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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 4 January

by In Wales Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:31:50 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:04:30 PM EST
Weak December employment fails to put damper on 2012 | Business | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

Germany's Federal Employment Agency says the job market continues to show signs of weakness. Tens of thousands more have been without a job recently but overall figures for 2012 were strong.

Joblessness in Germany rose for a ninth consecutive month in December, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) reported on Thursday. It said 88,000 people more were out of work in the last month of 2012, compared to levels reached in November.

The agency said in a year-on-year comparison, there was an increase of 60,000 unemployed people in the country in December, bringing the total to 2.84 million.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:09:43 PM EST
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That's interesting in view of this from the same source.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:10:14 AM EST
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Gunman kills three women in Switzerland | News | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

A gunman in a small Swiss village has shot and killed three women and wounded two men. At a 2011 referendum, Swiss voters rejected tighter gun laws in the country.

A man shot and killed three women and wounded two men late Wednesday in Daillon, Switzerland. The 33-year-old former psychiatric patient fired from his apartment and later came out into the street, firing more than 20 shots, officials said.

The gunman was a local unemployed resident living on welfare, police said. He used at least two firearms, including an old Swiss army carbine and a rifle capable of firing lead shot. The gunman's weapons were on record as having been seized and destroyed in 2005, and he was not currently listed as having any guns.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:10:30 PM EST
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Switzerland, though armed, not as violent as US | Europe | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

After a gunman killed three people in a village in southern Switzerland, experts examine how, although gun ownership is almost as widespread as in the United States, shooting sprees in the neutral Alpine nation are rare.

Gun ownership and recreational shooting are widespread in Switzerland. According to estimates - there are no official figures - at least one in every three of its less than eight million inhabitants holds a gun. In fact, after the US and Yemen, Switzerland ranks third on the list of most guns per person.

Willy Pfund, president of the Swiss weapons lobby ProTell, defended the high proportion of weapons in the small, heavily armed nation. "One must be prepared," he said. If enemies were to invade Switzerland, he explained, people would have to own weapons and know how to use them in order to defend themselves.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:15:00 PM EST
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Yea, cos having your own gun is gonna make an awful lot of difference against modern weapons.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:18:28 AM EST
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You can "tell" a ProTell lobbyist by the apple stuck on his son's head.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:28:18 AM EST
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exemplifies the right to bear arms inscribed in the US constitution. An armed citizenry can never be oppressed, etc.

If the right to bear arms in the US were accompanied by the same restrictions and safeguards as in Switzerland -- notably, two weeks' annual military service for all able-bodied males -- that would be pretty much what the authors of the amendment intended, at a guess.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 04:58:20 AM EST
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Judging by their actions, yes they would.

The Secret History of Guns - Adam Winkler - The Atlantic

Yet we've also always had gun control. The Founding Fathers instituted gun laws so intrusive that, were they running for office today, the NRA would not endorse them. While they did not care to completely disarm the citizenry, the founding generation denied gun ownership to many people: not only slaves and free blacks, but law-abiding white men who refused to swear loyalty to the Revolution.

For those men who were allowed to own guns, the Founders had their own version of the "individual mandate" that has proved so controversial in President Obama's health-care-reform law: they required the purchase of guns. A 1792 federal law mandated every eligible man to purchase a military-style gun and ammunition for his service in the citizen militia. Such men had to report for frequent musters--where their guns would be inspected and, yes, registered on public rolls.



A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!
by A swedish kind of death on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 05:16:42 AM EST
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Gun politics in Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gun politics in Switzerland are unique in Europe.

I am surprised that weapons are that widespread here,  because you rarely see people with weapons here, unless they are in the militia uniform coming or going to the training or police.. What seems relatively strict according to the wiki is the access to ammunition. Also not mentioned in the wiki I seem to remember that the the men at the end of their militia duty have to return the rifle.

And Schengen seems to have brought some changes.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 10:06:45 AM EST
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Demands to punish corrupt doctors | Germany | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

Do pharmaceutical companies pay doctors to prescribe certain drugs and take part in medical trials? Germany's medical corruption debate is heating up.

