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Rescue Bill for Puerto Rico Nearly Complete in House Committee

In Washington, legislative staff members were close Friday to completing a newly revised bill that would give extraordinary powers to Puerto Rico to wipe away debt under close supervision from the federal government. Aides in the Natural Resource Committee of the House, working during their spring recess, are grappling with constitutional issues that are sensitive raised by this rescue package, even after San Juan lawmakers on Wednesday suddenly authorized a debt moratorium across the board for the Caribbean island. The lawmaker in Puerto Rico said... 
 

Teen Girl Drinks Green Tea and Develops Hepatitis

Doctors said an attempt by a teen girl to lose weight through drinking tea has left her with health complications that are quite serious, including having acute hepatitis. The patient, who has remained unidentified, visited her doctor due to joint pain, nausea and abdominal pains. Doctors gave her antibiotics thinking there was a minor infection and then sent her back home. However, she returned jaundiced with symptoms that had worsened. The girl, who is just 16, told her doctors that she had began a diet of drinking green tea that she had purchased... 
 

Guatemala President Resigns Amidst Customs Scandal

Otto Perez Molina the President of Guatemala resigned early Thursday morning and will face charges in a massive customs fraud scandal that generated country wide protests with citizens enraged by the corruption throughout the government. Perez Molina sent a letter to the president of the Guatemala Congress early Thursday that said he was resigning in order to face justice and resolve his personal situation. Alejandro Maldonado the Vice President will become president for the rest of Perez Molina’s term, which ends in January of 2016. This resignation... 
 

Argentine Central Bank Wins Appeal in Bond Case

On Monday, the central bank of Argentina won a reversal of a court ruling in the U.S. that had given bondholders a chance to attempt to hold it responsible for the obligations of the country on debt that since 2002 has been in a status of default. The New York Court of Appeals overturned a ruling of 2013 denying a bid by BCRA or Banco Central de la Republica Argentina to dismiss the claims by its creditors that hold $2.4 billion worth of judgments against the country in South America. A District court judge had previously held that Argentina’s... 
 

Train Shooter Being Interrogated by French Authorities

Police in France are questioning 25-year old Moroccan Ayoub El-Kahzzani who is accused of Friday’s attempted attack on a Thalys high-speed train between Paris and Amsterdam. The suspect was restrained then held on the train’s floor by passengers. He is said to be linked to a radical Islamic movement. Under French law, he may be held up to four days before being charged with any crime. Since the Friday incident, security measures aboard the Thalys trains were stepped up. After meeting with its national security council Saturday, Belgium announced... 
 

Russia to Make Smuggling Food a Serious Crime

Russia officials in customs want to make the smuggling of Western foods banned by the government a criminal offense that is as serious as the dealing of explosive or radioactive materials. As retaliation to sanctions by the West over Russia’s role in the crisis in Ukraine, the government in 2014 banned certain imports of food from the U.S., the European Union and a few more countries. Vladimir Putin the President of Russia this month had ordered the destruction of all confiscated food deemed contraband, with tons and tons of cheese and fruits... 
 

Greek Banks Will Re-Open On Monday

The government has ordered the Greek banks to reopen Monday, which is three weeks after they were shut down to stop the banking system from collapsing under a huge rush to withdraw money. Alexis Tsipras the Prime Minister will start new bailout talks next week. The announcement to re-open Greece’s banks came just hours after the country swore in new ministers following a reshuffling of the cabinet where Tsipras replaced the dissident members of the Syriza Party following a revolt due to the tough bailout terms. Tsipras sacked Panagiotis Lafazanis... 
 

Iran and World Powers Agree to Historic Nuclear Accord

The U.S., Russia and four other world powers have reached a landmark agreement with Iran that calls for the nuclear program of Tehran to have limits in exchange for the ending of economic sanctions that have nearly broke Iran’s economy. President Barack Obama said that every path to reaching a nuclear weapon has been blocked. He addressed his critics in the United States. Congress along with Israel, who say that Iran cannot be trusted to keep its world and honor the accord, by saying, the deal does not just have trust built in by verification... 
 

