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Procurement policy.
U.S. Citizenship No Longer A Requirement For State Dept. Contracting Officers -- In a significant shift in State Department procurement policy, U.S. embassies and consulates in countries without major public-corruption problems can now appoint non-U.S. citizens as contracting officers. The department recently amended its procurement regulations to allow foreign nationals to handle acquisitions of $25,000 or less, but only in countries with a score of at least five on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index.

Pay-by-cell? Could there be procurement implications in this?
Pay-By-Cell To Upend Banking, Credit Cards -- How would pay-by-cell work? You walk into a restaurant with your phone turned on. The restaurant picks up the signal, checks your credit history, and -- if you pass its credit standards - lets you order and serves you lunch. At the end of the meal, the restaurant beams the final total to the screen of your cell phone – along with a suggested tip -- you push a button to accept and you're on your way.

Food shortage.
North Korea: Kim Jong-il 'in Beijing to meet Hu Jintao' -- China had already confirmed Mr Kim was in the country, on his third visit in little more than a year. It comes as the North faces another severe food shortage and diplomatic isolation over its nuclear programme.

GM goes on a hiring spree.
GM to Disclose New Detroit Hires -- General Motors Co. will add 2,500 jobs at a Detroit factory to build the next-generation Chevrolet Impala, a person familiar with the plans said on Tuesday. GM North America President Mark Reuss is expected to announce the hiring plans on Wednesday at the factory, the person said.

- Sheena Moore

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