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No link between selenium, lower lung cancer risk

Reuters – Despite some evidence tying the mineral selenium to a reduced risk of lung cancer, a new long-term study sees no connection between the two. In fact, researchers found that among heavy smokers, those with the highest selenium levels had a greater risk of dying from lung cancer than those with the lowest levels. Read article

Berlusconi resignation fails to convince markets

Reuters – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s pledge to resign after implementing economic reforms did nothing on Wednesday to staunch a perilous collapse in market confidence in Italy. Read article

Occupy protesters disrupt Vancouver mayoral debate

TheGlobeAndMail – Mayor Gregor Robertson says the Occupy Vancouver protest will be able to go on as long as it’s not on the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Read article

Police defend Occupy Sydney raid force

ABC – Police have rejected claims they used excessive force, after at least 50 officers removed five Occupy Sydney protesters from a building last night. The activists had broken into a vacant seven-storey building on Clarence Street and barricaded themselves in. The group said they were highlighting the high cost of housing and rent in Sydney, and had been living in the building for about a week. Read Article

Russia warns against Israeli air strike on Iran

Telegraph – Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavov has warned that a military strike on Iran would be a “very serious mistake” with “unpredictable consequences”, after Israel’s president Shimon Peres said that an attack was increasingly likely. Read Article

UK: Goldman Sachs ‘escapes paying £10million bill in sweetheart deal with the taxman’

Daily Mail – The country’s top tax official signed off a deal which let banking giant Goldman Sachs off a £10million tax bill without consulting a single lawyer, it emerged yesterday. Dave Hartnett was accused of being ‘cavalier’ with taxpayers money after he admitted to MPs that he had not sought legal advice before agreeing to the controversial ‘sweetheart’ deal. Read Article

U.S. Judge Blocks Graphic Cigarette Warnings

Reuters – A federal judge blocked a U.S. rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on cigarette packs, such as a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sided on Monday with tobacco companies and granted a temporary injunction, saying they would likely prevail in their lawsuit challenging the requirement as unconstitutional because it compels speech in violation of the First Amendment. Read article

Nicaragua opposition candidate calls Ortega win ‘fraud’

BBC – Fabio Gadea said he could not accept the results presented by the electoral council because “they did not reflect the people’s wishes”. With 85.8% of the ballots counted, the electoral authorities announced that Daniel Ortega had won with 62.65% of the votes. Read article

US Quietly Assumes Military Posture in Africa

AP – While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is playing a growing role in Africa’s military battles, using special forces advisers, drones and tens of millions of dollars in military aid to combat a growing and multifaceted security threat. Once again, the focus is Somalia, the lawless nation that was the site of America’s last large-scale military intervention in Africa in the early 1990s. By the time U.S. forces departed, 44 Soldiers, Airmen and Marines had been killed and dozens more wounded. Read Article

Gold: While hedge funds sell, China buys and thanks naive western nations

Daily Economist – After the nice pullback for Gold in September and early October, many investors were wondering if the drops were a signal to the end of the gold bull, or at worst, if deflation was truly on the global financial landscape. One nation however, gleefully rubbed their hands at their good fortune, and bought and bought, and bought at the lower prices. China, which normally purchases around 10 tones per month, increased their buying to 140 tons between July and the end of September. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Iraq (963 articles)

Iraq may have fallen from the attention of most news outlet’s, but the war that commenced in 2003 is still very much ongoing. To read our archive of nearly 1,000 Iraq related stories CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Sea Level Falling 2.5 mm/year Since The End Of 2007

Amnesty does not save K. Rouge defendant

AFP – Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes tribunal has rejected a plea from the Khmer Rouge regime’s former foreign minister that he is protected from genocide charges by a 15-year-old royal pardon and amnesty. Ieng Sary, 86, angered victims of the regime with his claim during a hearing in late June that he should not be tried because he was absolved in 1996 in return for leading a mass Khmer Rouge defection. Read Article

Fiber-loving teens have lower heart, diabetes risks

Reuters – Teenagers who eat a lot of fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables and whole grains, are less likely to have risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, a new study shows. But there was no link between those risk factors — known collectively as metabolic syndrome — and how much saturated fat or cholesterol kids ate. That doesn’t give teens the green light to chow down on fatty foods, however, said Joe Carlson, who heads the Division of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Read article

