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US: Teens, young men way over limit on sugary drinks

Reuters – About half of the population drinks a sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day, with teens and young men consuming way more than recommended limits for staying healthy, according to new government data. The survey results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show how far consumer habits must change to help fight the nation’s obesity epidemic, with nearly two-thirds of Americans either overweight or obese. Read article

Australia: Visiting leaders above the law

Yahoo – Dozens of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting delegates will be immune from arrest and cannot be breathalysed or searched by police at the same time as West Australians face unprecedented stop and search laws. More than 50 leaders visiting Perth in October will be covered by the highest level of diplomatic immunity. Police will not be able to arrest or prosecute them for any crime or search them, their rooms or their cars. Read article

Eight killed in Chechnya suicide bombings

Independent – Russia’s top investigative body says eight people including seven policeman have died after suicide bombings in the capital of Chechnya. A statement from the Investigative Committee says three perpetrators of the Tuesday evening blasts in Grozny have been identified, but did not specify how many explosions there were. Some Russian news reports said there were two blasts. Read Article

Syrian Cartoonist Beaten for Assad’s Depiction

Cesium in incinerator dust across east Japan

Japan Times – High levels of cesium isotopes are cropping up in dust at 42 incineration plants in seven prefectures, including Chiba and Iwate, an Environment Ministry survey of the Kanto and Tohoku regions shows. Read article

Syria crackdown horror catalogued in Amnesty deaths in detention report

Guardian – At least 88 people, including 10 children, have died in detention in Syria since the uprising against the regime began in March in what amounts to “systematic persecution on a vast scale”, according to Amnesty International. The majority of victims were tortured or ill-treated, with injuries ranging from beatings, burns and blunt-force traumas to whipping marks, electrocution, slashes and mutilated genitals. Read Article

Chocolate Could Help to Lower the Risk of Heart Disease

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EU Refuses Fresh Capital for Europe’s Banks

Newsy – The European Union won’t demand further recapitalization of the region’s banks for fear of causing a new recession. That’s the message from an EU banking committee this week.
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet says he sees no need to further recapitalize because the measures already in place are having the expected effect. Read article

Rebel leader: 50,000 killed in Libya fighting

Reuters – A rebel military leader says about 50,000 people have been killed since the beginning of Libya’s uprising to oust Muammar Gaddafi six months ago. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Son Denies Rebels’ Claim that Qaddafi Is Cornered

NY Times – A top official of Libya’s transitional government said Wednesday that its fighters had cornered Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in a desert redoubt 150 miles from the capital and were exhorting the former leader to give up, in what would bring a sense of finality to the prolonged uprising that routed him and his family from Tripoli a week ago. But Colonel Qaddafi’s fugitive son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, threw a new if improbable taunt at the rebels even as they said they closed in on his father, vowing in an audio statement that loyalists would never surrender and insisting that “victory will be near.” Read Article

Stocks in Europe Gain for Third Day as Fed Minutes Show Support for Easing

Bloomberg – European stocks gained for a third day, trimming the Stoxx Europe 600 Index’s biggest monthly drop since 2008, as Federal Reserve minutes showed some policy makers wanted to add to economic stimulus measures. Asian shares and U.S. index futures rose. Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – US Hurricane Fatalities, 1900–2010

U.S. hurricane deaths and death rates per year, 1900–2010. Sources: Updated from Goklany (2009), using USBC (2011) and NWS (2011). For 2005, this figure uses National Hurricane Center data from Blake et al. (2007), which has 1,525 deaths for that year, but Blake et al. (2011) has 1,225 deaths while NWS Weather Fatalities uses 1,016 deaths. This figure uses the Blake et al.’s older data, pending consultation with Dr. Blake.