Top Mexican Drug Boss Escapes from Prison Again

Joaquin Guzman or “El Chapo,” the top Mexican drug boss escaped Saturday night from a prison that is maximum security located about 55 miles from Mexico City. The drug lord escaped through a tunnel that led from his prison cell’s shower area and was over 1 mile in length, announced a top official in Mexico early Sunday morning. With an escape hatch that was elaborately built, Guzman allegedly escaped without any detection from authorities. Guzman successfully pulled off something that Mexican authorities had promised he could not. Last year... 
 

Canada Exports Slide, Post Second Largest Deficit Ever

The merchandise trade deficit for Canada widened immensely in May to its second largest to date, which is more evidence that the weakness started with oil shock has now extended beyond quarter one. The deficit increased to C$3.34 billion or $2.64 billion from April’s C$2.99 billion was only behind the record of C$3.57 billion for March, said Statistics Canada on Tuesday in the capital of Ottawa. Exports dropped for the fifth straight month. The reports increases the pressure on Governor Stephen Poloz of the Bank of Canada to cut the central bank’s... 
 

Greek Importers Feeling Squeezed

Amid the height of the tourist season, many stores are down to just a week’s worth of inventory. One eyewear store owes its foreign suppliers more than $22,500 for high-end sunglasses for its last delivery. With new capital controls in place making it practically impossible to pay, some suppliers want upfront payment prior to sending any more products. Some stores owners are saying that if the banks are not opened next week, it will be tough to continue with their business. In Greece, the capital controls do not appear to have significantly curbed... 
 

New Vaccine for AIDS Protects Primates

There is new progress in the quest for a vaccine against AIDS. A new experimental vaccine has protected 50% of a group of monkeys against a virus that is similar to AIDS, reported scientists on Thursday. The company that has helped to develop this vaccine has started to try it in people and experts in vaccines say it is a new approach to attempting to protect against the virus that has proved to be nearly impossible to stop. The advocacy group AVAC said it sees promising results and in its 20-year history, the group has seen many products that have... 
 

Putin in Italy, Claims Sanctions Cost Businesses There Millions

Vladimir Putin the President of Russia during a visit to Russia said on Wednesday that the sanctions his country has had imposed against them have also cost businesses in Italy millions of dollar. Those comments came following Putin’s meeting with Matteo Renzi the Prime Minister of Italy. The leader of Russia will meet late Wednesday with Pope Francis where one topic will likely be the situation of Ukraine, which is the reason for the economic sanctions placed on Russia. Both Renzi and Putin said full implementation of the accord reached last... 
 

Blood Test Reveals All Viruses Ever to Enter Body

Each time a person is infected with a virus, the body’s immune system produces a set of antibodies that are meant to specifically combat that particular virus. The antibodies often far outlive the infection and can provide a type of catalog of the different viruses a person was exposed to. This footprint of the immune system has been used often to identify the history of viral infections of people, but the tests that exist today are limited to testing just one type or at the most a couple of virus strains each time. The tests are primarily used... 
 

Former FIFA Official Promises to Spill the Beans

Jack Warner a former senior official with FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, who is indicted in a bribery scandal of alleged huge proportions, has promised to release a large amount of evidence that is wide ranging relating to the dealing of the governing body. Warner has said he is in fear for his life. However, it is time to put a stop to all the secrets he holds of others. These revelations came in a political ad first, titled the Gloves are Off, where he said he prepared a comprehensive set of documents on FIFA’s different transactions... 
 

Canadian GDP Growth Slashed by OECD to 1.5% for 2015

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development slashed its expectations for growth for the economy again in Canada and is now expecting the gross domestic product for the country to only expand 1.5% during 2015. The organization, based in Paris, of wealthy nations cited on Wednesday the ongoing impact from cheap oil in the slashing of growth expectations for the economy of Canada. The group says the recent drop in prices of oil has resulted in drops in GDP and related investment. The 1.5% forecast is substantially below the projection... 
 

U.S. Military Mistakenly Ships Live Anthrax

Four workers in a lab in the U.S. and as many as 22 overseas were put in a post-exposure treatment program after they were inadvertently shipped live anthrax by the U.S. Military. The anthrax samples were sent to six states in April, an official from the Department of the Defense said on Wednesday. The sample of anthrax were shipped by FedEx to seven different companies in six states April 29 said an official in defense. The shipments were shipped with less rigorous conditions as they were thought to be dead samples. The protocol for live agent... 
 

