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893 Turks die in major drug companies’ experiments

Hurriyet Daily News – Drug experimentations conducted by pharmaceutical giants have killed 893 Turks, the Independent reported. Turkey is listed sixth of the countries that report the most deaths due to experimentations, with India taking the lead at over 1,700 victims who lost their lives during experiments run by American, British and European pharmaceutical companies. Read article

US: Gingrich acknowledges Freddie Mac consulting fees

Reuters – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich acknowledged on Wednesday that he had received consulting fees from troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac for providing “strategic advice.” Read article

Indian Air Force to reactivate airfield in Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow

Times of India – Against the backdrop of Chinese military infrastructure build up along its borders, India will on Friday activate an airfield in Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh from where it will be able to operate its latest C-130J Hercules transport aircraft. “The use of this airfield was discontinued in 2009 for carrying out repairs there. The airfield will be reactivated tomorrow by Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (retd) J J Singh,” IAF officials said here. Read Article

Police arrest protesters on Occupy Wall Street march

Independent – Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators marched through New York’s financial district today in an attempt to block traders from reaching the New York Stock Exchange, promising a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities. The action came two days after authorities cleared their encampment that sparked the global protest movement against economic inequality and greed. Read Article

Armed Groups Are on Rise in Syria, as Are Civil War Fears

NY Times – For the second day in a row, deserters from the Syrian Army carried out attacks on symbols of the Assad government’s centers of power, targeting the youth offices of the ruling Baath Party on Thursday after firing rocket-propelled grenades on a military intelligence base on Wednesday, activists said. The attacks, along with fraying relations among Syria’s religious communities, growing international pressure and a relentless crackdown, prompted Russia, Syria’s closest ally, to say that the country was moving closer to a civil war. Read Article

Police and protesters continue to clash in Athens

Rice containing radioactive caesium found in Japan

BBC – Radioactive caesium has been detected above the safety level in rice for the first time in Japan since the nuclear crisis began at the Fukushima plant. Read article

Man who died after police Tasered him was mentally ill, mom says

LA Times – A 29-year-old San Bernardino man who died after being Tasered and pepper sprayed by police officers attempting to take him into custody outside a board-and-care facility was mentally ill, his mother said. Police responded to a disturbance call in the 1100 block of East 26th Street just after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Jonathan White was allegedly yelling and threatening residents, San Bernardino Police Lt. Gwendolyn Waters said. His mother, Janice White, told KTLA her son suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Read Article

Jupiter moon Europa ‘has shallow lakes’

BBC – Scientists have found the best evidence yet for water just beneath the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa. Analysis of the moon’s surface suggests plumes of warmer water well up beneath its icy shell, melting and fracturing the outer layers. The results, published in the journal Nature, predict that small lakes exist only 3km below the crust. Read article

One in eight Americans hard of hearing: study

Reuters – One out of every eight Americans has hearing loss in both ears, according to a new study — and as many as one in five are hard of hearing on at least one side. Researchers found that hearing problems were more common in men than in women and in whites than in blacks. As expected, they also increased with age. The prevalence of hearing loss “was pretty shocking,” said Dr. Frank Lin, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, who worked on the study. Read article

Protesters storm Kuwait assembly demanding PM quit

Reuters – Dozens of Kuwaitis briefly stormed Kuwait’s parliament building late on Wednesday as hundreds more demonstrated outside, demanding that Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah step down, local media and witnesses said. Read article

Weather engineering, suicidal soldiers and inconvenient truth for governments.

NZ Herald – here’s my annual list of under-reported stories that deserve greater due, despite burial in obscure pages. No great conspiracies at work here. Most languish with small print headlines because I believe they raise questions too big and too hard to shrink into sound-bite solutions. Read Article

Central bank gold buying at 40-year high

Financial Times – Central banks made their largest purchases of gold in decades in the third quarter, as a sharp drop in prices in September accelerated the shift to bullion as a means of diversification. The scale of the buying, at 148.4 tonnes on a net basis, was far bigger than previously disclosed, surprising some traders. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Weapons (1,437)

Global defense, aerospace, military, and nuclear-weapon technology and policy. Keep up with the latest deadly developments in this topic and see how advances in weaponry has dominated warfare since the early 1900s. A look at our archive shows the diverse weapons news in the world today. To read our Weapons news archive of 1,437 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – NCDC data shows USA has not warmed in the past decade, summers are cooler, winters colder

‘Naked’ airport scanners that see EVERYTHING banned… over fears they give passengers cancer

Daily Mail – Europe has banned controversial airport ‘strip-searches’ over fears the X-ray technology could cause cancer. Experts have found the scanners remit low doses of radiation and the EU has told member states not to install them until the potential risks are assessed. Millions of people worldwide are believed to have passed through the security scanners. In the UK passengers are required to do so if asked. Read Article

