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Bank of England Payment System Crashes Overnight
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Oct 21, 2014, 12:04 AM

The computerized payment system for the Bank of England collapsed overnight.

The Guardian reports that, "The Bank of England apologised last night after a crucial payments system collapsed, forcing Mark Carney to launch an urgent investigation following the delay of hundreds of thousands of payments, including for homebuyers waiting for money to be transferred to pay for their new homes."

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The Met to Stage Jihadist Opera
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 10:25 PM

The Met of New York City will soon debut Jihadist Opera, called, "The Death of Klinghoffer."

According to NewsMax, "Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Pete King have joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists. About 400 people stood behind barricades Monday, chanting "Shame on the Met."

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Facebook Censors Anti-Obama Postings
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 09:54 PM

The Facebook social media site has engaged in a censorshoip campaign to ban anti-Obama postings.

The Daily Caller reports that, "Some people are not happy with a Yahoo News story on a large portion of the crowd walking out on President Obama at a Maryland campaign speech Sunday — and they’re reporting it as spam."

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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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