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Foreign Minister of Australia Fears the Worst for Death Row Australians

Julie Bishop the Foreign Minister of Australia said this week that she feared the worst for the two Australians that were facing execution for drug convictions in Indonesia. She appealed to Joko Widodo the President to show them mercy. She believes that Indonesia will continue with the execution of two Australian’s. She said she was profoundly concerned over this situation. She added that she tried to contact the Indonesia Foreign Minister to register her concern and to speak with her to see the possibilities of persuading Indonesia to change... 
 

Pakistan Lands Investment of $46 Billion from China

Pakistan held back no expense for Xi Jinping the President of China as the red carpet was rolled out upon his arrival. The Chinese president has arrived in the country to announced a huge $46 billion investment in development deals for the country that is strapped for cash. These investments – equal to close to 20% of the annual GDP of Pakistan – should help fortify an already strong relationship between Pakistan and China. The alliance had been built in part to offset the power India has in the region and in part due to the value Islamabad... 
 

World’s Most Powerful Passports

Requirements for visas are interesting yet often overlooked part of relationships between countries. The majority of countries require non-nationals to have a visa to enter any of their borders. However, the requirements differ widely depending on the country one is from. Countries considered allies often offer citizens of their countries a visa upon arrival to the country that could be good for 30 days to 180 days, depending upon the country. In other situations if relations amongst countries are not the best, visitors might have to provide their... 
 

FBI Says Man Plotted Kansas Suicide Attack

On Friday, authorities arrested a 20-year old man and accused him of plotting a suicide attack. Law enforcement said the man was planning to set off a suicide bomb at Fort Riley in Kansas. The man was taken into custody while attempting to arm what he had thought was a bomb with 1,000 pounds of explosive near the military base in Kansas, as part of his plot in support of the radical militant group Islamic State, said federal prosecutors. Late on Friday, John Booker Jr. appeared in federal court for the first time in Topeka. He is alleged to have... 
 

Fish Oil Makes Chemo Not As Effective

Doctors did not expect to see it but Dr. Emilie Voest found a disturbing connection linking fatty acids and the effects they have on chemotherapy. Fatty acids, the good fats that are found in fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, end up working against the agents of chemotherapy in cancer patients, says research published this past week. Voest, is the medical director at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and stumbled upon all this back in 2011 when he discovered that certain stem cells in lab mice that had cancer that he had been studying,... 
 

Garlic and Onion Eye Remedy Can Kill MRSA

An eye infection treatment that is 1,000 years old could be the key to killing the superbugs that are antibiotic resistant, said experts. Scientists recreated a remedy from the 9th Century Anglo-Saxons that uses garlic, onion and a section of the stomach of a cow. The results were astonishing as they found the remedy nearly wiped out the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, known more commonly as just MRSA. The findings are to be presented at a microbiology conference. This remedy was located in Bald’s Leechbook, an old manuscript that... 
 

Poliovirus Used in Cancer Treatment

Duke University scientists might have found a cure for cancer – the deadly poliovirus. A group of scientists from a brain tumor center at North Carolina’s Duke University were the lead group in a trial of small number of patients with cancer that were followed for 10 months by the CBS new show 60 Minutes. Molecular biologist Dr. Matthias Gromeier has been researching this idea at Duke for almost 15 years. He first was involved with his studies, then trials using animals and now tests on humans. During the trials using humans, 11 of 22 participants... 
 

Somali Forces Put End to Deadly Hotel Siege

Somali troops ended a hotel siege by the militant group al-Shabab that started on Friday in a Mogadishu hotel. At least 14 people have been killed and others wounded after special forces soldiers from Somali that were U.S. trained stormed the building. Journalists who had gathered at the scene say they saw bodies of both soldiers and militants. Al-Shabab the Islamist group has links to al-Qaeda. The group has battled the government that is backed by the UN in Somalia since 2006, with frequent attacks against civilians. One of the members of the... 
 

