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Venezuela, Brazil sign declaration
to build world’s longest gas pipeline

Venezuela’s and Brazil’s Presidents, Hugo Chávez and “Lula” da Silva signed a declaration to begin the first phase of the Great Southern Gas Pipeline late last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Venezuelan president was in the neighboring South American country for the 31st Presidential MERCOSUR summit. – 700 words

Secular oil-rich Azerbaijan contends with rising sectarian conflict
while being stalked by world’s bristling energy-hungry giants

A newspaper article that landed two journalists in jail and provoked Muslim protests underscores rifts over crucial issues — religion, freedom of speech and foreign influence — troubling Azerbaijan. – 782 words

Chinese authorities promise tough measures
against tradition of favouring male babies

China's gender ratio for newborn babies in 2005 was 118 boys for every 100 girls, compared with 110:100 in 2000. In some southern regions like Guangdong and Hainan, the figure has reached 130 boys for every 100 girls. By 2020, there will be some 30 million more men of marriage age than women. – 467 words

Despite $3 billion in government pay outs
Big 3 allow Japan to win hybrid car race

During the Clinton and Bush administrations, the federal government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars a year on advanced automotive technology. Joseph Romm, an Energy Department official in the late 1990s, estimates the total expense at $3 billion since the early 1990s. "As soon as George Bush got elected, the U.S. car companies walked away from the partnership and didn't continue developing hybrids," Romm said. "And the Japanese did. As a result, they ended up the leaders." – 813 words

Off the Rails:  Big Oil, Big Brother
win big in Bush State of the Union

Greg Palast says, “There was that tongue again. When the President lies he's got this weird nervous tick: he sticks the tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows he's fibbing. Like a snake licking a rat. In his State of the Union Tuesday night the President did his tongue thing 124 times -- my kids kept count.” - 655 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

How come it was called The Plains of Abraham?

The Plains of Abraham, site of the famous Seven Years’ War battle between British Major-General James Wolfe and French Lieutenant-General the Marquis
de Montcalm, is named after Abraham Martin who farmed the land in the mid-seventeenth century. The September 13, 1759 battle was won by the British.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com