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21 Jul, 2014

“The Anatomy of a Great Deception” Chosen to Headline 9/11 Truth Film Festival

Detroit, MI (PRWEB) July 18, 2014 – The 9/11 documentary film, “The Anatomy of a Great Deception” received an invitation to headline the 2014 9/11 Truth Film Festival to be held from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, California on September 11 2014. The fast-paced docu-thriller, which has been […]

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21 Jul, 2014

Confucius Institutes blossom across Latin American countries

By Sun Xiaochen

(China Daily) 2014-07-20 - Thanks to the growing ties between China and Latin American countries in recent years, demand for Chinese-language learning and cultural exchanges has surged in the region, as shown by the expansion of the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute, a nonprofit public agency affiliated with the Chinese Ministry more…

21 Jul, 2014

Priority boost for development projects at Thai overland borders

Bangkok - Thailand's border checkpoint areas with Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia are to be prioritised for urgent development in preparation for the Integrated ASEAN Community in 2015, the country's military chief announced on 18 July. In his nationwide weekly radio/TV broadcast, General Prayut Chan-o-cha Head of the National Council for more…

21 Jul, 2014

Israeli soldiers spray sewage-smelling chemical on Manger Street in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, July 20 (NNN-MA'AN) - Israeli forces sprayed homes and shops along Bethlehem's Manger Street with a foul-smelling chemical on Friday night, following clashes with local youths protesting in solidarity with Gaza. On Friday evening, Israeli forces opened fire on youths in northern Bethlehem with stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets, more…

19 Jul, 2014

BRICS development bank headquarters in Shanghai bolsters China’s status

BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhuanet) -- A day after the world’s five largest developing countries picked Shanghai as the headquarters for their new 100 billion US dollar development bank, experts say it will help reinforce China’s central role in the group of five nations known as BRICS. The New Development Bank is more…

19 Jul, 2014

China pledges backing for transcontinental S. American railway project

BRASILIA, July 17, (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, vowed here Thursday to cooperate closely on a railway project that runs across the South American continent. In his talks with Rousseff, Xi called upon the two countries to carry out strategic cooperation in high-speed railway more…

19 Jul, 2014

Chinese firms to buy 60 aircraft from Brazil’s Embraer

BRASILIA, July 17, (Xinhua) -- Two Chinese companies on Thursday signed a deal here with Brazil's Embraer, a leading aircraft manufacturer, to buy 60 more E190 planes from the Brazilian firm. According to the newly signed deal, Tianjin Airlines and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Leasing will buy more…

19 Jul, 2014

China’s anti-corruption war: You can run but you cannot hide

BEIJING, July 18, (Xinhua) -- One disgraced ex-military chief; one fazed vice chairman of China's top political advisory body; a handful of crushed vice governors; and close to 30 felled ministerial-level officials. The anti-corruption crusade of China's current leadership since late 2012 has exposed a long, infamous list of fraudulent high-ranking more…

19 Jul, 2014

Russian Defense Ministry statement on the MH Boeing 777 crash

Moscow, 18.07.2014 - The Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation released the following statement in connection with the crash of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. "In view of the objective investigation of the air crash of the Boeing 777 that crashed on the territory of Ukraine, it is necessary to conduct thorough more…

19 Jul, 2014

Alternative Crops Vital to Alleviating Poverty, Combatting Drugs Menace, UN hears

United Nations, Department of Public Information, 15 July 2014 -- Organized crime and illicit criminal activity undermined essential institutions like the rule of law and delivery of education and health, the United Nations leading expert on drugs and crime told the Economic and Social Council today. Opening a high-level panel discussion more…

18 Jul, 2014

Thailand chosen for Asian launch of Nelson Mandela Distinguished Lectures

BANGKOK: South Africa launched its Annual Nelson Mandela Distinguished Lecture in Asia by inviting former Thai Prime Minister Mr Anand Panyarachun to deliver the inaugural one at Thailand's prestigious Chulalongkorn University. South African Ambassador to Thailand Ms Robina Marks initiated the lecture at the University's Sasin Graduate Institute of Business more…

18 Jul, 2014

Dangerous digital mass surveillance must face independent checks and balances – Pillay

GENEVA (16 July 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Wednesday that studies by her office and others have revealed a “disturbing” lack of transparency about governmental surveillance policies and practices, “including de facto coercion of private sector companies to provide sweeping access to information and more…

18 Jul, 2014

UN: 67 minutes to take action, inspire change on Nelson Mandela Day

United Nations, (UN News Centre) 17 July 2014 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among citizens around the world who will be volunteering 67 minutes of their time on Friday, Nelson Mandela Day, to make a small gesture in solidarity with humanity – one minute for every year of more…

18 Jul, 2014

UN strengthens safety rules on lead content in infant formula and arsenic in rice

17 July 2014, Geneva (FAO/WHO media release) - UN food standards body the Codex Alimentarius Commission this week adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide, including setting out maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. Jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization more…

18 Jul, 2014

Pew survey finds widespread global opposition to U.S. eavesdropping

July 14, 2014 (Pew Research Centre) - Revelations about the scope of American electronic surveillance efforts have generated headlines around the world over the past year. And a new Pew Research Center survey finds widespread global opposition to U.S. eavesdropping and a decline in the view that the U.S. respects more…

18 Jul, 2014

Coup, curfew see Thai visitor arrivals take a 24% hit in June

BANGKOK - Visitor arrivals to Thailand plunged 24% to a low of 1.55 million in June 2014, the worst decline of all months so far this year, thanks to the May 22 military coup and the brief period of night-time curfew that followed. Even Phuket was affected, with arrivals by more…

