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Wash. Army commander removed during PTSD probe

AP – The Army has removed the head of the Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state during an investigation into whether soldiers had diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder reversed to reduce medical costs. “This is a common practice during ongoing investigations and nothing more,” Maj. Gen. Phillip Volpe, who heads the Western Region Medical Command, said Monday about the removal of Col. Dallas Homas. Read article

Iran nuclear row: UN inspectors barred from Iran site

BBC – The UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has stopped a team of inspectors from visiting a key military site. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says no deal has been reached on inspecting the Parchin site, south of Tehran, despite “intensive efforts”. Read article

White House: Netanyahu, Obama to meet in Washington on March 5

Haaretz – Meeting in two weeks will likely center on range of actions geared at preventing Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability, whether through sanctions, talks, or military strike. Read article

Slow progress in Fukushima plant

Almost a year on, there is slow progress at Japan’s Fukushima plant crippled by the March 2011 earthquake. Nick Rowlands reports. link page (for Transcript)

Iconic marine mammals are ‘swimming in sick seas’ of terrestrial pathogens: researchers

PhysOrg.com – Parasites and pathogens infecting humans, pets and farm animals are increasingly being detected in marine mammals such as sea otters, porpoises, harbour seals and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada, and better surveillance is required to monitor public health implications, according to a panel of scientific experts from Canada and the United States. [The] UBC scientists [who researched this problem] called for stronger collaboration among public health, coastal water policy and marine mammal health research sectors to reduce land-sea transfer of pathogens and toxins. Read article

Logging blamed for Philippine flood deaths

BBC – It is now two months since the devastating floods that hit the southern Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people and leaving many more homeless. Officials admit that deforestation was the cause of much of the destruction and the government says it has renewed efforts to prevent any more trees being cut down. But the BBC has seen evidence that logging is still causing concern that December’s disaster could be repeated. Kate McGeown visited one of the worst affected areas in Mindanao to see the impact of the floods and hear from locals. See video

Top U.N. inspectors in Iran talks on atom bomb accusations

Reuters – Senior U.N. inspectors arrived in Iran on Monday to push for transparency about its disputed nuclear program and several European states halted purchases of Iranian oil as part of Western moves to pile pressure on a defiant Tehran. Read article

Coal Shipments to India Overtaking China on Fuel Shortage

Bloomberg – India is poised to surpass China as the world’s biggest thermal coal importer as Prime Minister Manhoman Singh seeks supplies for power makers that have halted plans for $36 billion of new plants because of a fuel shortage. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Religion (725 articles)

With close to 7 billion people across the world believing in one of the four main religions, the topic is not to be treated lightly. It has unquestionably been the root cause of many wars, and is arguably behind many more than history gives credence. In more recent years, religion has butted heads with the scientific revolution, but it remains one of the greatest motivators of human action. For a comprehensive view of world news about Religion read our archive of 725 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Sierra Snowfall over the last 130 years – no trend, no effect from CO2

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Having a curry could help ward off dementia

The Telegraph – Tests on fruit flies found that those given curcumin, the key chemical in turmeric, lived 75 per cent longer. The findings, published in the journal PLoS One, could help explain why rates of dementia are lower among the elderly in India than in their Western peers. Alzheimer’s is linked to the build-up of protein in the brain called amyloid plaques damaging the wiring. Read article

Iran launches aerial defense drill

Ynet – Iran announced Monday that its aerial defense forces have embarked on a drill meant to contend with the threats to strike the country’s nuclear facilities. Iranian news agency Fares reported that the drill started in the Bushehr region, where one of Iran’s nuclear reactors is located. According to the report, aerial defense forces embarked on “tactical maneuvers in order to boost preparedness for coping with possible threats on the homeland, and especially on its vital and sensitive nuclear centers.” Read Article

Red Cross seeks Syria ceasefires; more than 100 killed

Reuters – Syrian government forces killed at least 100 people on Tuesday in assaults on villages and an artillery barrage in the restive city of Homs, activists said, and the Red Cross called for daily ceasefires to allow in urgently needed aid. Washington, which is preparing for a “Friends of Syria” meeting of Western and Arab states opposing President Bashar al-Assad, declined to rule out eventually providing arms to rebels seeking to overthrow him. Read Article

Falun Gong demonstrators call on vice-president to end persecution

Irish Times – Practitioners of Falun Gong gathered outside Dublin Castle as Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping was due to sign trade agreements with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. About 50 adherents of the spiritual discipline yesterday called on Mr Xi to end persecution of Falun Gong in China. They said practitioners had been tortured, imprisoned and had their organs harvested since 1999. Read Article

Euro zone strikes deal on Greece bailout – EU overseer appointed

SMH – After a marathon 13 hours of talks, euro zone officials said ministers had nailed measures to cut Greece’s debt to about 121 per cent of gross domestic product by 2020, close to their original target of 120 per cent, after negotiators for private bondholders offered to accept a bigger loss to help plug the funding gap. Agreement on a €130-billion rescue package with strict conditions attached will help draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, and avert an imminent Greek bankruptcy. Read article

Putin: Russia needs stronger military

BBC – “We must not tempt anyone with our weakness,” he wrote in a newspaper. Mr Putin is widely expected to win the 4 March election and demonstrations have taken place both against and in support of his likely return to power. President Dmitry Medvedev was meeting opposition movement leaders on Monday in an attempt to calm the protests. Read article

Nigeria forces ‘kill Islamist Boko Haram militants’

BBC – Nigerian security forces say they have killed at least eight militants in fighting in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. The army said the members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram died in an exchange of gunfire following explosions at a market. Three civilians were also injured, said the army, although witnesses reported seeing at least 20 corpses at a market. Read Article

Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Output, Export

CNBC – The world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, appears to have cut both its oil production and export in December, according to the latest update by the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI), an official source of oil production, consumption and export data. The OPEC heavyweight saw production decline by 237,000 barrels per day (bpd) from three-decade highs of 10.047 million bpd in November, the JODI data showed on Sunday. Read Article

Canada: Online surveillance bill opens door for Big Brother

CBS -  It’s often forgotten that, for Orwell, 1984 was far in the future — a distant and imaginary hell. Published 35 years earlier, in 1949, his book conjured up a surveillance state filled with chilling new concepts: “Big Brother,” “Thought Police” and “Newspeak.” Today, 1984 has come and gone but Big Brother is real and present in ways Orwell never imagined. In China, the very names of imprisoned dissidents are banned from the internet. In Saudi Arabia, an unholy tweet can bring you a death sentence. Read Article