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U.S. laboratory chimps under the microscope in Washington


Controversy surrounding use of chimpanzees in bio-medical research is re-surfacing in the United States as legislation outlawing the practice is being considered by Congress. The government owns or pays for several hundred chimps for use as subjects for vaccine tests, and there’s a body of scientific opinion that wants to keep it that way. Rob Muir reports.

Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in New York

BBC – The confrontation came after activists averted a showdown with authorities who agreed not to move them from a park. Demonstrators said officials’ plan to clean Zuccotti Park, where they have been based for weeks, had been a ploy to evict them. The protests against corporate greed have spread to other US cities. Several demonstrations are reportedly planned this weekend in Canada and Europe, as well as Asia and Africa. Read article

Eruption in Tripoli

Reuters – Intense fighting in the heart of Tripoli as supporters of Muammar Gaddafi clash with National Transitional forces. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

‘Gaddafi loyalists’ and Libya NTC Tripoli battle ends

BBC – The BBC’s Nick Springate said the clashes followed the release of a tape reportedly from Col Gaddafi. A gun battle in the Libyan capital Tripoli between forces loyal to the transitional government and gunmen they say support fugitive ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has now ended. It was the first serious confrontation in Tripoli since the city fell to the forces of the National Transitional Council (NTC) in August. The fighting started after a demonstration by Gaddafi loyalists. A hospital doctor has told the BBC that nine people were seriously injured. Although the gun battle has finished, the BBC understands that NTC forces are carrying out an operation to root out Gaddafi loyalists from the Abu Salim district at the centre of the disturbance. Read Article

Thailand races to block floods

Scientists struggle to save Argentine jaguar

Polar Bear Researcher To Be Re-Interviewed By Feds

NPR – Federal officials continue to probe allegations of misconduct related to a famous report on dead polar bears that raised concerns about climate change. Later this month, officials plan to re-interview one of the two government scientists who wrote that report. Read article

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Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi wins confidence vote

BBC – Mr Berlusconi won the vote in the lower house by 316 vote to 301. Italy’s government credit rating was recently downgraded and parliament failed to back a key part of the budget this week, triggering the vote. Mr Berlusconi also faces trial on sex, bribery and abuse of power charges. Read article

US to send troops to Uganda to help fight LRA rebels

BBC – US President Barack Obama has said he is sending about 100 US soldiers to Uganda to help regional forces battle the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army. Although combat-equipped, the troops would be providing information and advice “to partner nation forces”, Mr Obama wrote in a letter to US Congress. A small group is already in Uganda, and the troops could later be deployed in other central African nations. The LRA is blamed for mass murder, rape and kidnapping in the region. Read Article

Citizens’ Testing Finds 20 Hot Spots Around Tokyo

NYTimes – Tokyo — Takeo Hayashida signed on with a citizens’ group to test for radiation near his son’s baseball field in Tokyo after government officials told him they had no plans to check for fallout from the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Like Japan’s central government, local officials said there was nothing to fear in the capital, 160 miles from the disaster zone.  Read article     

Up to 7,000 held in Libyan prisons, U.N. says

Reuters – Up to 7,000 prisoners are held in dozens of makeshift detention centers in Libya more than two months after rebel forces toppled Muammar Gaddafi, amid serious allegations and some evidence of torture, the United Nations said on Friday. Transitional authorities lack a clear system for screening and registering detainees, thus opening the door to ill-treatment, Mona Rishmawi, a senior official of the U.N. human rights office, told a briefing after a weeklong visit to Libya. Read Article

Bishop Indicted; Charge Is Failing to Report Abuse

The New York Times – A bishop in the Roman Catholic Church has been indicted for failure to report suspected child abuse, the first time in the 25-year history of the church’s sex abuse scandals that the leader of an American diocese has been held criminally liable for the behavior of a priest he supervised. Read Article

Iran’s Press TV claims it is being banned in UK

Boston.com – British officials are preparing to ban Iran’s English-language Press TV, the broadcaster claimed Friday. Regulator Ofcom confirmed that it is considering punitive action but said no decision has yet been made. Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – UAH monthly global temperature, down again slightly, daily data closing in on record cold territory

