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Cancer deaths will drop in 2012

New Scientist – Medicine seems to be winning the war against cancer: this year, although more Europeans than ever will die from cancer, as a proportion of the population, the number is dropping. Read article

EU leaders set to make Serbia candidate

BBC – EU leaders meeting in Brussels “granted candidate status to Serbia”, a draft of the EU summit conclusions says. The EU summit came two days after foreign ministers from the 27-member bloc recommended accepting Serbia. Belgrade has made a series of democratic reforms and captured war crimes suspects to satisfy EU demands. It applied for EU membership in 2009. Romania dropped its opposition after reaching a deal on minority rights. Read article

A tale of two cities: Anger as Manchester is compared to centre of Mexico’s drugs war as UN brands our inner-cities ‘no-go’ areas

Daily Mail – British cities have lawless  ‘no-go areas’ comparable with the most dangerous parts of Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., according to a United Nations drugs chief. Professor Hamid Ghodse claimed Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester are on a par with the drug and murder capitals of the world. The president of the International Narcotics Control Board said the police had lost control of parts of these cities, and drugs gangs had taken over. Read Article

Skilled migrants to lose right to settle in UK

Guardian – More than 40,000 skilled migrants a year are to lose their right to work beyond five years in Britain, in a move towards creating a temporary “guestworker” migrant labour force in the UK. The home secretary, Theresa May, will tell MPs on Wednesday that she is breaking the link between migration and settlement for the first time, by taking away the right to remain in Britain for more than five years from any migrant worker earning less than £35,000 a year. Read Article

Increased export orders lift China PMI

Financial Times – Chinese manufacturing growth sped up last month, powered by a rise in export orders as global economic conditions improved, according to a survey. China’s official purchasing managers’ index rose to 51.0 in February from 50.5 in January, marking a five-month high. In rising further above the break even line of 50, the PMI, which is designed to provide a snapshot of conditions in the industrial sector, pointed to a mild acceleration in activity. Read Article

ACLU seeks limits on D.C. police tracking technology

Washington Times – The American Civil Liberties Union sounded the alarm on Wednesday over police officers’ ability to use cellphone signals and license-plate-reading technology to track people inside the District. A senior staff attorney from the organization’s local chapter told the D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary it should consider legislation that imposes limits on how the technology may be used and sheds light on how the data is stored. Read Article

Timing glitches dog neutrino claim

Nature – Is it an epic blunder or a textbook demonstration of how science should work? To some physicists, the OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tracking Apparatus) collaboration deserves credit for disclosing possible errors in its paradigm-challenging measurement of neutrinos travelling faster than light. “I think we did the right thing to continue to investigate,” says Dario Autiero of the Institute of Nuclear Physics of Lyons in France, who presented the original results and notes that the collaboration had spent six months checking its result before its announcement last September. Read article

North Koreans Agree to Freeze Nuclear Work; U.S. to Give Aid

NYTimes – North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would suspend its nuclear weapons tests and uranium enrichment and allow international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex. The surprise announcement raised the possibility of ending a diplomatic impasse that has allowed the country’s nuclear program to continue for years without international oversight. Read article

Interpol says suspected Anonymous hackers arrested

AP – Interpol said that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America. The international police agency said in a statement Tuesday that the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain were carried out by national law enforcement officers working under the support of Interpol’s Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime. Read Article

Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Lowest Since March ’08

Bloomberg – The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell to a level matching a four-year low, more evidence the labor market is healing. Applications for unemployment insurance decreased 2,000 in the week ended Feb. 25 to 351,000, Labor Department figures showed today. Economists forecast 355,000 claims, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. Read Article

Daily news archive in focus – Gender & Sexuality (396 articles)

What is the relationship between gender and sexuality? Are we becoming more promiscuous? Has the sexual revolution enlightened our society or eroded our moral constructs? See our news archive of 396 articles from a range of authorities for a commentary and archival information about Gender and Sexuality from around the world. CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Northern Hemisphere Snowfall 1995-2009

