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Want To Stop Bed Bug Bites? Don’t Shave Off That Body Hair

Medical News today – Hairy skin helps stop bed bugs biting, according to new research from the University of Sheffield in the UK. Apparently, not only does the fine hair that covers our bodies help us feel the presence of parasitic insects on our skin, it also acts as a barrier to stop them biting us. The findings of the study appeared in an online before print issue of the Royal Society journal Biology Letters on 14 December. Although humans seem relatively naked compared to other primates, our bodies are covered in a layer of two types of fine hair. One type is called vellus, which is short and nearly invisible, and the other is called terminal hair which is longer and more visible. The follicles are also quite close together on the skin. Read article

Amid New Clashes in Cairo, Civilian Advisory Council Suspends Its Work

NYTimes – Egypt’s military rulers suffered a major embarrassment on Friday when a new civilian advisory council designed to bolster their legitimacy suspended its operations in protest over the military’s deadly but ineffective treatment of peaceful demonstrators. Read article

Thousands on the streets in Yemen


Reuters – housands of Yemenis take to the streets of the capital in protest of the new unity government and outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Read article

Military marks end to nearly nine bloody years in Iraq

Reuters – U.S. forces formally ended almost nine years of war in Iraq on Thursday with a modest flag-lowering ceremony in Baghdad, while to the north flickering violence highlighted ethnic and sectarian strains threatening the country in years ahead. “After a lot of blood spilled by Iraqis and Americans, the mission of an Iraq that could govern and secure itself has become real,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at the ceremony at Baghdad’s still heavily-fortified airport. Read Article

Syrian rebels ‘kill 27 secret policemen and soldiers’

Guardian – Syrian rebels claimed to have killed 27 members of the security forces in clashes on Thursday – providing more evidence that the country is sliding into a state of permanent armed insurgency. On the day that saw the Syrian uprising enter its 10th month, Human Rights Watch (HRW) named 74 senior officials and commanders – including President Bashar al-Assad – who it said should face investigation for crimes against humanity. Read Article

Morgan Stanley, Like Rivals, to Make Deep Job Cuts

NY Times – It is a year to forget on Wall Street. The final few months of 2011 have been a painful period of layoffs and cost-cutting in the finance industry, and it continued on Thursday, as Morgan Stanley announced that it would eliminate 1,600 jobs, or 2.6 percent of its work force, by the first quarter of 2012. Read Article

‘Dream’ Space Telescope for Military Could Spy Anywhere on Earth

Innovation News – If the U.S. military wants live video of a missile launcher vehicle halfway around the world, it must rely upon spy planes or drones in danger of being shot down. Tomorrow, the Pentagon wants space telescopes hovering in geosynchronous orbit that could take real-time images or live video of any spot on Earth. Contrary to Hollywood’s ideas, today’s spy satellites that orbit the Earth at fast speeds and relatively lower altitudes can only snap photos for the U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Taking live video of a single location would require satellites to hover by matching the Earth’s rotation in geosynchronous orbit about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) high — but creating and launching a space telescope with the huge optics arrays capable of seeing ground details from such high orbit has proven difficult. Read Article

Congress clears $662 billion defense bill

AP – Congress passed a massive $662 billion defense bill Thursday after months of wrangling over how to handle captured terrorist suspects without violating Americans’ constitutional rights. A last-minute compromise produced a truce but lawmakers said the fight’s not over. The Senate voted 86-13 for the measure and will send it to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and national security programs in the Energy Department for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The legislation is $27 billion less than Obama wanted and $43 billion less than Congress gave the Pentagon this year, a reflection of deficit-driven federal budgets, the end of the Iraq war and the drawdown in Afghanistan. Read Article

Cops target climate-sceptic bloggers in three countries

The Register – Police have targeted at least four climate bloggers in three countries, with constabulary taking computers and networking equipment from a science blogger in the UK. Roger Tattersall, aka “Tallbloke”, a Digital Content Manager at the University of Leeds, posted that six police officers identifying themselves as being from Norfolk Police and the Metropolitan force entered his home at midnight and took away two laptops and a router. Read Article

Fewer veterans with PTSD using anti-anxiety drugs

Reuters – Use of a class of anti-anxiety drugs fell during the past decade among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, a large U.S. study shows. The trend is encouraging, researchers say, because current guidelines recommend against using the drugs, benzodiazepines, to treat symptoms associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “One of our concerns is that it’s very, very difficult to get patients off benzodiazepines,” said Dr. Matthew Friedman… Read article

