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Gold higher on central bank buying

Reuters – Gold rose on Monday after a steep drop last week, with some investors encouraged by signs that central banks have been buying the precious metal on dips, but technical factors suggested prices could fall further. Bullion followed gains in US equities, a stronger euro and improved investor appetite across the board, after a strong run of US job and manufacturing data. Read Article

Portugal bailout fears grow

Guardian – Something to watch out for later today. The European Financial Stability Facility (the EU’s bailout vehicle) is holding an auction €4.5bn of 20-year bonds. This is the longest length security that the EFSF has ever auctioned , and should be a good test of long-term investor confidence. Read article

‘Mossad, CIA agree Iran has yet to decide to build nuclear weapon’

Haaretz – New York Times report quotes senior American officials who believe there is little disagreement between Israeli and U.S. intelligence over Iran’s nuclear program, despite calls for a strike by Israeli officials. Israel’s intelligence services agree with American intelligence assessments that there is not enough proof to determine whether Iran is building a nuclear bomb, according to a report published Sunday in the New York Times. The newspaper said that senior American officials believe there is little disagreement between the Mossad and U.S. intelligence agencies over Iran’s nuclear program, despite the fact that Israeli political leaders have been pushing for quick action to block Iran from becoming what they describe as an existential threat. Read Article

Energy Week Ahead: House Pumps Up for Gas Price Assault on Obama

Bloomberg – President Barack Obama’s energy policies will face a double-barreled assault this week as the Republican-controlled House holds two hearings focused on surging gasoline prices. The Natural Resources Committee says the subject of its March 21 session is “Harnessing American Resources to Create Jobs and Address Rising Gasoline Prices.” Chairman Doc Hastings of Washington, in the Republican radio address on March 3, blamed administration policies for the jump in prices, which he noted have more than doubled since Obama took office. Read Article

Taser death man may be from South America

AAP – A man who died after police stunned him with a Taser in central Sydney may have been from South America. Police have conceded he may not have been involved in any crime, even though he was identified as a suspect following a report of a robbery at a convenience store in King St early on Sunday morning. Officers confronted him in Pitt St about 5.30am (AEDT) and tried to arrest him. Read Article

Doctors’ life-support skills fade after training

Reuters – Doctors and nurses are trained in how to save a cardiac arrest victim’s life, but those skills can fade quickly if they’re not used, a new study shows. In a review of 11 international studies, researchers found that health providers’ skills in advanced life support typically deteriorated six months to a year after training, based on test performance. Read article

New Obama Executive Order Seizes U.S. Infrastructure and Citizens for Military Preparedness

The White House – The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States. Read article

Global arms trade growth by a quarter is spurred by India

Guardian – The global arms trade has grown by nearly a quarter over the last four years, with new growth mainly in poorer countries and India now officially the world’s biggest importer of arms, research has revealed. Statistics published on Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that demand from emerging economies – in particular India – drove the volume of worldwide arms transfers between 2007 and 2011 to a level 24% higher than in the previous four years. Alongside India the five largest arms importers today are all Asian states, according to the data, prompting fears of an arms race in a region still blighted by deep poverty. Read Article

Volcano on scenic Greek island getting a little restless

MSHBC – The volcanic caldera on the picturesque tourist island of Santorini is showing signs of unrest. But researchers detecting the caldera’s movement say it doesn’t necessarily mean an eruption is imminent. The Greek island was the site of one of the most massive volcanic eruptions in history 3,600 years ago. That eruption, which created tsunamis 40 feet (12 meters) tall, may have spawned the legend of the lost city of Atlantis. The volcano last erupted in 1950, albeit on a much smaller scale. Read article

Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano has two explosions in 2 days

Digital Journal – Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano is experiencing some new activity. According to several media sources, the Aleutian located volcano had two explosions last week. The first explosion occurred on Wed. night, according to Reuters (via Huffington Post). It caused an ash cloud, but scientists didn’t think it would have much impact on air traffic. Read article

Europe’s bail-out fund set to raise €4.5bn

Financial Times – Investors flocked to buy new bonds of the eurozone rescue fund on Monday as the improved sentiment around Europe and the single currency helped strengthen demand. Order books for the European Financial Stability Facility’s first 20-year bond rose to €4.5bn, three times the amount bankers had hoped to raise in a sign of the success of the offering. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Crimes Against Humanity (1,078 articles)

It is one of our duties at OYEN to inform you of offenses that are happening around our world that constitute a serious attack on human dignity. These are not necessarily isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a de-facto authority. A look at our Crimes Against Humanity archive shows the stories of today. Murder, extermination, torture, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts. Keep up to date with a look at our 1,078 articles on the topic CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – U.S. study finds spring comes early in the city. Urban heat island effect NOT Climate Change the cause.

