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Shanghai, Magnetic Levitation Train “Maglev” – Trip to China

It is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world and only the third Maglev line to be operated. The train line was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of central Pudong where passengers could interchange to the Shanghai Metro to continue their trip to the city center. […]

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National embarrassment: DC Metro ponders shutting down for repairs

Federal officials have threatened to shut down the Washington, DC Metrorail over myriad safety issues, such as electrical fires. While Metro plans a year-long “safety surge” of repairs and calls for dedicated funding, area residents are bracing for pain.

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Flat Refusal: India Dismisses US Offer of F-16 Jets

India’s defense minister expressed that India is not interested in acquiring US F-16 fighter aircraft despite aggressive lobbying by Lockheed Martin. In what can be seen as a sharp denial to the US, India has dismissed a proposal made by Lockheed Martin Corp to build F-16 fighter jets in India.

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Paris may ban imports of US shale gas – minister

French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said she is examining legal means to ban the import of shale gas from the United States. According to media reports, she told lawmakers in the National Assembly that France should prohibit fracked gas imports within its borders due to a ban on hydraulic fracking introduced for environmental reasons.

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Extra $1.44 trillion needed to rectify US infrastructure problems

Small things can make all the difference, but so can $3.32 trillion – the amount required by the American Society of Civil Engineers to rectify the US’ major infrastructure weaknesses. Even worse, ignoring the problem will only make it more expensive. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released a study and an estimate revealing […]

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Where does the money come from? Erdogan children’s immeasurable wealth questioned by German Bild

The German newspaper Bild has raised questions as to how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s children amassed their vast wealth, including one fortune worth tens of millions, when their father only earns some €50 thousand a year as head of state.

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‘People before profits!’ Thousands rally against TTIP, US corporate rule, GMO & wars in Rome (VIDEO)

Tens of thousands came out in the capital of Italy to decry the secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the EU and the United States, which protesters believe would push Europe into corporate slavery.

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In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Order sanctioning citizen direct action called “one of the boldest moves to stop the natural gas industry’s attacks on our communities, climate and democracy.” For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right.

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‘Today Marks the End of TTIP’: Greenpeace Leak Exposes Corporate Takeover

Confirming that the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) amounts to “a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” Greenpeace Netherlands on Monday leaked 248 secret pages of the controversial trade deal between the U.S. and EU, exposing how environmental regulations, climate protections, and consumer rights are being “bartered away behind closed doors.”

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Norwegian Accolade to Aeroflot: From ‘Soviet Junk’ to Aviation Star

A few decades ago, Russia’s Aeroflot was notoriously considered to be among the world’s worst airlines. Now it ranks among the world’s best. The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten took a closer glance at the miraculous transformation. Today, Aeroflot’s fleet consists mainly of new and modern Boeing and Airbus aircrafts, the average age being just 4.5 years.

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Even the British govt’s own TTIP assessment says US-EU deal has ‘lots of risks and no benefit’

The British government’s sole assessment of the shadowy Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal indicates there are “lots of risks and no benefit,” according to documents seen by Global Justice Now.

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BMW widens luxury lead over Mercedes, Lexus

DETROIT — BMW topped Mercedes-Benz in U.S. luxury sales during November and widened its lead over its German rival for the year. Sales at BMW AG’s namesake brand in November rose 3.2 percent to 32,003, as deliveries of the X3 sport utility vehicle more than doubled. For the year, BMW’s U.S. sales grew 4.4 percent […]

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Russia & Iran negotiate canal from Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf

Moscow and Tehran are holding talks on digging a ship canal from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai, speaking to students in St. Petersburg. Any canal linking the two has to go through Iran. “Yes, this issue is being discussed”, said the ambassador on Thursday without specifying […]

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“No Safe Pipelines”: TransCanada Admits Keystone Spill Bigger than First Claimed

The oil spill that shut down a portion of the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota last weekend is much bigger than initially estimated, TransCanada admitted on Thursday—almost 100 times bigger, in fact.The fossil fuel company said the “potential volume” of the spill in Freeman, discovered by a passerby on Saturday, was about 18,600 gallons, […]

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First to Fall? Panama Papers Bring Down Iceland PM, Portending Future Fallout

In the first instance of a prominent politician taken down by the 11.5 million documents leaked in the Panama Papers, Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resigned on Tuesday after fully 10 percent of Iceland’s population rallied in protest of his wife’s secret, offshore shell company holding millions.

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