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U.S. confirms case of mad cow disease

April 24 – The U.S. Agriculture Department confirms that it found a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in a dairy cow in central California. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. Page with Transcript link

US: Now three people have Won Iowa and Minnesota

PolicyMic – Now three people have won Iowa during this primary season. Last night, Ron Paul’s delegate finagling strategy paid off as he guaranteed himself at least half of the delegates in Iowa and Minnesota. Remember, back in January, Mitt Romney was declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses by eight votes. This official declaration was made by the state Republican Party chairman, Matt Strawn, despite ongoing discrepancies in the way that county commissioners and the state commissioners were reporting vote totals. Read article

Ron Paul gets the last laugh in Iowa, Minnesota

MSNBC – Rachel Maddow shows how Ron Paul’s tactic of paying close attention to the delegate math in the Republican primary is likely to earn him first place spots in Iowa and Minnesota.

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Dutch government falls in budget crisis

BBC – His cabinet was plunged into crisis when Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) quit talks aimed at slicing 16bn euros (£13.1bn) from the budget. Mr Wilders refused to accept austerity demands to bring the budget deficit in line with EU rules. His party was not part of the coalition but supported the minority government. Dutch broadcaster Nos said Mr Rutte spent almost two hours on Monday afternoon at the queen’s palace in The Hague where he made the cabinet’s resignation official. Read article

US home prices drop for 6th straight month

AP — Home prices dropped in February in most major U.S. cities for a sixth straight month, a sign that modest sales gains haven’t been enough to boost prices. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index shows that prices dropped in February from January in 16 of the 20 cities it tracks. Read Article

If You Have a Smart Phone, Anyone Can Now Track Your Every Move

Technology Review – Location services company Navizon has a new system, called Navizon I.T.S., that could allow tracking of visitors in malls, museums, offices, factories, secured areas and just about any other indoor space. It could be used to examine patterns of foot traffic in retail spaces, assure that a museum is empty of visitors at closing time, or even to pinpoint the location of any individual registered with the system. But let’s set all that aside for a minute while we freak out about the privacy implications. Most of us leave Wi-Fi on by default, in part because our phones chastise us when we don’t. (Triangulation by Wi-Fi hotspots is important for making location services more accurate.) But you probably didn’t realize that, using proprietary new “nodes” from Navizon, any device with an active Wi-Fi radio can be seen by a system like Navizon’s. To demonstrate the technology, here’s Navizon CEO and founder Cyril Houri hunting for one of his colleagues at a trade show using a kind of first person shooter-esque radar. Read Article

Cause of Brain Freeze Revealed

Live Science – Most people have likely experienced brain freeze — the debilitating, instantaneous pain in the temples after eating something frozen — but researchers didn’t really understand what causes it, until now. Previous studies have found that migraine sufferers are actually more likely to get brain freeze than people who don’t get migraines. Because of this, the researchers thought the two might share some kind of common mechanism or cause, so they decided to use brain freeze to study migraines. Read article

Protesters target Wells Fargo annual shareholder meeting

LA TIMES – Wells Fargo & Co. was bracing for revolts at its annual shareholder meeting as well as in the streets outside, as demonstrators from around the country poured into town to complain about its lofty executive pay, alleged disregard for troubled homeowners and a host of other issues. Organizers said they expected 2,000 to 3,000 protesters to march through the streets early Tuesday to the the Wells meeting at the downtown Merchants Exchange Building, a landmark that survived the great earthquake and fires that devastated San Francisco in 1906. Read Article

Italy volcano spews lava

April 24 – Italy’s Mt. Etna erupts for the seventh time this year in a massive display of lava.

Kenyans allege British involvement in rendition and torture in Uganda

The Guardian – Two men facing terrorism charges in east Africa are accusing the British government and its intelligence agencies of being involved in their abduction, unlawful rendition and torture. The allegations by Habib Suleiman Njoroge and his brother Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia closely echo those reported in the Guardian last year by a third terrorism suspect, Omar Awadh Omar. The high court in London has given all three men permission to seek disclosure of British government documents that would support their claim that the UK was involved in their alleged mistreatment. Njoroge and Omar have also been given permission to seek documents relating to their rendition at a hearing at the high court in London this week. Read Article

Iceland ex-PM Haarde ‘partly’ guilty over 2008 crisis

BBC – A special court in Reykjavik said Mr Haarde would face no punishment and his legal expenses would be paid for. But he was found guilty of one of the four charges: not holding cabinet meetings when things turned critical. Mr Haarde, 61, is thought to be the first world leader to face criminal charges over the financial crisis. Read article

