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SNOWDEN SAGA : Empty Seat Deepens a Mystery in Moscow ...

Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

On Aeroflot Flight 150, an empty window seat believed to have been for Edward J. Snowden. Many of the passengers were journalists hoping to interview him.

Published: June 24, 2013

MOSCOW — Seat 17A was empty on Monday afternoon as Aeroflot Flight 150 took off from a Moscow airport. But most seats around it were filled. 


U.S. Rebukes China, Russia and Ecuador Over Snowden (June 25, 2013)

Snowden Case Has Cold War Aftertaste (June 25, 2013)

Hasty Exit Started With Pizza Inside a Hong Kong Hideout(June 25, 2013)

Assange, Back in News, Never Left U.S. Radar (June 25, 2013)

Dozens of journalists had scrambled to book seats at the last minute, certain they were a half step from the most sought-after interview in the world: Edward J. Snowden, who was widely reported by Russian news agencies to have booked Seat 17A. But as the plane taxied from the gate, a reporter from The Associated Press published a photograph of the empty seat, …

Shipment lands : Pakistani mangoes in high demand in Mauritius

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Staff Report

KARACHI: Pakistani mangoes landed in Mauritius and the local fruit exports successfully introduced the king of fruit there, for the first time in the history of the country.

Pakistan’s mangoes could capture half of the market of Mauritius in the next five years due to its unique variety of tastes and price competitiveness. 

The country has been given an approval of exporting mangoes of 500 tonne this year after it successfully fulfilled the processing requirement of the fruit at the standard level of Mauritius fruits authority. This will allow country to explore a new lucrative market in the world, said an exporter Babar Durrani.

In this regard the first shipment of 22 tonnes mangoes has been carried out of mangoes via sea whereas the shipment of rest of the consignments will be made in the coming weeks on supply schedule.

The overall import of mangoes of Mauritius is $1.5 billion annually. Pakistan has entered the market this year with only one export…

Los Kirchner aumentaron 46 veces su patrimonio mientras ejercían cargos públicos



Día 24/06/2013 - 21.06h

El showman televisivo, Jorge Lanata, mostró en el programa «Periodismo para todos» que las 22 propiedades que el matrimonio compró durante la última dictadura militar (1973-1986) y sus bienes patrimoniales, se han multiplicado por 46 desde 1995 hasta 2010

Néstor Kirchner y Cristina Férnandez

La impopularidad de Cristina Fernández continúa aumentando en Argentina; ayer el showman televisivo, Jorge Lanata, mostró en el programa «Periodismo para todos» que las 22 propiedades que el matrimonio Kirchner compró durante la última dictadura militar (1973-1986) y las inconsistencias de su patrimonio, se han multiplicado por 46 desde1995 hasta 2010, según informa el diario Clarín.

Durante el programa televisivo, Jorge Lanata dijo que tuvo acceso al expediente de la primera causa de enriquecimiento ilícito que se abrió en la Justicia Federal en junio del 2004, un año después de que Néstor Kirchner, expresidente argentino, llegara a la Casa Ro…



23 June, 2013

Update (No.7): Incident Involving the Containership MOL Comfort

TOKYO- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) updates the status of the containership MOL Comfort as of 23:00 JST (18:00 Dubai time) on June 22 , 2013. The vessel could not continue sailing under its own power from June 17 because the hull fractured in 2 parts while under way on the Indian Ocean.

1. Vessel

The fore and aft parts are drifting near 14”52N 65’46”E and 13’29”N 63’27”E respectively in an east-northeast direction. The weather at the site is still adverse. The patrol boat which we have arranged is expected to arrive at the ocean site around June 24.

2. Containers (No change from the Update (No.6))

Some of the containers might be lost or damaged during the incident, but majority of the cargo are confirmed to be aboard the fore and aft part.

3. Rescue of the cargo and hulls

We have contracted with a salvage company and are proceeding to rescue the cargo and hulls. Three tugboats…


Doesn’t this just fill you with confidence in USA's leading law enforcement officer.


