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F.D.A. Revokes Approval of Avastin for Use as Breast Cancer Drug

NY Times – The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Friday revoked the approval of the drug Avastin as a treatment for breast cancer, ruling on an emotional issue that pitted the hopes of some desperate patients against the statistics of clinical trials. Read article

Western Australia’s non-GM sector set to vanish: groups

Ninemsn – Western Australia’s non-genetically modified (GM) grain sector could vanish within the next 10 years due to contamination from GM crops, some farmers and conservation groups fear. Read article

The Dangers of Aspartame


Britain ‘will join euro before long’, says German finance minister

Telegraph – Wolfgang Schäuble said that, despite the current crisis in the eurozone, the euro will ultimately emerge as the common currency of the entire European Union. He said he “respects” Britain’s decision to keep the pound, but insisted that the survival and eventual stabilisation of the euro will convince non-members to join the currency club. “This may happen more quickly than some people in the British Isles currently believe,” he added. Read article

German memo shows secret slide towards a super-state

Telegraph – An intrusive European body with the power to take over the economies of struggling nations should be set up to tackle the eurozone crisis, according to a leaked German government document. Read article

Even longtime Alaskans taken off guard by deep freeze

Newsminer – FAIRBANKS – A mid-November cold snap seems to have caught even seasoned  Fairbanksans off guard. “I don’t think anybody was really expecting  this,” 43-year-old Shawn Ross, a lifelong Fairbanksan, said. “This came out of  the blue.” For the second time in three days, Fairbanks set a new low  temperature record on Thursday. Read article

Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb

AFP – The Pentagon on Thursday held a successful test flight of a flying bomb that travels faster than the speed of sound and will give military planners the ability to strike targets anywhere in the world in less than a hour. Launched by rocket from Hawaii at 1130 GMT, the “Advanced Hypersonic Weapon,” or AHW, glided through the upper atmosphere over the Pacific “at hypersonic speed” before hitting its target on the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands, a Pentagon statement said. Read Article

EU tightens control of Chinese rice over GM fears

AFP – BRUSSELS — The European Union has tightened controls on imports of Chinese rice products after a growing number of shipments were contaminated by unauthorised genetically-modified rice, the EU said Tuesday. Read article

Lockheed gets $7.4B Air Force deal to upgrade F-22

Associated Press – The Pentagon says it has awarded defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. a contract worth up to $7.4 billion to upgrade the systems in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor fighter jet. The contract calls for Lockheed to develop system upgrades, add new capabilities and enhance the performance of the aircraft. The Pentagon says one company was solicited for the contract and one firm submitted a proposal, which suggests only Lockheed vied for the lucrative contract. Read Article

Brazil police probe Rio de Janeiro Chevron oil spill

BBC – Brazilian police are investigating an oil spill in an offshore field operated by the US company Chevron. Ships are working to disperse the slick 120km (75 miles) off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, and Chevron says it has plugged the oil well. Read article

Students, union members demonstrate in Italy

Reuters – Students and union members take part in two different demonstrations as the new Italian government prepares for a confidence vote in parliament. Read article

Hungary likely source of elevated radioactivity levels: IAEA

Physorg – Elevated levels of the radioactive element iodine-131 that were detected in several nations have been identified as likely originating at a Hungarian research institute, nuclear authorities said Thursday. Read article

‘Super soldiers’: The quest for the ultimate human killing machine

Independent – The ancient Spartans believed that battlefield training began at birth. Those who failed the first round of selection, which took place at the ripe old age of 48 hours, were left at the foot of a mountain to die. The survivors would, in years to come, often wonder if these rejects were the lucky ones. Because to harden them up, putative Spartan warriors were subjected to a vigorous regime involving unending physical violence, severe cold, a lack of sleep and constant sexual abuse. As with the English public schools, which used similar tactics to produce the warriors who carved out the British Empire, the Spartan regime worked; the alumni were the most feared soldiers in the eastern Mediterranean. And ever since then, military chiefs have wondered whether it may be possible to short-cut the long and demanding Spartan regime to produce a soldier who kills without care or remorse, shows no fear, can fight battle after battle without fatigue and generally behave more like a machine than a man. Read Article

Ireland bank collapse: the strange case of the disappearing Merrill Lynch research note

