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Doctors unsure why thyroid cancer cases on the rise

USA Today – National Cancer Institute statistics suggest that in recent years the number of cases of this often curable cancer has increased by about 6.5%. Over a decade, that has added up to make thyroid cancer the fastest-increasing cancer, says Tod Huntley, an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon with the Center for Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in Indianapolis. Ten years ago, if I saw four new thyroid cancer patients a year, it would have been a lot,” says G. Irene Minor, a radiation oncologist with Indiana University Health Central Indiana Cancer Center. “Now sometimes I see that many in a month, and I have seen three in a week.”Read article

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou wins second term

BBC – Taiwan’s incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou has won a second term in office, promising to further improve ties with neighbouring China. Read article

Taliban storm Pakistan police station

Reuters – Soldiers worked to secure a police station in northwestern Pakistan after it was attacked by Taliban members wearing explosive vests. Deborah Gembara reports.

5th scientist assassinated in last 2 years

Guardian – Iran has accused the US and Britain of being behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist this week in Tehran. Iran’s foreign ministry has sent a diplomatic letter to the US saying that it has “evidence and reliable information” that the CIA provided “guidance, support and planning” to assassins “directly involved” in Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan’s killing, the IRNA state news agency reported on Saturday. Ahmadi-Roshan, a 32-year-old chemist, was killed in Wednesday morning traffic by motorcycle-borne assassins. It was the fifth time in two years that a scientist from the state nuclear programme had been targeted. Each time, the hit squad used a motorcycle. His death has prompted calls in Iran for retaliation against those deemed responsible. Read Article

Disaster toll tallied

Nature – Natural disasters around the world last year caused a record US$380 billion in economic losses. That’s more than twice the tally for 2010, and about $115 billion more than in the previous record year of 2005, according to a report from Munich Re, a reinsurance group in Germany. But other work emphasizes that it is too soon to blame the economic devastation on climate change. Almost two-thirds of 2011’s exceptionally high costs are attributable to two disasters unrelated to climate and weather: the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, and February’s comparatively small but unusually destructive magnitude-6.3 quake in New Zealand. Read article

Editorial: The Real 1% – The Human Predators Amongst Us

We want to believe that there is a little bit of good in everyone. That actions made by our leaders will be made with the best of intentions for us and our society. In our latest editorial we examine the 1% of the population who physically feel no empathy at all, their increasing influence over all of us, and what we as a society can do to protect ourselves from these human predators. CLICK HERE TO READ

5 Foods the Experts Won’t Eat

Good Morning America – 1. Chilean Sea Bass; Keith Ayoob, Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “It’s way over-fished and there are many other choices. I can’t do that one, much as I used to love it.” Instead, Ayoob recommends occasional canned tuna and tuna sushi. For Nos 2-5 Read article

France upholds ban on Monsanto GM maize

Reuters – The French government said on Friday it would uphold its ban on a strain of genetically modified maize developed by U.S. biotech firm Monsanto in 2012, even though France’s highest court overturned the moratorium last year. The ecology and agriculture ministers said in a statement they would maintain the ban on MON810, an insect-resistant strain of maize which is sold in several European countries, after meeting with farming groups. Read article

Nobel Laureate Drops Bid for Presidency of Egypt

NYTimes – Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel-Prize winning diplomat who helped galvanize the demands for democracy here, said on Saturday that he was dropping his presidential bid in protest over the military’s continued hold on power nearly a year after the ouster of the strongman Hosni Mubarak. Read article

Bomb kills 30 Shi’ite pilgrims in southern Iraq

The Independent – A bomb killed at least 30 Shi’ite pilgrims near the southern port city of Basra today, Iraqi officials said. It was the latest in a series of attacks during Shi’ite religious commemorations that threaten to further increase sectarian tensions just weeks after the US withdrawal. Basra hospitals have received 30 killed and 90 wounded after the blast, said Dr. Riyadh Abdul-Amir, the head of Basra Health Directorate. Witnesses said the attack occurred outside the town of Zubair, southwest of Basra, as pilgrims were making their way to a Shi’ite shrine nearby. A police official, speaking anonymously, confirmed the death toll. Read Article

57 killed in tribal revenge attack in South Sudan

AP – Hundreds of armed attackers from a South Sudanese tribe that suffered a devastating assault last month charged into three villages, burned them to the ground and killed 57 people, an official said Friday, an act that perpetuates a cycle of revenge attacks in the world’s newest nation. Some 400 men from the Murle ethnic group attacked the Lou Nuer villages on Wednesday, said Simon Hoth, a county commissioner in Jonglei state, the site of devastating violence the last three weeks. Hoth, a member of the Lou Nuer, said 57 were killed and 40 people were missing and likely abducted. Read Article

