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'Electronic Heroin' Spawns Chinese Internet Addiction Camps

A Chinese teen receives treatment at an Internet addiction camp in a still from the new documentary "Web Junkie."

By Sarah Williams - They call it “electronic heroin,” and China feels it’s the biggest threat to its teenagers. In 2008, China, which has over 20 million Internet addicts, became one of the first countries to declare the affliction a clinical disorder. Internet addiction has spawned the creation of over 250 camps within China designed […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US: 7 European States to Arm Kurds in Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga troops participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in a village on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh near the border province of Dohuk, Iraq, Aug. 9, 2014.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says seven European governments have agreed to join the United States in supplying weaponry to Kurdish forces battling Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq. A Pentagon statement Tuesday said Britain, Canada, Albania and Croatia will join Denmark, Italy and France in providing "urgently needed" arms and equipment to the Kurds. […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

After Disasters, Stricken Malaysia Airlines Staff Brace for Job Cuts

Ground crew work among Malaysia Airlines planes on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, July 25, 2014.

Reuters - KUALA LUMPUR— As bodies from downed Flight MH17 were brought home last week, a group of Malaysia Airlines flight attendants, in black mourning headscarves contrasting with their pink and turquoise uniforms, sobbed and clung to each other in grief.The 19,500 staff of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) now face a new ordeal - a quarter […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Warns of Expanding Battle Against Islamic State

In undated image posted by Raqqa Media Center, Islamic State militants parade in Raqqa, Syria, June 30, 2014.

By Jeff Seldin - PENTAGON—The United States is preparing to extend its reach in the effort to contain the group known as the Islamic State. Officials say Washington will do what it needs to do in order to protect American citizens.Underscoring the possible internal threat in the United State from IS, a White House spokesman […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Defenseless Against North Korean EMP Threat

This composite image made available by NASA and assembled by data acquired from the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012 uses the satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), to show the U.S's lights at night.

By Kells Hetherington - WASHINGTON - The electric grid in the United States remains largely unprotected, according to a longtime adviser to Congress on national security issues. Peter Vincent Pry told VOA he believes North Korea is ready to attempt a strike on the U.S. electric grid using an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Pry said North […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Militants’ Beheading Video Suggests New Anti-West Strategy

FILE - This scene from a propaganda video released June 8, 2014, allegedly shows militant group Islamic State fighters gathered near Tikrit, Iraq.

Reuters - The Islamic State group's beheading of a U.S. journalist and its threat to “destroy the American cross” suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks. On Tuesday night, Islamic State released a video showing a militant executing American freelance […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Condemns Beheading of American Journalist

FILE - This undated image, from video released by GlobalPost April 7, 2011, shows freelance journalist James Foley in Benghazi, Libya.

By Victor Beattie - WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the Islamic State militants who beheaded an American journalist as a spreading "cancer" that must be eradicated. "The whole world is appalled by the brutal murder of James Foley," Obama said, speaking a day after the militants released a video of his execution. He also […]

August 20th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama: Iraqi Kurds, Military Recapture Mosul Dam

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Aug. 18, 2014.

VOA News - President Barack Obama says U.S. military helped Iraqi forces and Kurds recapture a major strategic northern dam from Islamic State fighters. In a brief appearance at the White House Monday, the president said if the militants breached the Mosul Dam, it would have brought "catastrophic" floods to northern Iraq, killing thousands. Obama […]

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Cost of Raising Children Nears $250K

BABY PHOTO

New parents in the United States will have to have to tighten their budgets, according to data released Monday, which shows the cost of raising a child is inching toward a quarter-million dollars. Research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows middle-income parents will spend slightly more that $245,000 on a baby born in 2013 […]

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Wikileaks' Assange Seeks Exit From Ecuador London Embassy

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino (L) and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speak during a press conference inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he confirmed he "will be leaving the embassy soon", Monday Aug. 18, 2014.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he may leave the embassy of Ecador in London where he has sought political asylum for the past two years. During a news conference with Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, Assange confirmed a Wikileaks spokesman's statement he would leave the embassy "soon." Assange did not offer further details. Assange sought […]

August 18th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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