1984: CCTV at petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured cars being filled with fuel

Mirror – Cameras at petrol stations will automatically stop uninsured or untaxed vehicles from being filled with fuel, under new government plans. Downing Street officials hope the hi-tech system will crack down on the 1.4million motorists who drive without insurance. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are already fitted in thousands of petrol station forecourts. Read Article

Cheap generics no panacea for India’s poorest

Reuters – Cheap generic drugs were meant to change the life of Nandakhu Nissar, whose mouth is swollen by a cancerous tumor. But the cashless and hungry 55-year-old sleeps on a pavement staring up at the windows of Mumbai’s biggest cancer hospital. “What is a generic drug?” shrugs Nissar, who has travelled over 1,500 km (900 miles) from his home in the hope of treatment. “I have borrowed money from friends and relatives and it is running out fast,” says Nissar, his pale eyes filling with tears. Read article

UK: David Cameron unveils plan to sell off the roads

Guardian – David Cameron will clear the way for a multibillion-pound semi-privatisation of trunk roads and motorways as he announces plans to allow sovereign wealth funds from countries such as China to lease roads in England. Just 48 hours before the budget, the prime minister will give a speech calling for radical action to improve Britain’s infrastructure, which is falling behind those of key competitors in Europe. Read article

Five suspects killed in Bali anti-terror raids

BBC – Indonesian anti-terror police have shot dead five men suspected of planning robberies to fund terror attacks on the island of Bali, officials say. Police found weapons and ammunition on the men, and believe they had already chosen their targets. The men wanted to use the cash raised by robberies to buy explosives for terror attacks, said police. They believe at least one of the men was linked to bank robberies in Medan, pinned on a militant group. The bank robberies in Medan were blamed on Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT). Indonesian police told the BBC the five men had been under police surveillance for a month. They had been planning to rob money changers and gold stores around Bali. Read Article

Oil Trades Near One-Week High on Economy, Saudi Output

Bloomberg – Oil traded near the highest price in a week in New York as investors bet that a U.S. economic recovery and Saudi Arabian crude output near the strongest level since at least 1980 signal fuel demand is increasing. Futures were little changed after climbing the most in more than three weeks on March 16. Read Article

Syrian capital sees heaviest fighting of uprising

Reuters – Rebels battled government forces in Damascus on Monday, in the most violent clashes Syria’s capital has seen since the start of the year-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Putting further pressure on the Syrian authorities, ally Russia backed a call by the International Committee of the Red Cross for daily, two-hour ceasefires to allow for life-saving humanitarian operations in areas worst-hit by the uprising. Read Article

Rights groups condemn Belarus over executions

Independent – Two men convicted of carrying out a deadly bombing on the Minsk underground railway last year have been executed. Belarusian state television said Vladislav Kovalyov and Dmitry Konovalov, both 26, had been put to death, which in the former Soviet republic is done with a shot to the back of the head. Mr Kovalyov’s mother said she had been notified of his execution. Read Article

Drug-resistant “white plague” lurks among rich and poor

Reuters – On New Year’s Eve 2004, after months of losing weight and suffering fevers, night sweats and shortness of breath, student Anna Watterson was taken into hospital coughing up blood. It was strange to be diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB)- an ancient disease associated with poverty… …But when Watterson’s infection refused to yield to the three-pronged antibiotic attack doctors prescribed to fight it, her relief turned to dread. Read article

Dozens held at Moscow protest over ‘pro-Putin’ TV film

BBC – Russian police have arrested dozens of people picketing Moscow’s TV tower over footage that accused the opposition of paying anti-government protesters. Read article

Japan Tsunami Debris, Degrading Into Tiny Bits Of Plastic, Could Pose Health Risk

Huffington Post – One year after a massive tsunami ravaged the east coast of Japan, much attention is focused on the bottles, refrigerators and other debris washed out to sea and its pending arrival on the U.S. West Coast — endangering ships, seabirds and other wildlife along the way. Some experts, however, are more concerned about the debris we may never see but that might still pose a threat to human health. Read article

Egypt’s Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III dies

BBC – The leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian minority was reported to suffer from cancer that had spread to several organs. Coptic Christians make up 10% of Egypt’s population of 80 million. After attacks on Coptic Christians in recent years, Pope Shenouda urged officials to do more to address the community’s concerns. Read Article