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    • Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base April 17, 2014
      Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says.
    • French troops free Mali aid workers April 17, 2014
      French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February.
    • Parents seek Nigeria kidnap girls April 17, 2014
      The parents of some of the girls abducted from their school in north-east Nigeria head into the forests in a dangerous search for their daughters.
    • Pistorius forensic tests challenged April 17, 2014
      The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.
    • Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future April 18, 2014
      Algerians have voted in elections in which incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term.
    • Senegal's Karim Wade 'to face trial' April 17, 2014
      A Senegalese court rules that Karim Wade, the ex-president's son, should stand trial on corruption charges over his wealth, an official says.
    • Guinea-Bissau run-off to pick leader April 17, 2014
      Officials in Guinea-Bissau say a run-off vote will be held next month after no candidate won an outright victory in Sunday's presidential election.
    • Remittance fees 'hurt Africans' April 16, 2014
      Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.
    • UN mulls medal for peacekeepers April 16, 2014
      The UN Security Council hears a proposal to create a medal for bravery in UN peacekeeping, to be named after a Senegalese soldier who saved lives during the Rwandan genocide.
    • Head of oldest African park shot April 16, 2014
      The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.
    • 'Last' Chadian soldier leaves CAR April 16, 2014
      Chad has withdrawn all its peacekeepers from the Central African Republic, an official confirms, after accusations they sided with Muslim rebels.
    • South Sudan rebels 'seize' oil hub April 15, 2014
      Rebel forces in South Sudan say they have recaptured the oil hub of Bentiu and want oil companies to halt operations.
    • Elite marathon runner misses flight April 15, 2014
      A London Marathon runner from Sierra Leone is missing after she disappeared and failed to catch a flight home.
    • VIDEO: Hunt for 100 abducted girls in Nigeria April 16, 2014
      Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for dozens of teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
    • AUDIO: 'Killing books' in Libya April 15, 2014
      Libyan author Mansour Bushnaf says Libya does not have much of reading culture because under Col Muammar Gaddafi, people were afraid of books.
    • VIDEO: At site of Nigeria bus station blast April 14, 2014
      A powerful bomb blast has ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 71 people.
    • VIDEO: Cleaning up Cairo's waste system April 14, 2014
      The Egyptian government is turning to its traditional rubbish collectors - the Zabaleen - to revolutionise Cario's waste disposal industry.
    • VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 23 - in 60 secs April 16, 2014
      The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete's murder trial.
    • VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 21 - in 60 secs April 14, 2014
      The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial suggests the South African athlete is using his emotions "as an escape".
    • VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg April 17, 2014
      The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar.
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    • Korea ship: Third officer 'had helm' April 18, 2014
      The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off South Korea, investigators say, as divers work to access the sunken hull.
    • Sacked doctor was unfairly dismissed April 18, 2014
      A sacked heart specialist was unfairly dismissed after raising concerns about patient safety, an employment tribunal rules.
    • East Ukraine militants snub deal April 18, 2014
      Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine refuse to leave official buildings, just hours after an international deal was reached to defuse the crisis.
    • 'Six dead' in Everest avalanche April 18, 2014
      Six people are reported to have been killed after an early-morning avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest.
    • Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies April 17, 2014
      The Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, dies in Mexico aged 87, his family says.
    • Labour hires Obama poll guru Axelrod April 18, 2014
      David Axelrod, the strategist who masterminded Barack Obama's presidential victories, will be a key adviser on Ed Miliband's 2015 general election campaign, the Labour Party says.
    • Teachers' unions meet amid disputes April 17, 2014
      Calls for more action over pay and pensions are expected this weekend when the two biggest teachers' unions meet for their annual conferences.
    • Bullied children still suffer at 50 April 17, 2014
      Children can experience the negative effects of bullying on their physical and mental health more than 40 years later, says a study from King's College London.
    • Channel Tunnel due back to normal April 18, 2014
      Channel Tunnel rail services are expected to return to normal on Good Friday morning after being hit by severe disruption.
    • British teenager killed in Syria April 18, 2014
      An 18-year-old British man has died in Syria, the Foreign Office confirms.
    • Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base April 17, 2014
      Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says.
    • Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy April 17, 2014
      The daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces she is pregnant with her first child.
    • Foreign doctor 'safety fears' - front pages April 18, 2014
      Some papers focus on suggestions foreign-trained doctors are less skilled than British counterparts, while others report on a child said to have caught meningitis from a cat.
    • Female cave insects have 'penises' April 18, 2014
      Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.
    • Chick knit plea response 'fantastic' April 18, 2014
      An online appeal by a Manchester children's hospice for knitted chicks boosts its flock to an "unexpected" more than 6,300.
    • Hamilton top in second practice April 18, 2014
      Lewis Hamilton heads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the Mercedes driver sets the pace in Friday practice at the Chinese GP.
    • Mata backs Moyes to revive Man Utd April 17, 2014
      Record buy Juan Mata is confident Manchester United will become a force under David Moyes with the addition of new signings.
    • Trott to take break from cricket April 17, 2014
      England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of a recurrence of his anxiety issues.
    • Lawro's predictions v Ken Doherty April 17, 2014
      BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on former snooker world champion Ken Doherty in this week's predictions
    • 'There's a secret language only us drivers know' April 17, 2014
      In his regular BBC Sport column, Lewis Hamilton talks about his thrilling Bahrain battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg
  • RSS Reuters: Politics

    • Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November.
