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18 veterans commit suicide each day

Army Times – Troubling new data show there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department. Seven percent of the attempts are successful, and 11 percent of those who don’t succeed on the first attempt try again within nine months. Read article

Clash on south Sudan boundary with Darfur ‘kills 55′

BBC – A Darfuri tribe says 55 of its members have been killed in a clash with soldiers from Southern Sudan’s army. A Rezeigat tribal spokesmen said the tribe had been looking for new pastures for its cattle when fighting erupted on Friday near the south Sudan boundary. Read article

Google Street View logs WiFi networks, Mac addresses

The Register – Google’s roving Street View spycam may blur your face, but it’s got your number. The Street View service is under fire in Germany for scanning private WLAN networks, and recording users’ unique Mac (Media Access Control) addresses, as the car trundles along.Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Data Protection Peter Schaar says he’s “horrified” by the discovery. “I am appalled”¦ I call upon Google to delete previously unlawfully collected personal data on the wireless network immediately and stop the rides for Street View,” according to German broadcaster ARD. Spooks have long desired the ability to cross reference the Mac address of a user’s connection with their real identity and virtual identity, such as their Gmail or Facebook account. Read Article

Local farmers: Food bill a bad idea

Herald Sun – Small local and organic farms all over the country could be in for a fruitless year. Farmers, particularly those who run small operations, are anxious as the Food Safety Modernization Act goes to the floor of the U.S. Senate. It is expected to come up for a vote today, according to Roland McReynolds, the Executive Director of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Read Article

First Europe, then the US ““ now abuse claims sweep Latin America

The Independent – The paedophile priest scandal currently enveloping the Vatican has spread to one of the most Catholic areas of the world following a string of new abuse revelations throughout Latin America.
Reports of priests raping or abusing minors have now emerged in Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico and Chile causing growing anger in a continent that is home to nearly half the world’s Catholics. Read Article

H1N1 vaccine study investigating hints of complications from vaccine

Washington Post – Federal health officials are investigating the first hints of any possible significant complications from the H1N1 vaccine, but stressed that the concerns will probably turn out to be a false alarm. The latest analysis of data has detected what could be a somewhat elevated rate of Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death; Bell’s palsy, a temporary facial paralysis; and thrombocytopenia, which is a low level of blood platelets, officials reported Friday. The data is being collected through five of the networks the government is using to monitor people who were inoculated against the swine flu. Read Article

11 hurt in Thailand grenade attack

ABC – A grenade attack apparently targeting the Bangkok residence of former Thai prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa, an influential ally of the ruling coalition government, has injured 11 people. The injured included civilians and three police officers on guard at the residence, medical service officials in Bangkok said. Read article

UAE calls again on Iran to end islands “occupation”

Reuters – The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates refused to back down in the face of Iranian anger and repeated Sunday his call for Tehran to end its “occupation” of three islands in the Gulf. The minister’s use of the word last week and his explicit comparison of the islands claimed by the UAE to Arab lands occupied by Israel was called “brazen and impudent” by Tehran, which said Saturday it hoped he had been misquoted. Read article

Water pollution expert derides UN sanitation claims

The Guardian -Asit Biswas brands as ‘baloney’ WHO claim that it is on course to halve proportion of people without access to safe water. Hundreds of millions of people that the UN declares have gained access to safe water and sanitation are still struggling with polluted supplies and raw sewage, a leading expert has told the Guardian – Read Article

New airport security scanners a waste of money: Israeli security specialist

Canada.Com – Boasting he could easily slip through one of Canada’s new full-body scanners with enough explosives to blow up a jumbo jet, a leading Israeli airport security expert says the federal government has wasted millions of dollars to install “useless” imaging machines at airports across the country. “I don’t know why everybody is running to buy these expensive and useless machines. I can overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to bring down a Boeing 747,” Rafi Sela on Thursday told parliamentarians probing the state of aviation safety in Canada. “That’s why we haven’t put them in our airport.” Sela, former chief security officer at the Israel Airport Authority and a 30-year veteran in airport security and defence technology, helped design the security apparatus at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport. Read Article

Exercise Therapy for Low Back Pain

ScienceDaily “” Low back pain (or lumbago) is a common ailment often triggered by something as simple as lifting a suitcase. What is the best way to remedy the situation? An exercise machine designed specifically for back muscles could be the solution, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. Read Article

Hungary’s conservative opposition wins landslide election

Telegraph – Hungary’s centre-right opposition has won a two-thirds general election victory, according to second round results. With nearly all second round votes counted, conservative Fidesz had won 263 seats, above the 258 needed for the two-thirds majority, ousting the Socialists after eight years and securing a mandate to enact reforms and revive the economy. Read article

The MoD, the arms deal and a 30-year-old bill for £400m

The Independent – In the 1970s Iran paid Britain for thousands of tanks, but when the Shah fell they were sold on to Iraq. Now Tehran wants its money back. Read article

Electric Motorcycles Buyer’s Guide

Popularmechanics – Zero-emissions motorcycles are finally entering the mainstream, but you’ve probably never heard of the companies making them. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering a motorcycle with an extension cord. When it comes to electric propulsion, motorcycle companies are way ahead of carmakers. While electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf are still in the development phase, there are around a dozen credible e-bikes on sale today that offer a lot more than just green credentials: near-silent operation, running costs that amount to pennies per week, low insurance rates, little maintenance and uniquely fun performance – Read Article

