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  • US Navy: WW2 wreck found in Java Sea

    BBC — The US Navy has confirmed a wreck found on the bottom of the Java Sea is the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese in World War Two. The wreck is the final resting place of as many as 700 US sailors and marines, the Navy said. US and Indonesian divers discovered evidence that pieces of the hull and unexploded ordnance had been removed.
    The site is a popular underwater dive spot, and officials are co-ordinating its conservation.
    “In my discussions with our Indonesian navy partners, they share our sense of obligation to protect this and other gravesites,” Adm Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. The Houston, nicknamed “the Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast”, sank during the Battle of Sunda Strait on 28 February 1942.

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  • FRANCE: Air France employees fear Ebola

    FRANCE: Air France employees fear Ebola Air France employees want the airline to stop all flights to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. The Air France Union SNGAF launched a petition asking for the "immediate end” to these flights. Air France continues its flights to Ebola-affected countries. http://instagram.com Standard Source: Source

  • FRANCE: Hollande calls conference to address ‘serious situation’ with Islamic State

    FRANCE: Hollande calls conference to address ‘serious situation’ with Islamic State French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that he will organize an international conference to address the threat posed by Islamic extremists in Iraq. President Francois Hollande seeks an international meeting to tackle Islamic State. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer Standard Source: Source

  • FRANCE: China cuts back on French luxury items

    FRANCE: China cuts back on French luxury items France is feeling the pinch of a decline in demand of cognac from China, its largest importer. Worldwide sales of the brandy during the past year fell with 6.7 percent by volume and 10.2 percent by value, the National Inter-professional Bureau of Cognac (BNIC) said on Tuesday. [...]

  • : African press review 20 August 2014

    : African press review 20 August 2014 Ebola is making headlines in the West African news, Kenya needs to bring its food supplies out of the silos and into the fields, and South Africa looks at research on how to lose weight. Standard Source: Source

  • New York City Will Pay $10 Million to Settle Wrongful Conviction Case
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    by Joaquin Sapien PROPUBLICA New York City has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a wrongful conviction lawsuit filed by Jabbar Collins, who spent 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. The settlement announced today concludes a decades-long struggle for Collins, now 42. He was just 22 when he was [...]



    MURRY CHASS —  Over the six years this web site has existed, its more than 600 columns have triggered e-mail responses that have ranged from complete and total thoughtful agreement to vile, nasty, repugnant, fan-fueled comments. It’s always gratifying to have readers agree with the thoughts and ideas presented in a column, but it could [...]

  • FRANCE : Three more die in Alps after Mont Blanc fall

    Two climbers and their guide have been found dead after a fall in the Mont Blanc range, French police said on Monday. Mont Blanc Photo: Semnoz, source: Wikipédia Standard Read More


    MURAY CHASS —  How is Jerry Reinsdorf a loser? Let me count the ways. On second thought, I have neither the time nor the space to do a complete count. I’ll just hit a few highlights: In his career-long obsession with deflating players’ salaries, the chairman of the Chicago White Sox and Bulls was a [...]