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Drinking Large Amounts of Soft Drinks Associated With Asthma and COPD

ScienceDaily — A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that a high level of soft drink consumption is associated with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Led by Zumin Shi, MD, PhD, of the University of Adelaide, researchers conducted computer assisted telephone interviewing among 16,907 participants aged 16 years and older in South Australia between March 2008 and June 2010 inquiring about soft drink consumption. Read article

Romania spy chief nominated to replace PM Emil Boc

BBC – Romania’s president has nominated the country’s intelligence service chief as prime minister hours after Emil Bloc resigned amid austerity protests. Read article

Neuroscience could mean soldiers controlling weapons with minds

Guardian – Soldiers could have their minds plugged directly into weapons systems, undergo brain scans during recruitment and take courses of neural stimulation to boost their learning, if the armed forces embrace the latest developments in neuroscience to hone the performance of their troops. These scenarios are described in a report into the military and law enforcement uses of neuroscience, published on Tuesday, which also highlights a raft of legal and ethical concerns that innovations in the field may bring. Read Article

JPMorgan Will Pay $110M in Overdraft Fee Case

Bloomberg – JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reached a preliminary agreement to pay $110 million to settle litigation saying it gouged customers on overdraft fees for checking accounts, court records show. The settlement would resolve claims by customers including Andrea Luquetta of Los Angeles, who sued over fees charged to debit cards attached to her checking account. U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King in Miami must approve any settlement. Read Article

Professor slammed after flying 20,000 miles to Tahiti for climate change lecture

Mirror – A controversial ­scientist flew 20,000 miles to Tahiti and back… to preach about global warming. Prof Phil Jones’ trip to the ­Pacific is among more than a QUARTER OF A MILLION miles of air travel he has racked up in the past five years. The boffin’s fuel-burning flights mean his carbon footprint is so big it would take 95 acres of trees a year to absorb it all, ­Government figures show. Critics have blasted Prof Jones, who works on reports about the environmental dangers of ­flying, for “breathtaking ­hypocrisy”. Read article

UK: Weight-loss clinics are handing out dangerous slimming drugs with lethal side effects

Daily Mail – Patients are being put at risk by doctors selling them potentially dangerous weight-loss pills at private slimming clinics. A number of centres in England were found to be handing out drugs which could have lethal side effects, a health watchdog has revealed. Read article

Cairo clashes rage on

Reuters – Clashes between protesters and security forces continue for a fifth consecutive day in downtown Cairo. Read article

Nigeria unrest: Blasts rock Kano and Maiduguri

BBC – A police station has been hit by an explosion and attacked by gunmen in the flashpoint northern Nigerian city of Kano, injuring an officer. Further east, at around the same time, witnesses spoke of hearing explosions in the market area of Maiduguri. Suspicion for the attacks will fall on Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Boko Haram is waging an insurgency in the region in a bid to try and overthrow the national government and install an Islamic state. Kano saw a series of attacks last month that left more than 185 people dead. Read Article

Swiss bank indictment details tax evasion ploys

USA Today – It was a cool August Tuesday in 2007 when Swiss banker Urs Frei walked into a Manhattan restaurant for meetings with two U.S. clients. One of the clients carried an unmarked envelope containing $16,000 in cash. For an extremely expensive lunch? Hardly. For what a new federal indictment alleges was a secret rendezvous in a plot that enabled more than 100 wealthy Americans to evade federal taxes on at least $1.2 billion in assets hidden in foreign bank accounts. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Afghanistan and Pakistan (1,742 articles)

The latestwar in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001 as the armed forces of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) launched Operation Enduring Freedom. But Afghanistan and Pakistan has been a hotbed of unrest for many years prior. The Afghanistan and Pakistan region is one of the most challenging regions to understand, with a diverse set of people, religions, and cultures. For a comprehensive view of the news coming out of that region, read our Afghanistan and Pakistan news archive of 1,742 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – La Nina brings record-breaking rains to Australia

The Australian – It will come as no surprise to most that the seemingly endless rain from spring 2010 to autumn 2011, and again in late 2011, resulted in record falls, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Averaged across Australia the two-year rainfall total for 2010-2011 of 1409mm beat the old record of 1407mm set during 1973-1974. According to the bureau’s special climate statement, the total rainfall for 2011 was 705mm, making it the second wettest year on record, behind 1974 with 760mm, and ahead of 2010 (third wettest) with 703mm. Read Article

Parents Face Trial Over Child Being Late For Elementary School

Washington Post – Amy and Mark Denicore are headed to a full-blown trial to defend themselves against charges that they violated Virginia law by making their kids late to elementary school too often. The Loudoun County couple was arraigned Monday morning in juvenile and domestic relations court. Judge Pamela L. Brooks set a trial date of March 14. Read Article

US: Obama boosts funds for Alzheimer’s research

Reuters – The Obama administration plans to spend an additional $156 million over the next two years to help find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain-wasting disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. The White House said on Tuesday it will spend and extra $50 million this year, and it will seek an extra $80 million in fiscal 2013 to bolster Alzheimer’s research. Obama also plans to spend an additional $26 million in programs to support people who care for Alzheimer’s patients. Read article