Gene Can Switch Sex of Mosquito, Could Help Fight Diseases

Scientists said they identified a gene in mosquitoes that transmit dengue that can change the sex of the mosquito and transform the disease carrying and possibly deadly female into just a harmless male. The gene, which was discovered by Fralin Life Science Institute researchers at Virginia Tech, is responsible for determining the sex in mosquitoes that can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses. Only the female mosquito bites, as it needs the blood to develop eggs. Researchers believe that having a higher number of males to females... 
 

Greek Minister Believes Athens Will Not Make Debt Repayments

Nikos Voutsis the Interior Minister made the most pointed remarks to date, that if the talks fail with the creditors, Greece will default as well next month. Greece will not be able to make repayments of debt to the International Monetary Fund in June unless it reaches a deal with its creditors, said its Interior Minister on Sunday. Shut out from the bond markets and without aid locked in for the bailout, the cash strapped government of Athens has been scraping from the state coffers to meet its deep obligations as well as pay pensions and wages. After... 
 

Colombia Stopping Use of Glyphosate in Eradicating Coca

Authorities in Colombia have been told they must stop using Glyphosate the controversial herbicide, that is more commonly known by Roundup it brand name. Authorities have been using the herbicide to eradicate the illegal coca plantations by spraying them with the herbicide. Juan Manuel Santos the President of Colombia was the one who informed the military of his decision. Santos said he would ask government officials at the next meeting of the National Drug Council to suspend all spraying of glyphosate on the illegal coca plantations. The practice... 
 

Data from China Indicates Big Factory Activity Drop

Factories in China suffered their biggest drop in activity in April in more than a year due to shrinkage in new orders, showed a Monday business survey, which hardened the case for more stimulus measures from the central government to halt the slowdown in the second largest economy in the world The most recent indication of the deepening woes in factories raises the risk that economic growth for the second quarter might dip under 7% for the first time since the global crisis, which adds fears of losses of jobs and local debt defaults. The Purchasing... 
 

Mayweather Jr. Victorious Over Pacquiao

For close to 20 years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has frustrated his opponents with his cool calculation in the ring. Outside the ring, people have criticized him for a lavish lifestyle and problems with domestic violence. He has been able to navigate it all through winning habitually while becoming exorbitantly rich in the process. Manny Pacquiao his opponent on Saturday night is a battler from the Philippines who presented a test for Mayweather due to be left-handed and fearless. He had been waiting many years for this match and was so popular that... 
 

Over 750 Killed in Earthquake in Nepal

Nepal was hit with a powerful earthquake on Saturday that killed hundreds across an area of four countries as the violent shaking collapsed homes, destroyed centuries-old temples and triggered major avalanches in the Himalayas. This was the worst earthquake to hit the nation in South Asia in more than 80 years. Over 750 people were confirmed dead in just Nepal, including more than 180 in Katmandu the capital, according to local police. Twenty were killed in India, while six died in Tibet and there were two deaths in Bangladesh. Two citizens from... 
 

Police Arrest Man for Killing Three in Milan Court

A man who was on trial in Milan, Italy for a fraudulent bankruptcy opened fire inside a courthouse in Milan on Thursday, killing a judge, a co-defendant and his own lawyer before authorities arrested him over 16 miles from the courthouse after he fled the scene using a motorbike. As shots rang out in the court that is fortress like, employees barricaded themselves behind locked office doors and took cover under desks and behind filing cabinets while the police hunted for the man who was moving unimpeded from floor to floor. After texting their loved... 
 

Kenya Says Government Official’s Son Amongst the Gunmen

On Sunday, the interior ministry of Kenya said that a Kenyan government official’s son had been a masked gunman who helped kill close to 150 people at the university this past week, as armed guards were being hired for churches in Kenya to protect their congregations on Easter Sunday. Pope Francis decried the attack in his service on Easter Sunday praying for all those who had been killed by gunmen, who hunted Christians while sparing those who were Muslim. Mwenda Njoka a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry in Kenya said that Abdirahim Abdullahi... 
 

