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Web addicts have brain changes, research suggests

BBC – Web addicts have brain changes similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol, preliminary research suggests. Experts in China scanned the brains of 17 young web addicts and found disruption in the way their brains were wired up. They say the discovery, published in Plos One, could lead to new treatments for addictive behaviour. Read article

Italy austerity: PM Monti warns of angry response

BBC – He said that despite Italy’s “sacrifices”, there had been no EU concessions such as interest rate cuts. Without “tangible successes”, he predicted protests against Brussels, Germany and the European Central Bank. His remarks to Die Welt newspaper coincide with the start of a series of important meetings involving leaders of the top three eurozone economies and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Read article

Pakistan’s Deadliest Bombing in Three Months Kills 20 People in Northwest

Bloomberg – A bomb planted in a van near a bus terminal in northwest Pakistan killed 20 people and injured more than two dozen others in the deadliest blast in the country in more than three months. The explosion destroyed cars and shops in Jamrud, a market town in Pakistan’s Khyber region, one of seven tribal areas where Taliban guerrillas and other militant groups are fighting security forces. The blast may have been triggered by remote control, Kifayatullah Durrani, a spokesman for the local administration, said by phone in Peshawar city. Read Article

Suspected U.S. drone kills 3 militants in Pakistan: Officials

Reuters – A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles at a house on the outskirts of the town of Miranshah in the North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, killing at least three militants, local intelligence officials said. There was no independent confirmation of the incident. Militants often dispute official versions of such attacks and death tolls. This is the first such strike since Nov. 17 last year, and comes at a time when anti-U.S. sentiment in Pakistan is running high after a Nov. 26 NATO cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Read Article

Afghan drugs: Opium price rises by 133%

BBC – Opium poppy farmers in Afghanistan probably earned more than $1.4bn (£910m) last year – equivalent to 9% of the country’s GDP, it estimates. Prices started to rise in 2010 after the poppy crop was hit by a fungal disease. The head of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime said opium helped fund the Taliban insurgency and fuelled corruption in Afghanistan. Read Article

RNC Fights For Corporate Right To Give Money To Candidates And Party Committees

Huffington Post – In the latest GOP effort to accord corporations the same rights as people, the Republican National Committee wants to strike down the century-old ban against direct corporate contributions to candidates and party committees. The ban, part of a 1907 anti-corruption law that helped curb the influence of corporate robber barons, is one of the last bulwarks of campaign finance law left after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision two years ago. Read Article

‘No Libyan response’ on Gaddafi son as deadline nears

BBC – A deadline has nearly elapsed for Libya to give the International Criminal Court information about the health and status of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. The former Libyan leader’s son was captured in southern Libya in November. The ICC, based in The Hague, has indicted him for crimes against humanity but Libya’s new leaders say they want him to stand trial in Libya. Read Article

Extra oxygen may harm emergency patients: report

Reuters – That oxygen mask they strap on patients rushed to the ER after a heart attack or a stroke? It could be doing more harm than good in many cases, Dutch researchers say in a new report. In a review of earlier research, they found no support for routinely giving critically ill patients high-dose oxygen, a common practice among paramedics and emergency physicians. “There is not a single study that points to beneficial effects,” said Dr. Yvo Smulders, a professor at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. “All of the evidence that we found points to detrimental effects.” Read article

Iran car explosion ‘kills nuclear scientist’ in Tehran

BBC – Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, an academic who also worked at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, and another unidentified person were killed in the attack. The blast happened after a motorcyclist stuck an apparent bomb to the car. Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in recent years, with Iran blaming Israel and the US. Read article

Latest Iraq Attacks Kill 10, Including Schoolboys

AP – Three schoolboys were among at least 10 people killed in Iraq on Tuesday, extending a wave of bloody attacks that have rocked the country since American troops pulled out. Several of the Tuesday attacks struck predominantly Sunni areas north of Baghdad, though an evening blast in the capital appeared to target Shiite pilgrims commemorating a holy period known as Arbaeen. Read Article

Canada rejects wanted Rwandan’s bid to stay

AFP – A Canadian court on Wednesday rejected an alleged Rwandan war criminal’s appeal to stay in Canada, but the United Nations human rights committee asked Ottawa to still halt his deportation. Leon Mugesera — alleged to have made an infamous speech in 1992 that played a major role in inciting the 1994 genocide in which radical ethnic Hutus killed as many as 800,000 Tutsis — was ordered to leave Canada by Thursday. Read Article

