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Hong Kong women gets $154 million in divorce settlement

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On Thursday a Hong Kong woman won $154 million in her divorce settlement, only one-fifth of her ex-husband's estate, CNN reported.

Regardless, Florence Tsang is $154 million richer and was also awarded a property worth $33 million as well as another property in London worth $4 million, according to CNN.

The couple was married for eight years before they got divorced.

CNN reported that Tsang had gotten pregnant four years ago and her then-husband Samathur Li Kin-kan wanted her to get an abortion, but Tsang refused.

Since Tsang is in custody of their 3-year-old daughter, she was awarded millions to take care of her and raise her, CNN editorial producer Nadia Bilchik said.

Kin-kan tried to hide assets of his father, who Bikchick called a "huge property mogul in Hong Kong," and Tsang was awarded 55 percent less of what she asked for of her ex-husband.

However, Tsang showed news cameras a smiling face as she walked out of the court room that Thursday. CNN reported that the judge told Tsang that "she should live in the manner to which she has become accustomed."

Violence erupts in Tahrir Square on Sunday

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As the sun set over Cairo, Egypt on Sunday, police and troops chased protestors out of Tahrir Square by firing tear gas and rubber bullets, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

An Associated Press reporter who was at the scene said hundreds of protestors made their way back to the square come night fall, waving the red, white and black Egyptian flags chanting "Allahu Akbar," (God is the greatest) the Sun-Times reported.

"We're not going anywhere," protester Mohammad Radwan told the Sun-Times. "The mood is good now and people are chanting again."

Even after the former leader Hosni Mubarak was ousted, the Egyptian people are still angry because of the "slow pace of reforms and apparent attempts by the ruling generals to retain power over a future civilian government," the Sun-Times wrote.

"We have a single demand: The [Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi] must step down and be replaced by a civilian council," protester Ahmed Hani said of Mubarak's longtime defense minister.

Graffiti that read, "The marshal is Mubarak's dog," was scribbled in the square, the Sun-Times wrote.

The beating of protesters by troops and police left 676 injured and one dead, according to the Sun-Times.

The scene on Sunday was reported as brutal by a 21-year-old university student. Yahya el-Sawi said, "I did not support the sit-in at the beginning, but when I saw this ... I had to come back to get my brothers."

Action must be taken to further prevent cliamte change

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Last Wednesday the International Energy Agency released the World Energy Outlook, which stated that to prevent long-term average global temperatures rising above 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, severe changes to energy and industrial policies must be met, according to the Wall Street Journal.

National Geographic stated how the world has about five years to make these changes, but some don't think this challenge can be met. Richard Jones, deputy executive director of the IEA and a former U.S. diplomat, said, "We've been trying to warn our member countries, [but] it's getting harder and harder to meet this target."

The Wall Street Journal also reported that this change is unlikely since there has been a decrease in the use of low-carbon nuclear power and an increase in the use of fossil fuels, like coal, which produces the greenhouse gas (CO2), and which scientists believe plays a key role in climate change.

Of the infrastructure already built -- power plants, buildings, factories -- and of the infrastructure in the process of being built, 80 percent of CO2 is emitted in the air, National Geographic reported. From 2017 on, all buildings would have to produce no emissions to keep the target below a 3.6 degree increase.

"Coal was the biggest source of emissions growth in 2010, primarily driven by use in China and India," the IEA report said. China and India have not made a lasting commitment to curb emission output, the Wall Street Journal reported.

To achieve the goal of maintaining the climate target, more than half of the energy sources created must be made from renewable energy like solar and wind, the IEA predicts. However, this would come with a steep price tag: National Geographic reported that subsidies would be required and could reach $250 billion per year by 2035. This is four times today's level.

Richard Newell, an energy economist at Duke University and former director of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, thinks meeting climate target will be a difficult task to accomplish. "Unless something significant changes about our energy technologies, markets, and policies," he said, "current trends lead to an energy future that looks very much like the present. Just bigger-much bigger."

Andy Rooney of CBS's "60 Minutes" died Friday Night in a New York hospital after facing serious complications after a minor surgery. He was 92 years old. New York Daily News reports.

Rooney did commentary that closed "60 Minutes" each Sunday night, and he would talk about an array of subjects "[speaking] into the camera as though the viewer at home had just dropped in for a brief visit to see what was on his mind that week," reports the Chicago Tribune.

According to the New York Daily News, Rooney started working at CBS in 1949 on Arthur Godfrey's radio and TV shows. Rooney's first appearance on "60 Minutes" was in 1978 when he replaced the end of the show segment called "Point Counterpoint," the Chicago Tribune reported.

Rooney preferred to be called a "writer" and didn't handle the fame of being on TV well, says the Chicago Tribune. "A writer should be sitting over in the corner watching the dance and not be out there dancing," Rooney said.

Though he was seen as a controversial man, Rooney was also respected by his colleagues. "Words cannot adequately express Andy's contribution to journalism and the impact he made upon everyone at CBS," CBS president and CEO Les Moonves said, " ... We treasure the legacy he left."

Born January 14, 1919, in Albany N.Y., Rooney attended Albany Academy, and later attended college at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Rooney was drafted into the Army in 1941 where he was shipped out to London, says the Chicago Tribune. There he applied for a reporting job at the London edition of Stars and Stripes, where he wrote over 200 stories for the newspaper, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rooney wrote a total of 16 books and a newspaper column for which he won the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award, the New York Daily News reports Among other accomplishments, he won his first of four Emmy Awards in 1968 for writing the CBS special, "Black History: Lost, Stolen Or Strayed."

Never wanting to retire, he finally did on Oct. 2 where he addressed his viewers saying, "I wish I could do this forever. I can't, though. But I'm not retiring. Writers don't retire. And I'll always be a writer," reports the Chicago Tribune.

Rooney is survived by his four children, Brian, Emily, Martha, and Ellen, according to the New York Daily News.

Two Russian self-made entrepreneurs who were once close friends as well as business partners are now intertwined in a $6.5 billion lawsuit.

Boris Berezovsky, 65, and Roman Abramovich, 45, created a gas and oil conglomerate called Sibneft, along with another partner who was not named. But when Abramovich sold the company in a multi-billion dollar deal in 2005, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested to Abramovich that he push Berezovsky out, the Star Tribune reported.

Berezovsky was forced to leave the country and start a new life abroad, the Guardian reported. Berezosky's lawyers claimed that Abramovich "intimidated" him to sell his shares for much less than they were worth; thus, leaving Berezosky with a loss of over $6 billion, the Star Tribune reported.

In court on Oct. 3 Berezovsky's lawyer, Laurence Rabinowitz, said, "Mr. Abramovich at that point demonstrated that he was a man to whom wealth and influence mattered more than friendship and loyalty."

However, Abramovich saw things differently: "This is wealth that I have generated through hard work ... I am not part of his family ... and I have no obligation, legal or moral, to fund his lifestyle or attempt to indulge his fantastic demands."

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