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Philippine congressmen, menopause and air rage

By Tue, Jan 18, 2011 11:50AM UTC Philippine Rep. Ronald Singson is alleged to have smuggled drugs into Hong Kong. Pic: AP.

The Philippines, a country that has had its share of inept governments and corrupt officials, is a perfect illustration of the adage that says power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I was reminded of this recently, when a congressman, Rep. Ronald V. Singson of Ilocos Sur was arrested in Hong

Towns in southeast Australia prepare for flooding

By Tue, Jan 18, 2011 10:18AM UTC

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Knee-deep water inundated communities in southeastern Australia on Tuesday as electricity companies warned that further cuts there were likely if more power stations were submerged by floodwaters. The floods reached into the state of Victoria at the weekend following weeks of flooding that ravaged Queensland to

The threat from the North Korean military

By Mon, Jan 17, 2011 10:35PM UTC The threat from the North Korean military

I do not normally run linkfests.  I usually just fold interesting links into my own reports. However, there are a couple of good ones out there that are worth noting. First, Yonhap has an interview with American Joseph Bermudez, one of the world’s top experts on the North Korean military. 

Burma’s junta stokes civil war

By Mon, Jan 17, 2011 7:57PM UTC A young femail recruit of the Kachin Independence Army in Burma. Pic: AP.

The Burma military regime is reportedly planning to build a brand new town and add three more battalions in Mongton Township in Eastern Shan State,  bordering with Thailand’s Chiang Mai district, where the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ are active, quoting local sources

Explosion on bus in NW Pakistan kills at least 15

By Mon, Jan 17, 2011 1:50PM UTC

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An explosion ripped through a minibus traveling in a militant-infested area of northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing at least 15 people, police said. It was unclear whether the blast, which completely destroyed the bus, was caused by a bomb or by the gas cylinder used to

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