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North Korea to hold trial for two U.S. journalists

Reuters – North Korea will put on trial on Thursday two U.S. journalists it says illegally entered the country with “hostile intent” in a contentious case that comes as Pyongyang faces international anger for last week’s nuclear test. “The Central Court of the DPRK (North Korea) will start a trial of American journalists Laura Ling and Seung-eun Lee from 3 p.m. Thursday (2 a.m. EDT) on the basis of the indictment already brought against them,” its KCNA news agency said.Experts said a guilty verdict is certain and that the two, captured on North Korea’s border with China in March while working on a story, are likely to become bargaining chips in high-stake negotiations with the United States, which has long sought to end the North’s nuclear ambitions. Read Article

MMR jab should be compulsory for all children starting school, expert says

The Guardian – Welsh health minister considering options for compulsory vaccination as UK measles cases hit record high. Children should only be allowed to start school if they have been vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, a leading public health expert has said as measles cases in the UK hit a record high.Sir Sandy Macara, former chairman of the British Medical Association, will tell doctors later this month that a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella – known as the MMR jab – should be compulsory for all children starting school.His comments come as the Welsh health minister revealed she is exploring whether to make the vaccination compulsory for school and nursery entry. Read Article

The Historian – Three seperate articles advocating compulsory vaccinations in under a week. Can you spot the PR campaign?

New Zealand may go bust over Global Warming

Canada Free Press – No country in the world would risk as much for “global warming” as New Zealand if it goes ahead with the cap-and-trade energy taxation installed by Helen Clarke’s now-departed Labour Government. New Zealand’s economy is almost completely dependent on its farm exports:  lamb, dairy products, beef and high-end white wines. Half of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from cattle and sheep. If New Zealand taxes its cows and sheep hundreds of dollars per animal for methane emissions and manure handling fees, Argentina would almost immediately displace New Zealand’s farm exports. Argentina has more grass, more cattle, the potential for more lambs, a surging wine industry””and no Kyoto obligations. Based on U.S. and Australian “discussions,” a 500-cow dairy might have to pay $250,000 per year for cattle emissions and manure handling permits, plus a hefty increase in its costs for low-carbon electricity and diesel.  An Argentine dairy would pay none of these increased costs””and every dollar of cost differential would be a further incentive for Argentine dairymen to expand their exports at the expense of New Zealand.  Read Article

Democrats agree to IMF money in U.S. war bill

Reuters – Democrats in the U.S. Congress have reached a deal to boost support to the International Monetary Fund, lawmakers’ aides said on Tuesday, a victory for President Barack Obama who pledged to help the lender assist countries in the global economic crisis.The war funding measure will provide a $100 billion credit line to the IMF, increase the U.S. member contribution to the IMF by $8 billion and authorize the United States to back the IMF’s plan to sell 400 tons (12.97 million ounces) of gold, said the aides, who declined further identification. Read Article

The Historian – Seed capital for the new World Central Bank

Women’s Institute latest champion of the bees

Daily Telegraph – Wild flowers should be planted on roadside verges, derelict land and in public parks to ‘save the honey bee’, according to the Women’s Institute. The number of bumblebees in the UK has declined by around 70 per cent since the 1970s and honey bees by up to 15 per cent in the last two years, according go official Government figures. The sudden decline in bees has been blamed on intensive farming techniques, climate change and a mysterious condition known as colony collapse disorder. It could cause serious problems for agriculture and food production since bees are essential to pollinate many plants.  Read Article

Cheney’s secret briefings defended torture interrogations

AP — Dick Cheney as vice president conducted secret briefings for lawmakers in 2005 aimed at defending harsh interrogations as their methods were coming under congressional scrutiny, according to current and former government officials. The secret briefings followed the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and public revelations about the CIA’s rendition and interrogation program, current and former officials with ties to Congress and government intelligence told The Associated Press. One official with direct knowledge of a March 8, 2005, meeting on the CIA’s interrogation program said the briefing was run by Cheney in the situation room at the White House, a secure meeting room. The official said CIA officers were on hand to provide details. Read Article