US: White House defends contraception rules as criticisms mount

Reuters – The Obama administration is willing to work with Catholic universities, hospitals and other church-affiliated employers to implement a new policy that requires health insurers to offer birth control coverage, a top adviser to the president’s re-election campaign said on Tuesday. David Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, said the administration had heard the Church’s concerns and never intended to “abridge anyone’s religious freedom.” Read article

US: Medical Debt Keeps Rising, New Report Shows

ScienceDaily — Hard hit by one of the worst recessions in nearly a century, hundreds of thousands of Californians lost insurance coverage across the state as employers shed jobs and the health plans that came with those jobs, according to a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Among the most alarming trends resulting from the so-called Great Recession: a significant jump in California’s already high rate of residents with medical debt. Read article

Romania PM Emil Boc resigns after austerity protests

BBC – Romania’s Prime Minister Emil Boc has stepped down to “defuse political and social tension” after a series of protests against austerity measures. Read article

F-35 Production Move Was ‘Acquisition Malpractice:’ Top DoD Buyer

AOL Defense – Given earlier comments by the F-35 program head, today’s remarks by the acting head of Pentagon acquisition that “putting the F-35 into production years before the first test flight was acquisition malpractice,” isn’t really news so much as confirmation that senior Pentagon leaders know mistakes were made. Frank Kendall, who has been nominated to take the chair as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told a Feb. 6 event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies here, that the decision “should not have been done” and that “now we’re paying the price for being wrong.” This was Kendall’s first public appearance since he was nominated to lead the Pentagon’s acquisition efforts. Read Article

Glencore and Xstrata confirm $90bn merger

Guardian – Mining group Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore have confirmed plans for a $90bn (£57bn) merger that will create a dominant new force in the global resources industry. The proposed share-based deal will offer Xstrata shareholders 2.8 new shares in Glencore. Despite being described as a “merger of equals”, the deal values Xstrata at £39.1bn, a premium of almost 28% to its average price for the three months prior to the bid approach. Glencore already holds a 34% stake in Xstrata. Read Article

Homs bombardment resumes as Russian minister heads to Syria

Guardian – The city of Homs has come under fresh bombardment by the Syrian regime on Tuesday morning as Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, heads to a meeting where he will press President Bashar al-Assad to implement swift reform aimed at ending 11 months of deadly fighting. Gunfire was reported as dawn broke in Homs where the main opposition Syrian National Council says at least 50 people were killed on Monday and activists claim 200 died in shelling over the weekend. Read Article

Internet Freedom Under Attack – Europe braced for protests over anti-piracy treaty

BBC – Further protests in opposition to controversial anti-piracy measures have taken place, with another 100 expected to happen in Europe this week. A petition calling for the rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has attracted over 1.75 million signatures. The treaty intends to standardise copyright protection measures, but has been heavily criticised. On Saturday, about 2,000 people marched in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. Read Article

Frequent house moves during childhood ups risk of subsequent poor health

Medical Xpress – Frequent house moves during childhood seem to increase the risk of poor health in later life, suggests research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The researchers assessed the health of 850 people, taking part in the West of Scotland Twenty-O7 Study. This has tracked the long term health, based on postcodes, of those aged 15, 35, and 55 in 1987/8 over a period of 20 years. Read article

New US sanctions on Iran aim to head off Israel

AP – Additional U.S. sanctions on Iran are more significant for their timing than their immediate effect on Iran’s economy, coming as the United States and its allies are arguing that Israel should hold off on any military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities to allow more time for sanctions to work. The U.S. ordered tough new penalties Monday to give U.S. banks additional powers to freeze assets linked to the Iranian government Read article

US and Israel working together on Iran, says Obama

BBC – “I’ve been very clear – we’re going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and creating a nuclear arms race in a volatile region,” Mr Obama told NBC in a live interview on Sunday. He said Washington was working “in lockstep” with Israel, which was right to be very concerned about Iran’s controversial activities. Read article

Bill Gates backs climate scientists lobbying for large-scale geoengineering

The Guardian – A small group of leading climate scientists, financially supported by billionaires including Bill Gates, are lobbying governments and international bodies to back experiments into manipulating the climate on a global scale to avoid catastrophic climate change. The scientists, who advocate geoengineering methods such as spraying millions of tonnes of reflective particles of sulphur dioxide 30 miles above earth, argue that a “plan B” for climate change will be needed if the UN and politicians cannot agree to making the necessary cuts in greenhouse gases, and say the US government and others should pay for a major programme of international research. Read article

BP’s $25bn annual profit sees confidence and dividends soar

Guardian – BP has declared itself “back on the right path” following the difficulties of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill with annual profits bouncing back from a $3.7bn (£2.3bn) loss to a $25.7bn profit. A 14% increase in the dividend to eight cents per share for the final three months of 2011 was a clear signal of management confidence although net debt still lies at almost $30bn. Read Article