Local govt debt poses threat to economy in 2012

China Daily – Loans to local governments through financing vehicles will be a major threat to China’s economy, with up to 2.5 trillion yuan ($396 billion) in debt falling due in 2012, even though the authorities are easing liquidity, analysts said. He Zhicheng, chief economist at the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd, said that lenders are already under pressure from non-performing loans (NPLs) as this debt matures, and the central government must take concrete steps to solve the problem. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Iraq (1,003 articles)

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Climate Fact Of The Day – Testimony of Professor Ross McKitrick at the Canadian Senate Hearing – December 15, 2011

LAPD’s sci-fi solution to real crime

Independent – Sergeant John Gomperz slows his black-and-white patrol vehicle to a crawl as he enters the parking lot of one of the shopping malls that litter the Los Angeles northern suburbs. For the next 15 minutes, he drives up and down, past McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and a row of fast-food outlets. Then he pauses at the entrance of the electronics store Best Buy, and scans the horizon. Read Article

Frequent red meat eaters at higher risk of stroke

Reuters – A high-protein diet might benefit health in some ways, but depending on what kind of protein a person consumes, it could raise their stroke risk too, suggests a large new study that finds eating lots of red meat ups the likelihood of having a stroke while poultry lowers it. “The main message from this paper is that the type of protein or the protein package is really important for the risk of stroke. We have to consider protein in the context of the foods,” said Dr. Frank Hu, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the authors of the study. Read article

Antibiotics for livestock vital to feed world: OIE

Reuters – The world body in charge of fighting animal diseases called for action against widespread abuse of antibiotics in livestock farming, which leads to drug-resistant bacteria, but warned on Wednesday that a ban would leave the world short of protein. “The use of antibiotics is today essential to ensure sufficient animal production to feed the planet. Without antibiotics there would supply problems of animal protein for the human population,” Bernard Vallat, director of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) told a news conference. Read article

Terrorists Kill Commerce Deputy of Iran’s Nuclear Enrichment Site

Fars – An Iranian university professor and deputy director at Natanz enrichment facility was killed in a terrorist bomb blast in a Northern Tehran neighborhood on Wednesday morning. The magnetic bomb which was planted by an unknown motorcyclist under the car of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, a professor at Tehran’s technical university, also wounded two other Iranian nationals in Seyed Khandan neighborhood in Northern Tehran. Read Article

France ‘imagines the unimaginable’

Nature – Nowhere did the alarm bells sounded by the Fukushima nuclear disaster ring more loudly than in France, which leads the world in nuclear energy. About three-quarters of its electricity comes from nuclear power stations, and it is one of the main exporters of reactors and related technology. Now it is leading the way in setting radical safety standards for the industry, in an effort to ensure that the disaster in Japan on 11 March 2011 could never be replayed on French soil. Read article

Astronomers See More Planets Than Stars in Galaxy

ABC – The more astronomers look for other worlds, the more they find that it’s a crowded and crazy cosmos. They think planets easily outnumber stars in our galaxy and they’re even finding them in the strangest of places. And they’ve only begun to count. Three studies released Wednesday, in the journal Nature and at the American Astronomical Society’s conference in Austin, Texas, demonstrate an extrasolar real estate boom. One study shows that in our Milky Way, most stars have planets. And since there are a lot of stars in our galaxy — about 100 billion — that means a lot of planets. Read Article

Europe’s Pension Threat Grows as Economy Sputters

Bloomberg – Even before the euro crisis, people were worried about Europe’s pension bomb. State-funded pension obligations in 19 of the European Union nations were about five times higher than their combined gross debt, according to a study commissioned by the European Central Bank. Read Article

Amnesty hits out at US ‘attack on human rights’

Irish Times – The continuing detention of more than 170 men at Guantánamo Bay symbolises a decade of failure by the US to respect human rights, Amnesty International has said on the 10th anniversary of the opening of the facility. Read Article

Iran’s uranium enrichment is escalation, says US

BBC – The US has said Iran’s enrichment of uranium at an underground site is “a further escalation” of its ongoing violation of UN resolutions. Read article

Pakistan: Militants Kill 10 Soldiers

NY Times – Islamist militants killed 10 paramilitary soldiers they had been holding hostage since last month, government officials said Monday. It was the second time the insurgents have killed security force captives near the Afghan border in a week. The bodies of the Frontier Corps soldiers were found in the Orakzai region near the Afghan border, an official said. The soldiers had been seized on Dec. 24 in a raid on a security base in Orakzai. Last week, the Pakistani Taliban killed 15 members of the Frontier Constabulary, a police paramilitary unit, in revenge for an army operation that had killed a top Pakistani Taliban commander. Read Article