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Novel program is saving newborns’ lives in developing countries

Medical Express – A program that teaches health care workers in developing countries basic techniques to resuscitate babies immediately after birth is saving lives, according to a study to be presented Tuesday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver. The program is designed to be implemented in settings where oxygen, chest compression, intubation and medications are not feasible or available. Read article

Scotland: Row after wind farms ‘turned off’

Herald Scotland – Six wind farms were given six-figure payments to switch off their turbines because the Scottish grid network could not absorb all the energy being produced, it has emerged.  Research by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) found energy companies were paid a total of £900,000 for stopping the turbines for several hours between April 5 and 6 this year.  The REF said some of the payments were as high as 20 times the value of the electricity which would have been generated if the turbines kept running.  Read Article

Fukushima parents dish the dirt in protest over radiation levels

Guardian – Furious parents in Fukushima have delivered a bag of radioactive playground earth to education officials in protest at moves to weaken nuclear safety standards in schools.  Children can now be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. The new regulations have prompted outcry. A senior adviser resigned and the prime minister, Naoto Kan, was criticised by politicians from his own party.  Read Article

French ex-PM Dominique de Villepin faces appeal hearing

BBC – Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is facing an appeal hearing over charges that he plotted to discredit President Nicolas Sarkozy. Read article

Libya crisis: UN leaves Tripoli amid mob attacks

BBC - The UN has withdrawn all its international staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli following a mob attack on its offices. UN buildings and some foreign missions were targeted by angry crowds following a Nato air strike that reportedly killed a son of Col Gaddafi. The UN says all its international staff have now left for Tunisia and the decision will be reviewed next week. After its Tripoli embassy was sacked, the UK expelled the Libyan ambassador. A BBC team in Tripoli said the British embassy was completely burnt out with fires still smouldering and paperwork and other debris scattered outside. Read Article

Ex-Rad, the U.S. Military’s Radiation Wonder Drug

Fox – The immense loss of life and absolute devastation caused by last week’s earthquake and tsunami is heartbreaking – and serve as the culprits in this unimaginable tragedy. The tension, felt by its citizens and far beyond the country’s borders, centers most immediately on what happens next at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. Reports of radioactive contamination and a potential meltdown at the complex have many Americans wondering how prepared our own government would be in the event something similar occurred here. More specifically, could the the health of residents living near a severely damaged nuclear reactor in the U.S. be ensured? Thanks to the advanced work of the men and women who develop our nation’s military medicine, the answer is yes – but only if the government now takes the necessary steps. Read Article

As one Chinese human rights lawyer is released, another disappears

Telegraph – Li Fangping, 36, told his wife by telephone on Friday afternoon: “There are state security agents downstairs and they are going to take me away. I may be gone for some time, eat dinner by yourself.” He has not been seen or heard from since in the latest case of a “disappearance” by the Chinese authorities. Last month, Ai Weiwei, the internationally-famous artist, also vanished and has not resurfaced. Mr Li, slightly-built and softly-spoken, took on some of China’s most contentious cases. He advised parents whose children were poisoned by toxic milk in 2008 and represented one of them, Zhao Lianhai, who was put on trial after he set up a website to publicise the dangers of milk laced with melamine. Read Article

Yemen power deal unraveling as Saleh still defiant

Reuters – A deal to remove Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh looked all but dead on Monday, raising the threat of more turmoil and violence in a country wracked by civil conflict and Islamist insurgency. Read article

Iran announces air defence system

Reuters – Reflecting fears of an attack on its nuclear sites, Iran flags the early production stages of an advanced anti-aircraft missile system.

Climate Fact of The Day – Antarctica Satellite Temperature Record 1979-2011

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Alcohol blamed for cancers

The Australian – A fresh analysis of cancer rates in Australia suggests alcohol is to blame for many more cases than previously thought. With 5.6 per cent or 5663 cancers a year likely to be triggered by regular drinking even at moderate levels. More than 2600 breast cancers – or more than one in five of total cases – nearly 1300 cancers of the mouth and nearly 600 cancers of the oesophagus a year are now thought to be due to patients’ drinking habits. Read article

Melbourne records wettest April in a decade

ABC – The weather bureau says 102 millimetres fell on the city last month, making it the wettest April since 2001.  But the city’s wettest April was recorded in 1960, when 195 millimetres fell.  Forecaster Peter Newham says there was no consistent rainfall pattern across Victoria last month.  Read Article

Germany tries to allay labour influx fear

BBC – German government ministers have tried to reassure workers that their pay won’t be undercut by workers from central and eastern Europe. It comes as the German labour market is fully opened to workers from Poland and seven other countries which joined the EU in 2004. Read article

Afghan children killed in US-led strike

Press TV – A US-led missile strike has killed at least three Afghan children and wounded several others in Afghanistan’s troubled south. US-led forces have shelled civilian houses during a military operation in a district in Logar province, a Press TV correspondent reported on Sunday. One woman and his seven-year-old boy were also injured in the attack. The US-led military alliance has confirmed the incident and casualties. Read Article

Four killed by 12yo suicide bomber

ABC - The start of the Taliban’s spring offensive in Afghanistan has been marked by a 12-year-old suicide bomber, who killed at least four people and injured a dozen others. Wearing a suicide vest, the boy detonated his explosives in a busy marketplace in the south-eastern province of Paktika. Police say the bomber is thought to be the country’s youngest suicide bomber. Most of the victims of the blast were civilians, including a mother and child who were severely injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and several other armed assaults and blasts across the country. Three children were also killed in an ambush on a police convoy in Logar, and several people were injured by a bicycle bomb in Ghazni province. Read Article

