Early Headlines: Beau Biden Dies at 46, India Heat Wave Death Toll Over 2000, US Trained ISIS Fighter, FBI Made DNA Match Errors and More

May 31st, 2015
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Early Bird Headlines 31 May 2015

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  • EU criticizes 'unjustified' Russian travel blacklist (Reuters) Russia has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians and military leaders, according to a list seen by Reuters, a move that has angered Europe and worsened its standoff with the West over Moscow's role in the Ukraine conflict. The list, which the Russian foreign ministry compiled and handed to a European Union delegation in Moscow this week, includes outspoken critics of Russia as well as military and intelligence officials. A similar list exists for U.S. citizens, a ministry official told Russian media.




  • India heatwave death toll tops 2,000 (circa News) The death toll in India passed 2,000 people on May 30, making it the second deadliest heatwave the country has experienced. Most of the deaths have occurred in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Extreme temperatures in 1998 killed 2,541 people in India.
  • Three reasons why it may be premature to celebrate India's GDP at 7.3% (First Post) The 7.5% growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) recorded in the fourth quarter (the number for the full fiscal year 2015 is 7.3%) theoretically makes India the fastest growing major economy in the world, beating China (the Chinese economy grew 7.0% in the March quarter and 7.4% for the full calendar year 2014) and far ahead of other comparable economies. But this article explains why it is too early to hang out the "Mission Accomplished" banner.


  • China says South China Sea air defense zone depends on security (Reuters) China will base its decision on establishing an air defense identification zone around disputed waters in the South China Sea on its assessment of the security situation, a senior Chinese military official said on Sunday. Econintersect: China is dredging sand to build a substantial island on a reef in the Spratly Islands which lie mostly within 200 miles of the Philippine and Malaysian coasts and about 600 miles from the closest point in China (Hainan Island). See maps below. Note that China claims sovereignty right up to the coasts of its southern neighbors, up to 1,000 miles from Hainan Island.





  • Japan earthquake: Tremors felt across nation (BBC News) A powerful undersea earthquake south of Japan has shaken buildings in Tokyo and been felt across the country. The US Geological Survey said the 7.8-magnitude earthquake was centered 874km (543 miles) from the Japanese capital, at a depth of more than 660km.

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