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India-Pakistan Clash on the Border
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 13, 2014, 01:12 AM

India and Pakistan have escalated violence on their border.

Xinhua News reports that, "Following renewed cross-border skirmishes between Pakistani and Indian forces, senior Pakistani military and political leaders have underscored the need for an immediate de-escalation."

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Brazil Poised to Elect Pro-Business Neves as President
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 13, 2014, 12:11 AM

Pro-business candidate Aecio Neves appears likely to get elected the next President of Brazil.

According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "Marina Silva, a popular environmentalist who finished third in the first-round of Brazil's presidential election, gave her endorsement on Sunday to the opposition candidate challenging President Dilma Rousseff in the Oct 26 run-off."

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Martina Purdy Quits BBC to Become Nun
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Oct 12, 2014, 10:33 PM

One of the leading reporters for BBC News, Martina Purdy, has resigned to join a convent as a Roman Catholic nun.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that, " One of Northern Ireland's most high-profile female journalists is quitting to become a nun. BBC political correspondent Martina Purdy, a former Belfast Telegraph business editor, said she was leaving journalism for personal reasons after nearly 25 years as a reporter."

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Tampa Tribune Endorses Rick Scott for Governor
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Oct 12, 2014, 09:34 PM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, is running for re-election and received an unlikely endorsement from the Tampa Tribune newspaper.

According to NewsMax, "The Tampa Tribune has endorsed Republican Gov. Rick Scott for re-election. The paper noted Scott's rocky start after his election in 2010, but said the former healthcare executive has since started listening to the wishes of Floridians and has been a major job recruiter."

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Did USMC Commandant Amos Bail Out on Basic Training?
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Oct 12, 2014, 08:59 PM

U.S. Marines Commandant Gen. Jim Amos allegedly tampered with his resume by claiming he enlisted into the Marines and succesfully completed Basic training. Nevertheless, new evidence has emerged that Gen Amos never participated in such training and simply took a mail-in correspondence course instead.

USA Today reports that, "Gen. Jim Amos' critics are not letting him quietly retire as commandant of the Marine Corps, raising fresh allegations of wrongdoing even as he prepares to end his tenure on Oct. 17."

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IMF-World Bank May Scrap 'Sector Sanctions' on Russia
by Tom McGregor    Sat, Oct 11, 2014, 01:31 AM

Central bankers and finance ministers from G20 nations are considering a bid to end President Barry Obama's 'sector sanctions' against Russia.

Ria Novosti reports that, "G20 finance ministers and central bank governors discussed the outlook for lifting sanctions against Russia and settling the Ukraine crisis on the sidelines of IMF-World Bank fall meetings in Washington this week, Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Friday."

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Resentment Rising on US-EU Trade Talks
by Tom McGregor    Sat, Oct 11, 2014, 01:08 AM

Trade negotiations between the United States and European Union are not succeeding.

According to the BBC News, "There are rising concerns in Europe over negotiations to liberalise trade with the United States. The project, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, aims to remove a wide range of barriers to bilateral commerce."

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Black Journalists Blast CNN for Racial Firings
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 11:51 PM

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is alleging that CNN is a racist media outlet.

The Daily Caller reports that, "The National Association of Black Journalists issued a statement this week condemning the treatment of black employees at CNN. They cite Suzanne Malveaux, T.J. Holmes and Soledad O’Brien, who have all left or been forced to leave their anchor posts in the past few years. They say there are only two black executive producers at the network."

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Michelle Obama Flubs Bruce Braley Name in Iowa
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 10:34 PM

First Lady Michelle Obama hit the campaign trail to endorse Bruce Braley's bid for U.S. Senate. Nevertheless, she kept calling him "Bailey" on a stump speech and even the local Democrat Party partisan audience complained.

According to Fox News, "What’s in a name? For Michelle Obama, a whole lot of confusion. While campaigning in Des Moines, Iowa Friday for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, she referred to him multiple times as “Bailey” before she was corrected by someone shouting from the audience."

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'Queen of Mean' Sheila Jackson Lee Wins Thug Award
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 09:43 PM

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Tx.) easily wins the award for "meanest member of Congress."

The San Antonio Express-News reports that, "If you pay attention to local politics long enough, you'll no doubt hear the phrase: "I've never heard of a camera that Sheila Jackson Lee didn't love." Still, it's likely the Democratic representative isn't enjoying this kind of spotlight: The Washingtonian has again awarded Jackson Lee, D-Houston, the position of meanest Congress member among Democrats."

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