Bernanke sees recession ending soon; warns on debt

Reuters – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sounded a cautiously upbeat note on the U.S. economy on Wednesday but warned that corralling government debt was vital to ensuring the nation’s long-term health.In testimony to Congress, Bernanke sounded more confident that the U.S. recession would end this year than he had just one month ago, and he said the risk of a dangerous downward spiral in prices had receded.Delivering a message that appeared aimed at soothing jittery financial markets and reassuring foreign investors that the United States would get a grip on its budget once the economic crisis has passed, Bernanke said rising deficits posed a significant long-term threat. Read Article

Creationism and American schools

The Times – The debate over whether religion or science should be given precedence in schools is ongoing in the United States. In the United States, the determination to keep the creationist flame alive in science classes burns fiercely. Just three months ago, its champions won the right to force Texas schoolbooks to state that evolutionary theory, a stable pillar of modern biology, is still a matter of scientific dispute. The move was instigated by Don McLeroy, the creationist chairman of the Texas State Board of Education. In March, he argued to the board that textbook authors should be compelled to detail the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, allowing creationist discussions in the classroom. His case was crafted with the help of the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based organisation that has been instrumental in promoting the neocreationist concept of “intelligent design”. Read Article

Jobless rates in U.S. cities zoom higher in April

Reuters – The weak labor market is hurting U.S. cities — centers of many industries and large housing markets — with 93 metropolitan areas registering an unemployment rate of at least 10 percent in April, according to Labor Department data released on Wednesday.That is more than 13 times the number of cities that notched the same high levels a year earlier, the Department said.Currently, the national unemployment rate is 8.9 percent, but in nearly 150 cities a higher proportion of residents were out of work this spring. Read Article

Obama seeks Saudi king’s advice before Cairo speech

Reuters – U.S. President Barack Obama will urge Arabs and Israelis to say publicly what they acknowledge in private about Middle East peace moves and Iran when he speaks to the Muslim world on Thursday.Obama, who visited Saudi Arabia and said he sought King Abdullah’s advice before the speech to be delivered in Egypt, outlined its themes in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday. Read Article

Air France received South American bomb threat days before Flight 447 disappeared over Atlantic

Daily Mail – Air France received a bomb threat four days before Flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, it emerged yesterday.The telephone warning targeted a flight from Buenos Aires that was also travelling to Paris.Although that plane arrived safely on May 27, the news fuelled speculation that there may be a more sinister explanation for why the Airbus from Rio de Janeiro vanished from radar screens with 228 people on board, including five Britons. Read Article

Virtual twins could bring the end of animal research (in a “Brave New World”)

New Scientist – Before long, we will each have an alter ego to assess the medication we need. That’s the vision of Natalia Alexandrov, winner of the New Scientist/NC3Rs “Beyond animal research” essay competition.A QUIET night in December 2050. Small town anywhere on Earth. In the hospital, little Peter has just made his appearance in the world. As the happy family takes pictures of mother and baby, the thought that his birth is incomplete is far from their minds. And the birth will not be complete for a few hours, until hundreds of miles away his virtual twin is born. While Peter is dreaming his first dreams, samples of his blood and tissue are analysed and the resulting data transmitted to the simulation and modelling department of the regional medical centre. Read Article

U.S. ‘finds mistakes’ in deadly Afghan air strikes

Reuters – A U.S. military investigation has uncovered mistakes in air strikes that killed dozens of civilians in western Afghanistan last month, according to a U.S. military official.The official confirmed a report in The New York Times on Wednesday that said the civilian death toll would probably have been reduced if U.S. air crews and ground troops had followed strict rules to prevent civilian casualties.”We do not have an issue with the accuracy of the story,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the results of the investigation have not yet been announced. The incident in early May stoked long-standing tensions between Afghans and foreign troops over civilian casualties. Afghan officials put the civilian death toll from the air strikes in Farah province as high as 140 while an Afghan human rights watchdog put the total at 97. The rights group said no more than two Taliban fighters were killed. Read Article

British children of ten are taught how to spot a terrorist in police DVD

Daily Mail – Hundreds of children as young as ten are being urged to spot potential terrorists and shop them to police. Up to 2,000 are to attend a safety event where a film will tell pupils that extremist views can develop at school. But critics condemned the initiative as a nightmare extension of the Big Brother state. Concerns were also raised that children could become subject to police monitoring if their fellow pupils misinterpreted innocent remarks or play. Read Article

