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The Execution Of Kim Jong-Un's Powerful Uncle Leaves China In A Very Delicate Position



DEC. 13, 2013, 9:55 PM 

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China's President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Jang song-thaek, Chief of the Central Administrative Department of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Beijing, August 17, 2012.

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BEIJING (AP) — The stunning execution of Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle strips China of its most important link to North Korea's leadership and deepens concerns over how the unruly neighbor will proceed on Beijing's key issues of nuclear disarmament and economic reform.

Facing heightened uncertainty, Beijing will likely avoid for now any response that might boost panic or paranoia in Pyongyang, where China i…

The Route Of An Onion Shows Why India Needs Walmart, Carrefour, And Tesco


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DEC. 13, 2013, 9:22 PM 

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NITIN JAIN is the big man in Lasalgaon, a dusty town a day's drive from Mumbai that boasts it has Asia's biggest onion market. 

With a trim moustache and a smartphone stuck to his ear he struts past a thousand-odd tractors and trucks laden with red onions.

 Farmers hurl armfuls at his feet to prove their quality. 

A gaggle of auctioneers, rival traders and scribes follow him, squabbling and yanking each other's hair. 

Asked why onion prices have risen so much, Mr Jain relays the question to the market.

"Why?" he bellows.

 His entourage laughs. 

He says that the price of India's favourite vegetable is a mystery that no calculation can explain.

High food prices perturb some men and women even bigger than Mr Jain. 

Raghuram Rajan, the boss of India's central bank, is grappling with high inflation caused in large part by food prices: wholesale onion prices soared by 27…

WAR GAMES : U.S.A., Chinese Warships Narrowly Avoid Collision in South China Sea

December 13, 2013


A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid a collision with a Chinese warship maneuvering nearby, the U.S.A. Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Friday.

The incident came as the USS Cowpens was operating in the vicinity of China's only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, at a time of heightened tensions in the region following Beijing's declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone farther north in the East China Sea, a U.S. defense official said.

Another Chinese warship maneuvered near the Cowpens in the incident on Dec. 5, and the Cowpens was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision, the Pacific Fleet said in its statement.

"Eventually, effective bridge-to-bridge communications occurred between the U.S. and Chinese crews, and both vessels maneuvered to ensure safe passage," a defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in …

This Map Shows Which Countries Are Running Out Of Water


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DEC. 13, 2013, 10:25 AM 

The World Resources Institute found that 37 countries face “extremely high levels” of baseline water stress, in the first such country-level water assessment of its kind, according to the global research organization.

The assessment, published Thursday, evaluated, mapped and scored water risks in 100 river basins, ranked by area and population in 181 countries. 

The study provides information relevant for a country’s economy, environment and community.

Countries received a score of 0-5 for each indicator — the higher the score, the greater the exposure to that specific water risk.

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Scores above four indicate that, for the average water user, more than 80 percent of the water available is withdrawn annually.

“That means companies, farms, and residents are highly dependent on limited amounts of water and vulnerable to even the slightes…

China's Fierce Public Debate Over GM Food Exposes Concerns About America


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OF THE many thousands of usually small protests that break out in China every year, few relate to national policy. 

Many consider the risk of challenging the central government too great. 

But the entrance to the agriculture ministry is a gathering spot for occasional demonstrations. 

Their complaints are about an issue dear to the ministry: genetically modified (GM) crops. 

At one protest this year, a group chanted slogans calling for the eradication of "traitors" who support GM food. 

Debate over the technology is escalating, putting the government in a bind.

Public unease about genetic modification is common around the world. 

In China, alongside rising concerns about food safety, it has taken on a strongly political hue. 

Chinese anti-GM activists often describe their cause…

MARTINIS ARE FOREVER : Yes, Mr. Bond, we expect you to die -- from booze

Bond. James Bond. 

The suave spy who prefers his martinis "shaken, not stirred" has an alcohol problem, if you measure his consumption in the original Ian Fleming novels. 

If the fictional hero drank this much in real life, he'd have some real health issues.

Janet Loehrke and Joan Murphy, USA TODAY

Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY

9:43 a.m. EST December 13, 2013

Because of his heavy drinking, the real 007 would have a life expectancy of 56, doctors say.



* In classic books, James Bond drinks more than four times the amount recommended for British men

* Doctors suspect he would have shaky hands, sexual problems and a life expectancy of about 56

* Study done in fun, but has a serious message: real heavy drinkers could never do what Bond does

It's no wonder James Bond prefers his martinis "shaken, not stirred." The man has such a severe drinking problem that he probably suffers from hand tremors that make stirring a …


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Mumbai: Rare batch of December mangoes snapped up for Rs. 8500

Updated: December 13, 2013 15:16 IST

The final product: the box of mangoes that sold for Rs. 8,500

Mumbai: Genuine Alphonso mangoes in the month of December may sound utopian, but then, miracles do happen. A box of Devgad mangoes entered the Vashi Agricultural and Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) recently, sent by a farmer from Devgad.

Within two days, a customer at Rajkot in Gujarat snapped up the entire lot, for a whopping Rs. 8,500 for the five-and-a-half dozen. 

At current exchange rate, this is the U.S. Dollar equivalent of $136.82 usd for 66 mangoes or a little over $2.00 usd per fruit.

Mangoes from the Konkan region are known to enter the market early in the month of February every year. 

The farmer who sent the mangoes from Devgad, however called the surprise crop a rare gift of nature.

Speaking to MiD DAY from Devgad, Vrushal Rawale, the farmer said, "A lot of care nee…