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As Gas Drilling Spreads, Towns Stand Ground Over Control

NY Times — As energy companies move to drill in densely populated areas from Pennsylvania to Texas, battles are breaking out over who will have the final say in managing the shale gas boom. The fight, which pits towns and cities against energy companies and states eager for growth, has raised a fundamental question about the role of local government: How much authority should communities have over the use of their land? Read article

EU, without Britain, moves towards fiscal deal

Reuters – Up to 26 European Union countries will finalize a pact to enforce budget discipline more strictly in the euro zone by March, a top official said on Tuesday, as the bloc tries to move quickly to rebuild confidence but without Britain’s backing. Read article

At least the deck doesn’t have planes: Satellite captures first picture of China’s aircraft carrier which it claimed is just for ‘research’

Mail Online – A satellite photo captured China’s first ever aircraft carrier on the Chinese coast’s Yellow Sea Thursday by a commercial U.S. satellite company. The aircraft carrier has generated intense international interest because of the open-ended possibilities the country may have for it as a future military power. Little on the ship had been said by China after purchasing it from Ukraine in 1998, spending years refurbishing it from one with no engines, weaponry or navigation systems, to one seen sailing last week. Read Article

Kenyan troops secure militia stronghold

Reuters – Kenyan Defence Force takes foreign media into Ras Kamboni – a region of southern Somalia formerly under the control of al Shabaab militants. Simon Hanna retorts.

Saudi Arabia: Execution of ‘sorcery’ woman condemned

Telegraph – Amnesty International confirmed that Saudi national Amina bin Salem Nasser was executed on Monday in the northern province of al-Jawf on charges of “witchcraft and sorcery”. The London-based human rights watchdog condemned Monday’s execution as “truly appalling,” and called on the conservative kingdom to urgently halt the practice. Read Article

Some of our moon rocks are missing: Nasa admits to losing more than 500 samples of space material brought back from the Apollo missions

Mail Online – It was clever enough to send men to the Moon – yet Nasa has managed to lose track of many of the samples it brought back from there, it admits. Since 1970, more than 500 pieces of moon rock, meteorites, comet chunks and other space material have been stolen or lost, an audit found. Nasa, which has lent out more than 26,000 samples, needs to keep better track of what is sent to researchers and museums, the report by its inspector general warns, or it ‘increases the risk these unique resources may be lost’. Read Article

Report: Pentagon bill has 115 earmarks

API – A congressional report says earmarks are alive and well in this year’s U.S. defense authorization bill. The study conducted by the office of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and obtained by The Washington Post tallied 115 spending proposals totaling $834 million. Read article

Haitians protest for UN cholera compensation

BBC – Several thousand people have taken part in a protest in Haiti, demanding that the United Nations pays compensation to people with cholera. The protesters say UN peacekeepers inadvertently carried the disease into Haiti, causing an epidemic which has killed almost 7,000 people. Read Article

Pakistan: Karachi police free chained students

BBC – About 50 students have been freed from a religious school in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, where some were being kept in chains, officials say. The male students, some as young as 12, were reportedly beaten, deprived of food and kept in what police say amounted to a torture chamber. Some parents paid for their children to attend the school known as the “jail madrassa” because their sons were addicted to drugs or involved in crime. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Nuclear (919 articles)

Nuclear power produces around 11% of the world’s energy needs, and produces huge amounts of energy from small amounts of fuel, without the pollution that is so often associated with other fuel production techniques. However, the dark side of nuclear is well documented; from radioactive fallout to the terrible consequences of nuclear weapons. For a comprehensive view of the news on all things Nuclear, read our archive of 919 articles CLICK HERE

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Premier’s Actions [arrests] in Iraq Raise U.S. Concerns

NY Times — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has moved swiftly to consolidate power in advance of the American military withdrawal, offering a glimpse of how Iraq’s post-American identity may take shape, by rounding up hundreds of former Baath Party members and evicting Western companies from the heavily fortified Green Zone. [Western] officials have long been uneasy with the prime minister’s authoritarian tendencies. Read article