Guardian – US investment bank Merrill Lynch had a critical role in the banking collapse in Ireland and censored an analyst’s report that predicted the crash back in 2008, it was claimed today. The US bank retracted a report by one of its research analysts in March 2008 that was negative about the banks after the Irish banks called Merrill Lynch and threatened to take their business elsewhere. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Children & Maternity (1,423 articles)

The future is in the hands of our children. So what are we doing in the fields of science, health, and politics that affect children? We look at a variety of stories that include conspiracies, education, and the general well-fare of children. Keep up to date with a look at our Children & Maternity news archive of 1,423 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – The great global warming swindle

Greece: Athens uprising anniversary demonstration descends into violence

Telegraph – Left wing groups, unions and students marched in honour of the 38th anniversary of the uprising at the Athens Polytechnic University in 1973 against the dictatorship then ruling Greece, which saw many students die but which eventually helped lead to the fall of the military regime. Read Article


US: Two sex-spread diseases increase, syphilis down

AP — Cases of some common sexually spread diseases continue to increase in the United States, but the syphilis rate dropped last year for the first time in a decade. Health officials on Thursday released their annual report on sexually transmitted disease, and found chlamydia and gonorrhea rates continued to grow last year. Read article

Barack Obama says Asia-Pacific is ‘top US priority’

BBC – Mr Obama insisted US spending cuts would not affect the Asia-Pacific, saying the US is “here to stay”. His comments are seen as a challenge to China, which is striving to be the main power in the region. Mr Obama announced a plan on Wednesday to station a full US Marine task force in Australia by 2016. Read article

New world order: Australia at heart of power base

News – US President Barack Obama will use troop withdrawals in Iraq and Afghanistan to bolster forces in the Asia-Pacific – the strongest sign yet that Australia will be at the centre of a new world order. President Obama addresses ParliamentWe’re here to stay: Obama confirms US presence Their special relationship – the audacity of grope Ear bashing: Obama tries the local lingo The Punch: Gillard and Obama – US forces given the nod Announcing yesterday, during a historic speech to the Australian parliament, that he had already told his national security team to draw up plans, Mr Obama gave his strongest vow to date about more US involvement in our economic zone, The Daily Telegraph reported. Read Article

GE Filed 57,000-Page Tax Return, Paid No Taxes on $14 Billion in Profits

Weekly Standard – General Electric, one of the largest corporations in America, filed a whopping 57,000-page federal tax return earlier this year but didn’t pay taxes on $14 billion in profits. The return, which was filed electronically, would have been 19 feet high if printed out and stacked. The fact that GE paid no taxes in 2010 was widely reported earlier this year, but the size of its tax return first came to light when House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan (R, Wisc.) made the case for corporate tax reform at a recent townhall meeting. Read Article

Sri Lanka court jails former army chief Sarath Fonseka

BBC – A court in Sri Lanka has jailed former army chief Sarath Fonseka for three years for implicating the government in war crimes. The court ruled that he lent credence to allegations the defence secretary ordered Tamil Tigers to be killed as they tried to surrender in May 2009. Reacting to the verdict, Fonseka said that he did not accept the judgement. He is already serving 30 months after a court martial convicted him of irregularities in army procurements. Read Article

US Women And Prescription Drugs: One In Four Takes Mental Health Meds

Huffington Post – When it comes to feeling depressed or anxious, or inattentive, women are more likely to take prescription medication than men, according to a new report from Medco Health Solutions, the pharmacy-benefit manager. One of the more startling statistics in the report, which analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million insured Americans from 2001 to 2010, is that one in four women is dispensed medication for a mental health condition, compared to just 15 percent of men. Read article

Asean leaders approve Burma chairmanship bid

BBC – Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have agreed that Burma can chair the regional bloc in 2014, amid some signs of reform in the country. Read article

Afghanistan explosion kills two British soldiers

BBC – Two British soldiers died when their armoured vehicle struck a makeshift bomb in Afghanistan. The two soldiers, from 1st the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, had been providing security in the Yakchal region of Nahr-e-Saraj, Task Force Helmand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie said. The pair had been on patrol in Helmand province on Thursday while serving with the Formation Reconnaissance Squadron. Their next of kin have been told. Read Article