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Yahoo Top News Trending; Vacuum Cleaners, Not Obama
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 02:56 AM

You can always count on low-information American voters to pay little attention to the major geo-political issues of the day. Yet, have we Americans stooped to a new low? Just shortly after President Barry Obama gave a speech at the White House on TV to announce that the US military would launch air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria, American internet viewers don't seem to care.

According to the Top 10 Yahoo News trending search engine, vacuum cleaners are creating a bigger buzz on the Web right now than Obama.

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Putin Orders 'Full Combat Alert' 10 am Moscow-Time
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 01:45 AM

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin is not happy about President Barry Obama's 'sector sanctions' against Russia. He has ordered his military to be on "full combat alert" as of 10 a.m. Moscow-time on the 13th Anniversary of 9/11, when Al Qaeda launched a massive terror attack on the U.S.A.

According to Ria Novosti, "Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to hold snap combat readiness drills in Russia’s Eastern Military District starting Thursday, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said."

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China Builds 'Must See TV' Missiles
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 01:17 AM

BEIJING:  The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has showcased its air defense sytem by broadcasting missiles attacks on primetime televsion. 

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "China has unveiled its latest military hardware on primetime television, an advanced air defence system that reports said has a "high success rate" destroying incoming missiles and aircraft."

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India PM Modi: Self-Proclaimed 'Global Warming Skeptic'
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 11:56 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined the ranks of a conservative global leader. He denounced Al Gore's Global Warming crowd as scammers.

According to the Daily Caller, "On the other side of the globe, India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently made some comments that have the media outing him as a global warming skeptic. Answering questions about global warming on Teachers’ Day, Modi told people that “[c]limate change has not occurred,” adding that “[p]eople have changed.” Modi then gave an example of how elderly Indians are complaining of harsher winters every year."


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China Considers 'Sector Sanctions' on iPhone6
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 08:16 PM

BEIJING: Chinese government officials have not yet granted approval for Apple to sell their iPhone6 smartphones in mainland China.

The China Daily reports that, "A pending government approval is likely the major reason that the world's largest smartphone market will miss the rollout of the iPhone 6. The next-generation iPhone will be available in 10 markets starting Sept 19. Hong Kong is the only Chinese territory to get in on the initial launch."

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Obama to Impose Shrinkage of Wall Street Banks
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 12:01 AM

President Barry Obama has his executive orders pen and phone handy as he prepares to launch new stringent regulations on Wall Street banks.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The Federal Reserve is pushing the biggest U.S. banks to shrink so that they're less of a risk to the financial system. In testimony at a Senate hearing Tuesday, Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo highlighted several proposals that regulators are working on. They include imposing additional capital requirements for the eight largest banks — including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America — that exceed the levels mandated by international regulators. That means the banks would have to set more cash aside and raise more money to increase their cushions against unexpected losses."

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EU Record-High Pollution, Despite Environmentalism
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 10:25 PM

European Union (EU) member states enforce the toughest environmental regulations in the world and promote green energy resources. Nevertheless, a United Nations (UN) eco-report claims that carbon emmissions over Europe has surged to record highs. 

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming rose to global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year, the biggest year-to-year change in three decades, the World Meteorological Organization said in an annual report."

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Obama to Fund and Train ISIS Allies in Syria
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 09:40 PM

President Barry Obama believes that the best way to "degrade" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is to fund and offer military training to their radical Islamist allies in Syria. 

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, administration officials said Tuesday."

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Stripper Alleges Sexual Assault by Cowboys' Jerry Jones
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 08:46 PM

An Oklahoma-native stripper, Jana Weckerley, is filing a lawsuit against NFL Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. She alleges that he sexually assaulted her in a bathroom.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 71, has been accused of sexual assault by a former exotic dancer. Jana Weckerly, 27, from Ardmore, Okla., and her attorney, Thomas Bowers, filed suit against Jones on Monday."

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Peking U. Hires Pro-Democracy Activist Paul Gillis
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Sep 9, 2014, 08:15 PM

BEIJING:  When Professor Paul Gillis is not occupied with teaching Maoist accounting principles at the Peking University Guanghua School of Management, he can be found in Hong Kong igniting pro-democracy protests that demand British sovereignty return to the city.

CNN reports that, "Activists in Hong Kong are gearing up to challenge Beijing over political freedom in Asia's premier financial center with a series of protests starting Tuesday."

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