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Indonesia Media Spain Portugal Tour 2012 # 9

Posted on October 27 2012 by Stacey Irawan / IM
Indonesia Media Spain Portugal Tour 2012 # 9

Day 9 : Lisbon, Portugal As we traversed through the Spanish border and entered Portugal, our bus driver seemed to emit a joyful glow being back in his home country. It was barely a second after we crossed the sign that welcomed our arrival when he immediately proceeded to play some classic Portuguese music and […]

Indonesian schools to push patriotism ( video)

Posted on October 27 2012 by Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen / IM

English and science among subjects up for cuts as religion and nationalism courses being promoted In a bid to lighten the workload of its students, the Indonesian government is mulling over a change to the primary school curriculum that would see the elimination of English, science, and social studies. Religion, the Indonesian language and nationalism […]

Orangutan found with 104 bullets lodged in body

Posted on October 26 2012 by Jkt post/ IM
Orangutan found with 104 bullets lodged in body

A male orangutan named Aan was found, dying, with 104 bullets lodged all over his body in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. When scanning the ape, doctors from the Orangutan Foundation found 37 bullets in his head and 67 others in his body, including in his heart and lungs. The doctors predicted that Aan was also […]

Bank of America sued for alleged mortgage fraud (video)

Posted on October 25 2012 by CNN / IM

The Justice Department is seeking $1 billion from Bank of America, alleging the bank committed fraud by selling defective mortgages from a program it says was known within the bank as “the Hustle.” Those mortgages were purchased by government-backed mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, resulting in over $1 billion in losses for […]

Grenade explodes at Aceh Party deputy chairman’s house + Polisi Diminta Usut Tuntas Teror Granat di Aceh

Posted on October 24 2012 by Jkt Post /Dtk / Im
Grenade explodes at Aceh Party deputy chairman's house + Polisi Diminta Usut Tuntas Teror Granat di Aceh

A grenade thrown by unidentified motorcyclists exploded at the residence of Aceh Party deputy chairman Kamaruddin, also known as Abu Razak, at 3 a.m. on Monday, damaging the house’s porch. Aceh Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Gustav Leo said the explosion also damaged chairs and tables on the porch, and left a 10-centimeter hole in the […]

Beautiful Bacteria: How To Make Art From E. Coli

Posted on October 24 2012 by CLAIRE O'NEILL / NPR / IM

Bacteria can be pernicious, but they also keep your stomach digesting, turn cucumbers into beloved pickles, and can, apparently, also be used to make art. Of course, it all depends on how you want to define “art.” But Zachary Copfer finds himself precisely where it intersects with science. “I believe that the dichotomy often imposed […]

US candidates clash over policy ( video)

Posted on October 23 2012 by Al Jazeera / Im
US candidates clash over policy ( video)

US President Obama and his Republican challenger Romney have clashed over future direction of US foreign policy. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have clashed over US military strength and how to deal with crises in the Middle East in a third and final debate, as polls showed them deadlocked two weeks before the November 6 […]

Would you buy a haunted house? 1 in 3 say yes

Posted on October 22 2012 by LA Times / IM
Would you buy a haunted house? 1 in 3 say yes

People are fairly evenly split into three camps on whether they would purchase a haunted house, according to a Realtor.com survey. Respondents who would not consider buying a spirit-occupied place (35%) just slightly edged out those who would (32%) or might (33%) consider it. Nearly one-third said they would need a price discount of up […]

Californian cities under financial siege

Posted on October 22 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

US voters seek fiscal relief after three municipalities in the West Coast state filed for bankruptcy this summer. While President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney maintain a breakneck schedule in battleground states where crucial votes are up for grabs, states already determined to be majority Democratic or Republican are cast out of the […]

Switzerland: A banking paradise lost ( video)

Posted on October 21 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

The Swiss banking industry’s secrets are out and new treaties mean it is no longer a haven for the world’s tax cheats. For centuries, Switzerland has been a peaceful haven; its mountains wrapped in majestic mystery and its banking in centuries of secrecy. But for the world’s tax cheats, Switzerland is now a paradise lost. […]

Anti-Syrian official killed when car bomb rocks Beirut ( video)

Posted on October 20 2012 by CNN / IM
Anti-Syrian official killed when car bomb rocks Beirut ( video)

A top Lebanese intelligence official known for his anti-Syrian stance was killed Friday in a massive explosion that shattered a normally peaceful neighborhood in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, the country’s news media reported. The attack, which killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan and at least two others, has heightened fears that Syria’s civil war is starting to […]

Mongolian Bling ( video)

Posted on October 20 2012 by Al Jazeera / IM

We follow three young rappers as they combine traditional Mongolian music with western rap to create nomadic hip hop. In modern-day Mongolia, apartment blocks have replaced tents, Hyundais have taken over from horses and businessmen walk where nomads once roamed. We jump into the thriving alternative music scene in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar and follow […]

The Presidential Seal ( video)

Posted on October 19 2012 by The White House / IM

There’s no doubt you have seen the official Seal of the President of the United States, it is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. But did you know that in 1945, President Harry Truman issued an Executive Order that made a significant change to the Seal, one which reflected important changes he […]

US students drowning in tuition debt ( video)

Posted on October 19 2012 by Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett / IM

American students owe a total of more than a trillion dollars due to hikes in tuition fees and less government aid. American students are going back to school in order to advance their careers in a bad economy, but more education mean more debt. Many students owe tens of thousands of dollars in loans by the time […]

Man Accused of Plot to Blow Up Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Posted on October 18 2012 by NY Times / IM
Man Accused of Plot to Blow Up Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man of conspiring to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, saying that he tried to detonate what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb in a van he parked outside the building in Lower Manhattan. But the entire plot, which began after the man, Quazi […]

Move over, Tatooine! Amateurs discover planet with four suns ( video)

Posted on October 17 2012 by CNN / IM
Move over, Tatooine! Amateurs discover planet with four suns ( video)

Thirty-five years ago, a scene in the first “Star Wars” film captivated movie-goers: Luke Skywalker peering across the landscape of Tatooine – a desert planet dominated by a pair of setting suns. This week, reality trumped (science) fiction with an image even more enthralling: two amateur astronomers poring through data from deep, distant skies and discovering a […]

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