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China Earthquake 2010

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(Best Syndication News) A 6.9 earthquake hit central southern Qinghai China inside the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Because of the remote location, the People's Liberation Army took the lead in the rescue effort and the Qinghai provincial government has begun providing tents, thick blankets, coats and supplies.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says the epicenter was about 150 miles south-southeast of Qamdo Xizang (Tibet). The plateau is regularly hit by earthquakes but is sparsely populated. Cold weather, rough terrain and landslides have slowed rescue efforts. The earthquake struck at 7:49 AM local time on the Tibetan Plateau.

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Moscow Bombings

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(Best Syndication News) There were two bombings in the subways of Moscow Monday sending fear through the riders. Although no group has claimed responsibility, the local authorities believe it is the work of rebels from the North Caucasus.

The bombings killed at least 38 people and wounded 64.

The first bomb went off at the Lubyanka station on the Sokolnicheskaya Line at around 7:56 AM local time. The second bomb went off at around 8:38 AM at the Park Kultury station on the Koltsevaya Line.

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South Korean Ship Investigation Underway

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(Best Syndication News) Although it is not certain whether North Korea had anything to do with the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Friday, the communist country is still rattling its sabers.

The ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772) was considered the corvette of the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).

The South Korea ship was in disputed territory off the cost of Korea in the Yellow Sea when it sank possibly killing dozens of sailors. The Cheonan went down off the South Korean island of Baekryeongdo. Eyewitnesses said the ship broke in two before sinking.

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GM unveils Tiny Two Seat EN-V Concept Car to be showed at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

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[Best Syndication News] General Motors is showing off futuristic concept vehicles at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai called the EN-V which stands for Electric Networked-Vehicle. The EN-V was a collaborative effort between, General Motors, Segway, and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.

General Motors partnered with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. Group (SAIC) in displaying the EN-V concept car at the World Expo.

The EN-V was developed as a new style personal mobility vehicle that is a rather small two seat electric powered vehicle. The idea is to address travel problems of the future. By the year 2030 there are estimates suggesting the world could be populated by 8 billion people. This growth of population could cause transportation problems in cities that are already overgrown and developed.

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Asia suffering from deadly Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Infections

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[Best Syndication News] The World Health Organization (WHO) said that in some areas in the world 1 out of 4 people that have tuberculosis are infected with a drug resistant form of the disease. They point out that 28 percent of cases diagnosed in the Northwestern part of Russia had this untreatable form of Tuberculosis (TB) in 2008.

WHO further explained that in their Multidrug and Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: 2010 Global Report on Surveillance and Response that approximately one-third of the 440,000 people worldwide have died from the new drug-resistant TB disease. Out of this Asia has the worst hit for the drug-resistant strain of TB with around 50 percent of these untreatable cases happening in China and India. They said that Africa had 69,000 cases but believe that many cases went undiagnosed.

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