Congress to rule pizza sauce is a vegetable

ABC – US lawmakers prodded by the frozen food industry have moved to protect schools’ ability to count pizza sauce as a vegetable in lunches for students. In an annual spending bill covering the US Department of Agriculture, which has oversight over subsidised school meals, a joint House-Senate panel voted to prevent the agency from restricting pizza, hot chips, and starchy vegetables. A Republican summary of the legislation was unveiled on Monday and may be approved this week. The report cheered the defeat of “overly burdensome and costly regulations” and hailed “greater flexibility for local school districts.” Read article

Obama visit: Australia agrees US Marine deployment plan

BBC – Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced at a news conference with US President Barack Obama in Canberra. She said about 250 US Marines would arrive next year, eventually being built up to 2,500 personnel. The deployment is being seen as a move to counter China’s growing influence. Read article

IPCC review fails to support climate change link

The Australian – WIDELY-HELD assumptions that climate change is responsible for an upsurge in extreme drought, flood and storm events are not supported by a landmark review of the science. And a clear climate change signal would not be evident for decades because of natural weather variability.Despite the uncertainties, politicians – including US President Barack Obama in his address to federal parliament yesterday – continue to link major weather events directly to climate change.Greens leader Bob Brown yesterday highlighted Mr Obama’s climate change comments and said the extreme weather impacts were “not just coming, they are happening”. But rather than bolster claims of a climate change link, the scientific review prepared by the world’s leading climate scientists for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the level of uncertainty. After a week of debate, the IPCC will tonight release a summary of the report in Kampala, Uganda, as a prelude to the year’s biggest climate change conference, being held in Durban, South Africa. The full report will not be released for several months but a leaked copy of the draft summary, details of which have been published by the BBC and a French news agency, have provided a good indication of what it found. While the human and financial toll of extreme weather events has certainly risen, the cause has been mostly due to increased human settlement rather than worse weather. Read Article
There is only “low confidence” that tropical cyclones have become more frequent, “limited to medium evidence available” to assess whether climatic factors have changed the frequency of floods, and “low confidence” on a global scale even on whether the frequency has risen or fallen.

A U.S. Marine Base for Australia Irritates China

NY Times – President Obama announced Wednesday that the United States planned to deploy 2,500 Marines in Australia to shore up alliances in Asia, but the move prompted a sharp response from Beijing, which accused Mr. Obama of escalating military tensions in the region. The agreement with Australia amounts to the first long-term expansion of the American military’s presence in the Pacific since the end of the Vietnam War. It comes despite budget cuts facing the Pentagon and an increasingly worried reaction from Chinese leaders, who have argued that the United States is seeking to encircle China militarily and economically. Read Article

Police arrest protesters on Occupy Wall Street march

The Independent – Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators marched through New York’s financial district today in an attempt to block traders from reaching the New York Stock Exchange, promising a national day of action with mass gatherings in other cities. The action came two days after authorities cleared their encampment that sparked the global protest movement against economic inequality and greed. Frustrations seemed to spill over in the park at the center of the protest as hundreds of people shoved back the metal police barricades that have long surrounded the area. A live television shot from above showed waves of police and protesters briefly pushing back and forth before the barricades appeared to be settled at the edge of the park once more. “All day, all week, shut down Wall Street!” the crowd chanted, clogging the streets as they neared the stock exchange. Police said about 50 or 60 people were arrested, including several who sat on the ground one block from Wall Street and refusing to move. Read Article

How did Eskimos get hold of a bronze ‘buckle’ 1,400 years ago?

Daily Mail – A bronze ‘buckle’ believed to be 1,400 years old had been unearthed in Alaska for the first time – and archeologists are mystified about how it got there. The artifact was found in sediment as they dug on a site where a 1,000-year-old Inupiat home was built. Read Article

Bank of England signals more QE

Financial Times – The Bank of England signalled it was likely to pump billions more into the economy, after slashing its forecasts for inflation on Wednesday and saying output was likely to stagnate until next summer. On the day official figures showed unemployment rising to its highest level since 1996, Sir Mervyn King, Bank governor, warned Britain that the poor outlook would worsen unless the eurozone resolved its debt crisis. Read Article

Police move on Occupy Melbourne camp

Sydney Morning Herald – Occupy Melbourne organisers say they are seeking an interim injunction in the Federal Court to remain in Treasury Gardens. They hope the matter will be heard by a duty judge this afternoon and allow them to keep their personal belongings and basic equipment for protesting in the park. Read Article

Eurozone faces systemic crisis, says EU’s Barroso

BBC – He said once this integration was achieved, it would be natural for the eurozone countries to issue debt together – what he called “stability bonds” or what the markets call eurobonds. “Such bonds could, if well designed, strengthen financial stability and fiscal discipline in the euro area,” said Mr Barroso. Germany, which has the lowest financing costs in the eurozone, fiercely opposes any issuing of joint debt. The Commission will present a proposal on such bonds later this month. Read article