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Fears grow that El Nino will create global rice shortage

All of Asia is expected to suffer a major rice shortage after production has been hit by El Nino and other extreme weather patterns. Experts believe the shortage will spark an international pricing issue that will cause many to go without. A report in The Independent,  quotes the International Rice Research Institute…


Elon Musk Plans Unmanned Mission to the Red Planet by 2018

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida – (AP) –  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2018. The privately held space company announced today it plans to send one of its Dragon spacecraft on a test flight to the Red Planet, where it could yield valuable…


Canada PM Trudeau Says “NO” to Ransoms

OTTAWA, Canada – (AFP) – Canada will not pay ransoms for the release of its citizens held hostage overseas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday after the gruesome killing of a Canadian in the Philippines. “Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly,” Trudeau said,…


France Wins Bid to Build Australia’s Newest Submarines

SYDNEY, Australia – (AFP) – French naval contractor DCNS was picked ahead of Germany and Japan for a Aus$50 billion (US$39 billion) contract to design and build Australia’s next generation of submarines in the country’s biggest ever defense procurement program. The announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull culminates years of…


Japan Tests First Stealth Fighter Jet – A First of Its Kind for the Country

TOKYO, Japan – Japan’s first stealth fighter jet took its maiden flight this past Friday. The prototype known as the ‘X-2’ is capable of evading radar detection, a true indication that Japan’s concerns of China’s regional military buildup is making the country reconsider its military standpoint. The new fighter jet…


Bill Gates says U.S. Needs Limits on Covert Email Searches

SEATTLE, Washington – (Reuters) – Bill Gates said on Monday that no one was an “absolutist” on either side of the digital privacy debate, but the co-founder of Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said he supports his company’s lawsuit against the U.S. government seeking the freedom to tell customers when federal agencies…


China Once Again Destroys Philippine Bananas, This Time 60 tons Worth

SHANGHAI, China – Officials in China have once again destroyed two batches of Philippines bananas on April 15th. This time around the quarantined batches were almost doubt that of the 35 tons from last time. Quarantine inspectors ordered the burning of the bananas, all totaling 60.34 tons, after they said…



Abu Sayyaf Seize Four Indonesians in Southern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Islamist militants seized four Indonesian crew of a tugboat in the southern Philippines on Friday night, the third attack on slow moving vessels in about a month, a military spokesman said on Saturday, as troops battled Muslim rebels on a nearby island. Major Filemon Tan said seven…