Pfizer Ending Business of Vaccine Sales in China

Pfizer Inc is ending its vaccine sales in China after the government in China did not renew a license for importing for one of the pharmaceutical company’s products, a move the company says will cause a shortage for that treatment in China. Pfizer in an official statement on Thursday said that the Prevenar vaccine that gives protection to toddlers against pneumococcal disease that could lead to cases of pneumonia and other types of infections had expired and the license was not renewed. Based up a careful review of the situation, the company has... 
 

Plane Crashes in French Alps, Likely No Survivors

A commercial aircraft with 150 passengers and crewmembers crashed on Tuesday in en route to Dusseldorf a Germany city from Barcelona said authorities. Francois Hollande the President of France said the plane had crashed in the French Alps and that there were likely no survivors. Hollande called the incident a tragedy on French soil and expressed his solidarity with the victims’ families. Flight 9525 of Germanwings departed Barcelona, Spain at 9:55 a.m. local time for its scheduled two-hour flight. The plane issued a distress call and then disappeared... 
 

Pentagon Notifying Personnel on Hit List of IS

The Pentagon used the weekend to notify is service personnel who were on an Islamic State hit list and the bases where the personnel are stationed contacted law enforcement authorities to increase patrols in the areas where they live. In addition, after the Pentagon asked YouTube to take the IS hit list down the video site obliged. Islamic State urged its followers and its sympathizers across the U.S. to kill the service members in the U.S. on that list. The list contains names, photos and addresses. Officials at the Pentagon said the list appears... 
 

Mexican Wrestler Killed in the Ring

Pedro Aguayo Ramirez who in Mexican wrestling circles was Hijo del Perro Aguayo died on Saturday after suffering a blow to the neck inside the ring said the Baja California prosecutor’s office. Ramirez fell unconscious while along the ropes, apparently after being on the receiving end of the flying kick handed out by Oscar Gutierrez the former WWE superstar called Rey Mysterio Jr. in the ring. The incident was videotaped and uploaded to YouTube. The match took place in Tijuana at a local municipal auditorium. The match continued close to two minutes... 
 

Venezuela Carries Out Military Exercises, Claims Threat from U.S.

Soldiers carried shoulder fired missiles, drove armored trucks and flew fighter jets on Saturday for the first day of 10 days of Venezuelan military exercises the president of the country says are necessary to protect against a treat from the United States. As close to 100,000 members of the country’s armed forces started conducting the exercises, the government of Venezuela received support from other nations in South America, which criticized the United States for the sanctions imposed on the leaders of the South American nation. Earlier this... 
 

Prices of Oil Continue to Drop

Prices of crude oil started dropping again last week by nearly 5% and hit a low of six years. The International Energy Agency has predicted that the prices of crude will continue to drop. The agency, based in Paris, represents the world’s biggest oil producers’ interests. The IEA named amongst the reasons for price decreases the continuing decision by some nations to increase production or continue production at the same levels, while stashing large quantities of oil in reserves. That is the case of the U.S., who the IEA said might soon run... 
 

Hostages at Libyan Oil Field Include Foreigners

On Monday, officials confirmed that gunmen suspected to be backed by Islamic state took hostage 9 foreigners in a raid last week on an oil field in Libya. The nine foreign hostages include 4 Filipinos, 2 Europeans, one Ghanian and one or more Bangladeshi. Another independent report said the nationals from Europe were Czech and Austrian. The attack was carried out Friday at the al-Ghani oil field which is south if Sirte, said officials. The gunmen are said to have killed 11 guards by beheading or shooting them, prior to being driven off. A spokesperson... 
 

Carnival Accident Claims the Lives of 20 in Haiti

At least 20 people were killed with dozens more injured after a float in a Carnival parade hit a set of power lines in Port-au-Prince the capital of Haiti on the annual festival’s second day, said officials The float was set ablaze after hitting an overhead high-voltage power cable said many eyewitnesses on the scene. Video taken of the accident appeared to show that the electric cable got caught on the head of one of the singer’s from Barikad Crew a popular hip hop group in Haiti. The lead singer of the rap group, who is known as Fantom, was... 
 

