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Dozens die in Nigeria college attack

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Dozens of students are killed after suspected Islamist gunmen attack a college in a part of north-east Nigeria under military control.

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Dozens of students are killed after suspected Islamist gunmen attack a college in a part of north-east Nigeria under military control.

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Britain and Iran Move to Repair Diplomatic Relations

Britain and Iran announced they would each appoint a chargé d’affaires, a step below ambassador, to work toward resuming full diplomatic ties, including reopening embassies.

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Iran: Woman who converted to Christianity jailed - Adnkronos Religion

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Tehran, 11 Oct. (AKI) - A court in Tehran has sentenced to four years in prison an Iranian woman who converted to Christianity, the Iranpressnews website reported on Friday....

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For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico

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"With Europe sputtering and China costly, the 'stars are aligning' for Mexico as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration."


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Aleena Reyes's curator insight, April 8, 2015 9:21 PM

Even though this article is now three years old, it is refreshing to see that Mexico is really making their mark on the global market. The Global North seems to be coming to a stalemate while "up and coming countries" like Mexico are becoming the perfect place for people to begin their businesses and have a fresh start on life. I can understand though, how it was mentioned on the third page of the article, that some locals may feel that foreigners, European especially, may be receiving some type of special treatment due to past colonialism. However, these entrepreneurs are shaping the economy of Mexico. This is Mexico's chance to advance in the world and increase its GDP. Young, aspiring moguls all seems to feel the same way about their homelands, "Europe, dying; Mexico, coming to life. The United States, closed and materialistic; Mexico, open and creative" and Diego Quemada-Diez, a Spanish director, was quoted in the article, "Europe feels spiritually dead and so does the United States...[y]ou end up wanting something else".  And apparently, Mexico has that "something else".

 

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Again, I would be interested in seeing how these statistics would change if they were to factor in illegal immigration from Mexico into the United States, but the data remains promising. Mexico has the potential to be an economic powerhouse, and hopefully will utilize this potential sooner rather than later. Although rampant corruption remains in the nation's politics and reinforcement agencies, a strong Mexican economy will ultimately deescalate the violence by stripping the cartels of their strongest allure- well-paying employment for uneducated young men. A stronger Mexican economy will also undoubtedly help the US in terms of trade, as well as reducing the rate of cartel-related violence in the southern regions of the nation. With so many Americans today rallying around Trump's racially-charged rants on Mexican immigration, it brings a smile to my face that we are currently sending more Americans to take Mexican jobs than they are sending our way. The hypocrisy of these politicians and their policies are laughable. 

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:20 AM

I’ve posted earlier about the end of cheap China; the rising cost of doing business in China coupled with the higher transportation costs to get goods to North American and European markets have made manufacturing in Mexican much more competitive on the global market.  Many investors are turning to Mexico as an emerging land of opportunity and Mexico is now a destination for migrants.  This is still a new pattern:  only 1 percent of the country is foreign-born compared to the 13 percent that you would see in the United States.  Mexican migration to the United States has stabilized; about as many Mexicans have moved to the U.S. (2005-2010) as those that have moved south of the border.


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Putting Russia's Unparalleled Wealth Disparity In Perspective

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Russia's dramatic path from communism to capitalism has resulted in an unprecedented rise in inequality, according to the latest Credit Suisse Wealth Report.

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60 percent of Russians want communism back

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About 60 percent of Russians believe there were more positive than negative aspects to life in the former Soviet Union, an opinion poll suggests.


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China internet control: The country employs TWO MILLION workers to keep an ... - Daily Mail

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China has employed two million people to keep an eye on its citizens' internet use, it is claimed.

 




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'Nigeria needs 35150mw electricity to join top 20 producers' - National Mirror

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National Mirror 'Nigeria needs 35150mw electricity to join top 20 producers' National Mirror The top 20 club was dominated by United States (1,085,950mw), China (864,225mw), Japan (268,750mw), Russian Federation ( 259,600mw), India (207,525mw),...
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Nigeria's military kills 'scores' with air strike on 'terrorist camp'

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Nigeria’s military says it has killed “scores” of alleged Islamic militants in air raids on a “terrorist camp”, as it pursues a state of emergency against an Islamic uprising in the north-east.