Big anti-TPP rally held in Tokyo as deadline for decision looms

JapanToday – Opponents of Japan’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks held a big rally in Tokyo on Saturday. The rally coincided with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s return from a G20 meeting in Cannes, France, where he indicated that he would decide on Japan’s participation in the talks by next Thursday. Read article

Cyber weaknesses should deter US from waging war

AP – America’s critical computer networks are so vulnerable to attack that it should deter U.S. leaders from going to war with other nations, a former top U.S. cybersecurity official said Monday. Richard Clarke, a top adviser to three presidents, joined a number of U.S. military and civilian experts in offering a dire assessment of America’s cybersecurity at a conference, saying the country simply can’t protect its critical networks. Read Article

Joint military/homeland security defense exercise underway

GSN – The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, as well as the Canadian military, have begun an extensive annual field training exercise for the U.S. Northern Command. “Operation Vigilant Shield 12” is the biggest multi-spectrum, high-level exercise for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command. Northern Command is a Unified Combatant Command of the United States military, formed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 to protect the United States homeland and support local, state, and federal authorities. Operation Vigilant Shield 12, or VS 12, is a joint exercise supported by the Joint Coalition Warfare Center and conducted as a command post exercise with a supporting field training exercise in Key West, FL. The exercise is also linked to a Canada Command exercise called “Determined Dragon,” and runs concurrently with the Arizona’s “Vigilant Guard” exercise. It runs Nov. 1-10. Read Article

France to face ‘toughest austerity measures since 1945′

Euro News – French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has announced new austerity measures aimed at reducing the country’s deficit. The step has also been taken to protect and strengthen France’s AAA credit rating. At a news conference ahead of the announcement, the prime minister warned that they would be the most stringent measures introduced since 1945. Read Article

Peace activists ‘tasered, beaten’ by Israeli commandos, says Australian

AAP – An Australian on a peace flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade says activists have been beaten up and tasered by the Israelis. Michael Coleman was among 27 people detained when the Israeli navy intercepted two international vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists. Israeli commandos boarded the Irish-flagged Saoirse (Freedom) and the Canadian ship Tahrir (Arabic for Liberation) in international waters off Gaza on Saturday (AEDT) before the navy escorted them to the port of Ashdod, the military said. Read Article

Dragon offers ticket to Mars

Nature – Dragon, the privately built space capsule intended to haul cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), is auditioning for another high-profile role. Its maker, SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, says that the capsule, which is set to make its first test flight to the ISS later this month, could be dispatched to Mars — drastically cutting the cost of exploration on the red planet. Together with researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, the company is working on a proposal for a first ‘Red Dragon’ mission. Read article

Ron Paul declared winner of Illinois Republican straw poll

Reuters – Ron Paul was declared the winner on Saturday of a weeklong Republican presidential straw poll in Democratic President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois.

Israel army, intel websites down after hacker threat

Physorg – The websites of the Israel Defence Forces, Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency and the Mossad spy agency were all down. “We can confirm that the website has been down for several hours and an investigation is ongoing,” a spokeswoman for Shin Bet told AFP. The Israeli army also confirmed the IDF site had been down for several hours, but said there was no information on why. “Initial investigations conducted by Tehila, the Internet company, indicate problems with the website servers,” an IDF spokeswoman told AFP. Read Article

Haj pilgrims perform symbolic stoning

US wealth gap between young and old is widest ever

AP – The wealth gap between younger and older Americans has stretched to the widest on record, worsened by a prolonged economic downturn that has wiped out job opportunities for young adults and saddled them with housing and college debt. Read Article

Repsol announces big shale oil find in Argentina

Financial Times – Repsol, the Spanish oil multinational, says its YPF subsidiary in Argentina has made a very large discovery of shale oil and gas that boosts the group’s overall recoverable reserves by nearly 1bn barrels of oil equivalent (boe), or about 50 per cent. The find of 927m boe, announced on Monday night, is Repsol’s largest ever and could end up being bigger still because the figure announced comes as a result of exploring only 428 sq km of the 12,000 sq km area where YPF is working. Read Article