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Smoking bans lead to less, not more, smoking at home: study

Medical Xpress – Smoking bans in public/workplaces don’t drive smokers to light up more at home, suggests a study of four European countries with smoke free legislation, published online in Tobacco Control. If anything, a ban may prompt smokers to smoke less at home, the research suggests. The authors base their findings on two waves of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project) Europe Surveys. Read article

Pakistan’s prime minister charged wth contempt

Guardian – Pakistan’s supreme court has charged the prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, with contempt of court for his refusal to reopen old corruption cases against the president, Asif Ali Zardari. Gilani pleaded not guilty saying “I have done no wrong”, according to television reports. Local channels flashed the news less than half an hour after Gilani arrived at the courthouse amid heavy security, with hundreds of police and paramilitaries deployed and helicopters overhead. Read article

U.S. and Asian countries in military exercises

Reuters – The U.S. and six Southeast Asian nations practice emergency evacuation drills in Thailand in the biggest yet joint-military exercise in Asia. Jessica Gray reports.

Air strike in Gaza kills one

Reuters – An Israeli airstrike kills at last one man in the Gaza Strip, leaving another wounded. Sophia Soo reports.

Protests as Bahrain uprising anniversary gets under way

BBC – Clashes have continued overnight in Bahrain’s capital, Manama. Security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters who gathered ahead of the first anniversary of the start of pro-democracy demonstrations in the Gulf kingdom on Tuesday. Thousands are expected to march on Pearl Roundabout – the focal point of protests last year – which opposition leaders have vowed to retake. Read Article

RBS staff held in tax fraud investigation

Telegraph – Royal Bank of Scotland has been drawn into a criminal tax fraud investigation as five current and former employees of its investment banking arm have been arrested as part of a wider probe thought to involve at least two other City institutions. Read Article

UK cases of progressive sight loss condition set to rise a third by 2020

Medical Xpress – New cases of the progressive sight loss condition, known as age-related macular degeneration, or AMD for short, are set to rise by a third in the UK over the next decade, reveals research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. AMD, which comprises “dry” (geographical atrophy) and “wet” (neovascular AMD) forms, accounts for over half of the total number of those registered blind and partially sighted in the UK. AMD affects part of the retina—the macula—at the back of the eye, impairing central vision. As the name suggests, it is strongly associated with ageing. Read article

Tibetan acts of self-immolation rise amid the battle for hearts and minds

Guardian – On the roof of the world, Chinese paramilitaries are trying to snuff out Tibetan resistance to Beijing’s rule with spiked batons, semi-automatic weapons and fire extinguishers. Every 20 metres along the main road of Aba, the remote town on the Tibetan plateau that is at the heart of the current wave of protests, police officers and communist officials wearing red armbands look out for potential protesters. Dozens more paramilitaries sit in ranks outside shops and restaurants in an intimidating show of force. Read article

Military drill in South Korea

Reuters – South Korea conducts military exercise despite North Korea’s denunciation. Sophia Soo reports.

Military Intervention?: Arab League urges joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission in Syria

Guardian – Arab leaders have called for a joint United Nations-Arab peacekeeping force to end bloodshed in Syria and agreed to end all diplomatic co-operation with Damascus. The 22-member Arab League, meeting in Cairo on Sunday, adopted a resolution calling for renewed international efforts to end the 11-month conflict and scrapped its own monitoring mission to Syria. Read Article

Israeli Defense Exports to Indonesia Green-lighted

Israel Defense – Israeli defense industries have been given the green light to offer certain military systems to Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim country. Representatives from Israel’s defense industries will meet Indonesian defense establishment representatives at the international air exhibition set to take place next week in Singapore, in order to promote deals that are on the agenda. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Police (1,234 articles)

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Climate Fact Of The Day – Distribution of Argo floats as of February 2012

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Britain to launch new initiative against Syrian war crimes

Telegraph – The Syrian people’s terrible ordeal shows no sign of ending. A week ago, Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution supported by all 13 other members of the Council. They chose division when the international community should have shown unity. But President Assad should not think he is off the hook. We will use every peaceful means possible to tighten the diplomatic and economic stranglehold on this vicious regime. Read Article

Greek lawmakers approve austerity bill as Athens burns

Reuters – The Greek parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country. Read article

Turkey ‘bombs Iraq hideouts of Kurdish rebels PKK’

