The Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee spoke this week. He says the freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea have not kept China from its building efforts in the disputed ocean territory.
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It is well know many people have a hard time sleeping in a new place. Researchers from Brown University think they know why. They said the left part of the brain is more active when people sleep in a new place. They said the brain appears to be keeping watch for possible danger.
The value of Japan’s money has been increasing on foreign exchange markets and that worries Japanese officials. Japan’s central bank has taken measures aimed at supporting economic growth. But that has caused the Japanese yen to sharply rise in value against foreign currencies.
Apps can help students get better organized, study for tests and prepare research papers. In other words, they can help the user do his or her very best work. Whether or not you are a student, here are some apps worth considering.
In March, the World Anti-doping Association suspended a number of athletes from competing in their sports because they tested positive for a drug banned in January. Now, the group says it does not know how long the drug can stay in an athlete’s system and it is reconsidering the suspensions.
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