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Australia: Vitamin D health alert

Geelong Advertiser – Almost half of all Geelong region women may be deficient in vitamin D, resulting in potentially life-threatening health conditions, a major new study has found. The Deakin University-led study, a national first, found vitamin D deficiency was a major public health issue for Australia and has been linked to infections, cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. Read article

UK first war signal arrives in Malvinas

PressTV – His deployment came as a war of words with Argentina over the territory intensified. Buenos Aires strongly condemned Britain’s “provocative” move to post Prince William as a member of UK armed forces to the islands. “The Argentinean people regret that the royal heir is coming to the soil of the homeland with the uniform of the conqueror and not with the wisdom of a statesman who works in the service of peace and dialogue between nations,” Argentine foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Read article

US: Air Force to cut 10,000 airmen, shift aircraft

AP – The Air Force on Friday detailed plans to cut the service by nearly 10,000 active, National Guard and Reserve airmen next year, as part of a broad move to downsize and shift capabilities around the country to be better prepared for wars of the future. More than half of the personnel cuts, and much of the aircraft and other equipment moves, will be borne by the Air Guard, triggering criticism from the National Guard Association. Read Article

How plastic bags are poisoning the planet’s greatest predators: 65ft long sperm whales are being killed by human pollution

Daily Mail – You quickly run out of superlatives when talking about whales. They are the largest, loudest and longest-lived animals on our planet. How amazing, then, that we should still know so little about them — and that our ignorance has led these beautiful creatures into clear and present danger. As a writer, I’ve studied whales around the world — from majestic blue whales off Sri Lanka to the playful humpbacks of Cape Cod. But it is the enigmatic sperm whale which fascinates me. Read article

UK: Hundreds of thousands of criminals to get clean slate in law change

Telegraph – The periods after which convicted criminals no longer have to declare their past offending are to be significantly cut in plans outlined by Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary yesterday. It will mean some rapists and killers who would normally have had a permanent record will now have it cleared after seven years at the most and possibly as low as two years. Thousands of burglars and muggers will have their records cleared after as little as a year. Read Article

Over 200 people killed in Syria’s Homs before U.N. vote

Reuters – More than 200 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, activists said on Saturday, as the U.N. Security Council prepared to vote on a draft resolution backing an Arab call for President Bashar al-Assad to give up power. Death tolls cited by activists and opposition groups ranged from 217 to 260, making the Homs attack the deadliest so far in Assad’s crackdown on protests which erupted 11 months ago, inspired by uprisings that overthrew three Arab leaders. Read Article

Green tea drinkers show less disability with age: study

Reuters – Elderly adults who regularly drink green tea may stay more agile and independent than their peers over time, a large study of Japanese adults suggests. Green tea contains certain antioxidant chemicals — particularly a compound known as EGCG — that may help ward off the body-cell damage that can lead to disease. And researchers have been studying green tea’s effects on everything from cholesterol to the risk of certain cancers — with mixed results so far. Read article

Life term for Cambodia Khmer Rouge jailer Duch

BBC – CDuch, born Kaing Guek Eav, was jailed in 2010 for his role in running a notorious prison where thousands of inmates were killed. He had appealed on the grounds that he was a junior official following orders. But judges rejected his claim and increased his sentence from 35 years to life.Read article

Kochavi: Iran has uranium for 4 nuclear bombs

Jerusalem Post – Intelligence chief says Iran can make bomb within a year; adds that 200,000 rockets, missiles threaten Israel. Iran has created a stockpile of enriched uranium that could be used to manufacture four nuclear weapons, head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said on Thursday. Read Article

Israel’s military leaders warn against Iran attack

Independent – Almost the entire senior hierarchy of Israel’s military and security establishment is worried about a premature attack on Iran and apprehensive about the possible repercussions, a former chief of the country’s defence forces told The Independent yesterday. Lt-Gen Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, who is close to Defence Minister Ehud Barak, said there had been little analysis of what happens the “day after” when the Tehran regime and its paramilitary allies retaliate. He warned that an assault may lead to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad benefiting from popular anger against foreign aggression. Read Article

Teen with autism shot to death by police

Chicago Tribune – Calumet City police had been called to subdue Stephon Watts 10 times in less than two years, using Tasers at least once on the 15-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. On Wednesday, officers were called again to the teen’s home, where two officers found Watts in his basement wielding a kitchen knife. Watts “lashed out” with the knife and struck one of the officers in the forearm, said police Chief Edward Gilmore. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Middle East (2,622 articles)

The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, and throughout its history the area has been a major centre of world affairs. Sitting at the juncture of 3 major continents, it is also the historical origin of major religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Not surprising then, that the region is a hotbed of news and current affairs. Keep up to date with a look at our Middle East news archive of 2,622 articles on the topic CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Japanese sea level records

Japanese sea level records. Two records marked “Japan” are from the citation above. They are averages of long-term records since 1906 (4 sites, blue line), and shorter-term records since 1960 (16 sites, red line). Satellite records (green, 1993-2010) are from the University of Colorado interactive wizard. Wajima records (purple, 1930-2010) are from the PSMSL.

