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Germany elects pastor Joachim Gauck as president

BBC – The 72-year-old has no party affiliation, but has gained a reputation as an eloquent speaker not afraid to address controversial issues. He will replace Christian Wulff, who resigned last month in a scandal over financial favours. Chancellor Angela Merkel had supported Mr Wulff, her ally, against Mr Gauck when they ran against each other for the largely ceremonial role of president in 2010. Read article

Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief wanted for crimes against humanity detained in Mauritania

Daily Mail – Colonel Gaddafi’s spy chief who is wanted for crimes against humanity has been arrested in Mauritania after entering the country on a false passport. Libyan intelligence boss Abdullah al-Senoussi was one of the most prominent figures from the ousted regime. Read Article

France bans strain of Monsanto GM maize

AFP – French Agricultural Minister Bruno Le Maire imposed Friday a temporary ban on a genetically modified strain of maize made by US company Monsanto “to protect the environment”. The French agriculture ministry said in a statement that the Monsanto maize strain MON 810 had been banned as a “precautionary measure”. Read article

Is Ron Paul the victim of voter fraud?

RT – All through the primaries Ron Paul has been surrounded by thousands of people at almost every state he has visited. Now one less person will be around Ron Paul. NBC recently withdrew their embedded reporter who was on the Ron Paul campaign trail. The Texas Congressman has gained extensive attention when it comes to his anti-war stance and being pro-constitution. Paul has expressed his suspicion about voter fraud or votes not being counted because his numbers don’t coincide with the numbers at the polls. So are all Ron Paul’s votes being counted? Read article

Colombian soldiers killed in Farc ambush

BBC – Ten Colombian soldiers and an officer have been killed in an attack by rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), the army says. The attack happened in the south-east of Colombia near the Venezuelan border. Two other soldiers were injured. The troops were ambushed while patrolling an area about 400km (250 miles) from the capital Bogota, officials say. Correspondents say it is the worst rebel attack in many months. Read Article

Central banks pounce on falling gold

Financial Times – A sharp fall in gold prices has triggered large purchases of bullion by central banks in recent weeks, according to several traders with knowledge of the transactions. The buying activity highlights the trend among central banks in emerging economies to buy gold, even as some western investors are losing patience with the metal. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Europe (4,987 articles)

From antimatter to zoology and finance to farming, we look at the news coming out of Europe. Police, protests, politics… we view it all. What will happen with the Euro? What will happen with Greece and Italy? Keep up to date with a look at our Europe news archive of 4,987 articles on the topic CLICK HERE

Opinion – Carbon War erupts in Europe

In a hard hitting opinion piece Viv Forbes, President of the Carbon Sense Coalition, demonstrates that the green consensus in Europe is starting to crumble and the battle lines are being drawn. To read CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Monthly Sunspot Numbers 1749-2012

Cycle 24 so far is on par with cycle 12 and cycle 6 in amplitude.

NJ spycam case stirs debate over hate crime laws

AP – There was a verdict in the wrenching Rutgers webcam spying case, but no resolution to a broader question that hovered over it: To what extent are hate crime laws a help or a hindrance in the pursuit of justice? The gist of the verdict: Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi was convicted Friday of anti-gay intimidation for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate’s love life. Read Article

Chevron accused of graft in Indonesian green project

PhysOrg – Indonesia on Saturday accused five Chevron employees of being involved in a scam to set up a fictitious green project that lost the state some $270 million, a charge denied by the US oil giant. “The Attorney-General’s Office (AGO) has named seven suspects, five of whom are from Chevron,” the office said in a statement on its website. Read article

Brazil to charge Chevron executives over fresh oil leak

BBC – Brazilian prosecutors say they will bring criminal charges against 17 executives from the US oil company Chevron and drilling contractor Transocean after a new leak of crude. The executives have been barred from leaving the country until the investigation concludes. Chevron halted production in Brazil after the new oil leak was found… Read article

Body clocks may hold key for treatment of bipolar disorder

EurekaAlert – Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects.Bipolar disorder is characterised by alternating states of elevated mood, or mania, and depression. It affects between 1% and 3% of the general population. The extreme ‘mood swings’ in bipolar disorder have been strongly associated with disruptions in circadian rhythms – the 24-hourly rhythms controlled by our body clocks that govern our day and night activity. Read article