Propoganda Alert: Osama bin Laden killed cowering behind his ‘human shield’ wife

Daily Telegraph – Osama bin Laden used his wife as a human shield in a last desperate attempt to save his own life before he was gunned down by US special forces in his hideout in Pakistan. Armed with an automatic weapon, the al-Qaeda leader’s last act was to force his young bride to sacrifice her life as he tried to fire back at the US Navy Seals storming the compound. Bin Laden was killed with a single shot to the head after being tracked down to a million-dollar compound just 35 miles from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, where he is thought to have been living for six years. The extraordinary details of his last stand were disclosed by the White House as the 13-year hunt for the world’s most wanted man finally reached its bloody end.  Read Article

Editorial Comment – Orwell’s ‘Ministry of Information’ in the book ’1984′ couldn’t have written this script any better. Goldstein Osama, the world’s most hated man is finally found by the forces of Peace and duly killed by heroic soliders in a firefight, bringing much adulation to Big Brother Obama at a time when some were beginning to question his leadership and his ongoing prosecution of wars which have claimed in excess of a million (often innocent) lives, against foes to which Goldstein Osama, a former ally of the regime, represented.

To much show of jubilation amongst the proles people, Big Brother Obama announces his death, but warning that this could provoke further “terrorist” attacks. As a final act in his life and so to illustrate just how evil Golstein Osama was, it is told that he used his own wife as a human shield to try and save himself from the forces of justice.

However as Goldstein’s Osama’s body is disposed of immediately, and with no independent verification of his death, there is left the small possibility that he could always return to threaten the people once more……

Propoganda Alert: U.S. commandos knew bin Laden likely would die

Reuters – U.S. special forces set out to kill Osama bin Laden and dump his body in the sea to make it harder for the al Qaeda founder to become a martyr, U.S. national security officials told Reuters on Monday. “This was a kill operation,” one of the officials said. “If he had waved a white flag of surrender, he would have been taken alive,” the official added. But the operating assumption among the U.S. raiders was that bin Laden would put up a fight — which he did. Bin Laden “participated” in a firefight between the U.S. commandos and residents of the fortified compound near the Pakistani capital Islamabad where he had been hiding, the official said. The official would not explicitly say whether bin Laden fired on the Americans, but confirmed that during the course of the 40-minute operation the U.S. team shot bin Laden in the head. Read Article

Gaddafi’s tanks hit rebel city as son is buried

ABC – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi have launched a fresh attack on the besieged rebel city Misrata as his son, killed in a NATO-led air strike, was buried in Tripoli. Witnesses heard heavy shelling throughout Monday (local time) as loyalist tanks thrust into the western suburbs of Libya’s third largest city. At least four people were killed and about 30 injured in the fighting, medical sources said. Clashes overnight had killed another six and injured dozens more. Witnesses heard one or more NATO aircraft overflying the city for more than two hours but no air strikes were heard. Read Article

China Enacts Ban on Outdoor Smoking

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Libya launches revenge attacks on British targets after Gaddafi ‘assassination’ attempt

The Telegraph - The British embassy in Tripoli was set alight and other Western buildings targeted following an attack that killed members of the Libyan dictator’s family. Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the dictator’s youngest son, was killed by an airstrike on a house in Tripoli on Saturday night. The regime also said that three of Col Gaddafi’s grandchildren died. Col Gaddafi himself was said to have been in the building at the time but emerged unhurt. His spokesman described the strike as “a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country.” Nato denied targeting the Libyan leader personally, but confirmed an attack on a “military target” in a “known command-and-control building” in the capital. Read Article

Bahraini boy suffocated by tear gas

Press TV – The victim, named Mohammad Abdul-Hussain Farhan, lost his life on Saturday as a result of the police raid on Sitra, a Press TV correspondent reported. Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty’s over-40-year rule. On March 13, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed police and military forces in the kingdom upon Manama’s request to quell the nationwide protests. Read article

Pediatricians call for stricter laws for chemicals

Reuters – The U.S. is not doing enough to protect kids from exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals, pediatricians said in a new statement released today. The policy paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics explains that a law meant to inform the public about the risks of different chemicals, and to give the government the right to intervene to keep dangerous chemicals off the market, has largely failed to achieve those goals. And, writes Dr. Jerome Paulson, part of the AAP’s Council on Environmental Health, the consequences of that may hit kids the hardest, and in unpredictable ways. Read article

RFK assassin claims woman in polka-dot dress controlled his mind

LA Times – In a new court filing, the man who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 said he was controlled by a mystery woman at the time of the killing. In the papers, which were reviewed by the Associated Press, Sirhan Sirhan says he was led to the Ambassador Hotel with a gun by an unidentified woman in a polka-dot dress. Last month, Sirhan’s lawyer tried to convince a parole board that his client was a rainwashed hit man when he gunned down Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968. The board refused to release Sirhan. Read Article

Bangladesh: A Present-Day Water World

NPR – Photographer Jonas Bendiksen made three separate trips to Bangladesh last year to document the wet season and the ways that rising waters are altering Bangladeshi life. National Geographic‘s May issue shows the impact of flooding in a densely-populated, low-lying country barraged by seasonal monsoons and cyclones, and situated in the Ganges Delta — the world’s largest delta.?  Read Article

Europe: Herbal medicines banned as EU directive comes into force

Daily Mail – Patients have lost access to hundreds of herbal medicines today, after European regulations came into force. Sales of all herbal remedies, except for a small number of popular products for ‘mild’ illness such as echinacea for colds and St John’s Wort for depression have been banned. For the first time traditional products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner. Read article