Articles By J.J. McGrath

From Politics & Policy Jul 16, 2012

North Korea's Armed-Forces Chief Relieved Of All His Posts

Could North Korea's days as a so-called hermit kingdom be drawing to a close? One sign could be the new status of Ri Yong Ho, the country's top military leader (besides Kim Jong Un, of course), who was axed, bounced, canned, discharged, just plain fired on Sunday.

From Economy Jul 15, 2012

Spanish Banks Could Get First Funds In $120 Billion Bailout This Month

One of the euro zone's two bailout funds could begin disbursing monies to Spain at the end of this month in a €100 billion ($120 billion) rescue of the country's embattled banks, according to an article by the Associated Press based on a story in the German newsweekly Der Spiegel on Saturday.

From Health Jul 14, 2012

FDA Warns About Listeria Threat In Mexicali Cheese Corp. Products

Because the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was found in the Mexicali Cheese Corp.'s finished product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to neither consume nor purchase any of the company's products.

From Politics & Policy Jul 02, 2012

Enrique Pena Nieto Returns Presidency To Mexico's PRI: Preliminary Count

Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, counted every president of the country between 1929 and 2000 as one of its members, and it may again soon, as an official preliminary count of the votes indicates its candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, won the nation's presidential election on Sunday.

From Science Jul 02, 2012

You Auto Bike More: Chinese Megacity Launches Car Quota System

In an effort to cut gridlock and pollution in Guangzhou, authorities in the capital city of Guangdong province began a one-year trial program on Sunday that will cap the number of new automobiles hitting the streets, according to the state-owned Xinhua news agency.

From Politics & Policy Jul 02, 2012

EU Embargo On Iranian Crude Oil Now In Full Effect

The European Union's economic sanctions on Iran became fully effective on Sunday, but the Islamic Republic's deputy oil minister claimed the country will have no difficulty finding replacements for recent EU purchasers of its crude.

From Companies Jun 30, 2012

It's Apple 2, Samsung 0 In US Patent Contests This Week

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) scored its second major win of the week over Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: 005930) in intellectual-property litigation on Friday, as Apple was granted a court order blocking U.S. sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

From Politics & Policy Jun 25, 2012

Greece's New Leaders To Miss EU Summit Set For This Week

Due to health issues, neither Greece's new prime minister, Antonis Samaras, nor the country's new finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos, will attend the European Union summit in Brussels scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

From Economy Jun 25, 2012

'Vicious Cycles' Continue To Go 'Round And 'Round: BIS

Five years into the most significant global financial crisis since the 1930s, the world's leaders have formulated neither the fiscal policies nor the monetary policies required to deal with it, according to the Bank for International Settlements' 82nd Annual Report, which was released Sunday.

From Companies Jun 25, 2012

Almost 23% Of Gulf Of Mexico's Oil-And-Gas Output Cut By Storm

Because of Tropical Storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico, about 22.7 percent of the gulf's current daily oil production and about 22.9 percent of its current daily natural-gas production has been shut-in, according to the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.