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More deaths in China from new
bird flu; U.S., Japan on guard

Reuters, by Fayen Wong & Clare Baldwin

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 4/4/2013 10:38:11 PM

Shanghai & Hong Kong - China said it was mobilizing resources nationwide to combat a new strain of bird flu that has killed six people, as Japan and Hong Kong stepped up vigilance and the United States said it was closely monitoring the situation. All of the 14 reported infections from the H7N9 bird flu strain have been in eastern China and at least four of the six dead are in the financial hub of Shanghai, a city of 20 million people. The strain does not appear to be transmitted from human to human but authorities in Hong Kong raised a preliminary alert and said they were taking precautions at the airport.

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Last time, the other bird flu strain was "reported" to have killed at least 800 people. And, mentioning "pigeon" makes this a little darker for now.

      


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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2013 6:59:22 AM     Post Reply
CNN´s Jake Tapper peeked over the transom of that dark room into which the MSM has swept the Benghazigate scandal, but that peek was just a small blessing for which we should just give small thanks. (Snip) The real piece of significant new news in Tapper´s report was that the CIA has been conducting an unprecedented number of polygraph examinations of agents and operatives with knwledge of the events in Benghazi, in what appears to be an attempt to intimidate and silence those agents and operatives. The most important unanswered questions that remain are:

   

 

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Sky News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2013 6:44:18 AM     Post Reply
The first talking humanoid robot, Kirobo, has taken off from a Japanese space centre for the International Space Station. (Snip) The robot, which has a wide range of physical motion, will also play a role in some missions, relaying messages from the control room to the astronaut. Sending the android to space is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods. Back on Earth, twin robot Mirata will be on the lookout for any problems encountered by its electronic counterpart.

U.S. expected to say
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carefully planned attack
Reuters, by Lisa Maria Garza & Jim Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2013 5:51:34 AM     Post Reply
Dallas - Prosecutors may argue on Tuesday that Major Nidal Hasan researched radical Islam topics and terms such as "jihad" on the Internet before carrying out the worst non-combat attack in history on a U.S. military base, killing 13 unarmed soldiers in 2009, military officials said. After nearly four years of legal delays, prosecutors will lay out their case (Snip) Hasan was shot and critically wounded to end the massacre. He is confined to a wheel chair. He admitted at an earlier court hearing that his actions were taken to protect Muslims and the Taliban in Afghanistan from U.S. assaults.

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/4/2013 5:29:08 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2013 7:10:58 PM     Post Reply
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Qaeda Messages Prompt
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New York Times, by Eric Schmitt    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/3/2013 6:33:20 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 8/2/2013 1:03:11 PM     Post Reply
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