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Researchers Explore Treatments for Breast and Colon Cancers

ScienceDaily — University of Houston (UH) researchers have their sights set on developing possible treatments for breast and colon cancer. In two separate, yet related, studies published in the June and August issues of the journal Molecular Endocrinology, professor Cecilia Williams and her team at the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling (CNRCS) explored the role of estrogen hormones in potentially treating and preventing these cancers. More specifically, Williams examined regulatory molecules called estrogen receptors (ER), which are the tools that allow estrogen and related molecules to act in the cell. although estrogen is a female hormone, both men and women have receptors that are activated by estrogen. Read article

Clip shows Bahraini mourners attacked

PressTV – New footage shows supporters of the Bahraini regime attacking mourners in a village on the outskirts of the capital Manama. Read article

Three soldiers killed in attacks in Iraq

Xinhua – Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and six people wounded in bomb and gunfire attacks in Baghdad and Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, the police said on Monday. In Baghdad, a soldier was killed and another injured early in the morning when gunmen using silenced weapons attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad northeastern district of al-Benoug, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Separately, two people were wounded when a roadside bomb ripped through Baghdad’s western district of al-Adil, the source said. Read Article

19 NATO oil tankers burnt in Pakistan

Xinhua – At least 19 oil tankers were burnt when a NATO supply convoy came under attack Monday afternoon in Pakistan’s southwest province of Balochistan, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo. According to the report, the attack took place at about 2:30 p. m. when unknown gunmen opened fire at a NATO convoy on the Sibi-to- Quetta Highway in the Dasht area of Mastung, a district some 60 kilometers south of Balochistan’s capital city Quetta. The attackers fled the scene after they opened fire at the convoy and set the oil tankers on fire. Read Article

Fresh oil spill, fire hits area of Nigeria

Economic Times – Yenagoa, Nigeria: A fresh oil spill and a resulting fire has hit an area of Nigeria’s main oil-producing region after suspected sabotage to a Shell pipeline, an activist and residents said on Sunday. Read article

U.S – GM Crop Revenues Continue to Grow

Forbes – Physicist and author Rob Carlson of Biodesic reports that revenues from genetically modified crops are much larger than commonly reported:

I continue to be surprised by the misreporting in major publications of revenues from GM crops.  Based on USDA statistics and average crop prices, the three main GM crops in the U.S. (corn, soy, and cotton) brought in farm scale revenues of $100 billion in 2010.  As I noted in 2009 in Nature Biotechnology, many news outlets continue to report the $5.5 billion in revenues from U.S. GM seed sales as total sector revenues.

With U.S. biologics revenues of $75 billion, and industrial biotech revenues of $115 billion, total U.S. 2010 revenues from genetically modified systems were $300 billion, or the equivalent of more than 2% of GDP. Read Article

Human rights group condemns jailing of US hikers in Iran

Guardian – The conviction of two Americans held in Iran for spying and illegally crossing the border has been condemned by a human rights group. Amnesty International said the eight-year jail sentences for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, made a “mockery of justice” and were designed to be used as “a bargaining chip to allow Iran to obtain unspecified concessions from the US government”. Read Article

Less-invasive appendix surgery shines in new study

Reuters – Minimally invasive surgery for a burst appendix appears to be more successful and less costly in the long run than the traditional operation, a new study hints. Using the gentler technique, called laparoscopy, a surgeon makes small cuts in the abdomen before inserting a tiny camera inside, then performing the operation by watching a television monitor. Read article

A Battle Is Under Way For The Forests Of Borneo

NPR – A spry 80-year-old cruises through the thick vegetation of western Borneo, or western Kalimantan, as it’s known to Indonesians. Dressed in faded pinstripe slacks and a polo shirt, Layan Lujum carries a large knife in his hand. The chief of the island’s Sekendal village is making his morning rounds. Read article

US detainees on espionage mission: Iran

PressTV – Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the two US nationals, who were detained two years ago, had entered the country with prior planning with the purpose of spying. Read article

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon up 15%

AFP – Brasilia, Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon increased by 15 percent during the past 12 months, the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said. From July 2010 to July 2011 the vast South American rainforest lost 2,654 square kilometers (1,649 square miles) of vegetation in the states of Mato Grosso and Para, according to a preliminary analysis of satellite photos. Read article

