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Brazil vote sparks fears for future of rainforest

CNN — Brazil stands at a crossroads in its efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest, as the government considers controversial legislation governing land use.
For most of the last decade it has made a dramatic reduction in the rate of deforestation — providing a model of how it could be tackled in other rainforest areas such as Indonesia and Congo. Read article

Cancer fear and denial ‘is killing thousands’

BBC – Thousands of people in the UK are dying unnecessarily because they are too scared to mention early symptoms of cancer to their doctor, say experts. A survey of 2,000 for Cancer Research UK suggests 40% might delay getting symptoms checked out because they are worried what the doctor might find. Yet early diagnosis is key to treating cancer successfully. Read article

Meet The 23 Richest Politicians In The World

BusunessInsider – German newspaper Die Welt’s World’s Luxury Guide section recently released a list of the world’s richest politicians, and from local officials and members of Congress to foreign ministers and royal heirs, the list includes newcomers and regulars alike. Read article

India, Saudi Arabia to Set Up Joint Defence Cooperation Committee

Defence Talk – To give a boost to the defence ties between the two countries, India and Saudi Arabia have decided to set up a Joint Committee on Defence Cooperation to work out the contours of the relationship. The decision was taken at the delegation level talks between the two countries in Riyadh on Tuesday. The Indian delegation was led by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony and the Saudi delegation by his counterpart Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The Saudi Deputy Minister of Defence Prince Khalid Bin Sultan and senior functionaries of the Saudi Military organizations also attended the meeting. The Indian delegation included the Defence Secretary Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, the Indian Ambassador Shri Hamid Ali Rao, Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen SK Singh, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Satish Soni and Air Vice Marshal MR Pawar. Read Article

Angry Birds, Meet Jailbirds: New App Helps You Snitch on Your Friends

Wired – In less time than it takes to play a turn in Words With Friends, smartphone users can report a “suspicious person” to the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security. The domestic counterterrorism agency’s West Virginia branch, in association with the West Virginia governor’s office, unveiled a new mobile app called the Suspicious Activity Reporting Application this week. Read Article

Robotic surgeries costlier but safer: study

Reuters – Patients who have robot-assisted surgeries on their kidneys or prostate have shorter hospital stays and a lower risk of having a blood transfusion or dying — but the bill is significantly higher, a study found. The analysis, which appeared in the Journal of Urology, compared increasingly common robotic surgery with two other techniques for the same surgery and found that direct costs can be up to several thousand dollars higher for the robotic type. Read article

U-2 spy planes keep watch on N. Korea

KoreaHerald – Three of the long-winged, glider-like aircraft are deployed to Osan Air Base in South Korea, just 80 kilometers from the border. The Air Force refuses to comment on where they go, but, in a rare interview and tour of operations, the squadron commander told The Associated Press that U-2 missions are generally flown out of Osan every day. “We are the tripwire, the eyes and ears of Korea,” Read article

Peruvian police capture ‘Shining Path boss’ Walter Diaz

BBC – Police in Peru say they have captured a man they suspect of leading the Shining Path rebel group. They said Walter Diaz Vega had been reorganising the guerrillas after their previous leader, known as Comrade Artemio, was arrested last month. Mr Diaz was arrested in northern Peru. The Shining Path, a Maoist rebel group, posed a major challenge to the Peruvian state in the 1980s and early 90s but has since dwindled to a small gang involved in drug trafficking. Read Article

LEAKED STRATFOR EMAILS: Analysts Didn’t Believe Bin Laden Was Buried At Sea

Business Insider – Directors of the private U.S. security firm Stratfor did not believe that Osama bin Laden was buried at sea, according to Stratfor emails leaked by WikiLeaks. At 5:26 a.m. on May 2, the morning after Barack Obama announced the successful raid on bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, Stratfor CEO George Friedman sent an email with the subject “[alpha] OBL” that said:  Reportedly, we took the body with us. Thank goodness. Read Article

Spain’s unemployment rate hits 22.9%

Independent – The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Spain rose by 112,269 in January, taking the overall figure to 4.7 million. Spain’s unemployment rate stands at 22.9%, the highest in the 17-nation eurozone. The Spanish economy posted negative growth in the fourth quarter of last year and is expected to enter recession this quarter. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus –Spying (353 articles)

It seems everyone is at it, albeit some people/countries more than others! The act of governments or individuals obtaining secret and confidential information by illicit means is nothing new. What may be surprising is the lengths and actions that some will go to in order to extract the information. Find out more about government and industrial espionage by reading our news archive of 353 articles on the subject. CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Arctic Sea Ice Extent

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Illinois judge rules state eavesdropping law unconstitutional

Raw Story – The Occupiers who are planning to descend on Chicago in May to protest the G8 and NATO meetings can breathe a sign of relief today. The Illinois law which made it a felony to make audio recordings of police officers without their permission has been found unconstitutional by a state judge, who ruled that it could have the effect of criminalizing “wholly innocent conduct.” Read Article

Last resident flees Hawaii lava flow

Reuters – The last resident of Hawaii’s Royal Gardens district goes with the flow as creeping molten lava finally gets too close for comfort. Paul Chapman reports.

