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GSK lab fined over vaccine tests that killed 14 babies

Beuhos Aires Herald – GlaxoSmithKline Argentina Laboratories company was fined 400,000 pesos by Judge Marcelo Aguinsky following a report issued by the National Administration of Medicine, Food and Technology (ANMAT in Spanish) for the killing of 14 babies during illegal lab vaccine trials conducted between 2007 and 2008.
Likewise, two doctors -Héctor Abate, and Miguel Tregnaghi- were fined with 300,000 pesos each for irregularities during the studies. Read article

Ron Paul May Have Secretly Won The Iowa Caucuses

BusinessInsider – Ron Paul may have officially come in third tonight, but if the campaign’s caucus strategy went off as planned, then Paul may actually be the real winner of the first Republican voting contest. Read article

‘Israeli drone spying on Turkey almost shot down’

Ynet – Turkish media outlet claims fighter jets called up to intercept unmanned aerial vehicle circling over missile batteries, radar equipment. An Israeli drone flying over Turkey was nearly intercepted by Turkish aerial defense forces, an Istanbul-based media outlet reported on Tuesday. Two F-16 fighter jets were called-up to the area, but failed to locate the drone. Read Article

Editorial – How you know that the silencing of opposition has really worked

Last week we published an editorial, The Dog Whistle – Targeting Whistle-blowers Thus Silencing Opposition, which explored how by simply targeting just a few key individuals a clear message is sent out to others not to repeat the mistake, thus silencing potential opposition very effectively. We were then offered the opportunity to have it re-published by a prominent civil liberties group on their website….but only after we had censored its content. Our latest editorial explains why we refused CLICK HERE TO READ

Mount Etna erupts (1:24)


Mount Etna erupts (1:24)
Jan. 5 – Sicily’s Mount Etna erupts for the first time in 2012, spewing lava and volcanic ash into the sky but causing no damage or air traffic interruptions. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Top 10 buyers of Iran’s oil

Kipp Report – OPEC’s second largest producer Iran sells large volumes of oil to China, India, South Korea, Japan and Italy. But Turkey, South Africa and Sri Lanka rely most heavily on Iranian oil as a percentage of imports. U.S. sanctions already forbid imports of Iranian oil. France is pressing the European Union to consider a ban on Iranian oil to discourage Tehran’s nuclear programme. Read Article

Hosni Mubarak instigated Egyptian shoot-to-kill policy, court told

Guardian – Mubarak and his seven co-defendants are facing charges of complicity in the killings and could face the death penalty if convicted. Chief prosecutor Mustafa Suleiman said the defendants clearly authorised the use of live ammunition and a shoot-to-kill policy against peaceful protesters. Read article

NATO forces to attend drill in Israel

Ynet – NATO forces are scheduled to participate, for the first time, in a home front drill that will be held in Israel next October. In recent years, the IDF took part in several exercises held by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization abroad, but has never hosted its members in Israel. The drill, dubbed “Turning Point 6,” will simulate a massive earthquake leading to wide-scale destruction and large amounts of casualties. Read Article

Turkey preparing for an attack against Greece?

Defense Greece – Although the Turkish political leadership is trying to convince Greece of its benevolent intentions, its acts ultimately betray the reality of its true visions. So after the start of deliveries of the first 52 offensive amphibious bridges Samur FNSS which can erase from the map in a few minutes the obstacle called Evros River and the acquisition of dozens of armored demining vehicles type Keiler, the Turkish Armed Forces completed receiving a few days ago 40 heavy HGMS (Heavy Ground Mobility Systems). Read Article

Ecuadorean Court Upholds Ruling Against Chevron

NPR – An appeals court in Ecuador upheld an $18 billion ruling against Chevron Corp. on Tuesday for oil pollution in the Amazon rain forest more than two decades ago. The ruling confirmed a February judgment in the case. The Ecuadorean plaintiffs said in a statement that the decision is based on scientific evidence presented at trial proving that waste had poisoned the water supply. “The appellate court relied on a record that proved that Chevron has violated the rights of the communities where it operates,” the plaintiffs said in the emailed statement. Read article

Gold Rallies Most in 10 Weeks on Iran, Dollar; Wien Sees $1,800

Bloomberg – Gold futures headed for the biggest gain in 10 weeks on increased demand from investors after reports that Iran produced its first nuclear fuel rod and as the dollar weakened. Silver also gained. A domestically-made rod was inserted into the core of Tehran’s atomic research reactor after performance tests, the Iranian Students News Agency reported yesterday. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Humanitarian Crisis (297 articles)

Whether it’s an ongoing or lingering pandemic, a natural disaster, or conflict, a humanitarian crisis is an event or series of events which represents a critical threat to the wellbeing of a community or other large group of people. Recent examples of Humanitarian Crisis include the case of bird flu, the nuclear fallout in Japan, the Iraq war and the earthquake of Haiti. Find out about such news from around the world by reading our Humanitarian Crisis news archive of 297 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – UAH global Temperature for December

Source: http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/UAH_LT_1979_thru_December_2011.png

The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for December, 2011 remained about the same November, +0.13 deg. C

