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Newly identified gene mutation adds to melanoma risk

Medical Xpress – A major international study has identified a novel gene mutation that appears to increase the risk of both inherited and sporadic cases of malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. The identified mutation occurs in the gene encoding MITF, a transcription factor that induces the production of several important proteins in melanocytes, the cells in which melanoma originates. While previous research has suggested that MITF may act as a melanoma oncogene, the current study identifies a mechanism by which MITF mutation could increase melanoma risk. Read article

Egyptian protesters killed in clashes with security forces

Guardian – Clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters have left at least two civilians dead, following major demonstrations across the country. In Damietta, a port town where the Nile meets the Mediterranean, the army used force to break up mass protests on Sunday which had brought the city to a standstill for several days. Local news reports indicated that at least two protesters were killed and 11 others injured during the violence. Read article

Police close down Occupy Portland protest camp

BBC – Police in riot gear have closed down an Occupy protest in central Portland, in the US state of Oregon, arresting some 50 people. Facing a Sunday morning deadline to leave two fenced-off city centre parks, protesters scuffled with police and attempted to stay on the city streets. Reports said the numbers on the streets had begun to dwindle by Sunday evening. Authorities across the US are trying to close down encampments occupied by protesters for weeks. Read Article

Veterans join Occupy protest as St Paul’s canon shows support

Guardians – Their presence is an indication of the evolving support base of the anti-capitalist Occupy movement, which has been endorsed by a senior figure at St Paul’s, just weeks after the protests led to the resignation of three of the cathedral’s leading clerics. Read article

New Zealand stricken ship Rena emptied of oil

BBC – Salvage teams have pumped all of the oil out of a cargo ship stranded off New Zealand, officials say. The Rena, which got stuck on a reef and was in danger of breaking apart, initially leaked 350 tonnes of oil, killing more than 1,000 sea birds. Salvage operations had been hampered by bad weather, and there were fears of a widespread environmental disaster. Read article

Republican hopeful Paul calls for military cuts

AFP – Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul told voters Friday in high-stakes New Hampshire that the US must transform its foreign policy to cut back on aid, military bases and combat missions. “I am sick and tired of foreign welfare,” said Paul, 76, a medical doctor who has delivered more than 4,000 babies and who served as a flight surgeon in the US Air Force. He added: “Stop these senseless wars so we can provide health care for people at home.” Declaring government spending “is the problem,” Paul vowed to cut $1 trillion from the budget in the first year if he were elected president. Read Article

Is the mystery of moon’s lost magnetism solved?

MSNBC – One of the abiding mysteries of our moon is why it apparently once had a magnetic field. Now two teams of scientists have offered two separate, but potentially complementary, explanations. Read article

Bailed-out banks paid no income tax in some years, according to study

i Watch News – Five banks that received federal bailout funds during the financial crisis didn’t pay income taxes for one or more years between 2008 and 2010, according to an iWatch News analysis of a new study of tax dodgers. Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group, PNC Financial Services Group, Capital One Financial Inc. and State Street Corp. were among 78 of America’s largest and most profitable corporations that managed to avoid paying income tax in at least one of those years. Read Article

US: Black and Asian Teens Have Lowest Rates of Drug and Alcohol Use

Bloomberg – Black and Asian teenagers in the U.S. are less likely to use alcohol or drugs than adolescents of other races, a study found. The survey of 72,561 teens found that American Indian youth had the highest level of drug or alcohol use, with 48 percent reporting they had used the substances in the past year. Read article

Obama announces Pacific free trade zone

Stuff – Obama, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Hawaii, said: “I’m confident we can get this done.” Finance Minister Bill English, in Honolulu with trade minister Tim Groser, welcomed the move calling it “an important milestone.” Read article

US terror drones kill 146 in two days

Press TV – Seventy-nine more people have been killed in US assassination drone attacks in southern Somalia, bringing the death toll to 146 over the past two days, Press TV reported. The US military launched terror drone attacks on Bilis Qooqaani town, which is located 448 kilometers (278 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Friday. At least 79 people were killed and several others were injured in the strikes. The aerial attacks followed US terror drone strikes against Afmadow city, which is situated in the middle of the Juba region and 620 kilometers (385 miles) south of Mogadishu. Witnesses told Press TV that at least 29 people were killed and 43 others were also injured in the aerial assassination attacks. Read Article

The Spoils of War – Iraq eyes F-16 buys on road to new air force

Reuters – Iraq is planning to expand its fleet of aerial reconnaissance planes “in the near future” and is hoping to sign a deal for a second batch of F-16 warplanes by next year, the country’s air force chief said on Saturday. The moves, laid out by Lt. General Anwer Amin on the sidelines of a conference ahead of Sunday’s Dubai Airshow, are part of Iraq’s efforts to move gradually away from dependence on U.S. air support. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Terrorism (1,582 articles)

Terrorism has become a common term; a phrase often used by politicians and the media to further agendas and spread fear and concern. Our archive looks as this phenomenon in all its permutations. What it means, who it effects and how it’s shaping the world around us. To read our Terrorism news archive of 1,582 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Trees grow better in a warmer climate with more carbon dioxide

Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Trees on Tundra’s Border Are Growing Faster in a Hotter Climate

Evergreen trees at the edge of Alaska’s tundra are growing faster, suggesting that at least some forests may be adapting to a rapidly warming climate, says a new study.