Germany's state-backed insurers are demanding prison sentences of up to three years for doctors who accept bribes or other gratuities. It may seem surprising, but in fact at the moment independent doctors who run their own practices can't be penalized, according to a ruling by the Federal Court of Justice in June 2012. The judges sent a message to lawmakers, saying that this loophole had to be closed soon.

Prior to the ruling, prosecutors had spent years investigating doctors and employees of the German pharmaceutical company ratiopharm. Doctors were allegedly paid to prescribe the company's drugs.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:16:03 PM EST
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If we had that sort of rule here, the captive physicians who enable the medical marijuana industry would be in serious trouble... A new one just open up the street from me: "Doctor's Orders" is its name.

It's worth reading the insightful discussions of physiological outcomes of various medical ailments in this review.  :-)

http://legalmarijuanadispensary.com/dispensaries/colorado/colorado-springs/7645

by asdf on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 06:38:47 PM EST
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I think this would be acceptable so long as it fist begins at the very top, with government.

Legislators and government officials would be subject to corruption charges if they accept bribes or hospitality or "favours" from the industries and corporations they regulate and legislate

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:21:42 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Fortress Europe / Turkish limbo pushing Afghan refugees to EU

Istanbul - Refugees and asylum seekers from Afghanistan in Turkey are caught in a legal limbo, pushing some into the arms of smugglers.

Turkey does not give refugee status to anybody from Afghanistan or outside Europe.

The situation arose as far back as 1951, when it opted for a "geographical limitation" in its adoption of a UN refugee convention, which reserves the status only for "persons who have become refugees as a result of events occurring in Europe."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:17:11 PM EST
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Sweet words of weasel !!

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:22:37 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Political Affairs / Shepherding Italian democracy
BRUSSELS - There has been a great deal of flurry in recent days over the resignation of Italy's unelected technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti, the consequent snap elections scheduled for February that have spooked markets, and Italy's "return to a fully democratic government".
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:17:33 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Foreign Affairs / EU: Magnitsky acquittal will harm Russia's reputation

BRUSSELS - Russia's acquittal of the only man charged over the death of Sergei Magnitsky will harm its international reputation, the EU has said.

Magnitsky, an accountant who in 2007 exposed the fact that Russian officials and the mafia were stealing hundreds of millions of euros of tax money, later died in jail after being refused medical treatment for pancreatitis and after being beaten by his guards.

His case became a cause celebre when the US last year passed a law in his name that will see up to 60 Russian officials banned from getting American visas.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:18:00 PM EST
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I just have an image of Putin doing a Catherine Tate, "I'm not bothered. Look at my face, does this face look bothered ? No, it's not bothered and neither am I"

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:26:58 AM EST
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Card payments blocked, cash only in Vatican City - VATICAN CITY - FRANCE 24

t's "cash only" now for tourists at the Vatican wanting to pay for museum tickets, souvenirs and other services after Italy's central bank decided to block electronic payments, including credit cards, at the tiny city-state.

Deutsche Bank Italia, which for some 15 years had provided the Vatican with electronic payment services, said Thursday that the Bank of Italy had pulled its authorization after Dec. 31.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that the Italian central bank took the action because the Holy See has not yet fully complied with European Union safeguards against money laundering. That means Italian banks are not authorized to operate within the Vatican, which is in the process of improving its mechanisms to combat laundering.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:22:04 PM EST
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Basque party announces dissolution in France - FRANCE - SPAIN - FRANCE 24

Basque nationalist party Batasuna on Thursday announced its dissolution in France, where it continued to operate after being banned in Spain for alleged ties to armed separatist group ETA.

"We are announcing the dissolution of Batasuna," two members of the party, Maite Goyenetxe and Jean Claude Aguerre, told journalists in Bayonne, the main city in France's Basque region.

The move comes after ETA in 2011 announced it had abandoned violence following a four-decade campaign for an independent homeland that claimed more than 800 lives.

ETA has said it is ready to disband under certain conditions.