China Executes 15 Men in One Day, Parades Them Before Execution

Epoch Times – The execution and public humiliation of 15 men sentenced to death in a single day in Changsha City, the capital of southern China’s Hunan Province, has sparked controversy among the Chinese public. The fifteen men were sentenced to death for allegedly carrying out crimes of murder, robbery, and an explosion at a branch office of the Changsha municipal office of State Administration of Taxation on June 30, 2010. According to Chinese media, they were “criminals who seriously endangered public security.” Read Article

Pepsi Says Mountain Dew Can Dissolve Mouse Carcasses

The Atlantic Wire – Pepsi Co., facing a lawsuit from a man who claims to have found a mouse in his Mountain Dew can, has an especially creative, if disgusting, defense: their soda would have dissolved a dead mouse before the man could have found it. An Illinois man sued Pepsi in 2009 after he claims he “spat out the soda to reveal a dead mouse,” the Madison County Record reports. Read article

USA: Fluoride Spill Causes Concern Near Reservoir

CNBC – A truck carrying fluoride to the Metropolitan District Commission facility in West Hartford began leaking, causing concern Thursday morning. MDC workers immediately called emergency crews to the facility at 1425 Farmington Avenue to contain the fluoride. The MDC reservoirs in West Hartford supply drinking water to much of the area. There was no danger to the public, but it was unclear how much of the 4,500 gallons of fluoride had leaked. Read Article

CIA tried to install nuclear surveillance device atop Himalayas mountains

IndiaTimes – Soon after China detonated its first atom bomb in 1964, CIA tried to plant a nuclear-powered surveillance device atop Nanda Devi to spy on the communist nation. Though the secret mission failed and the device was lost there, it created ripples in the Indian establishment 12 years later. Read article

Syrian activists say government armor still in cities

Reuters – Opposition activists said on Wednesday armored vehicles were still in the streets of Syrian cities ready to act against protesters, contradicting statements by Arab League peace monitors that troops had withdrawn. Opposition groups in the cities of Idlib in the north, central Homs and Deraa in the south said the army had hidden armor in dugouts and replaced tanks with blue armored vehicles said to belong to police forces. Read Article

Spain banks to set aside €50B on bad debt: FT

Market Watch – In the latest fallout from the European financial crisis, banks in Spain will put aside €50 billion in provisions for writedowns on bad property assets as part of a reform plan intended to avoid an undue strain on the nation’s treasury, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. Read Article

Workers claim abuse as China adds Zimbabwe to its scramble for Africa

Guardian – In the evening gloom the vast complex emerges into view. Beyond a high security wall, insects dance in the beam of a giant floodlight. Men are still hard at work in the skeletons of concrete tower blocks, and standing at the centre of it all is the arch of a Chinese pagoda. Read Article

Modern Disease Found in Ancient Bones

Discovery – THE GIST: Medieval bones found in Albania show traces of brucellosis, a disease associated with eating unpasteurized dairy. The infected skeletons belonged to two teenage males from the 10th to 13th centuries. The vertebrae of the skeletons show significant lesions. <Read article

Jordan Islamist demonstrators demand reform

DailyStar – Thousands of Islamist opposition supporters demonstrated Friday in Amman to demand reform, a week after the movement’s offices in a northern city were torched during clashes with loyalists. Chanting “enough is enough,” around 7,000 people, including Islamists, youths and tribesmen, marched from Al-Husseini mosque in central Amman to the nearby city hall, an AFP correspondent said. Carrying a large national flag, they called for “reforming the regime” and fighting corruption, rejecting “intimidation and bullying.” Read article

Soldier denies knowing of explosives in plane bag

AP – A soldier charged with trying to bring explosives on an airplane in Texas told investigators he used them in Afghanistan but didn’t realize any were in a bag he brought back to the U.S. and apparently carried on a flight from North Carolina to Texas. Trey Scott Atwater, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, was arrested Saturday while trying to go through security at an airport in Texas where he was planning to fly back home. Authorities say the 30-year-old had a carry-on bag containing C4, a powerful explosive used in Iraq and Afghanistan to blow the hinges off doors or destroy unexploded ordinance. Read Article

Russian River Water Unexpected Culprit Behind Arctic Freshening, Researchers Find

ScienceDaily — A hemispherewide phenomenon — and not just regional forces — has caused record-breaking amounts of freshwater to accumulate in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea. Frigid freshwater flowing into the Arctic Ocean from three of Russia’s mighty rivers was diverted hundreds of miles to a completely different part of the ocean in response to a decades-long shift in atmospheric pressure associated with the phenomenon called the Arctic Oscillation, according to findings published in the Jan. 5 issue of Nature. Read article

Fresh credit crunch fears as banks park record €453bn cash with ECB

Guardian – Fresh fears about the eurozone banking system were raised when record amounts of cash were deposited with the European Central Bank and Italy’s UniCredit spooked markets with a cash call on investors. Some €453bn (£378bn) was lodged in the ECB’s “deposit facility” on Tuesday night in a move that some analysts feared showed banks were so concerned about lending it out to rivals that they would rather earn just 0.25% in interest from the central bank. Read Article