What is the deal with Obama's radical friends and administration officials? Anyone think that if this happened to be a Republican with a past like this that we would hear about it????? 

(What is with the Malcolm X Lounge standoff
in "honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis of nationhood") 

As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, …

MIT Study Questions Monsanto’s Safety Claims for RoundUp

Guest Article by Robyn O’Brien, founder of Allergy Kids

According to Reuters News, a report released out of MIT sug­gests that heavy use of the world’s most pop­u­lar her­bi­cide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health prob­lems and dis­eases, includ­ing Parkinson’s, infer­til­ity and cancers.

The peer-reviewed report, pub­lished last week, said evi­dence indi­cates that residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingre­di­ent in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over mil­lions of acres of crops, has been found in food.

Many Americans are more famil­iar with RoundUp than we real­ize. It is a weed killer, used on lawns and gar­dens, with pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures taken by par­ents to keep it locked in cab­i­nets and out of the reach of chil­dren. What most Americans don’t real­ize is that this chem­i­cal is rou­tinely used on the foods we eat, most notably corn and soy.

It is now so widely used in mod­ern agri­cul­ture that a recent arti­cle about glyphosate, the chief ingre­di­ent fou…

Plane bound for Cuba Leaves Russia, but Snowden Is Not on Board

James Hill for The New York Times

Television journalists gave reports outside the Ecuador embassy in Moscow on Monday.


Published: June 24, 2013 

MOSCOW — Intrigue deepened on Monday over the whereabouts of Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor accused of espionage, when he did not leave Moscow on a planned flight to Havana, one day after Hong Kong frustrated his American pursuers by allowing him to fly out of the territory.


Looking for Snowden in Moscow


For Snowden, a Hasty Exit Started With Pizza Inside a Hong Kong Hideout (June 25, 2013)

The Lede: Flight Departs for Cuba, but No Sign of Snowden(June 24, 2013)

The Lede: June 23 Updates on Snowden’s Asylum Pursuit(June 23, 2013)

China Said to Have Made Call to Let Leaker Depart (June 24, 2013)

Offering Snowden Aid, WikiLeaks Gets Back in the Game (June 24, 2013)

Mr. Snowden’s vacant seat on the Havana flight raised the possibility that the …

INDIA : West Bengal's mango export under tough situation

By Debasis Sarkar, ET Bureau | 24 Jun, 2013, 03.47PM IST

According to Malda Mango Merchants Association members the region witness near 30% ups and downs in its production volume every alternate years.

SILIGURI: Mango, an integral part of culture and heritage of not only India, but adjoining Bangladesh too. But, export of this Mangifera fruit from West Bengal, one of the highest mango producing states of India, to adjacent Bangladesh across Indo-Bangla border, is not in very healthy shape now. 

High duty structure, unfriendly export infrastructure or tortoisian pace of processing of Government subsidy schemes all put together has kept export of the fruit under tough situation. According to Malda Mango Merchants Association members,with average 5 lakh ton annual production, the region witness near 30% ups and downs in its production volume every alternate years, commonly known as 'On' and 'Off' years. 

This year's being an ON year has toughened the situation. 

WB produce…


Issue 677

June 24, 2013


Front-of-pack nutrition labels. It is a divisive subject that can turn those on both sides of the debate a nice shade of red.

In the last week or so, there have been announcements in two markets on the issue. One, in the UK, was the unveiling of the new "hybrid" label that incorporates traffic lights. A second, in Australia, was the publication of plans for food to have stars on packaging to try to indicate to consumers how healthy the products are. Both announcements - to varying degrees - highlighted how contentious the issue remains.

In the UK, there was just as much focus on which companies did not sign up to use the new label as on the label itself. 

While Mars, PepsiCo and Bernard Matthews were among that use that pledged to put the new label on-pack, household names like Kellogg and Unilever will not.

Given the manufacturers and retailers that will use the label account for over 60% of the food sold in the UK, it has to be said the new volu…