"We affirm that we will achieve the project of building Euskal Herria (the Basque Country) only by political means, in the face of the oppressive French and Spanish states," Goyenetxe said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:22:32 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Credit continues to contract (04.01.2013)
Credit continued to contract in November, with continued weak growth in money supply; the latest economic data show that the eurozone economy remains firmly in recession; Mario Monti has shelved his style of understatement, and went on the attack on Berlusconi, calling him volatile in his private and public lives; he also criticises the extremism of the economics spokesmen of both large parties; Domenico Ferrara says Monti has always been a politician, not a technocrat; the executive director of RAI accuses Monti of abusing his powers to seek an excessive media presence; Italians will have to pay 15 new taxes in 2013; Francois Hollande and Jean-Mark Ayrault demonstrate a united front, hoping to quell rumours about a deteriorating relationship between the two; Ayrault sets out an action plan of 15 new laws, with vague promises on fiscal and labour reform; after the negative constitutional vote ruling, Pierre Moscovici says the 75% tax will come anyways, as he will now rework the bill to comply with the verdict; Vladimir Putin has given Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship so that he can avoid French taxes; the Portuguese media say that the 2013 budget may come in effect after all, since the President's referral to the Constitutional Court includes no time frame; Germany plans more austerity in 2014 to meet the target of a structurally balanced budget; the Greek 2012 budget deficit is likely to come in better than forecast; Ireland, too, will beat forecasts of its 2012 deficit; there has been a small rise - albeit from a low level - in Spanish savings deposits after the removal of a penalty on high interest accounts; Morgan Stanley puts Spain near the top of its investment recommendations due to the expected effects of the OMT; half of Spanish regions will miss their deficit targets - while the regions as a whole will meet it; Jorg Bibow, meanwhile, says the institutional response to the eurozone crisis is based on a fundamental misdiagnosis.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:20:11 AM EST
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The 75% tax on the super-rich will come

In an interview with Les Echos, Pierre Moscovisci confirmed that the 75% tax for the wealthy will come and that the government will rework the bill to ensure that next time it will pass the constitutional council. The government's initial plan to levy a 75% tax, which was aimed at all individuals earning more than €1m a year  (only income above that benchmark would be taxed at 75%) was rejected by France's constitutional council. Late in December the Council ruled that the 75% super-tax was unfair because it flouted the law in France that taxes are decided by household, not by individual.

Russia welcomes Depardieu

Gerard Depardieu, who bought a house in Belgium in protest against a proposed 75% tax rate and vowed to give up his French passport out of rage against the prime minister's dismissive comments on his move, was  granted Russian citizenship from Vladimir Putin yesterday,  France 24 reports. Depardieu had told friends he was considering three options to escape France's new tax regime: settling in Belgium, relocating to Montenegro, where he has a business, or moving to Russia. The Belgians said Depardieu will have to choose between Russian or Belgian citizenship, can't have both, Le Soir reports.

Why stop at Russia or Montenegro? I'm sure Kosovo or the dodgier parts of Bosnia would be happy to host Depardieu's gated community.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:23:29 AM EST
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There is no income tax in North Korea.
by Katrin on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 07:24:39 AM EST
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More Russian citizens
Brigitte Bardot has threatened promised to follow Gérard Depardieu in asking for a Russian passport, in protest not at tax hikes but at the treatment of two circus elephants.
We all know that circus animals are so well treated in Russia.

Will this become a trend? Any suggestions who else should become Russian?

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 12:04:56 PM EST
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Obelix in Siberia with elephants and Brigitte Bardot is a nice distraction from the EU being unwilling to tackle the tax problem.
by Katrin on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 12:18:36 PM EST
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might do well to think about it, given that the sky above him is darkening with chickens coming home to roost.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 12:21:19 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:04:44 PM EST
Obama signs legislation to avoid 'fiscal cliff' | News | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

US President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that allows the country to avoid a "fiscal cliff." The move came just days after both houses of Congress approved the legislation.

The president is reported to have signed the bill late on Wednesday, while on vacation in Hawaii.