Bolivia: Senior officials jailed over 2003 protests

BBC – Bolivia’s Supreme Court has convicted five top military officers over the killings of at least 64 people during protests in 2003. Four former generals and an admiral were sentenced to between 10 and 15 years in prison. Two former ministers were jailed for three years each for complicity in what was described as a “genocide”. The protesters in El Alto had demanded an end to the export of natural gas to the US using Chilean ports. Read Article

Australia court rules out refugee ‘swap’ with Malaysia

BBC – Australia’s High Court has ruled that a government plan for a refugee “swap” with Malaysia is unlawful. Under the deal, Australia would have sent 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia and would have received 4,000 refugees in return over four years. But the High Court ruled that Malaysia did not offer adequate protection for refugees in law, in what correspondents called a “huge blow” to the government. Read Article

WikiLeaks says website was target of cyber attack

Reuters – WikiLeaks said its website had been the target of a cyber attack late on Tuesday as it proceeded with the release of thousands of previously unpublished U.S. diplomatic cables, some still classified. Read article

Tripoli Divided as Rebels Jostle to Fill Power Vacuum

NY Times – Fighters from the western mountain city of Zintan control the airport. The fighters from Misurata guard the central bank, the port and the prime minister’s office, where their graffiti has relabeled the historic plaza “Misurata Square.” Berbers from the mountain town Yafran took charge of the city’s central square, where they spray-painted “Yafran Revolutionaries.” A week after rebels broke into Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s former stronghold, much of its territory remains divided into fiefs, each controlled by quasi-independent brigades representing different geographic areas of the country. And the spray paint they use to mark their territory tells the story of a looming leadership crisis in the capital, Tripoli. Read Article

August was ‘deadliest month’ for US in Afghan war

BBC – August 2011 has become the deadliest month for US troops in the nearly 10-year war in Afghanistan, according to an unofficial tally. The Associated Press counted 66 US deaths in the month, including 30 killed when their helicopter was shot down by Taliban insurgents. But across the year, casualties are down slightly from 2010. President Barack Obama plans to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer. Read Article

Google Confirms It Aims to Own Your Online ID

Bloomberg – Ever since Google (GOOG) launched its new Google+ social network, we and others have pointed out that the search giant clearly has more in mind than just providing a nice place for people to share photos of their pets. For one thing, Google needs to tap into the “social signals” that people provide through networks such as Facebook so it can improve its search results. Read Article

China extends surveillance into supermarkets, cinemas and classrooms

Guardian – Beijing police have ordered supermarkets and shopping malls to install high-definition security cameras, as China continues its huge expansion in monitoring technology. The country has added millions of surveillance cameras over the last five years, part of a broader increase in domestic security spending. Read Article

Tasers for ACT’s frontline police

ABC – ACT police will be issued with an extra 15 Tasers from next week. It is the first time senior general duties police in Canberra will be trained to use the devices. Tasers were originally introduced in the Territory for specialist tactical police officers in 2004. Now operational sergeants will be trained to use them, providing three Tasers for each police station in the ACT. Other police officers will receive familiarisation training. Read Article

Genetic Variation Found to Protect Against Parkinson’s Disease

ScienceDaily — An international team of researchers led by neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida has found a genetic variation they say protects against Parkinson’s disease. The gene variants cut the risk of developing the disease by nearly 20 percent in many populations. The study, published in the online Aug. 31 issue of Lancet Neurology, also reports the discovery of different variants of the same gene, LRRK2 — the most important Parkinson’s risk gene found to date — that double Parkinson’s risk in Caucasians and Asians. Read article

Japanese Parliament Confirms Noda as Prime Minister

NYTimes – Yoshihiko Noda, a down-to-earth fiscal conservative, was elected prime minister by the Japanese Parliament on Tuesday in the latest change of leaders that has left the world’s third-largest economy struggling in the face of mounting economic and social challenges. Read article

Australian Capital Territory: New laws restrict employee surveillance

ABC – New privacy laws come into effect in the ACT today, banning surveillance of employees in bathrooms, change rooms and prayer rooms. Under the Greens bill, employers will have to tell employees how and where they are being watched. Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan says bosses who want to secretly monitor workers will have to apply through the courts. Read Article

Australia: 90% of web snoop document censored to stop ‘premature unnecessary debate’

Sydney Morning Herald – The federal government has censored approximately 90 per cent of a secret document outlining its controversial plans to snoop on Australians’ web surfing, obtained under freedom of information (FoI) laws, out of fear the document could cause “premature unnecessary debate”. The government has been consulting with the internet industry over the proposal, which would require ISPs to store certain internet activities of all Australians – regardless of whether they have been suspected of wrongdoing – for law-enforcement agencies to access. Read Article