Growth in Foreign Trade in China Dramatically Slowed in China

The economy in mainland China has suffered yet another major blow as its growth in foreign trade slowed dramatically during 2014 to just 3.5%, which was far below the target of 7.5%, according to a new report just published by the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing. The Ministry of Commerce of mainland China published on Saturday its report on the foreign trade for the nation showing that volumes of goods crossing the border added just 3.5% during 2014. However, soon after that initial publication the government replaced the report with an edited one... 
 

Chinese Investors Grab Property in Detroit

The thousands of empty homes and buildings in bankrupt Detroit, Michigan are being purchased at rock bottom prices, with many of the buyers being Chinese investors that cannot pass up the unbeatable prices. With homes that are selling for only $10,000, the Motor City is currently the No. 4 destination in the U.S. for housing investors from China. Big spenders have snapped up some of the most iconic building in Detroit. Commercial real estate, factories and upscale sections around Detroit within proximity to very good schools are all available said... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Oscar Taveras Killed in Car Crash

Oscar Taveras, 22, who played outfield for the National League St. Louis Cardinals, who was seen as one a top prospect in MLB, was killed on Sunday in an automobile accident in the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic. The Cardinals outfielder, when the accident occurred, was driving outside the town of Puerto Plata, which is 216 miles to the north of Santo Domingo, the capital. When police found Taveras, he did not have any documents identifying him, but his family members identified his body. A spokesperson for the police said Taveras had... 
 

China is Top 3 Destination for World’s Expats

Many Chinese are looking to swap the pollution of Beijing with greener shores in foreign countries, but many expats are pleased to head to China’s capital. China is the third most popular destination for expats. It comes in just behind first place Switzerland and second place Singapore, according to a HSBC study. Higher salaries and lower costs of living are big reasons China is so popular. China, showed the study from the bank, is the best option expats have for making their money go further. The study said that 76% of the expats in China experience... 
 

IMF Cuts Outlook on Growth Warns on Japan and Eurozone

On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund announced it has cut its economic growth projections globally for the third time in 2014. The IMF warned of less growth in the core countries in the eurozone, Japan and large emerging markets such as Brazil. In its report, the World Economic Outlook, the lender, based in Washington, cuts its growth expectations globally to 3.3% for 2014 and 3.8% for 2015. This past July, the IMF had announced it expected global growth to be 3-4% this year and 4% for next year. The U.S. based lender has slashed the current... 
 

Police Use Tear Gas on Protesters in Hong Kong

Police used tear gas on pro-democracy protesters on Sunday in Hong Kong and threatened to use more aggressive methods in dispersing demonstrators that numbered in the tens of thousands, who had paralyzed a key section of the semi-autonomous territory of China. Police dressed in fatigues and holding large rifles paced the streets close to the local government headquarters. Other police officers occasionally succeeded in pushing back protesters, many of whom had raised their arms in a sign of peaceful intent. During one point of the protests, the... 
 

Little Known Al-Qaeda Cell Struck by U.S. Inside Syria

While nearly the whole world has been focused on the air assault led by the U.S. on the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, officials in the U.S. announced they had struck a big blow in Syria on another group. The U.S. hit a group that is not known well made up of hardened militant from al-Qaeda that posed a threat to Europe and the U.S. that was immediate. The airstrikes took place early Tuesday on the Khorasan Group that is so shadowy U.S. officials had not uttered the name publicly. However, the group was staging a plot against European and U.S.... 
 

U.S. Citizen Sentenced to Six Years in North Korea

Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, was sentenced in North Korea on Sunday for committing hostile acts to hard labor for six years, read a statement on Sunday carried by the country’s state media. Matthew Miller is the second American, along with Kenneth Bae, who is currently serving a sentence for hard labor in North Korea. Another U.S. citizen, Jeffrey Fowle is awaiting his trial. The statement released said that Miller had committed hostile acts towards the DPRK when entering the country under the guise of a tourist. The Korean version described... 
 

Silvio Berlusconi is Acquitted on Appeal

An appeals court in Italy acquitted Silvio Berlusconi the former Premier on Friday in a case of sex-for-hire. The ruling reversed a conviction by a lower court that carried a prison term of seven years and a ban for a lifetime on holding any political office. The case brought to light details of bunga-bunga parties that were raunchy and sex-fueled at Berlusconi’s private villa that an array of showgirls attended. Prosecutors alleged the former premier paid an underage prostitute for sex and then used his powerful influence to keep it covered up.... 
 