"We received the bill late this afternoon, and it was immediately processed. A copy was delivered to the president for review. He then directed the bill be signed by autopen," a White House official said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:11:27 PM EST
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'Fiscal cliff' deal becomes law as new Congress meets - USA - FRANCE 24

In the wake of bruising fights in their own ranks over the "fiscal cliff" and aid for victims of superstorm Sandy, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided than ever.

While their leader, Speaker John Boehner, seems in no danger of losing his position because of the divisions, his ability to speak for his membership in the House appears greatly diminished.

That could not come at a worse time for Republicans as they prepare for their next attempt to get more spending cuts out of President Barack Obama. They will try to use the debt ceiling -- and Obama's request to raise it -- as leverage, as they did in 2011.

But if the final days of this Congress were indicative of things to come, Republicans will have a rough time effectively using their majority in the House against Obama, who even Republicans acknowledge is at the top of his game following the Democrat's re-election in November.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:20:26 PM EST
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'US dollar will collapse in 2013' - YouTube
A prominent economist tells Press TV that the United States so-called fiscal cliff is more like a 'bottomless pit of debt' that the country is diving into. He also added that the United States risks collapsing of dollar in 2013. US President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill backed by the Senate that averted the so-called fiscal cliff, the White House says. Obama signed the 'American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012' on Wednesday, the White House said in a statement. On January 1, the House of Representatives voted 257 to 167, approving the bill, which consists of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while exempting others who earn less than $450,000 a year. It will also put off 109 billion dollars in budget cuts for two months.

To further discuss the issue, Press TV's News Analysis program has conducted an interview with Max Keiser, a journalist and broadcaster in London, Eric Draitser, founder of stopimperialism.com in New York, and Rollin Amore who is an economist and political commentator in Washington.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 07:30:43 AM EST
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When you have such long delays on the comms links, it would make sense to encourage your interviewees to say more than mere soundbites. That was even more frustrating than watching a pointlessly live TV  interview on BBCNews.

Record it in advance folks and edit the gaps out. Live TV is just a fetish when you're pushing opinion

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 08:10:37 AM EST
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Reinsurers cover 40 percent of 2012 disaster damage | Business | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

Natural disasters have again caused huge economic damage over the past 12 months. According to calculations by Germany's Munich Re, some two thirds of the overall damage was logged in the United States.

According to a study published by the world's largest reinsurer, Munich Re of Germany, natural disasters caused a total of 122 billion euros ($160 billion) in economic damage in 2012.

It said insured damage amounted to $65 billion last year. Munich Re noted that two thirds of overall damages from natural disasters and some 90 percent of insured damage were logged in the US, but failed to say how much the Munich-based company had to cover itself.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:12:28 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Headline News / Portugal seeks court inquiry into 'unjust' debt deal

BRUSSELS - Portugal's President has called into question the viability of his country's austerity programme.

Cavaco Silva said in his New Year's speech this week that he would request an inquiry from the country's top court on whether planned spending cuts as well as a new supertax on pensions above €1,350 a month were constitutional.

He said his country would "honour its international obligations," even though a negative court ruling could force the government to rewrite its 2013 budget.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:16:42 PM EST
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Blighted economies force Sudans to negotiating table - DIPLOMACY - FRANCE 24

After months of stalemate, a resolution to the crisis gripping the two Sudans could be in sight.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will meet with his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, in Ethiopia on Friday, January 4, at the urging of the African Union. The two countries, which signed a peace deal in 2005 after a long civil war, are expected to discuss the possibility of establishing a demilitarised buffer zone along the disputed border separating them.

The resumption of oil flows will also be one of the most pressing issues on the table.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:24:28 PM EST
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It works:


Emprunt : Le rendement de l'emprunt de référence à 10 ans de la France passait sous celui du Royaume-Uni ce matin sur le marché obligataire pour la première fois depuis avril 2011. Ces deux taux se tendaient tous les deux dans la matinée par rapport à la clôture de la veille, mais celui de la France (à 2,113 %) de manière moins marquée que le britannique (à 2,115 %), sur le marché secondaire, où s'échange la dette déjà émise.