17 Jul, 2014

Shichahai wants college graduates as pedicab drivers – foreigners welcome

(People's Daily Online) July 16, 2014 - An official pedicab team in Shichahai of Beijing's Xicheng District is planning to recruit drivers with a college diploma. Male, female, and even foreign candidates can apply for the post. According to a person in charge, the pedicab team is called "Houhai Baye", referring more…

17 Jul, 2014

What America can do to earn the trust of China

By Greg Cusack

(People's Daily Online), July 16, 2014 - I am not an "expert" on China. Rather, I am just a reasonably informed elder citizen who is deeply concerned for the welfare of future generations. It is my earnest prayer that China and the United States will successfully find ways to surmount more…

17 Jul, 2014

China bus explosion suspect blames gambling debts

GUANGZHOU, (Xinhua) 2014-07-16 - The suspect in Tuesday's bus explosion in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province has confessed that he set the vehicle on fire in anger after gambling losses, local police said Wednesday. Police caught the suspect, a 25-year-old man surnamed Ou, in downtown Guangzhou in a raid more…

17 Jul, 2014

Tit for tat: Malaysia To Impose Entry Permit Charge On Singapore Vehicles Entering Johor

JOHOR BAHARU, Malaysia July 16 (NNN-Bernama) -- The government has agreed to impose the vehicle entry permit (VEP) charge soon on Singapore vehicles entering Johor, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Announcing this Wednesday, he said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Wahid Omar, who oversees the Economic Planning Unit, had more…

17 Jul, 2014

After World Cup, more Chinese set to travel to Brazil

By Su Zhou

BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Charmed by the recently ended World Cup and the coming Olympic Games in 2016 in Brazil, more Chinese tourists are interested in visiting the South American nation. According to the Brazilian embassy in Beijing, more than 5,000 Chinese tourists traveled to Brazil during the World Cup. "The more…

17 Jul, 2014

“Fight For Your Write” crusade launched to highlight benefits of handwriting

SHELTON, Conn., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid the evolution of smartphones and a decreased focus on writing in U.S. schools, BIC, a leading manufacturer of writing instruments, is introducing, "Fight For Your Write," a new crusade to energize parents and educators about the importance of writing and its continued benefits more…

17 Jul, 2014

UN human rights chief warns of ‘disturbing lack of transparency’ for digital mass surveillance

United Nations, UN News Centre, 16 July 2014 – The top United Nations human rights official today warned of the “disturbing” lack of transparency in governmental surveillance policies and practices, “including de facto coercion of private sector companies to provide sweeping access to information and data relating to private individuals more…

17 Jul, 2014

Call for entries: €200,000 awaits young entrepreneurs with ideas to change the world

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.-July 10, 2014 -(BUSINESS WIRE)--Building on the success of its first Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards in 2013, Unilever once again invites young people worldwide to create and invent practical and innovative solutions to the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in this year’s Awards. Through the more…

17 Jul, 2014

How “acting suspiciously” will become a huge problem for the travel industry

By Julia Harumi Mass

What does an 86-year-old art photographer have in common with a young man with a video game habit? Not just a proclivity for perfectly innocuous hobbies, unfortunately. These days, engaging in either activity can get the FBI on your case. Today, the ACLU and our partners at Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus and more…

17 Jul, 2014

Israeli calls for Palestinian blood ring at fever pitch

by David Sheen, The Electronic Intifada

July 15, 2014 - Concerned humanists may have hoped that when a group of Jewish Israelis confessed to kidnapping and killing Muhammad Abu Khudair, a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem — forcing him to drink gasoline and torching him to death from inside his body — that top Israeli legislators and more…

16 Jul, 2014

Indian Environmentalist Awarded Gandhi Peace Prize: “Economics No Use Without Ethics”

New Delhi, President's Secretariat, 15-July-2014 - The President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee presented the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013 to Mr Chandi Prasad Bhatt today at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The following is the full text of the President’s speech on the occasion: It gives me immense more…

16 Jul, 2014

New PKF Calculator Helps Predict Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenues

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PKF Hospitality Research, LLC (PKF-HR) today announced the release of the “Hotel Occupancy Tax Calculator,” an Excel-based tool that gives local agencies the ability to incorporate objectively developed forecasts into their estimates of future hotel occupancy tax collections. “The calculator helps agencies improve their projections and avoid operational inefficiencies, such more…

16 Jul, 2014

Xinhua chief: BRICS news organizations must boost their global clout

BEIJING, July 15 (Xinhua) -- President Li Congjun of China's Xinhua News Agency on Tuesday published an article urging news organizations in the world's leading developing countries to join hands to play a bigger role in international communication. The full text of the article, titled "BRICS news organizations can play more…

15 Jul, 2014

Palestinian Human Rights Groups to European Union: Practise What You Preach

Text of Open Letter from Palestinian Human Rights Organizations regarding the EU’s responsibility to stop Israel’s targeting of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip TO: Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ambassadors of the EU Political and Security Committee Date: 14 July 2014 Your Excellencies, On 8 July 2014, the European Union more…

15 Jul, 2014

Embraer Releases 20-Year Market Outlook Projecting 6,250 New Jet Deliveries

Farnborough, UK, July 14 , 2014– Embraer has released its Market Outlook 2014-2033 which details the Company’s forecast for deliveries of new 70 to 130-seat jet aircraft over the next twenty years. The report examines the main drivers contributing to air transport growth and reviews projected deliveries by world region. The more…