SOURCE: http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/UAH_LT_1979_thru_September_2011.png

The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for September, 2011 retreated a little again, to +0.29 deg. C

Syria uprising: UN says protest death toll hits 3,000

BBC – The United Nations says 3,000 people have been killed in Syria in the seven months of protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said at least 187 children were among the dead. The UN also says hundreds of people have also been arrested since the protests began seven months ago. Read Article

Iran’s Press TV Claims It Is Being Banned In UK

AP — British officials are preparing to ban Iran’s English-language Press TV, the broadcaster claimed Friday. Regulator Ofcom confirmed that it is considering punitive action but said no decision has yet been made. The threat of sanctions has been hanging over Press TV since May, when Ofcom ruled that the station broke broadcasting rules by airing a 2009 interview with detained Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari. Bahari was jailed as a suspected spy following Iran’s disputed presidential elections and said his televised interview had been scripted by his captors, who threatened to execute him unless he cooperated. Ofcom ruled that Press TV never made clear in its segment that Bahari was under duress and unfairly suggested he was biased. Bahari has since been released. Read Article

Occupy Wall Street: a crowd of misfits protesting against everyone and everything

Telegraph – The protest group Occupy Wall Street has tapped into a widespread sense of frustration and disgruntlement in America about the financial crisis. The Occupy Wall Street protest, now in its fourth week, has transformed Zuccotti Park in New York’s financial district into a carnivalesque campsite. There’s a soup kitchen, prayer circles, spontaneous jamming sessions, and workshops on everything from “political yoga” to “anti-oppression”. Read Article

Tip your protein balance to curb hunger pangs

New Scientist – Meat lovers, rejoice. The long-held notion that protein-rich diets are more filling appears to be true, which means that hitting the right balance between protein, carbohydrates and fat can curb overeating. Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia, tested three diets on 22 male and female participants. All three diets were made up of the same meals and optional snacks, but modified to contain 10, 15 or 25 per cent protein. Each subject spent four days on each one. When on the 10 per cent protein diet, participants reported feeling hungrier in the 2 hours following breakfast than they were on both higher-protein diets. Read article

G20 ministers meeting to discuss eurozone debt crisis

BBC – While Greece remains the central focus, fears remain that the crisis could spread to other highly indebted eurozone countries such as Spain and Italy, and exposed European banks. Greece needs its next bailout loan next month to avoid defaulting on its debt. Read article

War crimes court bars separate Srebrenica trial for Mladic

AFP – Judges trying Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic on war crimes charges turned down Thursday a prosecution bid to hold two separate trials, the first focusing on the Srebrenica massacre. “The Trial Chamber today denied the prosecution’s request to sever the indictment against Ratko Mladic,” a statement said, upholding a challenge filed by Mladic’s lawyer Branko Lukic against the prosecution bid. Read Article

Black Death Is ‘Grandmother’ of All Modern Plague

Live Science – The bacterium blamed for the Black Death that wiped out more than a third of Europe’s population within about five years of the 14th century looks an awful lot like the modern versions of the plague-causing bug, new genetic research indicates. …the genetic similarity between bacteria leaves the big question: Why does modern plague, while deadly without antibiotics, pale in comparison to the devastation and wildfire-like spread of the Black Death? Since genetic changes don’t appear to explain this change in behavior, the researchers suggest an alternative: The 14th-century bug hit at a time when Europeans were already down. They were living in a cold, wet period that caused crops to fail, and they were most likely already struggling with other diseases. Read article

Related article: Yersinia Pestis Bacteria Confirmed as Cause of Middle Ages ‘Black Death’ Plague Epidemic

UK: Green taxes could force one in four into fuel poverty

DailyMail – One in four households will be driven into fuel poverty if the Government pursues controversial green energy targets, ministers have been warned.‘Radical policy change’ may be necessary to protect millions of struggling families from biggest household price shock since the 1970s, according to City analysts. Read article

Human Rights Groups Ask Canada To Arrest President George W. Bush

NPR – Ahead of an appearance at an economic summit in British Columbia, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on Canada to “arrest and prosecute” former President George W. Bush. “Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former President Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture,” Susan Lee, Americas Director at Amnesty International said in a statement. Read Article