Thousands protest against outgoing Hong Kong leader

ChinaPost – housands of people marched to the offices of the Hong Kong city government on Saturday, demanding that outgoing Chief Executive Donald Tsang stand trial following allegations of ethics violations in his dealings with businessmen. Read article

Dozens of Yemen troops die in clashes with al-Qaeda

BBC – At least 30 soldiers and a number of militants have been killed in fighting in southern Yemen, military officials have said. The clashes took place in the southern province of Abyan, west of the provincial capital and militant-held town of Zinjibar. One report said that a total of 14 al-Qaeda militants had been killed. The fighting flared following twin suicide bombings targeting military posts in Zinjibar earlier on Sunday. At least six soldiers were killed in the suicide attacks which took place at a western and southern entrance to the city, according to Reuters. Read Article

Iraq War And Afghan Conflict Harmed The Economy, Study Says

Huffington Post – Defense spending has boomed in the post-9/11 era, creating new jobs and programs to support American military operations around the world. But a new report released last week by the Institute for Economics and Peace says that war expenditures create as much of a bubble as the housing or stock markets, providing short-term gains while creating massive long-term problems. Read Article

Tajikistan blocks Facebook and several news sites

AFP – The Tajikistan government ordered Internet providers on Saturday to block Facebook, along with several independent media sites, a spokeswoman for the country’s web-provider association told AFP. “Internet providers received a spoken order from government agents to block the sites,” said Parvina Ibodova, president of the association. “We are minions. We get our licences from the authorities and that’s why, as though we were circuit breakers, we are obedient and cut access to the sites.” Read Article

UK: NHS fairness tsar urged to quit by doctors over ‘conflict of interest’ following £799,000 payment for U.S. private health giant

Daily Mail – The head of the NHS regulator that is meant to ensure fairness when private-sector firms bid for public contracts is also the chairman of a huge company whose Health Service business is worth £80?million a year – and set to increase massively. As the chairman of the NHS Co-operation and Competition Panel (CCP), Lord Carter of Coles is paid £57,000 for two days’ work each week. But his other role, as chairman of the UK branch of the American healthcare firm McKesson, is more generously rewarded. Last year it paid him £799,000. Read article

China military budget tops $100bn

BBC – China’s official defence spending will rise by 11.2% in 2012, pushing it above $100bn (£65bn) for the first time, the government has announced. Beijing’s defence budget has risen each year for two decades to become the world’s second-biggest, behind the US. It is developing an aircraft carrier, a stealth fighter jet, and missiles that can shoot down satellites. Read article

Obama warns of force against Iran, but urges diplomacy

BBC – President Barack Obama says the US “will not hesitate” to use force to stop Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, but says diplomacy could still succeed. Addressing an influential pro-Israel lobby group, Mr Obama also warned against “loose talk” of war in the dispute with Tehran. Earlier, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Iran was “a danger to the world”. The US and its allies suspect Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons, a claim Tehran denies. Read Article

Dutch mobile euthanasia units to make house calls

Guardian – A controversial system of mobile euthanasia units that will travel around the country to respond to the wishes of sick people who wish to end their lives has been launched in the Netherlands. The scheme, which started on Thursday , will send teams of specially trained doctors and nurses to the homes of people whose own doctors have refused to carry out patients’ requests to end their lives. Read Article

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch to get hit with debris from Japanese tsunami

Washington Post – Debris that washed out to sea when a tsunami hit Japan’s northeast coast last year could soon end up in remote stretches of the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii, according to U.S. officials. The tsunami debris will first reach land this winter on a small island northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, according to estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The trash— which could include such things as refirgerators and televisions — got caught up in ocean currents and is moving toward what is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read article

Texas ‘navy’ to patrol the Rio Grande

CNN – Texas is getting its own navy. Next month, the state’s Department of Public Safety will deploy the first of a fleet of six gunboats on the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between the state and Mexico, CNN affiliate WFAA-TV reports. The 34-foot-long boats, each powered by three, 300-horsepower outboard engines, will have bulletproof plating and six machine guns apiece, not unlike the river patrol boats the U.S. Navy used during the Vietnam War. Read Article

BP settles Gulf spill suits, expects $7.8B payout

Associated Press – BP agreed to settle lawsuits brought by more than 100,000 fishermen who lost work, cleanup workers who got sick and others who claimed harm from the oil giant’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The momentous settlement announced late Friday will have no cap to compensate the plaintiffs, though BP PLC estimated it would have to pay out about $7.8 billion, making it one of the largest class-action settlements ever. Read Article