fidel Together (Castro reads a book to Chavez)

    10/15/2007 1:52:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 83+ views
    China Daily ^ | 10/15/07
    In this photo released by Cuba's Juventud Rebelde newspaper, President Fidel Castro reads a book accompanied by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a meeting in Havana, Saturday, Oct.12, 2007. Chavez met for more than four hours with Fidel Castro and state media on Sunday published two new official photos of the men together, but provided no new details about the ailing Cuban leader's health. [Agencies]
  • Change in North Korea? (So far, there's little sign of it)

    10/15/2007 12:26:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 159+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2007
    Change in North Korea? So far, there's little sign of it. Saturday, October 13, 2007; Page A18 THE BUSH administration and the South Korean government are behaving as if they expect a remarkable transformation in North Korea within the next few months. The administration is quietly preparing to remove the regime of Kim Jong Il from the list of state sponsors of terrorism -- essentially reversing and repudiating President Bush's description of Pyongyang as part of an "axis of evil." For his part, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun -- like Mr. Bush, an unpopular lame duck -- showered Mr. Kim...
  • Meteorologist: Gore climate theory 'ridiculous'(We're brainwashing our children)

    10/14/2007 11:00:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 291+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 10/13/07 | Steve Lyttle
    Meteorologist: Gore climate theory 'ridiculous' By Steve Lyttle · The Charlotte Observer Updated 10/13/07 - 12:32 AM | Comment on this story CHARLOTTE -- One of the world's foremost meteorologists on Friday called the theory that helped Al Gore win a share of the Nobel prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works." Dr. William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, spoke to a packed lecture hall at UNC Charlotte and said humans are not responsible for the warming of the earth. His visit, arranged through the meteorology program at...
  • Analysts Find Israel Struck a Nuclear Project Inside Syria (partly constructed nuclear reactor)

    10/14/2007 8:47:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 109+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/14/07 | DAVID E. SANGER and MARK MAZZETTI
    Analysts Find Israel Struck a Nuclear Project Inside Syria By DAVID E. SANGER and MARK MAZZETTI WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 — Israel’s air attack on Syria last month was directed against a site that Israeli and American intelligence analysts judged was a partly constructed nuclear reactor, apparently modeled on one North Korea has used to create its stockpile of nuclear weapons fuel, according to American and foreign officials with access to the intelligence reports. The description of the target addresses one of the central mysteries surrounding the Sept. 6 attack, and suggests that Israel carried out the raid to demonstrate its...
  • China rules out West's democracy (China will never have Western-style democracy)

    10/14/2007 8:35:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 142+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/14/07 | Michael Bristow
    China rules out West's democracy By Michael Bristow BBC News, Beijing China will never have Western-style democracy, a senior official said on the eve of the country's most important political meeting in five years. But Li Dongsheng, spokesman for the Communist Party's 17th congress, said China would pursue political reform. Mr Li was speaking at a news conference ahead of the congress, which opens in the capital, Beijing, on Monday. Some party members have called for political changes to accompany economic reforms, which have transformed China. The majority of people have enjoyed real benefits from reform and opening up Li...
  • N. Korea: Security Stepped up for Nuclear Test Site in Punggye-ri (what's going on?)

    10/14/2007 3:04:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 118+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/14/07
    /begin my translation N. Korea: Security Stepped up for Nuclear Test Site in Punggye-ri Yonhap News 2007.10.14 N. Korea is beefing up security force and installing wire fences around its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, Kilju, N. Hamkyong Province, where it conducted the nuclear test last October. S. Korean and U.S. intelligence are closely looking into this development in order to figure out their intention. A government source said on Oct. 14, "It is my understanding that we picked up intelligence that wire fences are being set up and security forces are being beefed up at Punggye-ri nuclear test...
  • Caption this Photo (Hitlery)

    10/13/2007 2:06:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies · 175+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/13/07
    Representative John Lewis of Georgia, who endorsed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday, with her in Atlanta.
  • Pepsi, Coke rivalry becomes physical

    10/13/2007 12:26:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 95 replies · 170+ views
    AP ^ | 10/13/07
    Pepsi, Coke rivalry becomes physical Fri Oct 12, 9:46 PM ET The long-standing rivalry between Coke and Pepsi took a physical turn Friday when a Pepsi deliveryman allegedly punched his Coke counterpart in the face at a western Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, state police said. The two deliverymen were "apparently bickering back and forth" while unloading their wares at the Indiana County store, police said. When the Coke deliveryman left the store, his counterpart allegedly punched him in the face three times, breaking his nose and giving him a black eye, police said. No charges have been filed, but police characterized the...