Criminalizing homelessness? Fallout feared from anti-Occupy bill

MSNBC – Legislation passed by Tennessee lawmakers, apparently aimed at shutting the Occupy Nashville camp, could have a chilling effect on free speech and perhaps even criminalize the homeless, housing and civil liberties activists say. The state’s House of Representatives on Monday approved the Senate version of a bill — the “Equal Access to Public Property Act of 2012″ — which prohibits unauthorized camping — including sleeping and storing of personal belongings — on public grounds, and the governor says he will sign it. Read Article

Super-human brain technology sparks ethics debate

Reuters – A British ethics group has launched a debate on the ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies that tap into the brain and could bring super-human strength, highly enhanced concentration or thought-controlled weaponry. With the prospect of future conflicts between armies controlling weapons with their minds, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics launched a consultation on Thursday to consider the risks of blurring the lines between humans and machines. Read article

Turkey restricts use of airspace by Israeli cargo planes

Haaretz – In another sign of deteriorating Israel-Turkey ties, most Israeli cargo flights forced to circumvent Turkey, causing financial damage to Israeli aviation sector. Read article

Syria: tanks filmed heading for Homs

Telegraph – The video is said to show tanks passing through the Damascus suburb of Harasta in the direction of the beseiged city, The footage comes as troops from an elite Syrian army unit controlled by President Bashar al-Assad’s brother surrounded the district of Baba Amr, triggering fears of a major ground assault on the rebel-held enclave of Homs. A Syrian government official even heralded a ground offensive by saying that the district would be “cleaned” of rebels within hours. Read Article

European Stocks Rise as Spanish Bonds Gain; Treasuries Fall for Third Day

Bloomberg – European stocks and commodities rose as borrowing costs declined for Spain and France and results from Adecco SA and WPP Plc beat estimates. U.S. equity index futures gained, while Treasuries fell before a report that may show manufacturing increased. Read Article

Wang Lijun Suspected in Falun Gong Organ Harvest, Group Says

Epoch Times – Wang Lijun, the former police chief and deputy mayor of Chongqing, may have participated in or directed the harvesting of organs from Chinese prisoners of conscience, according to a new report by a human rights organization that investigates the persecution of Falun Gong. Read Article

Doctors: don’t push young ballplayers too much Doctors: don’t push young ballplayers too much

Reuters – Baseball and softball are some of the safest sports for children to play, but parents and coaches should make sure young players are properly trained and keep from pushing them too hard, according to new guidelines from U.S. pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, said in the journal Pediatrics that one of the biggest risks is that kids are stressing their arms too often and learning new skills before their bodies are ready for them. Read article

Ireland to hold referendum on EU fiscal treaty

Reuters – Ireland will hold a referendum on Europe’s new fiscal treaty, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Tuesday, setting the stage for the first popular vote on the German-led plan for stricter budget discipline across the region. Read article

‘We’ll attack Iran without telling U.S.’: Israel to keep America in dark if it decides to launch strike on nuclear facilities

Mail Online – Israel said it will not warn the U.S. if it decides to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, American intelligence has revealed. Officials said they would keep America in the dark so that the U.S. would not be held responsible for failing to stop the attack. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill. Read Article

Coldest Canberra summer in 16 years

Canberra Times – Below average temperatures and above average rainfall has led to this summer being Canberra’s coldest in 16 years. As of today, the capital’s summer average was just 18.7 degrees – two degrees colder than last summer and three degrees colder than in 2010. While the summer average was below normal, so too were maximum temperatures. Read article

Brisbane’s coldest summer in 12 years

The Redland Times – Brisbane has just recorded its coldest summer since 2000 and its driest since 2009-2010. Senior Meteorologist at The Weather Channel, Tom Saunders, said that, as predicted, La Niña conditions had caused below average temperatures in Brisbane this summer, the coldest summer in 12 years. Read article

James Murdoch quits News International

BBC – James Murdoch has stepped down as executive chairman of News International, the UK newspaper business that owns the Sun and the Times titles. The newspaper publisher has been tainted by phone-hacking allegations. Read Article

Goldman manager investigated in insider trade case

Reuters – U.S. prosecutors are investigating David Loeb, a managing director of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, as part of an insider-trading probe focusing on the company’s hedge-fund clients, a person familiar with the case said on Wednesday. Loeb works with technology hedge-fund employees, including an Asia-based analyst, Henry King, who is also under investigation, according to another source briefed on the case. The sources declined to be identified because the matter is not public. Read Article