Daily Mail – Four Ecuadorean villages are being evacuated after a volcano close to the country’s capital began spewing smouldering rock and billowing columns of ash.
The government is urging 700 people living beside the Tungurahua volcano near Quito to leave the area as soon as possible. Tungurahua – which means ‘Throat of Fire’ in the indigenous Quechua language – has been active since 1999 but began erupting violently on Sunday, sending red-hot clouds of gas up into the atmosphere. Read article
Reuters – Only 28 percent of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV have the infection under control, increasing the risk that they will spread the disease to others, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday. A big part of the problem is that one in five U.S. adult infected with HIV do not know it. Of those who are aware, only half receive ongoing medical care and treatment, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its latest report on HIV in America. Read article
Reuters – Southern African countries, hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, are likely to be most affected over the next three years as funding from one of the world’s biggest donors dries up, a coalition of AIDS activists said Monday. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria called off its next funding round after failing to secure the minimum $13 billion needed to fund its programs. The fund said earlier this month it was cutting new grants for countries battling the diseases. Read article
BBC – The Foreign Office has said that “some staff” are leaving “for their own safety”, but has not confirmed if all its diplomats are being pulled out. The attack followed Britain’s decision to impose further sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme. Read article
MelbourneLeader – The Occupy Melbourne members said they had “come here in peace” because Lord Mayor Robert Doyle “refuses to speak to us”. The demonstrators left without incident when all members of the gallery were asked to leave – about 20 minutes after the meeting started – so the council could consider a series of confidential items. Read article
Voice of America – China’s vice president says his country and Burma should strengthen their military ties. Vice President Xi Jinping hailed China’s friendship with Burma in a meeting in Beijing Monday with Burmese armed forces commander Min Aung Hlaing. The meeting comes days before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to make an historic trip to Burma. China’s official Xinhua news agency quotes Vice President Xi Jinping as proposing that the militaries of the two nations “enhance, exchange and deepen cooperation.” Xinhua also quotes the Chinese leader as saying the friendship that was forged by leaders of older generations has endured changes in the international arena.” Read Article
The Telegraph – Radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have now been confirmed in all prefectures, including Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, about 1,700 kilometers from the plant, according to the science ministry. Read article
Reuters – The digital age has left men’s nether parts in a squeeze, if you believe the latest science on semen, laptops and wireless connections.
In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download. Read article
BBC – Former Libyan rebels are still holding about 7,000 prisoners, the United Nations says. The detainees are being held without access to legal process because the police and courts are not functioning, and some may have been tortured. Many are sub-Saharan Africans suspected of being mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime. The UN said the new Libyan government had responded positively when pressed to deal with the issue. Read Article
Bloomberg – The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing. The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. Read Article
The gap is growing between the rich and the poor and it looks unlikely to stop. But the telling statistics are at the extremities of each pole, with the amount of household debt in developed countries at all time high, the shock of which is matched by the extraordinary wealth of a few individuals. To read our Debt and Wealth news archive of 2,477 articles CLICK HERE
Daily Mail – ‘Big Brother’ technology which monitors mobile phones remotely – without warning you that this is happening – is already in use in many major British retail chains, MailOnline can reveal. The technology has quietly been in use in the UK for four years in several ‘major’ High Street malls and department stores, with little or no publicity. It raises serious questions about privacy – and this weekend the launch of the technology in the U.S. for the post-Thanksgiving sales was been greeted with a storm of controversy. Read Article
USAToday – A leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder is guilt that troops experience because of moral dilemmas faced in combat, according to preliminary findings of a study of active-duty Marines. The conflicts that servicemembers feel may include “survivor’s guilt,” from living through an attack in which other servicemembers died, and witnessing or participating in the unintentional killing of women or children, researchers involved in the study say. Read article
Guardian – The first policy statement on corporations calls for an end to tax havens and tax avoidance, more transparency over business lobbying, and legal reforms to make individual executives more liable for the consequences of their decisions. Read article
BBC – Several rockets fired from southern Lebanon landed in northern Israel, the Israeli army has said. There were no casualties from the strikes, the first across the border since 2009. Two buildings were damaged. The rockets fell in the Western Galilee region and the Israeli army returned fire into Lebanon. In 2006, a war was fought between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas based in Lebanon. “The Israeli army considers that it is a serious incident and believes that it is the responsibility of the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army to avoid these kind of attacks,” the Israeli army statement added. Read Article
Daily Mail – More than 5,000 documents have been leaked online purporting to be the correspondence of climate scientists at the University of East Anglia who were previously accused of ‘massaging’ evidence of man-made climate change.
Following on from the original ‘climategate’ emails of 2009, the new package appears to show systematic suppression of evidence, and even publication of reports that scientists knew to to be based on flawed approach. Read article
Bloomberg – Builders sold fewer new houses in the U.S. than forecast in October, delaying a recovery as the industry heads for the weakest year on record. Sales increased 1.3 percent to a 307,000 annual pace, data from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. The median estimate of 70 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News projected a 315,000 rate. Demand is on pace to reach 301,000 this year, less than the 323,000 homes sold in 2010 that were the fewest since data-keeping began in 1963. Read Article
The Age – Australian internet users face an increased risk of prosecution if they pirate online, with five large ISPs proposing to act on suspected infringement notices provided to them from rights holders by passing on the notices to users and, in the most extreme circumstances, disclosing the details of alleged pirates. Read Article
The Independent – More than three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, new research has found. The study, conducted on behalf of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), discovered that 76% of oysters tested from UK oyster growing beds had traces of the infectious bug. Low levels of the virus, which causes symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, were found in 52% of the positive samples, according to the data. Read article
ScienceDaily — Nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation intervention programs are associated with positive outcomes among current smokers, according to two studies in the November 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. “Despite advances in clinical care and policy, rates of smoking cessation have held constant in the past decade, indicating a need for novel approaches,” the authors write as background information in one of the articles. Read article
RT – Tensions run high on Serbia’s border with northern Kosovo, as neither of the conflicting sides is prepared to rule out a further escalation of violence. Local Serbs say NATO forces are to blame, for breaking an agreement by trying to remove a barricade blocking the way to one of a number of disputed checkpoints. The move prompted violent clashes that left dozens injured on both sides. Last night in Northern Kosovo passed without violence though this does not mean that the source of tensions has disappeared. Read Article