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Iran rejects West's demand to ship out uranium stockpiles

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DUBAI/VIENNA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday rejected the West's demand that it send sensitive nuclear material out of the country but signalled flexibility on other aspects of its atomic activities that worry world powers, ahead of renewed negotiations this week.

 


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Helicopters patrolling US-Mexico border keep flying despite government shutdown

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John Moore / Getty ImagesOffice of Air and Marine (OAM) pilot Mark Martinez prepares to fly an AS-350 helicopter on patrol over the U.S.-Mexico border on Oct. 1, 2013 in San Diego, California. U.S.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Concerns over mercury levels in fish may be unfounded

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New research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol suggests that fish accounts for only seven per cent of mercury levels in the human body. In an analysis of 103 food and drink items consumed by 4,484 women during pregnancy, researchers found that the 103 items together accounted for less than 17 per cent of total mercury levels in the body.

 

Concerns about the negative effects of mercury on fetal development have led to official advice warning against eating too much fish during pregnancy. This new finding, published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests that those guidelines may need to be reviewed.

Previous research by Children of the 90s has shown that eating fish during pregnancy has a positive effect on the IQ and eyesight of the developing child, when tested later in life. Exactly what causes this is not proven, but fish contains many beneficial components including iodine and omega-3 fatty acids.

 

After fish (white fish and oily fish) the foodstuffs associated with the highest mercury blood levels were herbal teas and alcohol, with wine having higher levels than beer. The herbal teas were an unexpected finding and possibly due to the fact that herbal teas can be contaminated with toxins.

 

Another surprise finding was that the women with the highest mercury levels tended to be older, have attended university, to be in professional or managerial jobs, to own their own home, and to be expecting their first child. Overall, however, fewer than one per cent of women had mercury levels higher than the maximum level recommended by the US National Research Council. There is no official safe level in the UK.

 

The authors conclude that advice to pregnant women to limit seafood intake is unlikely to reduce mercury levels substantially.

 

Speaking about the findings, the report’s main author, Professor Jean Golding OBE, said: “We were pleasantly surprised to find that fish contributes such a small amount (only seven per cent) to blood mercury levels. We have previously found that eating fish during pregnancy has many health benefits for both mother and child. We hope many more women will now consider eating more fish during pregnancy. It is important to stress, however, that pregnant women need a mixed balanced diet. They should include fish with other dietary components that are beneficial including fruit and vegetables.”

 

Further information: Paper

 

The paper, Golding J et al, ‘Dietary predictors of maternal prenatal blood mercury levels in the ALSPAC birth cohort study' is published today [1 October 2013] in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1206115.

 

 

 

 

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Russian Government to Take On Google, Yandex With Sputnik

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A new state-run Internet search engine will go online in Russia early next year in the hope of biting off a chunk of the market controlled by Yandex and Google Russia, a Russian newspaper reported Friday.

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MOSCOW, October 11 (RIA Novosti) – A new state-run Internet search engine will go online in Russia early next year in the hope of biting off a chunk of the market controlled by Yandex and Google Russia, a Russian newspaper reported Friday.

The tentatively named Sputnik.ru has already indexed half of the Russian segment of the Internet and is expected to have done the other half by January, an unidentified official for the developer Rostelecom was cited by Vedomosti daily as saying.

He put total investment in Sputnik.ru at $20 million: a modest sum compared to the $100 million that Yandex, Russia’s leading search engine, annually invests in development, a Yandex representative was cited by the newspaper as saying.

 
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China's Unquenchable Thirst For Oil Is A Currency-Market Gamechanger

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For years, many have complained that China manipulates its currency, the renminbi (RMB), to keep it low against the U.S.  dollar to make its goods more competitive in foreign markets.
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Ollie Whiteley's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:48 AM

China's incredibly high oil consumption is causing a rush of overseas importing, mainly from the USA, and is putting the Chinese currency, the RMB, higher up in relation to the USD and other currencies, stopping complaints that it manipulates its goods and currency to earn more money from exports.

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China Enters the World of MOOC

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AsstudentsinPekingUniversityandTsinghuaUniversity,twotopuniversitiesinChina,starttheir

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