Obama seeks to leverage $1 trillion spending bill

AP – President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in the Senate are using a critical year-end spending bill as political leverage to try to force Republicans to negotiate bipartisan legislation to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits due to expire at the end of the year. Read article

Afghan woman jailed after being raped is freed after two years in Kabul prison

Guardian – An Afghan woman who was jailed after being raped by a cousin has been released from the Kabul prison where she has spent more than two years, although her lawyer has warned her future remains far from certain. Gulnaz, a 20-year-old who is known by one name, was set free on Tuesday night, nearly two weeks after Hamid Karzai, the Afghanistan president, ordered her release. Her case has highlighted the issue of “moral crimes”, which lawyers say have no basis in Afghan law. Despite being the victim of a rape at the hands of a cousin, a day labourer called Asadullah Sher Mohammad, she was charged with “adultery” after reporting the attack to police and sentenced to 12 years in prison. For two years and three months Gulnaz had been living in the Badam Bagh prison in Kabul with her daughter, who was conceived by the rape. Read Article

Reality check: States tough on abortion face legal costs

Reuters – Bill Graber is not a fan of Roe v. Wade because the Ohio construction worker thinks the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion went too far. But Graber is not happy about Ohio lawmakers pushing a law that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be heard, because he worries the state will spend millions of dollars defending it. Read article

Occupy protests disrupt ports across US West Coast

BBC – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters have blocked gates and delayed lorries at three ports on the US West Coast. The partial shutdown of harbours in California, Oregon and Washington states resulted in a handful of arrests, but no major clashes. Read article

King of Bahrain insists his forces do not indulge in ‘ethnic cleansing or genocide’ as he defends handling of protests

Telegraph – The King of Bahrain defended his record in handling anti-government protests, insisting it was not government policy “to go and kill people on the roads” and that the Bahraini security forces did not indulge in “ethnic cleansing or genocide”. Read article

In Brazil, Oil Boom Brings Environmental Worries

NPR – In Brazil, the discovery of huge oil deposits has prompted a patriotic outpouring as Brazilians celebrate the country’s rise as an oil power. Currently the world’s ninth largest oil producer, Brazil believes it may become one of the top four or five oil producers in a few years. But a recent spill 200 miles off the country’s famous beaches has brought home the pitfalls of deep-sea drilling. On a recent fishing excursion, Alexandre Anderson put out about 2,000 yards of net in open water, just within sight of Rio’s famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. These days, though, the effort is hardly worth it.
Pulling up the net, there’s only a few scrawny fish. Read article

Court hears mom’s appeal in baby death

Daily Reporter — Since suicide isn’t a crime, there’s no way a Chinese immigrant could have known she would be charged with murder and feticide for trying to kill herself while she was pregnant, her attorney told the Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday. Bei Bei Shuai, 34, was 33 weeks pregnant when she ate rat poison Dec. 23 after her boyfriend broke up with her. Attorneys say she was attempting suicide in the midst of major depression. Shuai was hospitalized, and doctors tried to treat her for the poison. Court records show doctors told Shuai they detected little problem with the fetus until days later, when the premature baby girl was delivered by cesarean section on Dec. 31. Read article

UK age of criminal responsibility is too low, say brain scientists

The Guardian – The age of criminal responsibility in England, Wales and Northern Ireland could be “unreasonably low” given the emerging understanding of how slowly the brains of children mature, according to a report by the Royal Society. Widespread differences between individuals also mean that the cut-off age at which children are deemed fit to stand trial, at 10 years old, might not be justifiable in all cases. The comments are part of an assessment carried out by a panel of scientists, lawyers and ethicists of how developments in neuroscience and brain imaging should inform the future practice of law. Neuroscience and the Law, published on Tuesday, examines how scientific understanding of the brain has advanced in recent decades and the light this has shed on behaviour. Read article