Zero Inflation in Japan Not Worrisome

February prices in Japan remained flat from the same time last year, but that does not mean the battle by the country against deflation has not worked. The change in the consumer price index in Japan, excluding food as well as the higher consumption tax was exactly zero during February. This prompted comments that the country failed to end deflation, even following two years of monetary stimulus. However, the worries should not be so high. The country’s central bank clearly missed the target it set at the beginning of its easing campaign in 2013... 
 

Safety Experts: CDC Has Lax Safety Practices

The Center for Disease Control which recently had mishaps in labs involving some of the most dangerous pathogens in the world, does not have adequate training, lacks a commitment of leadership toward safety and there exists a significant percentage of employees who due to being afraid do not report accidents, according to its own advisers. The CDC posted the report of their safety experts this week on their website. It was dated January 13, six months after Tom Frieden the CDC director testified in front of Congress that he had taken a number of... 
 

Flight from New York to Cuba A Glimpse of the Potential Market

Cuba has been off limits for so long for Americans, but is soon to be more accessible to travelers from the New York area. Beginning next week, Cuba Travel Services a tour operator will start offering the first regular direct charter service to Havana from New York since diplomatic relations were restored by President Obama with the Caribbean island nation last December. With one flight per week, the tour operator is attempting to tap into the large population in New York area of Cuban-Americans. The market has lured other operators of charter flights... 
 

Heavy Use of Marijuana During Adolescence Equals Weaker Memories

A newly released study revealed that heavy usage of marijuana during adolescence is tied to having weaker memories. The study indicated that it appears teens who smoke a larger amount of marijuana have poorer memories and some abnormalities in the brain than those smoking less or no smoking at all. While this study cannot say which one was first, the abnormalities in the brain or the use of pot, it is safe to say the heavy marijuana usage does have some long-term effects. This study’s results were published in Hippocampus an online journal. Northwestern... 
 

Police in Myanmar Beat Monks, Students and Journalists

On Tuesday, police in Myanmar beats monks, students and journalists while detaining nearly 100 when they broke up a protest that called for more academic freedom, which had been in a weeklong standoff with security forces. Close to 200 students along with their supporters have protested against legislation relating to education they claim stifles academic independence. Protesters planned to walk to the Yangon the country’s commercial hub from Mandalay, but police blocked them in Letpadan, which is 90 miles north of Yangon. Authorities on Monday... 
 

Egypt Investigating Porn Film Shot at Pyramids

Authorities in Egypt are conducting an investigation about a porn video that was shot at the pyramids in Giza in front of people touring the area. The woman, who plays the lead role in the video, reportedly is a porn actress and it is not the first time the actress has been filmed at this historic, ancient site. Mamdouh al-Damati the Antiquities Minister for Egypt said in a prepared statement that sexually explicit scenes were filmed illegally inside the Necropolis at Giza by a tourist who is a foreigner while she was visiting the site. The x-rated... 
 

U.S. Ambassador Slashed, North Korea Praises Attack

North Korea has hailed the attack by a man from South Korea in Seoul on the U.S. Ambassador there via a statement, saying the attack reflected public opinion across South Korea and was a righteous punishment against the U.S. The statement said Kim Ki-jong, 55, who was the alleged assailant, gave justice to Ambassador Lippert, who police have said was slashed on his wrist and face with a fruit knife that was 10-inches in length. Lippert could be seen with blood dripping from his hand that covered his face. Medical officials announced that doctors... 
 

Block Our Accounts and You Die

The Islamic State showed its frustration with Twitter as the microblogging social media site is constantly pulling its accounts down. On Monday, IS issued Jack Dorsey the founder of Twitter as well as other employees a death threat. The threat was accompanied with a photo of Dorsey that was altered to show his face within the crosshairs of a scope. It was posted on Pastebin, an online anonymous site often used by coders. The threat is said to read, “Your virtual war against us will cause a war on you,” which is an apparent reference to Twitter... 
 

France Bans Six from Traveling to Syria

French authorities have confiscated passports for the first time of six nationals who allegedly were planning a trip to Syria to meet up with jihadists. Bernard Cazeneuve the Interior Minister said the country’s intelligence services believe the six men were going to join the radical militant group Islamic State. The measure is one part of new laws in France adopted this past November for counter terrorism. At the same time, France deployed one of its aircraft carriers to the coast of Bahrain to be used for airstrikes against Islamic State. Planes... 
 