Protesters march outside Gates Foundation

SHM – About 40 protesters marched in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to urge the organization to sever its ties with chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. KPLU-FM reports the Seattle protest was led by Agra Watch, a local group opposed to the Gates Foundation’s grants supporting research into genetically modified crops. Agra Watch believes the crops will harm poor farmers overseas and that supporting Monsanto’s research only works to advance American agri-business interests. Read article

Twin bombings in Damascus kill at least 27, almost 100 hurt

Reuters – Two explosions struck the heart of Damascus on Saturday, killing at least 27 people in an attack on security installations that state television blamed on “terrorists” seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Cars packed with explosives targeted the criminal police headquarters and an air security intelligence centre at 7.30 a.m. (05.30 a.m. British time), television said, shredding the facade of one building and sending debris flying through the streets. Read Article

Nixed aboriginal oilsands project draws criticism

Postmedia News – The Alberta government is facing a storm of criticism over its decision to reject a proposal for the first aboriginal-owned bitumen refinery in the oilsands. The province insists that the ruling last month, to quash a proposed $6.6-billion bitumen refinery in its industrial heartland, was based solely on the project’s financial merits. Read Article

Women urge Morocco rape law reform

Health expert touts vitamin D

Times Daily – Women older than 30 need to be singing “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,” according to nurse practitioner Susan Bentley. Bentley spoke to a group of women from Helen Keller Hospital’s Healthy Valley Women group on the benefits of sunshine-provided vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is supplied naturally through exposure to sunlight and through a few foods including meats, fatty fish and some cheeses and eggs. Read article

Archived papers reveal Thatcher secrets

BBC – A note by her press secretary Bernard Ingham says the prime minister thanked Mr Murdoch for “keeping her posted”. But the contentious issue of whether to refer the bid to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission was not raised. The official history of the Times had stated there was no direct contact between the pair at that stage. The papers are being released by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust. Read article

The Spoils of War: Libya may get ex-UAE Mirage 2000s

Defence Web – Libya may procure the United Arab Emirates’ 68 Mirage 2000 fighters once the UAE replaces them with Rafales. Brigadier General Abdel-Moneim said Ayad, Director of Public Relations at Libya’s Interior Ministry, was quoted by the Middle East News Agency (MENA) as saying that the UAE has offered to transfer to Libya its 68 Dassault Mirage 2000s. The UAE is considering replacing its Mirage 2000s with Rafales. Air & Cosmos magazine recently reported that all the technical and financial terms of the Rafale sale have been settled and that only a state to state defence agreement is necessary for the deal to go ahead. Read Article

The US Navy Is Sending Everything It Needs For A War With Iran To The Strait Of Hormuz

Business Insider – The global signs of a coming military conflict with Iran continue to build, and today the U.S. Navy made clear its intentions by announcing it’s sending four additional mine countermeasure ships to the Strait of Hormuz. Stars and Stripes reports the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he’s sending the mine ships in addition to four airborne mine countermeasure helicopters. Read Article

Monsanto plans massive biotech experiment in the US

RT – The US government has for the first time signed off on a large-scale experiment involving genetically modified crops, which will lead to biotech big shot Monsanto introducing an engineered corn seed across America from South Dakota to Texas. The Monsanto Corporation has been given the go-ahead to test out a man-made corn variant that they claim can thrive in dry, unfavorable conditions. With much of the American south and southwest experiencing abnormally arid conditions, the freak-seed could revitalize a chunk of the nation’s agriculture. read article

ATK producing ammo for Homeland Security

UPI – As many as 450 million rounds of .40-caliber ammunition are being produced for U.S. government agencies by ATK of Minnesota. The order comes under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for HST bullets. Read Article

Australian Police investigate Taser death

AAP – A man who may not have been involved in any crime, and may not have posed a danger, has died after police stunned him a with a Taser in central Sydney. Officers had identified the man as a suspect after a report of a robbery at a convenience store in King St about 5.30am today. They confronted him in Pitt St and tried to arrest him. When he resisted, they used capsicum spray and a Taser. He stopped breathing and died despite the efforts of police and paramedics. Read Article