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November 02, 2012
BLUE SKY
Dust's Warming Counters Half of its Cooling Effect
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 01, 2012
Dust that routinely rises above the world's deserts causes a more significant localized warming effect than previously thought, a new study based on NASA field research shows. In April 2008, atmospheric scientists set up camp in Zhangye, a semi-arid region between China's Taklimakan and Gobi deserts. They sorted and prepared cargo that included two mobile laboratories housed in trailers, and an array of upward-looking instruments for measuring airborne dust particles. Then, the team waited for fav ... read more

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CYBER WARS

China's online censors prowl ahead of power handover
Author Jin Song is relishing the challenge of beating China's army of censors and posting comments online about the country's impending leadership change, the first in the social media era. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS

Speculation intensifies over China's new leaders
Speculation intensified Friday over who will be named the new leaders of China's Communist Party as the country's political elite met for a second day ahead of a once-in-a-decade power handover. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS

China-US ties face challenges in coming decade
US-China ties will remain "vexing and challenging" as Beijing's new leaders face internal stresses due to a slowing economy and increasing distrust from their people, US diplomats said Thursday. ... more
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Amazon takes on iPad with new Kindle Fire tablet

Hong Kong to restrict foreign homebuyers from 2013

US judge OKs partial settlement in e-book case

Nordic-Baltic states seek more cooperation

Outside View: Jobs outlook grim

Empire-style computers? Frenchman takes PCs to lap of luxury

Google-Microsoft field smartphones to take on iPhone 5

EU businesses urge China's new leaders to speed reforms

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SUPERPOWERS

China, Japan citizens back Obama for second term: poll
Citizens of China and Japan overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama to win a second term, according to an AFP-Ipsos poll which suggests Mitt Romney's tough talk on the Asian powers could have dented his image. ... more
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NUKEWARS

S. Korea considers extraditing Chinese man to Japan
South Korea has started a legal process to extradite a Chinese man who attacked Japan's embassy in Seoul to Tokyo, officials said Friday, in a case that has strained Sino-Japanese relations. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS

China's Communist Party prepares for power handover
China's political elite are expected to oust disgraced figure Bo Xilai and jostle for leadership roles in their last formal meeting which opened Thursday ahead of next week's landmark power handover. ... more
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AEROSPACE

New China stealth fighter in test flight: state media
China's second stealth fighter has made its first test flight, state media reported Thursday, in a boost to the country's air capabilities even though the plane is unlikely to be deployed for years. ... more
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Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance: Obama

China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid in 1930s row

Raytheon touts ballistic missile defense weapon

Sweden to arm fighter jets with cruise missile 'deterrent'

N. Korea seals nuclear test tunnel: Seoul official

US Navy deploys Standard Missile-3 Block IB for first time

High Gain Amplifiers for Commercial and Military Radar Released by Pasternack

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SUPERPOWERS

China's Communist Party prepares for power handover
Top members of China's Communist Party are expected to debate leadership changes and oust disgraced figure Bo Xilai as they hold their last meeting starting Thursday ahead of a power transition next week. ... more
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WAR REPORT

China backs 'political resolution' for Syria: FM
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Wednesday the situation in Syria had reached a crucial stage but a political solution was the only way to end the bloodshed. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Antarctic ocean sanctuary talks end in failure
Conservation groups expressed outrage Friday after resistance led by China and Russia stymied efforts to carve out new marine sanctuaries and protect thousands of species across Antarctica. ... more
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SINO DAILY

UN rights chief urges China to address Tibetan grievances
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday called on China to address the many grievances in Tibetan areas that have led to a growing number of desperate protests, including self immolations. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

China to phase out prisoner organs 'next year': researcher
China will start phasing out the use of executed prisoners as a source of organs for transplants next year, a researcher for the government has said, according to a World Health Organisation magazine. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Asia's fishermen caught in escalating sea tensions
When gun-toting Chinese guards spotted Tran Hien's unarmed wooden fishing boat in disputed waters, they seized his vessel, detained his crew and threw him in jail. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Dissident jailed in China security crackdown: lawyer
A Chinese court has sentenced a man who posted pro-democracy articles online to eight years in jail, his lawyer said Thursday, as China cracks down on dissent ahead of a leadership transition. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China's urban-rural wealth gap narrowing: Beijing
Incomes for China's farmers grew rapidly this year, state media said Thursday, helping to close a wealth gap with city workers which is a key issue for a government obsessed with social stability. ... more
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Russia postpones planting of GMOs by 3 years