12 militants killed in Russia’s Chechnya

Daily Times – MOSCOW Security forces in Russia’s Chechnya region in the North Caucasus killed 12 militants in several different operations, officials said Thursday. Four were killed in a raid on an apartment building in Chechen capital Grozny just after midnight on Thursday, investigators said. “Chechen interior ministry officers blocked four members of an illegal armed band in the apartment on the first floor who showed armed resistance and were destroyed by return fire,” said the regional branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee. Apartment building raids are controversial in the North Caucasus as civilians often get caught in the crossfire, and insurgency-affiliated Kavkazcenter website claimed residents were not warned and sustained injuries. Read Article

Libya rebels have won the war but biggest battle will be uniting factions

Guardian – Life after Colonel Gaddafi had been a distant utopia for Libya’s rebels since they sacked Benghazi in February. Six months on, it may have come too soon. The National Transitional Council (NTC) that has come to represent Libya’s opposition has been slow to win the support of many who fight under its banner. As the civil war that enveloped the country descended into stagnation and setback, three distinct rebel factions developed – all with disparate identities and different tribal roots. There were the originals in the east, drawn largely from a rebellious middle class; a second group in the centre, who fought the war’s most intense battles; and the mountain men from the west who saw getting to the capital first as their higher calling. Read Article

How an ecocide law could prevent another Nigerian oil disaster

Guardian – Shell’s admission of liability for oil spills in Nigeria highlights the need for an ‘ecocide’ law to make human-made environmental catastrophes illegal. After years of struggle, Shell is finally being held legally accountable for the damage it has caused in the Niger delta where it is estimated up to 10 million gallons of oil has been leaked. Read article

UK – Super rich still making money in crisis

MSNBC – Financial advisers to the world’s richest people report some of their top clients have continued to make money throughout recent market turmoil by harnessing sophisticated investments out of reach to mainstream investors. Read Article

Water crisis, population surge prompt rethink on food: UN

The Independent – Population growth and water stress are driving Earth to a food and environmental crunch that only better farming techniques and smarter use of the ecosystem will avert, a UN report issued on Monday said. Read article

Korea – Seasonal Rains Hit Tourism Spots, Hamper Sales of Summer Goods

The Chosunilbo – Vendors whose livelihoods depend on the summer vacation season took a hit this year as torrential rains and storms truncated the season, thinning down holidaymakers and eating into their profits. Read article

Obama to Syrian Pres: ‘Get Out of the Way’


Newsy – President Barack Obama imposed harsh new sanctions in the United States’ first explicit call for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday Read article

Sea of rubbish threatens marine life

The Age – A sea of rubbish the size of South Australia is threatening to become one of the  great ecological disasters of our time, an environmentalist says. Read article

British troops may act as peacekeepers if Libya descends into chaos

Mail Online – Hundreds of British soldiers could be sent to Libya to serve as peacekeepers if the country descends into chaos, Downing Street indicated last night. Number 10 repeatedly refused to rule out deploying ground troops to the war zone to prevent anarchy after Colonel Gaddafi is toppled. A spokesman insisted a deployment remained ‘unlikely’ at this stage – but the development will fuel fears of ‘mission creep’ and that Britain will slowly be sucked into a long campaign. Two hundred troops are on standby to fly to the North African state at 24 hours’ notice if needed. Read Article

Libya: battle for Tripoli turns bloody as Gaddafi holds out to the end

Telegraph – Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces were staging a desperate and bloody stand in the Libyan capital Tripoli last night as the despot carried out his threat to fight to the bitter end. Read Article

The fee, me and Alan Jones: how question of money turned crowd nasty

SMH – Talkback host Alan Jones fired up a crowd of protesters to turn on a Herald reporter today after she asked if he had been paid to appear at the rally in Canberra. Journalist Jacqueline Maley said Jones looked outraged when she asked him if he had accepted a fee to be at the rally, made up of protesters who converged on Canberra in trucks, caravans and cars. Read Article

Germany – Commerzbank CEO calls for EU finance minister: report

(Reuters) – A European finance minister with sway over member states’ taxes and budgets is needed to lead the euro zone out of its debt crisis, says the Chief Executive of Germany’s second-largest lender, Commerzbank. Read Article

Aussie PM tells Libyan leader to get out of people’s way and be tried for crimes against them

Associated Press – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to get out of his people’s way and to face charges for alleged crimes against them. Australia was among the first countries to call for the United Nations to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya as Gadhafi’s forces violently suppressed rebellion among his people. Read Article

US will never default, Vice-President Biden tells China

BBC – “You’re safe,” Mr Biden told university students in the south-western town of Chengdua, in answer to a question about Washington’s ability to repay its debt. “Please understand that no-one cares more about this than we do, since Americans own 87% of all our financial assets.” “We have an overarching interest in protecting the investment, while the United States has never defaulted and never will default.” Read article