Study: India Filthy Air Shortening 660 Million Lives

The filthy air in India is cutting the lives short of 660 million people by approximately 3 years, according to new research published in Saturday that underscores the hidden costs for the heavy reliance by the country on fossil fuels for powering its growth economically with little or no regard for the environment. While last year New Delhi earned the title of being the most polluted city in the world, India’s problem with air pollution is extensive, with 13 cities in India now on the list made by the World Health Organization of the 20 most... 
 

Mayor of Caracas Arrested for Overthrow Plot

Police in Venezuela have arrested Antonio Ledezma the opposition leader and mayor of Caracas. The Venezuelan government has accused Ledezma of helping plan a coup against its government that was backed by the U.S. Security forces that were heavily armed, outfitted with camouflaged uniforms and wearing masks, seized Ledezma on Thursday after they broke down the doors to his office in the capital’s banking district and fired shots into the air. Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, accused the mayor, who is 59, of being the one behind the... 
 

New Study: Teens in U.S. Getting Much Less Sleep

A new study reveals that U.S. teens lack enough sleep. The study showed that many are getting less than seven hours sleep and that the problem has worsened over the past 20 years. Over 50% of kids 15 years and older would need a minimum of two hours additional sleep nightly to meet the adequate rest recommendations, heightening concerns over the impact it has on their academic performance and more importantly their health. The recent study included close to 300,000 teens who were asked in surveys between 1991 and 2012 if they got seven hours or... 
 

Suspect Killed By Danish Police Following Terror Attack

The Danish police have said that they killed a male suspect Sunday who they believe was the one responsible for killing two people as well as injuring five at shootings during an event for freedom of speech and at a Copenhagen synagogue. The two attacks came just a month after a terror spree in Paris killed 20 people. Police considered it possible that the suspect had planned the same type scenario as the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Police said that that the suspect had opened fire on police while they were watching an address that... 
 

Plan for Ceasefire in Ukraine Announced

A new plan for a ceasefire and overall end to war in Ukraine was announced on Thursday in Minsk, Belarus by leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia following an overnight marathon bargaining session that threatened to derail the ceasefire attempt. Even though the agreement was announced, it seems to be quite fragile, as officials from both sides said there was still much work ahead of them. The ceasefire will take effect Saturday at midnight, but because the leaders used three different news conferences to make the announcement, the accord... 
 

Female Hostage Held by ISIS Named Accidently

A female hostage that the Islamic State is holding and who is 26, had her name accidently revealed by Denis McDonough the Chief of Staff at the White House. The aid worker from the United States has been held captive by the militant radical group since August of 2013 The woman was left unidentified for reasons of security. IS captured her when she was working with displaced individuals that had been impacted by the Syria Civil War. Militants of the Islamic State demanded ransom of $6 million and the release of supporters of their organization in... 
 

Travelers on Antibiotics Could Help Superbugs to Spread

According to the Center for Disease Control, travelers’ diarrhea is the most common sickness that affects travelers. It is estimated that 10 million people or 20% to 50% of international travelers create that condition, typically taking place within the first week of traveling. In the majority of cases, using antibiotics is not necessary. The vast majority of all travelers’ diarrhea cases are mild and usually can resolve on their own, said a leading CDC doctor. A report released shows that each year close to 300 million people traveling stop... 
 

Brazil Upset by Execution of Drug Trafficker in Indonesia

In 2003, authorities in Indonesia arrested 53-year old Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira after police found 13.4 kilograms of cocaine inside his hand glider at the Jakarta airport. On Sunday, Moreira was executed along with five others from Indonesia, Nigeria, Vietnam, Malawi and the Netherlands. Brazil said Moreira was the first Brazilian to be executed outside of the country and warned that relations will be damaged between the countries. The six executed were convicted on drug charges and faced a firing squad on Sunday in the province of Central Java... 
 