Germany Defeats Argentina to Win the World Cup

Germany won the World Cup on Sunday in Brazil after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time. The goal during extra time was off a superb shot by Mario Goetze, the baby-faced hero. The win was the first World Cup title for Germany in 24 years. The win was the fourth World Cup title for Germany and their first since 1990 when they defeated Argentina as well. The goal by Goetze came in minute 113. The win by Germany is the first since the competition began in 1930 by a European country in a final played in the Americas. Joachim Loew the coach of Germany... 
 

Brewing Beer the Belgium Way

The number of Belgium Trappist monks might be declining at Orval Abbey in southern Belgium but production of beer is currently thriving. While few men from Europe are choosing this vocation, Orval Abbey is now welcoming new monks from Mexico and Rwanda. Aficionadas of beer will breathe a sigh of relief when hearing that, as Orval not only is place for worship and contemplation in a quiet atmosphere, but one of just a few monasteries across the globe brewing beer granted the hallowed Authentic Trappist Product label. What this means is the ale is... 
 

White House Announces Majority of Children to Be Returned

On Monday, the Obama administration announced that the majority of minors that are unaccompanied and flooding across the Mexico border into the U.S. could not stay. Josh Earnest the spokesman at the White House said the majority of the children would not have the proper qualifications to remain in the U.S. Those possibly qualifying for asylum are the children who were victims of abuse in their home. Minors fleeing violence that is gang related would have a more difficult time qualifying, said experts in immigration. The stern warning came at a time... 
 

Prices Increase in Japan by Most in 32 Years

Consumer prices in Japan increased at the fastest rate since 1982 thanks to an increase in charges for utilities and an increase in sales tax that contributed to the largest slide in consumer spending since the earthquake of March 2011. Consumer prices not including fresh food increased by 3.4% during May from the same month one year ago, showed the statistics bureau on Friday in Tokyo. Expenditures in households fell by 8% on the year, which was more than had been forecasted. Prices increases will slow in the upcoming months prior to accelerating... 
 

Luis Suarez Being Investigated for Biting

It looked as though the bad boy in soccer. Luis Suarez had put the racist comments and biting episodes behind him and seemed to be maturing into a star for his Uruguayan national team and Liverpool. However, on Tuesday, in Uruguay’s group match against Italy, the old habit the majority of people leave behind during nursery school lifted its ugly head again in front of a television audience of millions. Suarez was battling a smothering defense by the Italians during a must win match for both sides and the superstar from Uruguay responded once again... 
 

Prostitutes in Venezuela are Currency Traders

Puerto Cabello’s Blue House brothel is well kept and clean with a kitchen and patio where women received three meals per day. Outside an odor of sewage can be smelled in the city squares and cobblestone streets that are littered with garbage. In the biggest port of the country, prostitution, which is legal, has become a boom industry due to the Blue House residents and other sex workers becoming currency exchange dealers. Prostitutes are paid in U.S. dollars by visiting sailors from foreign countries. The shrinking economy in Venezuela had led... 
 

Population of Great White Shark Increasing off U.S. and Canada Coasts

A just completed study revealed that the great white shark population is increasing in the coastal waters surrounding Canada and the U.S. The great white shark is also referred to by other names like the great white, white death, white shark and white pointer. The white sharks primarily are found in the surface waters on the coast in all of the largest oceans across the globe. The shark is known very well for its huge size. A mature great white can reach as big as 21 feet in length but some reports have suggested they could reach as long as 26 feet... 
 

China Hands Out Nine Death Sentences for Attacks in Xinjiang

Chinese media on Friday issued details on the more than 80 people that were sentenced on charges related to terrorism. Nine of the people were given death sentences. State media said the bulk of the defendants were members of terrorist groups and had committed murder as well as other violent forms of crime. The sentences handed down on Thursday came amidst a huge crackdown in Xinjiang, a region in the west following four very high profile attacks against civilians since the latter part of October that has given Xi Jinping the President a big security... 
 

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