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by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 17, 2014, 01:50 AM

BEIJING:  Tom McGregor of the Dallas Blog would like to introduce to you, the newsletter, 'Top 10 Daily China Business News Alerts,' which gets issued out by email every weekday morning between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m, Beijing, China time. You can register for free and without any obligations by simply emailing me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The newsletter will focus on China business news for readers, who are business people, China experts and students. It provides more in-depth business coverage of China and how that would impact the global economy. 

 

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India Test Fires Nukes
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 17, 2014, 01:21 AM

India has succesfully test fired its nuclear capable cruise missiles.

According to Xinhua News, "India on Friday successfully test fired its home-made, nuclear capable sub-sonic cruise missile, Nirbhay, from a test range in the eastern state of Odisha, sources said."

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Oil Prices May Drop to $60 per Barrel
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 17, 2014, 12:38 AM

Global oil analysts are forecasting that crude oil prices could drop to as low as $60 per barrel.

Ria Novosti reports that, "Low crude oil prices can become the engine that re-stokes economic growth in the world, Director of Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution, Charles K. Ebinger told RIA Novosti."

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Unlicensed Nurses Lead UN Ebola Crisis Team
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Oct 16, 2014, 11:22 PM

Numerous medical practitioners have denounced global health directors for lacking a proper response to the spread of the Ebola Virus. Perhaps, that's because the UN has appointed unlicensed doctors and nurses to take charge of its Ebola Crisis Team. Additionally, these so-called health experts have issued a formal travel health advisory recommending that Western African countries should not face any travel bans.

According to the United Nations Medical Services Division (UN MSD) Website, "The UN Medical Services Division (MSD) is monitoring closely the developments in the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa and is supporting the preparedness and response efforts of our UN health facilities in affected countries. In line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations, MSD does not recommend a general ban on international travel. Each UN organization should assess the risk of duty travel of their staff to areas affected by Ebola in keeping with their health and safety obligations to staff. These areas may expose workers to an increased risk, and due consideration should be taken of the criticality of the activity to be performed during the duty travel, and every effort made to ensure staff health and safety and to minimize the risks of infection."

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Joe Biden's Son, Hunter Busted for Cocaine Habit
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Oct 16, 2014, 10:23 PM

The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter, was expelled from the U.S. Navy after testing positive for cocaine in a blood test.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been kicked out of the military after testing positive for cocaine, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. The Navy said that Biden, a former lobbyist who works at a private equity firm, was discharged in February — barely a year after he was selected for the part-time position as a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve. Citing privacy laws, the Navy did not give a reason for the discharge, which was not disclosed until it emerged in the media on Thursday."

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N Korea Kim Jong un Goes Missing to Write Book
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Oct 16, 2014, 02:54 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong un had gone missing for a few weeks, which sparked much speculation of a coup. However, Kim has returned to the spotlight, and the mouthpiece of the Pyongyang regime, is claiming that their 'Dear Leader' went MIA to pen a book entitled, "Let Us March Forward Dynamically towards Final Victory, Holding Higher the Banny of Songun." 

The Korean Central News Agency reports that, "Supreme leader Kim Jong Un's work "Let Us March Forward Dynamically towards Final Victory, Holding Higher the Banner of Songun" was brought out in booklet by the Rosiski Pisateli Publishing House of Russia on October 8."

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Jen Psaki Wishes 'Happy Birthday' to Putin
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Oct 16, 2014, 01:24 AM

US State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed her "best wishes" for Russian President Vladimir Putin's 62nd birthday on October 8.

According to Ria Novosti, "US Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki has wished all the best to all born on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s birthday during a press briefing."

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'Ebola No Problem,' Says Sheila Jackson Lee
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 11:53 PM

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Tx.) contends that "Ebola is not an epidemic." 

The Daily Caller reports that, "Congressional Democrats are siding with the Obama administration — and against a growing number of Americans — when it comes to a government mandated travel ban from Ebola hotspots in Africa."

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'$200K Income is Middle Class,' Says Sen. Mark Pryor
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 10:41 PM

Sen. Mark Pryor (D.-Ar.) defines a Middle Class American as someone earning over $200,000 per year.

According to the Daily Caller, "Expect to see this gaffe get plenty of playtime in attack ads and on cable news: Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor apparently thinks that the middle class makes $200,000 annually."

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CNN Crashing; Cuts TV Programming
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 10:11 PM

CNN's TV ratings continue to plummet and the news media outlet is slashing its budget by cancelling shows and laying off hundreds of its employees.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, 'CNN's "Crossfire" and Jane Velez-Mitchell's nightly show on HLN are both being canceled as a result of budget cuts at CNN Worldwide."

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