(From a Le Monde subscriber newsletter)

(10-year government bonds now pay less in France than in the UK, for the first time in 2 years)

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 06:35:23 AM EST
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Breaking: Depardieu becomes Russian, investors crowd to French 10-years.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 09:42:24 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:05:06 PM EST
India charges men accused in gang rape case | News | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

Prosecutors in New Delhi have formally charged five men accused of raping a 23-year-old woman who later died from severe head trauma and organ damage. The case sparked outrage across India.

The charges filed against the men on Thursday to the district court included murder and presented a reportedly 1,000-page dossier of evidence. If the court finds the assailants guilty in the fast-tracked case, they could face the death penalty. The country's chief justice called for resolve to let justice prevail in a highly emotional situation.

"Let us not get carried away. A swift trial should not be at the cost of a fair trial," Chief Justice Altamas Kabir told the local media on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:09:27 PM EST
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Indian women strip and beat politician accused of rape - INDIA - FRANCE 24

Protesters furious at the impunity enjoyed by sex offenders in India were given a first indication that attitudes may be starting to change on Thursday when police in the north-eastern state of Assam arrested a prominent local politician who had been set upon by a group of women accusing him of rape.

According to a local police official quoted by AP news agency, the politician was captured by villagers early on Thursday after he allegedly entered a woman's home and raped her.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:19:56 PM EST
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Bombing kills 19 Shiite pilgrims | News | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

Nineteen worshippers have died and another 47 were injured in a car bombing in Iraq. The death toll may rise as some of the wounded were seriously hurt.

Shiites returning from Iraq's shrine city of Karbala for the final commemorations of a revered figure in Shiite Islam were targeted on Thursday when a car bomb killed 19 worshippers in a parking lot in the town of Musayyib, which was used mainly by vehicles transporting pilgrims.

Among the victims were five women and four children. A medic on the scene said the death toll could well rise, owing to the injuries of the 47 wounded in the attack.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:10:55 PM EST
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Pakistani Taliban commander reported killed | News | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

A US drone attack has reportedly killed a key commander of Taliban Islamist militants in northwestern Pakistan. He is said to have been among several militants killed in the strike.

Pakistani officials told news agencies on Thursday that Mullah Nazir Wazir had been killed in a US drone attack that struck a house in the village of Angoor Adda, near Wana, the capital of South Waziristan.

"Mullah Nazir and five associates died on the spot," an unnamed official told the AFP news agency.

Residents of Angoor Adda and Wana reported hearing statements on loundspeakers announcing Nazir's death.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:11:53 PM EST
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How unusual, a drone attack got the bad guy

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:35:11 AM EST
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Apparently it got quite a few guys besides, including rescuers.

Not so unusual then.

by Katrin on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 07:31:06 AM EST
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Argentina asks Britain for Falklands talks | News | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

President Cristina Fernandez has published an open letter calling on Britain to enter talks on the fate of the disputed Falklands Islands. The British Foreign Office said this was a decision for the islanders themselves.

Cristina Fernandez's letter coincided with the 180th anniversary of the Falklands Islands reverting to their current stint under British control in 1833, in what the Argentine president called "a blatant exercise of 19th-Century colonialism."

The letter makes no specific requests or demands on the islands, known as the Malvinas in Argentina, save for the closing sentence, which appears to refer to prior mentions of a 1965 General Assembly resolution urging bilateral talks on the matter between Britain and Argentina.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:13:24 PM EST
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I was reading reports of civil unrest across argentina just before xmas and wondered whether the Falklands distraction card would come into play again.

And, as night follows day....

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:36:38 AM EST
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Syria to experience 'hell' before transition | Middle East | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

Whether Assad chooses "hell" or a democratic transition for his country, Syria's fate will likely be decided in 2013. Rebels smell victory. Yet opposition forces should be working now to avoid a second hell therafter.

