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Beijing Hosts Smog Marathon
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 03:16 AM

BEIJING:  The capital city of China hosted a smog marathon over the weekend and over 30,000 competed for the smog running champion award.

China Radio International reports that, "The Beijing International Marathon concluded Sunday in heavy smog with Ethiopian Fatuma Sado Dergo finishing first in the 42.195-kilometer run. The 2014 Beijing marathon went on as scheduled for the 23rd straight year despite heavy smog that has hit Beijing since Saturday."

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Malaysia to Ban 'I Want to Touch a Dog' Events
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 02:38 AM

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) has issued a fatwa to forbid all Muslims in Malaysia from attending dog petting festivals.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) said it will conduct a thorough investigation on the "I Want To Touch A Dog" event which received overwhelming response from Muslims in the country."

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Ukraine Demands Free Coal from Poland
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 01:55 AM

The Kiev government of the Ukraine is demanding that Poland provide free coal to its citizens for the upcoming winter, but Warsaw is refusing to do so.

Russia Today reports that, "Now that Ukraine wants to receive Polish coal, and not Russian gas, free of charge, the Kremlin said it is surprised at Warsaw’s inconsistency towards Ukraine’s energy crisis."

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Press TV Reporter Serena Shim Dies Suspiciously in Turkey
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 01:02 AM

Press TV reporter Serena Shim, died under mysterious circumstances in Turkey.

According to Press TV, "Shim, an American citizen of Lebanese origin, was killed on Sunday as she was in Turkey to cover the ongoing war in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani. She was going back to her hotel from a report scene in the Turkish city of Suruç when the car carrying her collided with a heavy vehicle. The identity and whereabouts of the truck driver remain unknown."

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'I'm Brain Dead,' Mark Udall Tells Denver Reporter
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

When Sen. Mark Udall (D.-Co.) was asked by a Denver TV reporter: What are his three favorite books? He could not answer the softball question and responded, "I'm brain dead today."

The Daily Caller reports that, "Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall was unable to name the three books that have influenced him the most in his life during a television interview so he asked for a redo."

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Free Signup for 'Top 10 Daily China Business News Alerts'
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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