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Most recent intrigues of Kyoto Protocol

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The Kyoto Protocol has become that document in the international politics that world leaders prefer not to think about. The issue is particularly painful for the U.S., China and India. Will there be an extension of the protocol, or are the interested players wasting their time? This question was raised in “Point of View” project by Doctor of Technical Sciences Igor Ostretsov. Igor, it... 

US commander in Japan relieved of duty due to alleged misconduct

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Army Col. Eric Tilley The Army has relieved the commander of its largest base in Japan after an investigation into alleged misconduct, according to a US Army Japan press statement sent late Friday. The investigation had been ongoing since June 7, when Col. Eric Tilley was suspended from his job as commander of US Army Garrison Japan. Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, Sr., commander of US Army Japan and I... 

Malaysia summons US, Australian envoys over spying network

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Malaysia has summoned the heads of US and Australian diplomatic missions in the country to protest at an alleged US-led spying network. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said his country had summoned the US and Australian envoys to “hand over a protest note in response to the alleged spying activities carried out by the two embassies in Kuala Lumpur.” The Malaysian foreign minister... 

Chinese police on alert after terrorist attack in Beijing

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On Monday, an alleged terrorist attack took place at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. A passenger vehicle crashed into the crowd and then burst into flames. Five people were killed, 38 injured and hospitalized. Some police sources associate the incident with the Uighurs, a Muslim separatist-minded population of China. Has jihad come to China? On Tuesday, Reuters agency, citing informed sources, reported... 

China demands US explanation on spying charges

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China has demanded explanation from the US after a report revealed that Australian embassies, including the one in Beijing, have been used in Washington’s spying operations. “China is extremely concerned about this report and demands that the United States offers a clarification and explanation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, told reporters on Thursday. “We... 

Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 coming in January 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5 has been announced earlier than every other Galaxy S predecessor. Samsung is planning to release the Galaxy S5 in January 2014 with new features such as a 16MP camera (only a tiny 3MP upgrade from S4’s 13MP) 3GB or 4GB of RAM memory compared to S4’s 2GB RAM and the Samsung’s first true octa core CPU on a smartphone. There are rumors that the future Galaxy line will... 

Holiday in North Korea

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North Korea, not exactly known as a vacation destination, has opened a water park to improve its seriously dismal image. The Munsu Water Park, located east of the capital of Pyongyang, recently hosted an ostentatious opening. See photos here. Of course, the average citizen will not be able to afford the fun of a water slide. “The standard of living has deteriorated to extreme levels of deprivation... 

Japan to shoot asteroid for samples in 2014 mission

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A unique space cannon developed for Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has successfully test-fired on Earth in preparation for a 2014 mission. During its upcoming journey into space, the cannon will blast an asteroid and mine samples of its soil. The test took place in the Japanese prefecture of Gifu, paving the way for the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft to extract soil samples from the asteroid, the Japan Aerospace... 

China, gold prices & US default threats

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In the very days when a deep split in the US Congress threatened a US government debt default, the gold price should normally jump through the roof, yet the opposite was the case. It is worth a closer look why. Since August 1971, when US President Richard Nixon unilaterally tore up the Bretton Woods Treaty of 1944 and told the world that the Federal Reserve ‘gold window’ was permanently closed,... 

17 dead as Typhoon Wipha pounds Japan

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Typhoon Wipha shot through Tokyo and up Japan’s Pacific coastline early Wednesday, killing at least 17 people. Thousands were advised to evacuate, although no major damage was reported. The storm, with sustained winds of 126 kph (78 mph) at its center, was marked by hurricane-level winds and rain that soaked the city’s morning rush hour, leading to disrupted flights, train services, and school... 

Death toll in Philippines quake rises to 93

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Philippine officials say at least 93 people have been confirmed dead and dozens more injured by a devastating earthquake that struck the central parts of the Southeast Asian country. The 7.2-magnitude quake was centered about 385 miles (619 kilometers) south-southeast of Manila, near Catigbian, and its depth was 12 miles (20 kilometers), according to the US Geological Survey. According to the Philippines... 

Monster cyclone nears Indian coast, sends 440,000 fleeing

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As one of the largest cyclones in India’s history reaches its eastern coast, prompting a national red alert and sending some 440,000 people scurrying for shelter, the first deaths have been reported. Three people were killed in Odisha when trees uprooted by wind gusts fell on them, local media cited police officials as saying. Cyclone Phailin is likely to be the strongest to hit India since 1999,... 

North Korea slams South Korea, US, Japan war game

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North Korea has slammed the three-nation naval drills involving US, South Korean and Japanese warships, threatening to ‘bury in the sea’ a US aircraft carrier. The Friday warning came a day after the US started a two-day joint military exercise with South Korea and Japan off the southern coast of the peninsula. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, guided-missile ships, anti-submarine... 

One more Fukushima cooling tank pollutes Pacific

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Another cooling tank has sprung a leak at Japan’s troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant. As in previous instances, the highly radioactive water is thought to be seeping directly into the Pacific Ocean. This is the second such incident in two months. Although the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has promised more accountability following a series of blunders in recent months, it has become clear... 

Japan to pay $3.1bn to remove US troops from Okinawa, will host spy drones

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Tokyo is to foot a $3.1 billion bill, which is part of the cost for relocating American troops from Okinawa. For the first time, it will also host US long-range surveillance drones, which would help to monitor disputed islands in the East China Sea. The cost-sharing agreement for the troop transfer and the future deployment of drones by next spring are both part of an effort aimed at updating the... 
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