At an Arab League meeting in Cairo this past Sunday (31.12.2012), Lakhdar Brahimi - the UN envoy to Syria - warned that 2013 could see the deaths of more 100,000 Syrians if no measures are taken to stop the Syrian civil war. As he spoke, rebels in the northwestern city of Aleppo were preparing lay siege to the local airport.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:15:25 PM EST
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Al Jazeera buys Al Gore's struggling TV channel - MEDIA - FRANCE 24

The pan-Arab news giant Al-Jazeera bought Current TV, a struggling US cable channel, Wednesday in a deal aimed at giving the Qatar-based broadcaster the scope to challenge major American TV networks.

Current, co-founded by former US vice president Al Gore, announced the sale in a statement that was later confirmed by Al-Jazeera. The acquisition will allow the latter to reach millions more US homes than it does at present.

The financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, but Forbes reported that a possible value of $400 million could net Gore $100 million.

The purchase of Current will coincide with Al-Jazeera launching a US-based channel, heralding a push for vastly broader visibility in American homes, on the back of strong US use of its existing English service on the Internet.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:23:53 PM EST
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I stopped watching Current when they lost Olbermann.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 05:07:40 PM EST
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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:38:11 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:05:22 PM EST
Transocean to pay $1.4 billion in BP gulf spill settlement - UNITED STATES - FRANCE 24

Offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd has agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle U.S. government charges arising from BP Plc's massive Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The settlement unveiled on Thursday by the Department of Justice includes $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal penalties. The company had set aside $1.95 billion in potential losses related to Macondo, including $1.5 billion for its anticipated settlement with the DoJ.

Shares of Transocean were up 7 percent at $49.50 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, while the overall market was largely unchanged.

"The bottom line to me is they now can put away the big black cloud that has been hanging over them," said Phil Weiss, an oil analyst at Argus. "I take this as a positive, even if the number is a little higher than I expected."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:20:53 PM EST
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Rig owner pays $1.4bn to settle over Deepwater | Environment | The Guardian

Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig at the centre of BP's Gulf of Mexico blowout, has reached a $1.4bn settlement with the Department of Justice to settle criminal and civil charges.

The Swiss-based rig operator has been in the dock since April 2010 saw the worst spill in American history. The $1bn in civil penalties and $400m in criminal ones is in line with what the company was expecting.

A formal statement had not been released on Thursday night but sources in the US confirmed the two sides had reached a deal far lower than the $4.5bn agreed by BP, which only covered criminal claims.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:27:46 PM EST
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Why North Dakota glows at night - big picture | Environment | guardian.co.uk
North-western North Dakota is home to the Bakken shale formation, where fracking has led to an oil boom. Most of the bright lights are natural gas from wells being burned because the region lacks the infrastructure to pipe all the gas away. Gas production has increased rapidly in recent years but 30% is flared. Image: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:26:11 PM EST
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GM food: British public 'should be persuaded of the benefits' | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The British public should be persuaded of the benefits of genetically modified food, the environment secretary will tell the UK's farming industry on Thursday, in a key signal of the government's intent to expand agricultural biotechnology and make the case for GM food in Europe.

Owen Paterson, the Conservative secretary of state for the environment and who has chosen to highlight GM technology in his first major speech to farmers, will tell the Oxford Farming Conference: "We should not be afraid of making the case to the public about the potential benefits of GM beyond the food chain - for example, reducing the use of pesticides and inputs such as diesel. I believe that GM offers great opportunities but I also recognise that we owe a duty to the public to reassure them that it is a safe and beneficial innovation."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:27:02 PM EST
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In Wales:
for example, reducing the use of pesticides and inputs such as diesel. I believe that GM offers great opportunities but I also recognise that we owe a duty to the public to reassure them that it is a safe and beneficial innovation."

they could start by quitting the 'less pesticides' argument, when it has been proven as big a lie as 'cheap' nukular energy was/is.

10 to 1 it's the same gang of sociopaths pushing thm both...

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 06:38:13 PM EST
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They repeat the lie cos it works. After all, they don't have to convince people who are scientifically literate, they have to convince the tiny percentage of easily impressed arty farty dimwits who discuss science in the press and on TV

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:44:14 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:05:40 PM EST
AC Milan storm out of friendly after racist chants | Sports | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

AC Milan star Kevin-Prince Boateng and his teammates have marched off the pitch at an exhibition match in protest after fans apparently made racist chants. Boateng picked up the ball mid-game and booted it at the fans.

