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Europe appoints science adviser

Nature – The dearth of independent, sound scientific advice in European policy-making provokes endless complaints from science advocates, who blame it for the continent’s wrangling over charged issues such as genetically modified crops and nanotechnology. They might finally have a saviour, in the person of Anne Glover, a Scottish molecular and cell biologist, who was named last week as Europe’s first chief scientific adviser. Read article

Poor mental health harming productivity, says OECD

Reuters – One in five workers suffer from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety and these conditions increasingly affect productivity in the workplace as many struggle to cope, a report by the OECD said on Monday. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found people with mental illness are often off sick from work, and between 30 and 50 percent of all new disability benefit claims in OECD nations are now due to poor mental health. Read article

Iraq PM Maliki visits Washington amid US troop pull-out

BBC – Iraq’s prime minister has arrived in Washington to open a “new chapter” in US-Iraqi relations, the White House said, as American forces complete their withdrawal. Read article

Birth defects rise in Falluja

Reuters – As U.S. troops pull out of Falluja, the city faces an increase in birth defects and unfinished restoration programs. Jessica Gray reports.

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Former Blackwater firm renamed again

BBC – The US security firm at the centre of allegations that its guards killed civilians in Iraq is changing its name once more. The company, known as Blackwater at the time of the events, became Xe Services in 2009. Now Xe is to become Academi, named after Plato’s institution in ancient Greece. A US judge threw out charges against five Blackwater guards over the deaths of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007. Iraqi authorities claimed that the guards had opened fire on civilians without provocation. The manslaughter charges were dropped because the judge ruled that inadmissible evidence was used. The activities of foreign security firms in Iraq were curbed after that incident. Read Article

Supreme Court to Rule on Immigration Law in Arizona

The New York Times – The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Arizona may impose tough anti-immigration measures. Among them, in a law enacted last year, is a requirement that the police there question people they stop about their immigration status. The Obama administration challenged parts of the law in court, saying that it could not be reconciled with federal immigration laws and policies. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, blocked enforcement of parts of the law in April. Read Article

Supreme Court to hear challenge to Arizona’s immigration law

Washington Post – The Supreme Court on Monday intervened in another high-profile case testing the authority of the federal government, saying it will review Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants, which inspired similar state efforts across the country. The decision adds to one of the court’s most high-profile case­loads in years. Read article

Downing Street: UK ‘to engage constructively’ with EU

BBC – The UK PM vetoed EU treaty changes on Friday, a result his deputy PM Nick Clegg has called “bad for Britain”. Labour also criticised the move, but many of Mr Cameron’s own Conservative MPs have welcomed what happened. Mr Cameron will give a factual account of the decisions he took in his Commons statement at 15:30 GMT, and then face questions from across the House of Commons. Read article

Iran steel factory blast: Foreigners among seven killed

BBC – An explosion at a steel factory in Iran has killed seven people including foreign nationals, say reports in Iranian state media. The blast in the city of Yazd was caused by discarded ammunition which arrived at the plant with a consignment of scrap metal, the official Irna news agency reported. It happened late on Sunday at the privately owned plant, Irna said. At least 12 other people are reported to have been injured. Read Article

Syria death toll ‘exceeds 5,000′, says UN’s Navi Pillay

BBC – More than 5,000 people are now believed to have been killed in the uprising in Syria, the UN’s top human rights official has said. Navi Pillay told a closed session of the Security Council that 14,000 people are believed to have been arrested and 12,400 fled to neighbouring countries. At least 20 people died in clashes on Monday, opposition activists said. Read Article

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Total’s Alberta oil sands project gets approved

Reuters – The Canadian government gave Total SA approval on Thursday to start construction on its C$9 billion ($8.9 billion) Joslyn North oil sands project in Alberta, marking the fifth mining development in the vast crude deposit. Total, the French oil major, and its Canadian, U.S. and Japanese partners aim to start production in 2018, hitting a peak of 100,000 barrels a day. Read article

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Signals intelligence to be allowed for Security Service

Stockholm News – Also the National Criminal Investigation Department should be able to give instructions to the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) in their work against serious crime across national borders. According to the daily Svenska Dagbladet, the heads of the Security Service (SÄPO), the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MUST), and the FRA recently has written to the government. In their letter they warn that important information about terrorist threats are no longer obtained. The reason is that the much debated ‘FRA law’ that took effect on December 1, 2009, prohibits such intelligence work. Read article

Flu jab gave our six-year-old son narcolepsy: Boy slept for up to 19 HOURS a day after reaction to vaccine

Daily Mail – The parents of a schoolboy who was struck down with narcolepsy after receiving a flu vaccine, said the Government should have carried out more tests before issuing the drug. Josh Hadfield, 6, lost muscle control and started sleeping for up to 19 hours every day just three weeks after getting the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix. He would fall asleep up to every five minutes – even when he was walking, eating and swimming – and suffer sudden bouts of cataplexy (loss of muscle tone) when he laughed. Read article

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Cristina Fernandez sworn in for second term as Argentina’s president.

Reuters – An emotional Fernandez breaks with protocol as daughter presents her with presidential sash. Read article

’18 killed’ in fresh Syria clashes, say opposition

BBC – At least 18 people are reported to have died in clashes in Syria as opposition activists called a general strike. 11 of the deaths were in the cities of Homs and Hama, the opposition Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC) said. Two people also died in clashes between troops and deserters in the northern Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Authorities in Idlib confronted members of “an armed terrorist group”, said Syrian state news agency SANA. The UN estimates more than 4,000 people have died in the nine-month uprising, including 307 children. Read Article

Peru’s Humala picks ex-army officer to lead Cabinet

Reuters – President Ollanta Humala replaced his prime minister on Saturday with a former army officer who was his instructor in the military in an unexpected Cabinet shake-up that stunned Peru. Read article