While forests elsewhere are thinning from wildfires, insect damage and droughts partially attributed to global warming, some white spruce trees in the far north of Alaska have grown more vigorously in the last hundred years, especially since 1950, the study has found. The health of forests globally is gaining attention, because trees are thought to absorb a third of all industrial carbon emissions, transferring carbon dioxide into soil and wood. The study, in the journal Environmental Research Letters, spans 1,000 years and bolsters the idea that far northern ecosystems may play a future role in the balance of planet-warming carbon dioxide that remains in the air. It also strengthens support for an alternative technique for teasing climate data from trees in the far north, sidestepping recent methodological objections from climate skeptics. Read Article

Chinese ratings agency threatens US with new debt downgrade

Guardian – The head of China’s biggest ratings agency, Dagong Global Credit Rating, is warning that it may downgrade the US’s sovereign debt rating again because of Washington’s failure to tackle the federal budget deficit. The remarks by Dagong’s chairman, Guan Jianzhong, to be broadcast in an interview with al-Jazeera on Saturday morning, come at the end of another week of deep turmoil for the world economy. Read Article

Occupy London, Ont., may get Mohawk Warrior support

TorontoSun – There may be kick left in the tattered Occupy London movement yet, with the possibility militant Mohawk Warriors are on the verge of entering the fray. A posting on a website linked to the Mohawk Warrior Society includes an “urgent” call for “indigenous nations to Occupy London Ontario.” Read article

French copter crashes in Somalia

Press TV – Nine people are believed to have died after a French helicopter crashed near Somalia’s Southern port city of Kismayo, Press TV reports. The military chopper crashed late on Friday as it was patrolling the area between the town of Kuda and Kismayo, local Somali official, Captain Sabriye, said. Read Article

Trilateral Commission European Chairman Mario Monti agrees to form new Italian government

The Independent – Economist Mario Monti tonight agreed to try to form a new government as Italy tries to avoid financial disaster. Presidential palace officials announced that the former European Union competition commissioner received the formal mandate from President Giorgio Napolitano. Mr Monti must now draw up a Cabinet, lay out his priorities and see if he has enough support in Parliament to govern effectively. Read Article

Editorial Comment – Execatly as we predicted in yesterday’s Editorial

Editorial – Another Week, Another Step Closer To A New World Order

Only a week ago we highlighted the extinguishing of the flame of democracy in Greece, with the likely succession to the Prime Minister’s office of the former Vice President of the European Central Bank, Trilateral Commission member, and all round New World Order place-man, Lucas Papedemos. Well one guess what is also on the resume of the likely new Prime Minister of Italy? To read our analysis of this, and what this means for the future of Europe CLICK HERE

Insight: Borneo mines lure Rothschild into the wild

Reuters – It was supposed to be a union of two legendary business dynasties, one West, one East. Nathaniel Philip Rothshild, the 40-year-old scion of the storied European banking family, forged a deal a year ago with the Bakrie brothers, one of Indonesia’s mightiest business families, to create an international coal-mining titan. That deal last November seemed incredible from the start; the dream of creating the world’s biggest thermal coal company, with mines in Indonesian Borneo, and aiming to be one of the biggest listed companies on the London exchange. Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – US court verdict ‘huge blow’ to privacy, says fomer WikiLeaks aide

Guardian – Icelandic MP and former WikiLeaks volunteer Birgitta Jonsdottir has slammed the decision by US courts to open her Twitter account to the US authorities and is taking her case to the Council of Europe. On Thursday a US judge ruled Twitter must release the details of her account and those of two other Twitter users linked to WikiLeaks. Jonsdottir learned in January that her Twitter account was under scrutiny from the Justice Department because of her involvement last year with WikiLeaks’ release of a video showing a US military helicopter shooting two Reuters reporters in Iraq. She believes the US authorities want to use her information to try and build a case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Read Article

Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

LA Times — Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work. Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world’s richest men and a longtime Democratic Party donor. Read article

UK: Drugs policy advisor under fire over links to pharmaceutical company

The Independent – A senior health advisor is facing criticism for his links to a company involved in a million pound drug trial. Professor John Strang, an architect of drugs policy for more than a decade, is chief clinical investigator in a publicly funded heroin-antidote trial on thousands of prisoners. Questions over Professor Strang’s links comes just months after he was criticised for failing to disclose ties to drug companies when applying for a government project. Read article

Vitamin D Shows Early Promise Against Lupus

WebMD — In the first study of its kind, high doses of vitamin D were safe and appeared to temper some of the destructive immune system responses believed to cause lupus. The small, preliminary study did not look at whether skin rashes, fatigue, fever, and other symptoms of lupus actually improved. It’s too soon to draw any conclusions about vitamin D’s long-term safety and effectiveness in treating lupus, says Sam Lin, MD, a rheumatologist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta who was not involved with the work. Read article