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Arsenic worries prompt chicken drug withdrawal

Washington Post – A drug that farmers have given to chickens for decades is being pulled off the market after federal scientists found a potentially carcinogenic form of arsenic in the livers of animals treated with the substance, officials announced Wednesday. Alpharma, a subsidiary of Pfizer, is voluntarily suspending sales of the drug 3-Nitro, which has been given to chickens since the 1940s to protect them from a parasitic disease and help them gain weight, the Food and Drug Administration announced. Read article

Army launches raid on flashpoint Syrian town

ABC – Syria’s army has launched a crackdown on “armed gangs” in the flashpoint town of Jisr al-Shughur, where authorities say 120 police and troops were massacred earlier in the week. Read article

S Arabia helps US step up Yemen raids

PressTV – US media say the Pentagon has intensified its secret campaign of airstrikes in crisis-hit Yemen with the help of Saudi Arabia which provides Washington with intelligence. Read article

US drone strike kills 23 in Pakistan

Press TV – The US has conducted another unauthorized drone airstrike in Pakistan’s troubled northwest, leaving at least 23 people dead and several others wounded. Officials say the US drones have fired five missiles into North Waziristan close to the Afghan border. Meanwhile, Pakistani medics reported that the missiles fired by US drones have contaminated the environment with unknown chemicals. They say most of those wounded by US drone airstrikes in North Waziristan are hospitalized for various skin, eye and respiratory diseases caused by chemicals. Read Article

Libyan rebels regain Kalaa

Reuters – Rebels successfully regain control of Kalaa in the western mountains. Julie Noce reports.

France bans traditional media from using the words Twitter and Facebook in an effort to stop secret advertising.

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BBC hides royal wedding coverage costs

Press TV – The BBC has used a “controversial exemption” in Britain’s regulations to avoid revealing the astronomical costs of the royal wedding coverage and the number of complaints it received on the day. British anti-monarchy campaign group Republic hit out at the broadcaster for resorting to the exception in the Freedom of Information Act saying it is going to appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office to lift the exemption. Read Article

U.S. funding for future promises lags by trillions

USA Today – The federal government’s financial condition deteriorated rapidly last year, far beyond the $1.5 trillion in new debt taken on to finance the budget deficit, a USA TODAY analysis shows. The government added $5.3 trillion in new financial obligations in 2010, largely for retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. That brings to a record $61.6 trillion the total of financial promises not paid for. Read Article

US: Employers React to Obamacare

Fox News reports on a McKinsey study which says one of every three American companies will drop health care over the next few years.

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File under “You couldnt make it up” – Credit call for the killing of camels

The Australian – Killing feral camels, early burn-offs and inoculating cattle to stop them burping methane gas have been suggested as activities qualifying for carbon credits under Labor’s proposed carbon farming initiative. A consultation paper issued by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency gives the first insight into how the federal government will decide what will qualify for carbon permits and what will not. Feral pests are firmly in the sights. A proposal by Northwest Carbon to cull the estimated one million feral camels roaming the outback has made the list. Read Article

Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

The Register – Facebook has rolled out its facial recognition technology to countries outside of the US, but has switched the feature on by default without telling its users first. UK-based security expert Graham Cluely noted earlier today that Facebook had slotted the tech into the social network. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company started using its facial recognition software in December last year for its Stateside users in a move to automatically provide tags for the photos uploaded by Facebook users. Read Article

This Charming Psychopath

Psychology Today – Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. Hannibal Lecter. These are the psychopaths whose stunning lack of conscience we see in the movies and in tabloids. Yet, as this report makes abundantly clear, these predators, both male and female, haunt our everyday lives at work, at home, and in relationships. Here’s how to find them before they find you. Read article

New research uncovers genetic link between emphysema, lung cancer

Medical Express – A gene linked to emphysema also can be a factor for developing lung cancer unrelated to cigarette smoking, UT Southwestern Medical Center research indicates. Smoking was the only known risk factor previously associated with both diseases. Read article

