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Smithfield Foods gets approval for Chinese takeover

The takeover of US pork giant Smithfield Foods by China’s Shuanghui International Holdings has received approval from a key US national security review, the two companies announced Friday. The high-level Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has approved the $7.1 billion deal, which would put the Chinese company…

South Korea bans ‘unacceptable’ Fukushima fish imports

Seoul blames ‘scientifically unacceptable’ information from Tepco over radiation levels in waters around nuclear plant South Korea has banned all fish imports from a large area of Japan in response to growing concern over the possible environmental impact of recent leaks of highly toxic water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear…

United Nations draws up emergency plan for Syria strike

UN agencies have drawn up emergency plans for a military strike on Syria but are determined to keep delivering aid in the stricken country, a top UN official said Friday. “We continue to update and look at our contingency planning” in case the numbers of refugees fleeing Syria rises, UN…

Congo’s president leaves 10,000-Euro tip for Spanish resort town

Congo’s president has made an impression on a small town in recession-hit Spain — after relaxing at its thermal baths for a few days he left local residents 10,000 euros ($13,000). Denis Sassou Nguesso and his family spent four days at a five-star hotel in the southern town of Carratraca,…

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has second meeting with Kim Jong-Un

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in a highly anticipated return trip to the hermetic state, official media said Saturday in a report that made no mention of jailed American Kenneth Bae. The flamboyant ex-forward for the Chicago Bulls arrived in Pyongyang earlier this week,…

With its leadership on trial, Kenya tries to quit International Criminal Court

With its leaders facing trial, Kenya quits International Criminal Court (via The Christian Science Monitor) A day after Kenya turned its back on the International Criminal Court (ICC), officials at the Hague-based tribunal say they will not allow Kenya’s vice president to move the court hearings to East Africa. Yesterday…

CDC calls rising E-cigarette among teens ‘deeply troubling’

The number of American teens and preteens smoking electronic cigarettes doubled in 2012 over the year before — a trend US health authorities called “deeply troubling” on Friday. Some 1.78 million US middle and high school students — around 11 to 18 years old — smoked so-called e-cigarettes in 2012,…

Creationist: Big Bang theory ‘bad science’ because it contradicts the Bible

The Big Bang theory is “bad science” because it contradicts the story of the creation of the world found in Genesis, according to World Net Daily contributor David Rives. “If you look at the science behind astronomy — the good science — it backs up what the Bible says, that…

Tokyo Governor slams Fukushima coverage on eve of 2020 Olympics vote

Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose blasted the media coverage of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Friday and said that people should not believe in scare stories but on basis and facts. The 66-year-old was appearing at Tokyo’s final press conference on the eve of the vote as to who of…

Talks underway to unionize Volkswagen’s U.S. plant

The United Auto Workers said Friday it is in talks with Volkswagen to unionize the German automaker’s US plant and grant workers there a seat on the global works council. The UAW has been making a major push to organize foreign auto plants in recent years after seeing its membership…

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