Britain leads world in police state survey

The Register – A recent survey from internet security consultancy, Cryptohippie, suggests that the UK is setting the pace in at least one area – though being classified as the West’s most repressive regime when it comes to electronic surveillance might not be a title that this government is entirely happy to wear. This result emerges from Cryptohippie’s recently published Electronic Police State 2008 (pdf). This is the first in what are intended to be a series of annual reports that will audit the “State use of electronic technologies to record, organize, search and distribute forensic evidence against its citizens”. The audit focusses on 17 factors, ranging from requirement to produce documents on demand, through to the extent to which states force ISP’s and phone companies to retain data, the blurring of boundaries between police and intelligence work and ultimately the breakdown of the principles of habeas corpus. Read Article

Israel rehearsing ‘doomsday’ scenario

Press TV – Sirens wailed across Israel on the third day of Tel Aviv’s largest-ever military drill which is widely believed to be preparation for another war in the region. The drill is widely believed to be in line with the regime’s preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities which they admit can ignite an all-out war in the region. Israeli officials sound sirens on Tuesday as part of the five-day “Turning point 3″ military exercises which has begun on Sunday to test the response to a “doomsday” mix of missile attacks from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as well as suicide bombings and natural disasters. Read Article

WHO official says world edging towards pandemic

Reuters – The spread of H1N1 flu in Australia, Britain, Chile, Japan and Spain has nudged the world closer to a pandemic, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.The newly-discovered strain had caused more infections than seasonal influenza at the start of Chile’s flu season, raising concern about how it would spread in the southern hemisphere, according to Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s acting assistant director-general.The virus has mainly affected people aged below 60 and caused 117 deaths worldwide, including some otherwise healthy people, he said. For now, the WHO’s pandemic scale remained at the second-highest level but the threshold may soon be crossed. Read Article

The Historian – Just when you thought there was no more Flu Vaccine or Tamiflu left to sell……

Russian President may push “˜new world currency’

Bloomberg — The dollar weakened beyond $1.43 against the euro for the first time in 2009 on bets record U.S. borrowing will undermine the greenback, prompting nations to consider alternatives to the world’s main reserve currency. The euro gained for a fourth day versus the dollar as the Russian government said emerging-market leaders may discuss the idea of a supranational currency. The pound rose to the highest level since October and the Canadian dollar traded near an eight-month high on speculation signs of a recovery in U.S. and U.K. housing will spur higher-yield demand. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev may discuss his proposal to create a new world currency when he meets counterparts from Brazil, India and China this month, Natalya Timakova, a spokeswoman for the president, told reporters by phone today. Russia’s proposals for the Group of 20 meeting in London in April included studying a supranational currency. Read Article

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First GM pig stem cells could make ‘humanised’ organs

New Scientist – The world’s first pig stem cells have been created from porcine ear and bone-marrow cells. Researchers at the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in Shanghai, China, say they are the first to achieve this in hoofed animals.Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have the potential to turn into all types of body tissue. The big advantage, though, is that they can be genetically manipulated in the lab, and then cloned to create animals with new traits. Read Article

North Korea “preparing long-range missile launch”

Reuters – North Korea is assembling a missile that could hit U.S. soil and may test-launch it as early as this month, a newspaper reported, as a U.S. envoy on Wednesday urged Pyongyang to cease provocations and return to disarmament talks.The hermit state’s nuclear test last week, putting it closer to having a working atomic weapon, has already prompted U.S. and South Korean forces to raise their military alert for the divided peninsula.North Korea, which began ratcheting up regional tensions when it fired a long-ranged rocket over Japan in April, also test-fired a barrage of short-range missiles last week and threatened to attack the South. Read Article

Gold, Silver Climb as Dollar Falls

Wall Street Journal – Gold and silver futures bounced from overnight weakness Tuesday in response to a softer U.S. dollar, although the metals also ran into bouts of profit-taking.August gold rose $4.40 to $984.40 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. July silver rose 22 cents to $15.955 and peaked at $16.02, its strongest level since August. Read Article