In Heart Of Amazon, A Natural Lab To Study Diseases

NPR – It’s summer and mosquitoes are back. We mostly consider these insects merely annoying, but they also can transmit disease, such as West Nile virus. In fact, in parts of Latin America and Asia — and even, to a lesser extent, in the U.S. — mosquito-borne diseases are growing more common. The city of Iquitos, Peru, in the heart of the Amazon rain forest, has become a giant, open-air laboratory to study the spread of one such disease: dengue fever. Scientists are also using this city-size experiment to find out what works best to stop it. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Navy’s Medical Research
Unit 6. Read article

Vietnam and China hackers escalate Spratly Islands row

BBC – Computer hackers from Vietnam and China have launched campaigns against each other, targeting hundreds of websites including government sites, amid rising anger over a territorial dispute. Read article

U.S. Is Intensifying a Secret Campaign of Yemen Airstrikes

NY Times - The Obama administration has intensified the American covert war in Yemen, exploiting a growing power vacuum in the country to strike at militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, according to American officials. The acceleration of the American campaign in recent weeks comes amid a violent conflict in Yemen that has left the government in Sana, a United States ally, struggling to cling to power. Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to Al Qaeda in the south have been pulled back to the capital, and American officials see the strikes as one of the few options to keep the militants from consolidating power. Read Article

The battle for Misrata

Reuters – Rebel forces intensify fighting against Muammar Gaddafi forces in Misrata; as government forces advance on the city. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

OPEC oil talks collapse, no output deal

Reuters – OPEC talks broke down in acrimony Wednesday without an agreement to raise output after Saudi Arabia failed to convince the oil cartel to lift production. “We were unable to reach an agreement — this is one of the worst meetings we have ever had,” said Ali al-Naimi, oil minister for Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest producer. Read Article

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Smile, you’re on BinCam! Five households agree to let snooping device record everything they throw away

Daily Mail – Five households have signed up to a programme that puts photographs of every item placed in wheelie bins on Facebook in a bid to raise awareness about recycling. The in-bin camera automatically records what someone has thrown away every time they use their kitchen bin. Families will be rated on how efficiently they recycle by a town hall monitoring office. Academics at Newcastle University who have pioneered bin-TV say it could be used to ‘change the behaviour’ of people who refuse to recycle or throw away too much food and packaging. Read Article

New airport scanner which will take just five seconds

Telegraph – Passengers could clear airport security in as little as five seconds under plans for a sophisticated new screening system which would not require them to remove their personal belongings. The 21 feet long smart tunnel combines all existing and imminent security technology in one place and would slash the time passengers wait at airports. Passengers would simply walk the length of the tunnel while they are scanned. It would prevent the frustration many passengers feel when they have to partially undress at a security gate. Read Article

Deadly militant attack on Pakistan security checkpoint

BBC - More than 100 militants have stormed a security checkpoint in north-western Pakistan, killing at least eight soldiers, officials say. At least 12 insurgents were also reported killed in the overnight gun battle that lasted some hours. The attack happened near the town of Makeen in the tribal district of South Waziristan, near the Afghan border. The area has seen a surge in missile strikes by US drone planes in recent days. Only a few days ago, locals and officials said a US drone attack in South Waziristan had killed a top al-Qaeda militant, Ilyas Kashmiri. Read Article

In Saudi Arabia, Royal Funds Buy Peace for Now

NYTimes – The kingdom is spending $130 billion to pump up salaries, build housing and finance religious organizations, among other outlays, effectively neutralizing most opposition. King Abdullah began wielding his checkbook right after leaders in Tunisia and Egypt fell, seeking to placate the public and reward a loyal religious establishment. Read article

Wikileaks: Children under care of Irish government ended up in brothels

Irish Central – US embassy cables, revealed via Wikileaks, show that children who have gone missing from Irish state care over the last three years have ended up working as sex slaves in brothels. During a private briefing with diplomats from the American Embassy, in Dublin, the Health Service Executive (HSE) made this shocking admission. Read Article

April, May Wettest on Record for Buffalo

WKBW – A number of Northeast and Middle Atlantic cities, including Buffalo, received record amounts of rainfall during April and May. According to Cornell University’s Northeast Regional Climate Center, 13.78 inches of rain fell in Buffalo from April 1 through May 31. That eclipses the previous high mark of 11.3 inches during the same span in 1990. Read Article