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Germany, Russia threaten new sanctions against Iran

ABC – In Germany, chancellor Angela Merkel and visiting Russian president Dmitry Medvedev say they have almost reached agreement on a new round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. The two nations’ leaders held a news conference near Berlin after their two-day summit at the German government’s official residence in Meseberg. Read article

GM lobby helped draw up crucial report on Britain’s food supplies

The Guardian-Email trail shows how biotech group helped watchdog to draw up analysis of GM crops … and prompted two advisers to quit. A powerful lobbying organisation representing agribusiness interests helped draft a key government report that has been attacked by environmentalists for heavily favouring the arguments of the genetically modified food industry -Read Article

Pakistan to increase defence spending

BBC – Pakistan has announced it is to increase defence spending by 17% in the coming year, with analysts saying much of it will be used to combat militants. In his budget speech to parliament, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said security forces should know they had the support of MPs. Read article

Europe: Don’t let your baby swim [in chlorinated pools]

Reuters Health – Children who start swimming before the age of 2 may be at increased risk of a common infant lung infection, and possibly asthma and respiratory allergies later in life, a new study suggests. The findings, reported in the European Respiratory Journal, add to evidence that exposure to chlorinated pools may affect children’s respiratory health — particularly if they have a family history of asthma or respiratory allergies like hay fever. Read Article

France wants African states in G20

Irish Times – France will push for Africa to have membership of the G20 economies in a similar capacity to the European Union when it takes helm of the group next year, a French political source said. Read article

Somali insurgents parade bodies after Mogadishu battle

AFP – MOGADISHU — Somali insurgents displayed the bodies of what they said were African Union troops Friday following a day of fierce clashes with government troops for control of Mogadishu. Both the Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab and the embattled Western-backed government claimed victory in fighting that left at least 21 civilians and an unknown number of combatants dead. Read article

U.N. Report: U.S. Drones Do More Harm than Good

Newsy – The debate over the use of CIA drones continues after publication of a recent UN report condemning their use.

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US Government Jobs Account for 95% of May Job Increases

Bloomberg – American companies hired fewer workers in May than forecast and workers dropped out of the labor force, indicating government support is still needed to spur economic growth. Private payrolls rose by 41,000, Labor Department figures showed today, trailing the 180,000 gain forecast by economists. Read Article

Autism Finding Could Lead to Simple Urine Test for the Condition

ScienceDaily — Children with autism have a different chemical fingerprint in their urine than non-autistic children, according to new research published tomorrow in the print edition of the Journal of Proteome Research. The researchers behind the study, from Imperial College London and the University of South Australia, suggest that their findings could ultimately lead to a simple urine test to determine whether or not a young child has autism. Read article

Zimbabwe sees first independent newspaper in seven years

The Guardian – Zimbabwe has an independent daily newspaper for the first time in seven years after the launch today of NewsDay, which aims to provide a counterpoint to state media that is fiercely loyal to longtime president Robert Mugabe.The paper’s publisher, Trevor Ncube, said it will not fall prey to “hate, divisiveness, abhorrent propaganda and personality cults”. A new media licensing authority formed by the coalition government has also approved two other independent dailies that will start publishing soon. Read Article

Koreas may go to war at ‘any moment’

Press TV – Pyongyang has warned of an imminent war in the Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions over the sinking of a South Korean warship back in March. “The present situation of the Korean Peninsula is so grave that a war may break out any moment,” Ri Jang Gon, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to Geneva, said in a speech on Thursday. Read article

Sarkozy caught up in kickbacks scandal

Press TV – A report by Luxembourg police has revealed President Sarkozy’s involvement in a bribery scandal in the sale of French submarines to Pakistan in 1994. It is suspected that the money from the contract was used to finance a 1995 presidential campaign managed by Mr. Sarkozy to support candidate Edouard Balladur against Jacques Chirac, France 24 reports. Read article

Euro Tumbles Below $1.20

Wall Street Journal – The euro sank to the weakest point in more than four years against the dollar as a disappointing U.S. jobs report, combined with fears the euro-zone sovereign-debt crisis is spreading across the region, led investors to flee risky assets. The common currency fell below $1.20—the 10-year average—and is on a course that could bring it to $1.18, where it exited the first day of trading when the euro was introduced in 1999. Read Article

