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'Cafe Putin' to Host Luhansk People's Republic Soccer Game
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Aug 1, 2014, 12:23 AM

Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, calling themselves the Luhansk People's Republic, are preparing to play a soccer game in Novi Sad, Serbia. The team will celebrate afterwards at the local watering hole, Cafe Putin. 

The Moscow Times reports that, "President Vladimir Putin may have won few recent admirers in the West, but he has found an unusual ally in the form of a Serbian restaurant owner who has decided to name his cafe after the Russian leader."

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Yemeni Opens Obama Gas Station in South Carolina
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 10:02 PM

An Obama Gas station, owned by a Yemeni, is charging four cents more per gallon of unleaded gas than it's nearest rival, El Cheapo, but nevertheless Democrat voters in Columbia, South Carolina are filling their gas tanks with Obama Gas.

LIVE 5 WCSC reports that, "A gas station on Columbia's North Main Street has been renamed and redecorated after President Obama. Two gas stations sit at the corner of Columbia's North Main Street and Prescott Road, the El Cheapo and another station with a new name -- Obama."

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SCARY: China Shutting Down Newsstands
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 09:15 PM

BEIJING: Perhaps it was bound to happen sooner or later. China had embarked on free market and political reforms that offered more freedoms for the Chinese. However, such liberties in the country appear to be coming to the end of an era.

During my morning routine near Jinsong Subway Station in Beijing I buy a newspaper, but this morning all newsstands in the neighborhood were shut down overnight. One newsstand owner was observed cleaning up after police officers demolished his kiosk.

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DNC Boss Defends Lazy Obama, but is that Racist?
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 08:31 PM

Democrat National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz may have sparked a racial brouhaha when she defended President Barry Obama for being lazy on the House floor.

According to the Daily Caller, "President Obama does his job less often than any commander-in-chief since Grover Cleveland, who held the office in the 19th century. That’s according to Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was interviewed on MSNBC Wednesday ahead of a Republican-backed measure to sue Obama for overstepping his executive authority, especially in his unilateral actions to implement Obamacare."

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Biden Hails Japan Military Might
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 07:53 PM

Vice President Joe Biden believes that a stronger Japanese military in the Asia-Pacific can promote regional peace and reduce tensions.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries."

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China Exploits 'Combustible Ice' as Energy Source
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Jul 31, 2014, 12:13 AM

BEIJING: Chinese oil & gas companies have uncovered large deposits of methane, called 'Combustible Ice,' deep in the South China Sea.

China Radio International reports that, "New plans are being worked out by Chinese authorities to exploit so-called 'combustible ice' in the South China Sea in 2017. The suggestion has been made at an international conference on Gas Hydrates here in Beijing."

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads over Asia
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 11:08 PM

BEIJING:  A deadly drug-resistant malaria has originated from Southeast Asia.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday (July 30)."

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Singapore Companies to Build Eco-City in China
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 30, 2014, 10:17 PM

BEIJING: Singapore companies are playing a vital role to construct a major Eco City in Tianjin, a port city near Beijing.

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Singapore and Tianjin companies signed eight agreements for collaboration at the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City (SSTEC) on Wednesday (July 30), further strengthening the Republic’s position to support and leverage on Tianjin’s rapid economic growth."

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