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Satellite appears to show NKorea nuke building

By Fri, Nov 19, 2010 2:07PM UTC

New satellite images show construction under way at North Korea’s main Yongbyon atomic complex, apparent proof that Pyongyang is making good on its pledge to build an experimental light-water nuclear reactor, according to a private American security institute. North Korea vowed in March to build such a reactor using its

Ex-China nuclear power boss given life sentence

By Fri, Nov 19, 2010 2:03PM UTC

The former head of China’s nuclear power program was sentenced Friday to life in prison on charges of corruption, in an apparent effort to sweep away graft in a key area of the economy that is undergoing massive expansion. Kang Rixin was convicted by Beijing’s First Intermediary Court of taking

Oops! Team Aquino did it again

By Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:29AM UTC

  The Department of Tourism’s selection of the Pilipinas Kay Ganda (Philippines So Beautiful) slogan and its virtual porn referral service, er, website, are only the latest in a series of communications blunders by members of the Aquino administration.  The blunders include: the stealthy “theft” of the “unofficial” Facebook Page

Shanghai fire probe finds bogus deals, cut corners

By Fri, Nov 19, 2010 10:51AM UTC

Investigators probing a fire that ravaged a downtown Shanghai high-rise apartment and killed at least 58 people say an energy-saving project that used illegal contracts, unsafe materials and unqualified workers is mainly to blame. Monday’s blaze gutted the 28-story building, leaving 70 injured and dozens unaccounted for, and prompted a

Solution for honeymoon killer stall

By Fri, Nov 19, 2010 7:34AM UTC

Australia has housed and fed Gabe Watson, convicted for the killing of his honeymoon bride Tina, for the past 18 months.  He continues to enjoy the hospitality of the Australian people, while he awaits extradition to his homeland where he will face murder charges. So why is there so much