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Quanell X Tells Gangs to Fight Gun Rights Activists
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 08:59 PM

Get ready for a shootout at the OK Corral in Houston. Quanell X, Houston's version of Rev. Al Sharpton, has pledged to mobilize his fellow street thugs in the 5th Ward to prepare for a massive shootout against gun rights' activists, who scheduled an 'Open Carry Texas' demonstration in the neighborhood on Saturday.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Open Carry Texas is coming to Houston and the neighborhood they are planning on visiting is not sitting well with some people. The gun rights advocacy group, which has made waves for their practice of carrying loaded assault rifles and other weapons at their demonstrations, has announced a visit to Houston's Fifth Ward this coming Saturday at noon."

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Russia and Egypt to Embark on Free Trade Zone
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 02:46 AM

 Moscow and Cairo are setting the stage to create a Free Trade zone for Russia and Egypt.

Russia Today reports that, "Egypt and the countries of the Customs Union are looking into creating a free trade zone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Black Sea city of Sochi."

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British Scientists Unleash GM Flies into Farms
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 02:13 AM

British scientists have recently created a swarm of GM (genetically-modified) fruit flies that are expected to eradicate insect pests on farms.

According to the BBC News, "A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off could be an effective method of pest control, according to new research. These male mutant flies have a lethal gene which interrupts female development."

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Money Woes for Robin Williams amidst Suicide
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 01:17 AM

Comedian Robin Williams was plagued by serious money problems before he committed suicide a few days ago.

The Daily Telegraph of London reports that, "Robin Williams was found hanged after telling friends he had “serious money troubles” and had sought treatment for depression in the weeks before his death, it has emerged. The 63-year-old actor, who was once reputed to be worth £75 million, had complained of losing a large chunk of his fortune in alimony payments to his two ex-wives, and had been trying to sell his 600-acre ranch in California to raise much-needed funds."

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African Youth Population Booming
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 11:31 PM

Africa's youth (under 18) population is expected to swell to approximately one billion by the year 2050.

According to the BBC News, "Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says."

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China Shifts away from US Dollar Holdings
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 10:26 PM

BEIJING: China has been dramatically dropping its holdings of U.S. Treasuries.

Yahoo Finance reports that, "According to a government report released in June, China’s (FXI) holdings of U.S. Treasuries (TLT) declined for the third straight month in June 2014. China held 1.26 trillion in U.S. debt as of April 30, 2014, according to the report. This is an $8.9 billion decline from March. This fact is particularly significant given that China (FXI) is the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasuries (IEF). According to data compiled by Bloomberg, analysts have seen this decline in holdings for three consecutive months."

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Israel Regrets Calling Brazil 'Diplomatic Dwarf'
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 03:13 AM

The Israeli government has gotten embroiled in a storm of controversy by declaring Brazil a so-called ' diplomatic dwarf.'

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "Israeli President Reuven Rivlin apologized Monday (Aug 12) to his Brazilian counterpart for a remark by a foreign ministry spokesman calling the Latin American powerhouse a "diplomatic dwarf." The comment in July was made by spokesman Yigal Palmor after Brazil criticized Israel's military campaign in Gaza as excessive and recalled its envoy in Tel Aviv."

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'Autobahn Sniper' Goes on Trial
by Tom McGregor    Tue, Aug 12, 2014, 02:25 AM

A German man, dubbed the 'Autobahn Sniper,' stands charged with firing over 700 bullets at drivers.

According to the BBC News, "A man has appeared in court in the German city of Wuerzberg accused of firing more than 700 bullets at vehicles on motorways over five years. The man, identified as Michael Harry K, 58, had talked of a "war on the autobahn", according to police."

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