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Govt adds 20 species of coral to endangered species list

St. Petersburg - More than a dozen species of corals are the newest addition to the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Announced on Tuesday. The listing of 20 species is the largest Endangered Species Act ruling ever.

Supertyphoon Neoguri targets Japan

Tokyo - As the United States eastern seaboard recovers from July 4th's Hurricane Arthur, Pacific Supertyphoon Neoguri has Japan in its sights, reports from the Japan Meteorological Agency say.

North Korea ratifies nuclear strike against the U.S.

In the latest round of threats coming out of North Korea, it has been reported that North Korean officials have confirmed that they have ratified plans to launch military strikes against the US, including nuclear attacks.

North Korea preparing its missile sites says Pyongyang

Less than 24 hours after the United States despatched two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers from their base in Missouri to fly dummy bombing runs over South Korea, North Korea has again ratcheted up the rhetoric in the Korean peninsula.

Op-Ed: North Korea, South Korea, United States incendiary rhetoric

New York - What is the value of careless, incendiary, unfounded accusations, and the value of extreme threats of hellish proportions?

North Korea threatens U.S. bases in Japan and Guam

Less than a day after North Korea leader Kim Jong-un initiated a mock drone strike on South Korea, he vows to attack U.S. military bases in Japan and Guam.

Op-Ed: US nuclear carrier group base in Perth? Real possibility in play

Sydney - The reconfiguration of US military assets is getting very interesting. The proposal for a US carrier group based at HMAS Stirling in Perth is particularly intriguing, because it does relate to a comprehensive reworking of US deployment profiles.

Mitt Romney wins Guam, Northern Mariana Islands GOP caucuses

Hagatna - Before the results are announced for the Republican caucuses in Kansas, it was confirmed that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would pick nine delegates in Guam and another nine in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Op-Ed: Today is Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. It is a day of honor, a chance for Americans to show its gratitude to the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

Op-Ed: US Marines to be based in Darwin — World does not end

Sydney - Much hoo-ha is going on about an expected announcement of a permanent US Marine presence in Australia. Some say it will offend China. The deployment is based on future needs of USMC dispositions, training requirements and a range of regional situations.

British tycoon Branson to plumb furthest depths of the oceans

Richard Branson has unveiled plans today to pilot a mini-submarine to the bottom of the Mariana trench in the western Pacific. The billionaire entrepreneur who founded the Virgin Group of companies will pilot a single-seater Virgin Oceanic craft.

$12 billion U.S. super naval base to be built in Guam

Hagatna - The United States has announced that it plans to establish an $12 billion super naval base on the Pacific island of Guam in order to curtail China's military build-up. However, residents are concerned about the latest move.

3 powerful earthquakes, 14 aftershocks rock Mariana Islands

Hagatna - In a 24-hour period, the region of the Mariana Islands, near Guam, experienced three powerful earthquakes ranging from 6.3-magnitude to 6.9-magnitude. The region also has witnessed 14 aftershocks.

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Mariana Islands, no tsunami

Hagatna - An earthquake measuring at 6.2-magnitude struck south of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. There was no immediate reports of deaths or injuries and no tsunami alert was issued.

Massive recall of Johnson & Johnson's children's medicines

Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling 43 of its over-the-counter medicines for infants and children, after federal regulators found "deficiencies" in their manufacturing process.

Guam Military Base Raises Environmental Concerns

Residents of the pacific island of Guam are angry about the ongoing transfer of the US military base in Okinawa to Guam, saying the relocation plan will have severe impact on Guam's environment and natural resources.

Op-Ed: Taiwan arms - The Cold War fossil that could derail global trade

Under a Cold War arrangement entered into with Chiang Kai Shek’s Kuomintang and active ever since, the United States has been regularly supplying Taiwan with military materials. China is infuriated, and escalation is looking likely.

Study says pregnant women has higher risk with swine flu

In a recent swine flu-related study. Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have concluded that pregnant women who get the dreaded virus are four times more likely to be hospitalized as compared to other swine flu patients.

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