Authorities Arrest UK Man in Xbox and PlayStation Attacks

A man from the UK was arrested as part of the investigation into the DDoS attacks on Xbox and PlayStation networks. Both were knocked offline during December. Authorities alleged the DDoS attack was carried out by Lizard Squad a hacking group. Officers from the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit or SEROCU, in the UK arrested a man this week who is 18 and from England. The teen was detained on a number of charges including unauthorized access to material on a computer with the intent to commit more offenses. During the raid that took place... 
 

Advantages of Cheap Business Class Flights To Hong Kong

Have you ever been to Hong Kong? If not, you should definitely visit this bustling and energetic city. Hong Kong is the most populated city in the world. Just imagine, this city is inhabited by about 23 million people. This international metropolis welcomes visitors from all around the world. It attracts tourists with its unique combination of a rich Chinese cultural and historical heritage, modern architectural attractions and a myriad of luxurious boutiques. However, Hong Kong is known not only for its tourist attractions, it is also a global... 
 

Athletes in College Operated Fraud Scheme for Tax Refunds

In April of 2012, a man with a hoodie and stocking cap made a number of trips to the ATM on a warm overcast day. That was suspicious enough for a concerned citizen to tip off police. Using video surveillance, authorities discovered a University of South Dakota cornerback on the football team had been using a debit card that was preloaded, which had been issued for a refund on taxes. However, the card was not Alphonso Valdez’s. A scheme to milk the IRA out of $1.1 million soon started to unravel. Following a number of months of investigation, authorities... 
 

Anonymous Threatens Revenge for Murders in Paris

One of the hacker groups who use the Anonymous name has promised that they will attack Islamic websites with terrorism as well as social media profiles seeking revenge for murders in Paris. Citing the assault that killed twelve journalists, the group, which apparently is based in or around Belgium, wrote that they cannot fail; it is their job to react against what happened. The group promised to fight for the sacred right that everyone has to express their opinion in any way they wish. The group also said that whoever was against that freedom should... 
 

German Unemployment at Record Low, Italy Record High

The unemployment rate in December for Germany has fallen to 6.5%, which is a new record low, while Italy’s increased to 13.4%, which is a new high, underlining the big difference within the struggling common currency euro zone economies. The jobless rate in Germany fell from November’s 6.6% to its lowest level since the reunification of Germany in 1990. Analysts had forecasted the rated to remain steady. However, in Italy, the rate of unemployment for December hit its highest level since 1977, the year the statistics office there started reporting... 
 

Searchers Find Debris and Bodies From AirAsia Flight

Debris from missing flight QZ8501 of AirAsia was found on Tuesday along with bodies nearby, said authorities. The airline released a statement that said AirAsia Indonesia regretted to have to inform that debris found had been confirmed to be from flight QZ8501. That flight lost contact on December 28 in the morning with air traffic control. The head of the airline Sunu Widyatmoko said the company was sorry to have to be here giving the tragic news. The prepared statement added that the airline sent out its sincerest sympathies to all family and... 
 

Consumption of Fast-Food by Children Linked to Lower Academic Scores

Prior research has linked the consumption of fast food to obesity in children and numerous problems with health later in life. However, eating that type of food might not just affect an individual’s physical health; a recent published study has found that the amount of fast food consumed by children might also influence their growth academically. The team of researchers from Ohio State found that the higher the frequency of the consumption of fast food was in the fifth grade, the poorer children performed on reading, science and math tests during... 
 

Taliban Storm School in Pakistan Killing At Least 130

The Taliban stormed a school run by the military in northwest Pakistan Tuesday gunning down as many as 130 people. Most of the people killed were children in one of the deadliest attacks in the Asian nation. Hours following the deadly attack, troops from the Pakistan military were still firing at the militants inside the school in the Peshawar a city plagued with violence about 75 miles from Islamabad the capital. By close to 4 p.m., the military in Pakistan had pushed the Taliban attackers back about four blocks from the school. Reports are that... 
 

Iranian Hackers Might Target Defense and Energy Companies in U.S.