Pakistan bomb kills at least two in eastern city Lahore

Pentagon establishes Defense Clandestine Service, new espionage unit

Washington Post – The Pentagon is planning to ramp up its spying operations against high-priority targets such as Iran under an intelligence reorganization aimed at expanding on the military’s espionage efforts beyond war zones, a senior defense official said Monday. The newly created Defense Clandestine Service would work closely with the CIA — pairing two organizations that have often seen each other as rivals — in an effort to bolster espionage operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge. Read Article

The Second Scramble For Africa – U.S. military “advisers” to remain in Africa

UPI — Military advisers will remain deployed to help several African nations protect against the threat from the Lord’s Resistance Army, U.S. President Obama said. The president announced the continued deployment during a speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Monday as he discussed U.S. development of a comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities. Read Article

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News Archive In Focus – Iran (994 articles)

The name “Iran” came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia. Iran maintains diplomatic relations with almost every member of the United Nations, except for Israel, which Iran does not recognize, and the United States since the Iranian Revolution. Recently Iran’s nuclear program has become the subject of contention with the Western world. For a comprehensive view of world news about Iran; its people, politics and economy read our news archive of 994 articles CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Astronomers: World may be entering period of global cooling

The Asahi Shimbun, 20 April 2012: The sun may be entering a period of reduced activity that could result in lower temperatures on Earth, according to Japanese researchers. Officials of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Riken research foundation said on April 19 that the activity of sunspots appeared to resemble a 70-year period in the 17th century in which London’s Thames froze over and cherry blossoms bloomed later than usual in Kyoto.

In that era, known as the Maunder Minimum, temperatures are estimated to have been about 2.5 degrees lower than in the second half of the 20th century. The Japanese study found that the trend of current sunspot activity is similar to records from that period.

The researchers also found signs of unusual magnetic changes in the sun. Normally, the sun’s magnetic field flips about once every 11 years. In 2001, the sun’s magnetic north pole, which was in the northern hemisphere, flipped to the south. While scientists had predicted that the next flip would begin from May 2013, the solar observation satellite Hinode found that the north pole of the sun had started flipping about a year earlier than expected. There was no noticeable change in the south pole.

If that trend continues, the north pole could complete its flip in May 2012 but create a four-pole magnetic structure in the sun, with two new poles created in the vicinity of the equator of our closest star. Read Article

Sudan claims control in disputed Heglig

Asian Arms Race – Naval Exchange Stirs Troubled Waters in South China Sea

VOA – Vietnam and the United States on Monday began their annual naval exchange near a former U.S. army base in Danang city amid mounting tensions over competing sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. With salvage and disaster training as well as a performance from the military band, the schedule of events seems harmless enough. However, some observers say the activities are an intrinsic part of a delicate diplomatic balancing act over contested territory in the South China Sea. This year’s event is larger than in 2011, with 1,400 personnel and three ships, including a guided missile destroyer, said Lieutenant Commander Mike Morley who attended the opening ceremony.Read Article

Annan tells U.N. Syria hasn’t withdrawn heavy weapons

Reuters – Syria has failed to comply with a pledge to withdraw weapons from population centers, and towns where citizens met with U.N. truce monitors may have been attacked, international mediator Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday. As violence flared in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Annan told the 15-nation body “we need eyes and ears on the ground, able to move freely and quickly” to watch over the ragged ceasefire. But the head of U.N. peacekeeping said deployment was moving slowly. Read Article

Gold rises to 1,643.8 dollars with weaker dollar

Xinhua — Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange regained some strength Tuesday, as negative data for the U.S. housing market led to a weaker U.S. dollar and thus, lent support to the precious metal. Read Article

Harassment suit forces out Australia speaker

Reuters – Speaker Peter Slipper says he is temporarily stepping aside as head of Australia’s parliament amid a sexual harassment lawsuit. Read article

Measures needed to end UK’s ‘late payment culture’

Daily Telegraph – Business and Government must unite to tackle the UK’s “late payment culture”, which has become a “major problem” for almost a quarter of small companies, a report has found. Read Article

Novartis challenges UK Avastin use in eye disease

Reuters – Swiss drugmaker Novartis is challenging the use of a cheap alternative to its eye drug Lucentis in parts of Britain, sparking a row over cost versus safety in treating a common cause of blindness. Lucentis, with annualized sales for Novartis of some $2 billion, is licensed for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and is also recommended by Britain’s health cost watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Read article

Fertility drugs ‘more than double the chances of children developing leukaemia’

Daily Mail – Fertility drugs can more than double the chances of children born to mothers who struggle to get pregnant developing leukaemia, a study has shown.
Children were 2.6 times more likely to become ill with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood leukaemia, if their mothers had been treated with ovary-stimulating drugs. Read article