AC Milan's friendly with fourth-tier team Pro Patria on Thursday was interrupted after 26 minutes of play, and it was not re-started.

Kevin-Prince Boateng was attacking the Pro Patria penalty area when he suddenly stopped, picked up the ball with his hands and smashed it towards a section of the stands behind him.

The referee and players from both sides intervened to calm Boateng down, but he later walked away, took off his shirt and left the field. His teammates then followed.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:14:30 PM EST
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...News agency AFP cited town mayor Gigi Farioli as saying Boateng's reaction was "inappropriate" and that he should have been sent off for "kicking a ball at 200 kilometers an hour towards a fan." Boateng's kick, from comparatively close range, missed the fan block by some distance, striking the structure of the stadium below where they were stood.
Farioli is a member of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party. Berlusconi owns AC Milan football club.
by asdf on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 06:48:30 PM EST
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I've seen the video but sadly it's not really possible to tell what happened.

However, good for him. It's about time this happened.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:46:13 AM EST
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Study reveals new info on how bacteria survive drugs - FRANCE 24

AFP - Researchers have disproved a long-held theory about how some bacteria survive antibiotics and opened the door to new treatments to fight drug-resistant bugs, a study released Thursday said.

Using a technique called microfluidics, scientists revealed that -- contrary to the explanation that has held for more than 50 years -- the surviving bacteria continue to divide and grow and, at times, die.

The old theory held that the survivors were the individual bacteria that had stopped growing and dividing.

"The persistent population is thus very dynamic, and the cells that constitute it are constantly changing -- even though the total number of cells remains the same," explained microbiologist Neeraj Dhar.

This is a crucial piece of information, the authors stress, and could help scientists develop new therapies for tough bacterial strains, like multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:19:07 PM EST
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Comic book artist Tardi rejects Légion d'Honneur award - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

One of France's best-known comic book creators, Jacques Tardi, has refused the country's highest honour saying he does not want to fall under any political influence.

Tardi, best known for his works on the horrors of war and his Adele Blanc-Sec fantasy series, said he had learned this week that he was to receive the Légion d'Honneur medal.

"Being fiercely attached to my freedom of thought and creativity, I do not want to receive anything, neither from this government or from any other political power whatsoever," he said in a statement.

"I am therefore refusing this medal with the greatest determination."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:23:10 PM EST
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Analysis - Entering the age of the $1 million medicine | Reuters

(Reuters) - The Western world's first drug to fix faulty genes promises to transform the lives of patients with an ultra-rare disease that clogs their blood with fat. The only snag is the price.

The gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD), a hereditary disorder that raises the risk of potentially lethal inflammation of the pancreas, is likely to cost more than $1 million (618.65 thousand pounds) per patient when it goes on sale in Europe this summer.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:29:45 PM EST
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Let's hear it for Braille!

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 02:33:18 AM EST
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Yea, a firework party

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 03:48:14 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:06:23 PM EST
Putin grants Depardieu citizenship | News | DW.DE | 03.01.2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted French actor Gerard Depardieu citizenship. The actor recently fled his home country in protest against a plan to reduce the national deficit by milking the highest earners.

Putin signed the decree on Thursday, according to the Kremlin's official website. There was no immediate comment from the famed French actor.

A couple of weeks ago, the Russian leader had already hinted at the possible nationality-switch.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:12:56 PM EST
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Now Depardieu can buy a Spanish home for €160k and Rajoy will give him a residence permit.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 02:32:22 AM EST
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William Shatner tweets to the ISS.  

Of course, he didn't say if the lifeforms were hostile or insane or not.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 02:04:04 AM EST
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Perhaps there exists healthy life on that planet?



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 02:09:48 AM EST
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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 04:24:55 AM EST
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What could possibly go wrong in that picture?

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 11:29:24 AM EST
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"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 06:20:09 AM EST
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"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 06:25:38 AM EST
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