Minnesota projects offer hope and practical help to communities facing more extreme storms

China Considers Russian Satellite-Based Emergency Response System

Scientists Identify Source of Mysterious Low-Frequency Sound Heard for Decades in the Southern Ocean

Cow manure harbors diverse new antibiotic resistance genes

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain

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TRADE WARS

China grants 95% tariff discount for Angolan exports
China has granted a 95 percent tariff discount to exports coming from oil-rich Angola, officials said Thursday, after the signing of a new round of trade deals. ... more
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POLITICAL ECONOMY

Asia growth hopes lifted by manufacturing data
Manufacturing in Asia strengthened in October, data showed Thursday, with China seeing growth in activity for the first time in three months, stoking hopes the region is emerging from a drawn-out slowdown. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

Maurel Prom reveals approach for Gabon oil assets, report names suitor Sinopec
French oil company Maurel et Prom, which operates mainly in Gabon, said on Thursday that it had received approaches for some of its activities but that no agreement was in sight. ... more
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SOLAR DAILY

China probes EU solar imports
China announced Thursday a trade investigation into European exports of solar-grade polysilicon, escalating a bitter trade row with the EU which has unveiled a similar probe into Chinese products. ... more
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POLITICAL ECONOMY

Chinese manufacturing expands in October
China's manufacturing activity grew in October for the first time in three months, data showed Thursday, adding to hopes the economy is finally emerging from its recent slumber. ... more
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ENERGY TECH

BG Group says it sells Queensland gas interests to China's CNOOC
British energy producer BG Group said on Wednesday it will sell interests in its Queensland Curtis liquefied natural gas project in Australia to China's CNOOC for US$1.93 billion (1.48 billion euros). ... more
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TRADE WARS

ArcelorMittal reports plungs into loss on weak Chinese demand for steel
Top world steelmaker ArcelorMittal plunged into quarterly loss and slashed its stock dividend on Wednesday, blaming a slump in Chinese demand and operating losses in Europe, and sending its share price sharply down in Paris. ... more
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WAR REPORT

Attacks, air strikes hit Syria as death toll mounts
Bomb attacks hit near Damascus and air strikes pounded rebel bastions on Wednesday as international divisions were again exposed over how to end an escalating conflict now said to have killed more than 36,000 people. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China think-tank calls for end to one-child policy
China should phase out its unpopular one-child policy and let families have two children by 2015, an influential think-tank with close links to the government has proposed. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Toy helicopters restricted as China tightens security
Restrictions on the sale of radio-controlled helicopters and planes have been imposed in Beijing as China heightens security before a once-in-a-decade leadership change, state media said Wednesday. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

More than 50 detained in China pollution protests
China's eastern city of Ningbo detained more than 50 people over violent protests last week that successfully blocked a planned chemical plant, state media said Tuesday. ... more
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AEROSPACE

Ferrovial sells Heathrow stake to China's CIC
Spanish construction group Ferrovial said Wednesday it had agreed to sell a stake in London's Heathrow airport to Chinese firm CIC International. ... more
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FLOATING STEEL

Philippines to get five French patrol boats
The Philippines will buy five patrol boats from France for about 90 million euros ($116 million), partly to guard disputed areas in the South China Sea, the coastguard said Tuesday. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS

'Sense of urgency' in S. China Sea row: ASEAN chief
Disputes over sovereignty in the South China Sea could become violent but China and Southeast Asia are showing a sense of urgency in trying to ease tensions, the ASEAN chief said Tuesday. ... more
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SPACEWAR

China dismisses reports about anti-satellite missile test
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun has dismissed media reports about a planned test launch of an anti-satellite missile in November. "Such reports did not conform to the fact," Yang ... more
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TAIWAN NEWS

Beijing denies knowledge of Taiwan spies
Beijing denied it is connected to three retired Taiwan military officers arrested by Taiwanese police on charges of spying for mainland China. ... more
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