BP Among the Companies Vying for Iraq’s Oil

Time – Iraq has a dream: it wants to be bigger than Saudi Arabia. In seven years, Baghdad envisions itself overtaking its neighbor to the south as the world’s largest petroleum producer. That means Baghdad must ramp up output from the current 2.4 million barrels per day to more than 12.5 million. To do that, it is seeking billions in investment from foreign oil companies — among them BP, the British company fighting to contain an oil spill in another gulf halfway across the globe. Read Article

Former Shell Oil Chief, Engineer: Supertankers Could Save the Gulf, So Why Won’t BP Listen?

Fast Company -John Hofmeister and Nick Pozzi tell Fast Company how a possible solution to the Gulf Oil spill is sitting under BP’s nose. Underwater robots, containment domes, top hats, hot taps, junk shots … the potential fixes to the Gulf Oil Spill sound like they come straight from a cringeworthy disaster flick (or a PR think tank). But what if the solution is right under our noses? What if it’s already sitting in the Gulf? John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil, and Nick Pozzi, a former pipeline engineering and operations project manager for Saudi Aramco, think it might be. According to Hofmeister, oil supertankers could be used to suck up massive amounts of oil- Read Article

US: Putting vitamin D to the test

The Boston – Dr. JoAnn Manson, a Harvard Medical School professor, is principal investigator of the largest study to date of the possible health benefits of vitamin D and omega-3s, set to begin soon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. WHAT IT IS: The VITAL study is recruiting 20,000 people nationwide to study whether vitamin D (2,000 IU day) or fish oil (1 gram/day of omega-3) can prevent various cancers, as well as heart disease and stroke. WHO: Men over age 60 and women over age 65. Read Article

Calcium supplements: helpful in moderation, harmful in excess

The Guardian – Calcium is important for strong bones, but taking too much with high-dose supplements can lead to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure and even kidney failure. Calcium overdose has become more common in recent years, according to a new report. However, the researchers stress that calcium supplements should be safe when taken at recommended doses. Read Article

Victims shot 30 times, five in head at close range

Irish Times – ISRAEL WAS last night under pressure to allow an independent inquiry into its assault on the Gaza aid flotilla after post mortem results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian newspaper, revealed they were peppered with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range. Read article

Castro speculates Obama might strike Iran to win second term

Digital Journal – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro believes if United States President Barack Obama orders a nuclear strike of Iran, he will win a second term. He also believes the U.S. could attack North Korea soon. Read article

TOXIC SEAFOOD WARNING

ABC News -Beware of seafood imported into the US
many cannot pass minimum food standards

Quotation Of The Week

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
- Henry David Thoreau

As voted for by OYEN readers on our Facebook page this week, selected from the daily Thoughts of The Day. Did you have your say?

Beijing Uses Drone Aircraft to Monitor Poppy Crops

CRI – Beijing started Thursday to use drone aircraft for the first time to search for poppy crops in the surrounding mountains, local police said. Police will use the drone aircraft and helicopters in the one-month campaign against poppy planting, said Zhao Wenzhong, director of the drug control department of the municipal public security bureau. Read article

US mulls new North Korea measures

BBC – The US is considering further steps to hold North Korea to account for the sinking of a South Korea warship, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says. He told an Asian security conference in Singapore that inaction would set a “bad precedent”, but did not say if the US was considering more sanctions. Read article

UK – From CCTV cameras to cashpoints, store cards to miles, Big Brother is recording your life

Mirror – We’ve got more CCTV cameras trained on us – four million and rising – than any other country on earth. And they never sleep. Britain’s the third most surveillance-heavy society behind Russia and China. And thanks to internet monitoring, customer loyalty schemes in shops, online medical records and vehicle databases, there is little we do that someone doesn’t know about. Read Article

Google wants to patent technology used to ‘snoop’ Wi-Fi networks

Computer World – Google’s secret Wi-Fi snooping was powered by new sniffing technology that the company wants to patent, court documents filed Wednesday alleged. A just-amended complaint in a class-action lawsuit first submitted two weeks ago claims that a patent Google submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November 2008 shows that the search giant purposefully created technology to gather, analyze and use data sent by users over their wireless networks. Read Article