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Iran Threatens to Block Oil Shipments, as U.S. Prepares Sanctions

NYTimes – A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply. Read article

Beijing Launches Its Own GPS Rival

WSJ – China has begun operating a homegrown satellite navigation service that is designed to provide an alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System and, according to defense experts, could help the Chinese military to identify, track and strike U.S. ships in the region in the event of armed conflict. The Beidou Navigation Satellite System started providing initial positioning, navigation and timing services to China and its “surrounding areas” on Tuesday, Ran Chengqi, a spokesman for the system, told a news conference. Read Article

Documents reveal Israel stole uranium from U.S. stockpiles in 1950S and 1960S

AFP – Recently declassified documents analyzed by the Institute for Research on Middle Eastern Policy reveal a suprising fact. The Israeli government used American Jews and its own intelligence agents to infiltrate American uranium stockpiles in the 1950s and 1960s and steal 269 kilograms of weapons-grade material. That led to the creation of the Zionist state’s first nuclear bomb. Read Article

Ecuador sends 10,000 troops to Colombia border

Colombia Reports – Ecuador has deployed some 10,000 security forces to its border with Colombia to deal with a “most grave” security problem, President Rafael Correa said Saturday. Correa said the troops and police forces were deployed to bolster security amid concerns about “organized crime, drug trafficking (and) irregular groups,” including paramilitary groups and Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia known as FARC. Read Article

Nigerian Oil Spill Contained Before Reaching Coast

AP – The worst Nigeria offshore oil spill in more than a decade has been contained before reaching the West African nation’s coast, officials with Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday, less than a week after one of its lines bled crude into the Atlantic Ocean. An investigation into how the spill of less than 40,000 barrels — or 1.68 million gallons — happened remains ongoing, though company officials acknowledged workers only discovered the leak after seeing a sheen of crude in water surrounding its Bonga offshore oil field. Read article

Cuba expands free-market reforms

Cuba says it is expanding free-market reforms, opening more of the retail services sector to private business. From 1 January workers including carpenters, locksmiths, photographers and repairmen will be allowed to become self-employed. They will be able to set their own prices, while paying taxes and leasing their premises from the state. Read article

Iran says it warns off foreign helicopter near naval maneuvers

CNN – Iran’s Navy ordered a helicopter from an unspecified foreign country to leave to leave the area of maneuvers it is conducting in the Persian Gulf, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported Monday. “The helicopter ignored the first two warnings but left the area after the third and severe warning,” Fars quoted Rear Adm. Seyed Mahmoud Musavi, the deputy commander of operations for Iran’s Navy, as saying. The incident occurred Sunday, according to Fars. Read Article

Tanks and protests in Syria

Reuters – Amateur video from Syria depicts tanks rolling through the streets of Homs and protests in other parts of the country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Australia looks overseas for defence staff

AAP – The Australian Defence Force is trying to recruit laid-off soldiers, sailors and air crew from Britain, the US and other western countries in order to fill recruitment quotas. Australia is reportedly looking for defence specialists, such as fighter pilots, submarine crews and officers and are offering fast-tracked citizenship as an incentive, The Australian reported on Tuesday. Read Article

China, Japan to Back Direct Trade of Currencies, Ditching the US Dollar

Bloomberg – Japan and China will promote direct trading of the yen and yuan without using dollars and will encourage the development of a market for companies involved in the exchanges, the Japanese government said. Japan will also apply to buy Chinese bonds next year, allowing the investment of renminbi that leaves China during the transactions, the Japanese government said in a statement after a meeting between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing yesterday. Read Article

Daily news archive in focus – Gender & Sexuality (381 articles)

What is the relationship between gender and sexuality? Are we becoming more promiscuous? Has the sexual revolution enlightened our society or eroded our moral constructs? See our news archive of 381 articles from a range of authorities for a commentary and archival information about Gender and Sexuality from around the world. CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – US Hurricanes Vs CO2 Levels

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More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

BBC – Spending more time at school may increase intelligence, according to a study of Norwegian men. The research, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that an extra year in the classroom could boost IQ by nearly four points. Read article

Afghan blast kills at least 20

Reuters – A bomb explosion in the northern Afghan city of Taloqan kills at least 20 people, including one MP. Nick Rowlands reports.

Brazil overtakes UK as sixth-largest economy

Guardian – Brazil has overtaken the UK to become the world’s sixth-largest economy, according to a team of economists. The banking crash of 2008 and the subsequent recession has relegated the UK to seventh place in 2011, behind South America’s largest economy, which has boomed on the back of exports to China and the far east. Read Article

UMaine using hand scanners at dining halls to deter sharing of ID cards

Bangor Daily News – Hand scanners are now commonly used for students to gain entry to University of Maine dining halls as a way to foil the costly sharing of student identification cards. The hand scanners, installed in Hilltop, Wells and York dining commons last semester, are mandatory for all students with an unlimited meal plan. Within the next few years the university plans to require their use by all students who eat at the dining halls. Read Article

Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure, Study Reveals

Huffington Post – In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto’s GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats. Monsanto gathered its own crude statistical data after conducting a 90-day study, even though chronic problems can rarely be found after 90 days, and concluded that the corn was safe for consumption. The stamp of approval may have been premature, however. Read article

French Nov jobless total hits 12-year high

Reuters – The number of jobless people in France hit a 12-year high in November in the latest sign the French job market is deteriorating ahead of the April-May presidential election. Labour ministry data released on Monday showed that the number of registered jobseekers in mainland France rose by 29,900 in November to reach 2.85 million, up 1.1 percent on the month and 5.2 percent on the year. Read Article

Occupy Charlotte hangs on

Charlotte Observer – Despite colder weather and a possible crackdown by city officials in January, Occupy Charlotte protesters are pushing forward – with meetings, fundraisers and eventually what they say will be a showdown at the Democratic National Convention. Compared to October, when the occupation began, fewer tents dot the old City Hall lawn at 600 E. Trade St. Fewer people attend the daily meetings and fewer show up for protest marches. Read Article