Sea level around Japan rose steadily from 1906 to 1950. Then it dropped for fifteen years and bounced around until 1980. Since then it has risen again, but it is about 20 mm lower than it was in 1950.

Life term for Cambodia Khmer Rouge jailer Duch

BBC – Cambodia’s UN-backed genocide court has rejected an appeal by Khmer Rouge jailer Duch and increased his sentence to life imprisonment. Duch, born Kaing Guek Eav, was jailed in 2010 for his role in running a notorious prison where thousands of inmates were killed. He had appealed on the grounds that he was a junior official following orders. But judges rejected his claim and increased his sentence from 35 years to life. Read Article

Donald Trump endorses Mitt Romney in Las Vegas

BBC – Billionaire US businessman Donald Trump has endorsed front-runner Mitt Romney for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Read article

Record 1.2 Million People Fall Out Of US Labor Force In One Month, Labor Force Participation Rate Tumbles To Fresh 30 Year Low

This is the largest absolute jump in ‘Persons Not In Labor Force’ on record…and biggest percentage jump in 30 years. Chart: Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Employees Have Donated How Much Money To Mitt Romney?!

BusinessInsider – Most of the donations we saw from this disclosure (which goes back to October) were for $2,500, the most a person can give to an individual candidate (yes, there are loopholes but that’s another post). In fact, 8 of the top ten donors to Romney’s campaign come from the financial services industry. That’s some definite dollar power, but here’s the rub: In total, Romney raised $57 million last year, Obama, on the other hand, raised $58.5 million from donations of $200 or less alone. Read article

Britain to pull out troops from Afghanistan frontline role by the end of next year after surprise U.S. announcement on early war exit

Mail Online – Up to half of Britain’s forces in Afghanistan will come home next year after the Americans announced plans to speed up withdrawal by a year. Downing Street confirmed that British troops will no longer lead combat operations by the end of 2013, handing command responsibility to local Afghan forces 12 months earlier than expected. Plans have now been drawn up to cut the force of 9,000 British troops by at least 4,000 next year, with a series of steady drawdowns in troops throughout the year. Read Article

US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year

Associated Press – The Obama administration has more than doubled, to about 21,000 names, its secret list of suspected terrorists who are banned from flying to or within the United States, including about 500 Americans, the Associated Press has learned. The government lowered the bar for being added to the list, even as it says it’s closer than ever to defeating al-Qaida. Read Article

Malaria kills twice as many as previously thought: study

Medical Xpress – New research published in this week’s edition of The Lancet shows that malaria kills 1.2 million people worldwide each year: twice as many as previously thought. Furthermore, while many believe most malaria deaths occur in young children (under 5 years), the new study shows that close to half of all deaths (42%) occur in older children and adults. Encouragingly, the data clearly show malaria interventions scaled-up over the past decade are driving mortality down. The study is by Professor Christopher Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, and colleagues, and was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read article

New Poll Shows That Only Paul Or Romney Can Beat Obama

Gallup – Registered voters in 12 key swing states are almost evenly split between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in their 2012 presidential election preferences, while giving a 14-percentage-point lead to Obama over Newt Gingrich. Swing-state voters also prefer Obama to Ron Paul and to Rick Santorum. Registered voters nationally express similar preferences, although Paul does slightly better at the national level than he does in the swing states. Read article

Discipline recommended in Air Force whistle-blower case

USA Today – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Tuesday it has recommended disciplinary action against three Air Force officials after concluding they retaliated against four civilian mortuary workers at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for disclosing that remains of fallen troops had been mishandled. The OSC said it presented its findings to the Air Force after investigating the whistle-blowers’ claims. The report, which has not been released, details events that took place over 17 months in 2009 and 2010. Three Air Force officials were disciplined: Col. Robert Edmondson, former commander of mortuary affairs; Trevor Dean, Edmondson’s top civilian deputy; and Quinton Keel; former mortuary director. Read Article

New radioactive leak from Fukushima reactor

NZH – Some 7.71 tonnes of radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant but it has not flowed outside the reactor building, Kyodo News said, quoting the plant’s operator. Tokyo Electric Power Co said the leak occurred in the No 4 reactor after a pipe connected to the reactor dropped off, the news agency reported. The leak was discovered on Tuesday night and was stopped shortly afterwards. rEad article

US Planned Layoffs Surge in January, Challenger Reports

Reuters – The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in January to its highest level in four months as retailers and financial firms cut jobs, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced 53,486 planned job cuts last month, up 28 percent from 41,785 in December, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. January’s job cuts were also up from the same time a year ago, gaining 38.9 percent from the 38,519 layoffs announced in January 2011. Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – Hawaiian Internet-dossier bill is dead… for now

CNet – The Hawaii politician behind a proposed Internet tracking law acknowledged defeat today, saying that he recommends “that we kill this bill” this year. State Representative John Mizuno, the lead sponsor of H.B. 2288 (PDF), bowed to what he described as an “incredible” national outcry that arose after a CNET article last week. His proposal would have required virtual dossiers to be compiled on state residents: two years’ worth of their Internet browsing. Read Article