U.S. companies have been warned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be aware of a sophisticated hacking operation carried out by Iranians. The targets of the operation include educational institutes, energy firms and defense contractors. This is the same operation that was flagged by Cylance the cyber security company last week as targeting critical infrastructure groups worldwide, said experts in cyber security. Cylance said it had uncovered over 50 victims from Operation Cleaver in 16 different countries including the U.S. The Flash report... 
 

Sony Looking for Link with North Korea in Hacking

Sony Pictures Entertainment is carrying out an investigation to determine whether or not the hackers working for North Korea are responsible for an attack that knocked the studio’s computer network out earlier this past week. The cyber attack took place a month prior to Sony Pictures, a Sony Corp unit, is scheduled to release the movie The Interview. The comedy is about a pair of journalists who the CIA recruited to assassinate Kim Jong Un the young leader of North Korea. The government of Pyongyang denounced the Sony film as sponsoring terrorism... 
 

President Pena Nieto: Mexico Needs Change

On Thursday, the President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto proposed a number of reforms that he says would help to combat the widespread corruption and crime. Pena Nieto has been under first for what many said was a slow reaction by him when 43 college students disappeared and for traveling outside the country as protests began to spread throughout the country. This past September, students boarded buses as well as vans headed for Iguala. In the city, the students planned to protest that their school lacked funding. Since boarding the buses, the students... 
 

Ferguson Burns After Announcement by Grand Jury

On Tuesday morning, the streets of Ferguson were quiet, but fires continued burning following violence Monday night that was triggered when a grand jury decided it would not indict Darren Wilson a police officer for the shooting death in August of Michael Brown, a black teen who had been unarmed. After the grand jury announcement, demonstrators quickly started taunting police, shattering windows, and setting fire to two police cars Authorities reported intermittent, scattered gunfire. Jon Belmar the Police Chief of St. Louis County said early Tuesday... 
 

Bus Attack Kills 28 in Kenya Near Border With Somali

Members of al-Shabab a militant group based in Somali are suspected of killing as many as 28 people in a bus attack in northern Kenya, said officials. The bus had been traveling to Nairobi the capital of Kenya when it was stopped near the border with Somali in Mandera county. Gunmen then separated those they believed were non-Muslim and killed them, said witnesses and officials. Al-Shabab since 2011 has been carrying out attacks in Kenya and claimed responsibility for this attack. A statement posted on a website linked to the radical Islamist organization... 
 

Student Death at West Virginia University Shocks Campus

This time of the year, Greek life on college campuses including West Virginia University should be at full tilt. However, the row of sororities and fraternities at West Virginia are silent because of the death on Friday of a freshman who was just 18. Students hugged one another at a candlelight vigil that honored Nolan Burch, who had been hospitalized on Wednesday at midnight after being injured at a frat house and died on Friday. WVU has temporarily suspended Greek activities because of the incident, which effectively shut down all 28 sororities... 
 

Euro Zone Sees Slight Growth During Third Quarter

The economy in the euro zone has barely eked out some growth, showed new data on Friday. This in turn raised more concern amongst the global policymakers that the continued sluggish growth could start to ripple beyond the borders of the Continent and pose a risk to the recovery taking place in the U.S. The economy amongst the group of 18 nations improved just slightly in the quarter ending September 30, growing only 0.2% from the previous three-month period, when growth had been revised upward from zero to 0.1%. The economy expanded by just 0.6%... 
 

Revenue at Macau Casino Drops 23%

Macau’s casino revenue plummeted 23%, which was the most since 2005, when the city started keeping monthly records. China’s crusade of attacking corruption prompted many gamblers to cut back on such lavish spending. Total revenue at casinos in the biggest gambling hub in the world fell by 23.2% to 28 billion patacas or $3.5 billion during October. This was the fifth consecutive month the revenue has dropped at casinos, said Macau gambling officials. This is compared to an estimate by analysts of a decline of 21%. One analyst based in Hong Kong... 
 

North Korea Frees Jeffrey Fowle Unexpectedly

Jeffrey Fowle was freed by North Korea on Wednesday. He is one of three Americans that are detained inside the country. His flight landed early Wednesday morning and he will be reunited shortly with his family. North Korea is on a campaign to counter the charges released by the UN that highlight a host of abuses of human rights and a move by some members of the UN to refer North Korea to an international tribune. A spokesman for the White House said that the U.S. welcomed Fowle’s release. Fowle is a worker from Miamisburg, Ohio. U.S. officials... 
 