BBC – Turkish warplanes have bombed suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, Turkey’s military says. The jets hit caves and hideouts in the regions of Zap and Hakurk late on Saturday before returning to base, the military said in a statement. No further details were given. The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s largely Kurdish south-east since 1984 in a conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Northern Iraq has long been used as a base by the PKK for attacks inside Turkey. Read Article

Making Electromagnetic Weapons: The Theory Behind EMP Generators

Business Insider – For the sake of example and metaphor, let’s say electrons “live” in conductive wire. When a magnetic field passes by the wire, it excites the electrons and they begin to move. Once the field stops moving, so do the electrons. This concept is the primary way we generate electricity; using coils of wire and powerful magnets. If you’ve ever seen those “shake” flashlights, the little silver cylinder that’s being shaken is actually a powerful magnet moving past a coil of copper wire, exciting electrons. An EMP generator follows the same concept; a high current pulse of electricity is released through a single or double loop wire antenna, creating an intense magnetic field that, in turn, excites electrons in any metal in the range of the magnetic field. This creates a large voltage surge in the surrounding electronic components, and effectively fries any sensitive transistors, ICs, etc. There are two ways an EMP generator can create a magnetic field; either by a very powerful single-pole pulse, or a less powerful fluctuating-pole pulse. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. For example, a single pulse EMP takes much more current than a flux-EMP, but has a larger range and less components. Since in a flux-EMP there must be an alternating (fluctuating) magnetic field, it requires power transistors to switch the current’s polarity through the coil, and also hall effect sensors (magnetic field sensors) as well as an IC. Read Article

Vietnam battles ‘gold fever’ as price soars

AFP – Stashing gold at home rather than having cash in the bank is a generations-old habit in communist Vietnam, but a recent surge in prices has sparked government attempts to bring the yellow metal to heel. Last year the country bought more gold per capita than India or China, according to the World Gold Council, and domestic prices soared by 18 percent — far outstripping the global market’s 11 percent increase. Read Article

Biometric scans for all overseas Games athletes

Independent – More than 10,000 Olympic athletes and their coaches are having fingerprints and face-scans taken by UK officials around the world in the biggest operation of its type to prevent the London Games being targeted by illegal immigrants or terrorists. Read Article

Egyptians protest against a year of army rule

Reuters – Thousands of Egyptians marched to the Defense Ministry Friday to press demands for the generals to hand over power, a day before a strike called by activists to mark the first anniversary of President Hosni Mubarak’s fall. Read article

The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn’t Want You to Read

Rolling Stones – Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Scott Shane published a bombshell piece about Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. According to the Times, the 48-year-old Davis had written an 84-page unclassified report, as well as a classified report, offering his assessment of the decade-long war. That assessment is essentially that the war has been a disaster and the military’s top brass has not leveled with the American public about just how badly it’s been going. “How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?” Davis boldly asks in an article summarizing his views in The Armed Forces Journal. Davis last month submitted the unclassified report –titled “Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leader’s Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort” – for an internal Army review. Such a report could then be released to the public. However, according to U.S. military officials familiar with the situation, the Pentagon is refusing to do so. Rolling Stone has now obtained a full copy of the 84-page unclassified version, which has been making the rounds within the U.S. government, including the White House. We’ve decided to publish it in full; it’s well worth reading for yourself. It is, in my estimation, one of the most significant documents published by an active-duty officer in the past ten years. Read Article

Japan economy contracts amid strong yen and Thai floods

BBC – Japan’s economy contracted more than expected in the last three months of 2011 as a rising yen and floods in Thailand hurt businesses. Gross domestic product shrunk by 2.3% during the period from a year earlier, much worse than 1.4% contraction that analysts had forecast. Compared with the previous three months, the economy shrank by 0.6%. The numbers are a big blow to Japan’s efforts to recover from the earthquake and tsunami last year. Read Article

Europe’s biggest volcano Mount Etna erupts once again

BBC – Fancy kicking your day off with a bang? Well Europe’s most active volcano has been at it again. Mount Etna has been rumbling away on the Italian island of Sicily, firing lava and volcanic ash in to the sky. Officials closed the nearby airport, trapping Italian football side Roma at a local hotel. Check out the clip to see the impressive volcano in action! Read article (click on “more to see”)

Iran blocks email, restricts net access

Physorg – Iran has further restricted access to the Internet and blocked popular email services for the past few days, in a move a top lawmaker said could “cost the regime dearly,” media reports said on Sunday. Millions of Iranians have been unable to log onto their accounts on popular email websites such as Google’s Gmail, Yahoo’s Mail and Microsoft’s Hotmail since Thursday without any official explanation, the Arman newspaper reported. Read Article