UK: Your cause is just, Jackson tells protest camp

Independent – St Paul’s Cathedral should provide more support to the Occupy London demonstrators who have been camped outside for more than two months, a leading civil rights campaigner and former aide to Dr Martin Luther King has said. Read article

U.S. to leave Iraqi airspace clear for strategic Israeli route to Iran

Washington Times – The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a lot easier. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said the Iraqi military will maintain radars to monitor the country’s airspace, but it has not taken possession of American F-16s to guard that space. Read Article

Credit Agricole to Report a Loss for 2011, Cut 2,350 Jobs

Bloomberg – Credit Agricole SA (ACA), France’s second- largest bank by assets, will report a loss for 2011 and eliminate 2,350 jobs at its investment-banking and consumer- finance units as Europe’s debt crisis erodes economic growth. Credit Agricole, based outside Paris, will book about 2.5 billion euros ($3.24 billion) in fourth-quarter writedowns on investments, including stakes in Spain’s Bankinter SA (BKT) and Banco Espirito Santo SA (BES) of Portugal, it said in a statement yesterday. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Iran (866 articles)

The name “Iran” came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia. Iran maintains diplomatic relations with almost every member of the United Nations, except for Israel, which Iran does not recognize, and the United States since the Iranian Revolution. Recently Iran’s nuclear program has become the subject of contention with the Western world. For a comprehensive view of world news about Iran; its people, politics and economy read our news archive of 866 articles CLICK HERE

Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa’s Eyeing Your E-Mails

Wired – If you don’t have anything nice to say, then definitely don’t say it, type it or text it over a military network. The Pentagon’s intent on weeding out “insider threats” — troops or other military personnel who might be disgruntled enough to (Wiki)leak some documents, or mentally unhinged enough to go on a shooting rampage. Now, military-funded scientists are plotting a computer system that’d boast unprecedented abilities to scan and interpret every keystroke, log-in and file upload performed over Pentagon networks. Read Article

U.S. agrees to limit medical research on chimpanzees

Reuters – The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) will sharply curtail medical research studies using chimpanzees, humans’ closest relative in the animal kingdom, after an expert panel said such studies are rarely warranted. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said on Thursday his agency will adopt new recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), part of the National Academies of Sciences, that will limit research funded by the agency involving chimpanzees. Read article

China plans tighter laws on film and cinema content

BBC – China has proposed a new law to ban film content which it deems to disturb social stability or promote religious fanaticism. The Movie Industry Promotion Bill would also forbid foreign firms or individuals from filming without a government-sanctioned partner. Correspondents say this is part of an overall tightening of China’s grip over its cultural industries. Read article

Endangered eagle sparks Tasmanian logging debate (1:25)

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Asian Gold Buyers in Frenzy After Price Falls

IB Times – Asian buyers of gold went into a buying spree Thursday as other skilled investors liquidated their investments of the safe haven metal on speculation of a dollar strength rising. Gold fell below $1,600 an ounce on Wednesday. Read Article

Fitch downgrades six global banks

BBC – Fitch has downgraded six of the world’s largest banks, citing the challenging financial markets. The banks include Bank of America and Goldman Sachs in the US, the UK’s Barclays and France’s BNP Paribas. Germany’s Deutsche Bank and Switzerland’s Credit Suisse were also cut. Fitch cut the “issuer default ratings” at the banks, which “reflect the ability of an entity to meet financial commitments on a timely basis”. Read Article

WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning makes first appearance before army court

Telegraph – Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of handing WikiLeaks hundreds of thousands of secret military documents and diplomatic cables, will appear in court for the first time today. More than a year and a half after he was arrested by the US Army in Iraq, Private Manning will face a military court outside Washington, where his lawyers will challenge the 36 charges made against him. Read Article

Hand, foot, mouth disease kills 156 in Vietnam

Medical Xpress – An official at the Ministry of Health says the average number of weekly cases dropped from about 3,000 in September to 2,460 in November. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel alert Monday urging people visiting Vietnam to protect themselves from the disease by practicing “healthy personal hygiene.” This year’s outbreak is a sharp uptick from recent years. Since 2008, about 10,000 to 15,000 cases were reported per year with about 20 to 30 children dying annually. Read article

French ex-President Jacques Chirac guilty of corruption

BBC – President from 1995 to 2007, he was put on trial on charges that dated back to his time as mayor of Paris. He was accused of paying members of his Rally for the Republic (RPR) party for municipal jobs that did not exist. The prosecution had urged the judge to acquit Mr Chirac and nine others accused in the trial. Two of the nine were cleared. The other seven were found guilty. Read article

Colombia landslide causes oil spill (1:24)

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