China gains influence in World Bank’s practices

AP – The World Bank recognized China’s growing economic influence and agreed Sunday to elevate Beijing’s voting power to behind only the U.S. and Japan in the 186-nation lending organization. Lifting China above a number of Western powers, including Germany, France and Britain, also gives other nations with emerging economies more voice and say in how the bank operates and lends money. Bank members also decided to increase the institution’s capital by $3.5 billion; it was the first increase in more than 20 years. China’s stake at the bank, in terms of voting power, climbs from 2.78 percent to 4.42 percent. The U.S., the world’s largest economy, remains No. 1 spot at 15.85 percent, effectively giving it veto power, followed by Japan at 6.84 percent. Read Article

LSD and Ecstasy being used to combat cancer anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder

Daily Mail – Hallucinogenic drugs including LSD and Ecstasy are being used by doctors in tests to treat conditions including cancer anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientists are once again striving to prove that psychedelic drugs can be of medical benefit more than four decades after authorities clamped down on their use for both recreational and research purposes. Read article

Scientists uncover deep ocean current near Antarctica

Reuters- Scientists have discovered a fast-moving deep ocean current with the volume of 40 Amazon Rivers near Antarctica that will help researchers monitor the impacts of climate change on the world’s oceans. A team of Australian and Japanese scientists, in a study published in Sunday’s issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, found that the current is a key part of a global ocean circulation pattern that helps control the planet’s climate -Read Article

Austrian incumbent defeats far-Right challenge to win second term

Telegraph – Austria’s president has won a second term, easily defeating a politician nicknamed the ‘Reich Mother’ who had denounced anti-Nazi laws. Heinz Fischer, a Social Democrat, had won 78.9 percent of the vote. Campaigning on an anti-immigrant, anti-Islam, anti-feminist ticket, Barbara Rosenkranz of the Union Freedom Party drew 15.6 percent. Rudolf Gehring of the Austrian Christian Party trailed with 5.4 percent. Turnout was only 48.9 percent. Read article

EU wants united airspace after ash cloud

Reuters – European authorities have seized on this week’s airline crisis to fast-track their control of airspace, but they appear to have less interest in helping airlines pay the bills left by the volcanic ash cloud. European transport commissioner Siim Kallas will next week present recommendations learned from a week of aviation chaos, which the airline industry says cost it about $1.7 billion in lost revenue, though it also saved some $660 million in costs such as fuel. Read article

BP struggles to cap leak as US oil slick spreads

AFP”“ British oil giant BP used robotic underwater vehicles Sunday to try to cap a leaking well and prevent a growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico from developing into an environmental disaster. Satellite images showed the slick had spread by 50 percent in a day to cover an area of 600 square miles (1,550 square kilometers), although officials said some 97 percent of the pollution was just a thin veneer on the sea’s surface – Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – UK – Copyright violators could lose Internet access under new Bill

Deutsche Welle – Britain’s Digital Economy Bill has sparked protest and debate since its passage on April 8. The legislation introduces a host of new measures for the digital realm including updated videogame classifications, modified licensing procedures for broadcasters and new copyright regulations. The bill’s provisions on downloads of copyrighted material have drawn the most public attention. The Digital Economy Bill requires Internet service providers (ISPs) to track users downloading copyrighted files and notify them of their infringement. If users do not stop illegally downloading files after three notifications, the bill authorizes the Secretary of State to impose limits on the violators’ bandwidth or to cut off their Internet access entirely. Read Article

Newborn babies to get bar codes instead of handwritten name tags

The Times – An NHS hospital has become the first in the country to issue all new born babies with bar codes instead of traditional handwritten tags. Kettering General Hospital’s maternity unit has introduced the system to end mistakes caused by the illegible handwriting of medical staff. Now all newborns are getting a personal bar code strapped on their ankles which midwives zap with a scanner to read the baby’s details. Read Article

S.Korean warship ‘sunk by torpedo blast’

The Independent – A torpedo was the likely cause of an explosion that sank a warship near the tense border with North Korea last month, a South Korean minister said today. Defence minister Kim Tae-young told reporters he believes “the bubble jet effect caused by a heavy torpedo is the most likely” cause of the incident. Read article

Superspy in the sky could soon be patrolling over British cities “to search for hidden terror cells”

Daily Mail – A Top-secret US unmanned drone used to locate Al Qaeda and Taliban hideouts in Pakistan and Afghanistan could soon be patrolling over British cities to search for hidden terror cells. The controversial move would allow MI5 and GCHQ, the Government’s eavesdropping centre, to step up surveillance operations over the UK. Until now, the £23million Global Hawk aircraft has not been available for foreign sale. However, US policy has been quietly changed and Britain is now negotiating to buy the drones. America is keen to supply them for British patrols after a string of terror plots threatening the US and its citizens. Read Article

China To Sterilise 10,000 To Curb Births

Sky News – Health authorities are planning to sterilise nearly 10,000 people in southern China over the next four days as part of a population control programme. Some of the people in Puning City will be forced to have the procedure carried out against their will. Amnesty International says forced sterilisation “amounts to torture”. Read Article