Home Seizures May Jump 25% This Year as U.S. Foreclosures Resume

Bloomberg – Banks may seize more than 1 million U.S. homes this year after legal scrutiny of their foreclosure practices slowed actions against delinquent property owners in 2011, RealtyTrac Inc. said. About 1.89 million properties received notices of default, auction or repossession last year, down 34 percent from 2010 and the lowest number since 2007, the Irvine, California-based data seller said today in a statement. One in 69 U.S. households received a filing. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Europe (4,664 articles)

From antimatter to zoology and finance to farming, we look at the news coming out of Europe. Police, protests, politics… we view it all. What will happen with the Euro? What will happen with Greece and Italy? Keep up to date with a look at our Europe news archive of 4,664 articles on the topic CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice Anomaly

PepsiCo says finds trace fungicide in orange juice

Reuters – PepsiCo Inc said company tests of its Tropicana orange juice showed low levels of a potentially dangerous fungicide, but levels were below federal safety concerns and did not pose a health risk. The company said in a statement on Saturday it was conducting additional tests after the Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that it would temporarily halt orange juice imports and remove any juice found to have dangerous amounts of the fungicide carbendazim. Read article

Corpse abuse a ‘war crime’

Guardian – Four US marines filmed urinating on corpses in Afghanistan are likely to face a court martial after a commander said such actions were a ”grave breach” of the laws of war. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has interviewed two of the soldiers in the video, which shows them laughing and making snide remarks as they urinate on the bloodied bodies of three Afghan men. Read Article

Inside the intriguing world of Tony Blair Incorporated

Telegraph – It is easy to walk past the anonymous, Georgian townhouse in central London without giving it a second glance. But the five-storey building on Grosvenor Square, close to the American embassy, is home to a multi-million pound industry with tentacles that reach across the globe. Read article

Recipe for Vote Fraud? Global Internet Voting Firm Buys U.S. Election Results Reporting Firm

Wall St Journal – SCYTL is the global leader in online voting solutions with a presence in over twenty countries — SOE Software is the leading software company for election management solutions in the United States — The combination of the two companies creates the industry leader in election software with a strong market presence worldwide. Read Article

New UK law will send women to jail needlessly, peers warn

Independent – Thousands of women will be sent to jail needlessly if new criminal justice legislation is allowed into law in its current form, a group of cross-party peers warn this weekend ahead of a vote in the House of Lords. A new Ministry of Justice bill on sentencing must be changed radically to take account of women, they say, if the Government is to reduce the growing number of women being given custodial sentences. Read Article

Faulty proteins may prove significant in identifying new treatments for ovarian cancer

Medical Xpress – A constellation of defective proteins suspected in causing a malfunction in the body’s ability to repair its own DNA could be the link scientists need to prove a new class of drugs will be effective in treating a broad range of ovarian cancer patients, an Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute study found. Read article

EU threatens Hungary over refusal to implement austerity policies and ‘authoritarian’ new constitution

Daily Mail – The European Union has stepped up pressure on Hungary over the country’s refusal to implement austerity policies and threatened legal action over its new constitution. The warnings escalated the standoff between Budapest and the EU, as Hungary negotiates fresh financial aid from Europe and the International Monetary Fund. Over the past months, the country’s credit rating has been cut to junk by all three major rating agencies, unemployment is 10.6 percent and the country may be facing a recession. Read article

Ex-Israeli Intelligence Officer: “Pearl Harbor” Style Attack Will Be Pretext For War On Iran

Jerusalem Post – Watching the Sunday talk shows on American TV, the experts were all of the opinion that neither the US nor Israel will embark on attacking the Iranian nuclear facilities in 2012. I tend to agree. Neither the US nor Israel will initiate an attack on Iran. Still, I believe that these experts were off by a million miles. Iran, just like Nazi Germany in the 1940s, will take the initiative and “help” the US president and the American public make up their mind by making the first move, by attacking a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Read Article

False Flag

Foreign Policy – A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran. Buried deep in the archives of America’s intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush’s administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives — what is commonly referred to as a “false flag” operation. Read Article

Exposed: Taxman’s ‘illegal’ war against Britain’s small businesses

Independent – The Government is unlawfully using late-payment penalty fines against tens of thousands of small firms who do not file their tax returns on time as a “cash-generating scheme” for the Exchequer. In a damning judgment, the Tax Tribunal has ruled that Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is operating a policy of “deliberately” waiting months before alerting businesses that have not filed their tax returns so that late- payment fines stack up. Read Article

UK Stop and search ‘racial profiling’ by police on the increase, claims study

Guardian – Black people are 30 times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched by police in England and Wales, according to new analysis which reveals that “racial profiling” has increased over the past year. Researchers say the findings, based on government statistics, represent the worst international record of discrimination involving stop and search. Read Article