Train Drivers in Germany Call Two-Day Strike

The train drivers union in Germany called for a new strike nationwide over this weekend from Friday after October 17 to 4 am Monday October 20. Deutsche Bahn the national rail operator said a contingency plan was being prepared. Rail travelers face the entire weekend full of disruptions, delays and cancellations as the union called for its biggest strike since 2008. The union called on members to start striking on freight service at 3 p.m. on Friday and on regional and long-distance passenger service at 2 a.m. on Saturday. The stoppages on what... 
 

Deadline Passes, No Word on Hostages Held in Philippines

Islamist militants set a deadline in the Philippines to executive one of the two hostages from Germany they are holding. That deadline has passed but there has been no word on the captives’ fate although sources in Berlin’s government said negotiations to win their release had started. The hostages were captured in April by militants from Abu Sayyaf off their yacht and are being held on Jolo a remote island over 600 miles to the south of the capital of Manila. The militant group Abu Sayyaf, which has said it supports the Middle East Islamic... 
 

Two Cult Members Sentenced to Death in China

A court in China sentenced five members of a cult for the fatal beating of a woman inside a McDonald’s restaurant last May in Shandong province. Two of the five were given the death penalty, one received life in prison and two received 7 and 10 years each. The victim had been allegedly killed after she had refused to give the cult members her phone number when they were attempting to recruit her. Their cult, the Church of Almighty God has been banned by China. However, the cult claims millions of members. The two receiving death sentences were... 
 

Apple iPhone 6 Now Available in 22 Countries

Apple Inc has launched its latest generation smartphones, the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, in 22 countries. By the end of 2014, Apple hopes to have the iPhone for sale in 115 countries. This past week, the Cupertino, California based Apple, faced a number of criticisms over the new phone bending as well as problems with the roll out of its new operating system the iOS 8. The latest Apple iPhone the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was released first in the biggest markets like U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the UK and others. The company said... 
 

Intel Tapping Into China Mobile Phone Chip Market

Intel has invested $1.5 billion into a semiconductor business in China. The investment is with Tsinghua Unigroup, which is a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings a state-owned company and involves creating chips that are Intel-based with features such as wireless capability and modems. The aim is to make a system on a chip, which can work technically advance mobile handsets that are inexpensive aimed at emerging markets’ users. Intel’s investment is worth 20% of Spreadtrum Communications, which is a business Tsinghua Unigroup controls that is currently... 
 

Food in China Restaurant Contained Opium

According to unnamed sources, a well-known restaurant in China’s Shaanxi province, has been serving menu items laced with opium poppy to customers. The controversy started when a regular at the restaurant tested positive for drug use after a routine traffic stop and subsequent urine test. The man told law enforcement authorities he had never used any banned substances but nonetheless was detained. He then spent 15 days in jail on charges of using drugs. After he determined that the illegal drugs must have been in some of the food he ate at the... 
 

Television Reporter Quitting to Sell Marijuana

A reporter from a television station in Alaska quit her live job with a four letter laced flourish after she revealed she is the owner of a medical marijuana company and is intending to press to have recreational marijuana use legalized in Alaska. After completing a report on Sunday about the Alaska Cannabis Club Charlo Greene from KVTA identified herself as the owner of the business. She said that everything you have heard is why I am the owner of the Club and will be dedicating her entire energy to fighting for fairness and freedom, which starts... 
 

McDonald’s Shunned by Asia Consumers Due to Food Scare

This quarter McDonald’s will experience a loss of some profits due to a collapse of its Asia sales caused by a food scare. Sales at McDonald’s locations that have been open at least 13 months across Africa, the Middle East and Asia plunged by 14.5% during August. That plummet was driven by concerns over meat that was tainted at one of the hamburger chain’s suppliers in China and Japan. While no specific numbers were available from China, the Japan operation of McDonald’s reported August sales were off by close to 26%. The world’s largest... 
 
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