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India, Japan Agree on Rare Earths Deal
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 12:18 AM

New Delhi and Tokyo have signed off on a major rare earths deal.

According to Channel NewAsia, "Tokyo and New Delhi will next week sign an agreement that will see around 2,000 tonnes of rare earths imported from India, a report said Thursday (Aug 28), as Japan looks to diversify supply away from China. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are expected to agree on the deal at their summit in Tokyo on Monday, the Nikkei newspaper reported."

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US Sends Nuke Fuel to Ukraine
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 10:16 PM

Despite an ongoing civil war in the Ukraine, the United States has agreed to send shipments of nuclear fuel to Kiev.

Russia Today reports that, "The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shares Moscow's concern on world nuclear safety and the potential threat that possible US atomic fuel supplies to Ukraine might cause as the country remains in crisis."

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St Louis Transit Union Slams 'Race-Baiting' Oreos
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 09:16 PM

The St. Louis Transit Union has threatened to launch a strike because the Metro negotiator brought in Oreo cookies to the bargaining table. Union activists contend that Oreos have so-called "race-bating" connotations.

According to the Daily Caller, "A transportation union called a metro negotiator racist Wednesday after he shared the recipe for Oreo cookies during a closed door meeting, the St. Louis Business Journal reported."

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Al Gore to Host 24-Hours 'Global Warming Preach-a-thon'
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 08:20 PM

Just when you thought former Vice President Al Gore wasn't blowing enough hot air on the subject of Climate Change. He has scheduled to host a live broadcast of a 24-hours 'Global Warming Preach-a-thon' on September 16-17 at the United Nations headquarters building in New York City.

According to an Al Gore press release, "One week before the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, viewers from around the world will tune in to Climate Reality Project’s fourth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast. This time, though, they’ll be seeing a new message on climate change: one of hope. Starting at 12pm ET on 9/16, Chairman and Founder of Climate Reality Al Gore will lead a 24-hour live broadcast called 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope."

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Indonesia Puts Volcanoes on Electric Grid
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 12:04 AM

Indonesia plans to transform volcano power into electricity.

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday (Aug 26) passed a long-awaited law to bolster the geothermal energy industry and tap the power of the vast archipelago's scores of volcanoes."

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N Korea Calls Ferguson, 'Human Rights Graveyard'
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 10:59 PM

Apparently, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and President Barry Obama can agree on at least one thing in this world. The Stalinist regime of North Korea has declared Ferguson, Mo., a "human rights graveyard." Obama holds similar sentiments with Pyongyang on this matter. 

According to Channel NewsAsia, "North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others."

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New Turkey PM Seeks Restoration of Ottoman Empire
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 10:27 PM

Turkey's newly-elected Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has close ties with the Islamic State of Syria and Levant (ISIS) and seeks a return of the Ottoman Empire to transform the Middle East into a more united Arab region as an Islamist caliphate.

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Turkey's new premier and outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves his successor a troubled legacy after a bold policy to expand Turkish influence across the ex-Ottoman empire left the country painfully exposed to the Syria and Iraq crises."

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Obama Bails Out on James Foley Funeral
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 09:29 PM

President Barry Obama refused to send any White House officials to the funeral of reporter James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamist militants, ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Levant).

According to the Daily Caller, "No White House representatives were present at the memorial mass held for James Foley on Sunday, although the president did send three to Michael Brown’s funeral, CNS News reports."

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Hard-at-Work: Obama Reads 10 Letters per Day
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 08:44 PM

White House officials are biting back at the notion that President Barry Obama is lazy, detached and shiftless. They contend that Barry reads 10 letters per day from regular Americans when he's not playing golf.

NPR reports that, "The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President."

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Biden Calls for 'ISIS-Inclusive' Iraq
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 01:06 AM

Vice President Joe Biden is demanding that Iraq form a government that is "inclusive of all segments of society." Hence, that would also include the jihadist organization, the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as part of a coalition Iraqi government in Baghdad.

Xinhua News reports that, "Al-Abadi told Biden of his intent to "quickly" form a new government "that is inclusive of all segments of Iraqi society and that is prepared to take concrete steps to addresses the concerns of all of Iraq's communities," the White House said in a statement."

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