    • Two justices say high court will likely rule on NSA programs April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities.
    • Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.
    • Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent.
    • Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.
    • Conservatives encouraging presidential bid by surgeon outraise rivals April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
    • House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives.
    • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery April 17, 2014
      BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die."
    • Hotel magnate pleads guilty to U.S. campaign contribution scheme April 17, 2014
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent hotel executive in New York pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to make $188,000 of illegal campaign contributions to three U.S. candidates via straw donors.
    • Obama to hold press conference, set to address Ukraine: aide April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will hold a press conference at the White House on Thursday and will be prepared to answer questions about the situation in Ukraine, a White House aide said.
    • Beau Biden, son of U.S. VP, to run for governor of Delaware April 17, 2014
      (Reuters) - At least one member of the Biden family will be seeking higher office in 2016.
    • New Hampshire lawmakers fail to pass death penalty repeal April 17, 2014
      BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire's Senate failed to repeal the death penalty on Thursday, in a vote that capped weeks of emotional debate while focusing attention on the state's lone death row inmate.
    • California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution April 17, 2014
      SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term.
    • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system April 17, 2014
      (Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October.
    • U.S. calls for more investment-friendly Indian government April 17, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday urged the Indian government that emerges from ongoing elections to follow economic policies that encourage investment, saying Washington would like to see bilateral trade grow to $500 billion a year.
    • Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation April 16, 2014
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced.
    • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state April 16, 2014
      OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.
    • Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system April 16, 2014
      (Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October.
    • Wisconsin passes law to curb private custody transfers of children April 16, 2014
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wisconsin has adopted a law to limit private custody transfers of children, the first law of its kind in the United States, responding to a Reuters investigation that exposed the dangers of the unregulated practice.
    • Obama, Biden visit Pennsylvania to promote job-training plan April 16, 2014
      OAKDALE, Penn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a trip to a Pennsylvania community college on Wednesday to promote a plan to train workers for skills they need for hard-to-fill jobs.
  • RSS CNN.com – Africa

    • Luxury shoes made in Ghana April 15, 2014
      Fred Deegbe was standing outside a shop window five years ago, marveling at the shiny pair of wing-tip Oxfords he'd just bought, when he started wondering whether such beautiful designer shoes could ever be produced in his country, Ghana.
    • Meet Nigeria's 'Mark Zuckerberg' April 3, 2014
      At 23, many people around the world are still at university -- at that age, Gossy Ukanwoke had already started one.
    • Why we need more geek girls April 3, 2014
      "It was like taking a big leap of faith."
    • 'Uncle Ebo' revives Ghanaian theater April 15, 2014
      African Voices meets James Ebo Whyte a passionate storyteller with a series of successful plays to his credit.
    • How medics saved lives at Westgate April 9, 2014
      When gunmen stormed into Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, Abbas Gullet was one of the first emergency responders on the scene. As head of Kenya's Red Cross, he was in charge of coordinating services for people in need.
    • Embracing Ghana's natural beauty April 1, 2014
      She started her business with just £100, lugging her beauty bag from door to door, but some 25 years later Grace Amey-Obeng has built a multi-million dollar cosmetics empire that's helping change the perception of beauty for many.
    • Africa's most endangered April 16, 2014
      Africa is home to much unique wildlife, but many of its iconic species are threatened. Find out more about its most endangered animals.
    • Secrets of 'gorilla whisperer' March 25, 2014
      Zain Verjee visits Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park -- the home of half of the world's endangered mountain gorilla population.
    • Savannah from the sky March 13, 2014
      It's almost impossible for a photographer to find fresh visual perspectives these days. Brooklyn-based Zack Seckler had to travel to a different continent and strap into an ultra-light aircraft to find one. His Botswana series presents the country from between 50 and 500 feet, providing a unique and captivating view of the savannah.
    • Rating Pistorius's defense April 16, 2014
      After five days of intense cross-examination, has Olympian Oscar Pistorius helped or harmed his defense that he did not intentionally kill his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkam?
    • Pop art condoms saving lives April 15, 2014
      The Center for African Family Studies in Nairobi has teamed up with Kenyan artist Michael Soi to create eye-catching condom wrappers to promote safe sex and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among young people.
    • Ebola: A swift and bloody killer April 16, 2014
      It took only moments to feel the impact of what was happening here.
    • 'I lost my fingers, made new ones' April 14, 2014
      A South African carpenter lost his fingers in an accident -- now he's making mechanical fingers and hands for others.
    • Kenya double in London Marathon April 13, 2014
      World record-holder Wilson Kipsang completed a Kenyan double at the London Marathon Sunday as home hope Mo Farah disappointed on his debut over the 42km distance.
    • Pistorius at mercy of 'bull dog?' April 11, 2014
      He's known as the "bull dog" in South Africa's legal circles, and just two days in to Gerrie Nel's merciless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius, it's easy to see why.
    • 'Now is the time for Afro-realism' April 11, 2014
      Over the last 20 years, the narrative on the African continent has shifted from Afro-pessimism to Afro-optimism. The truth lies somewhere in between. Now is the time for Afro-realism: for sound policies based on honest data, aimed at delivering results.
    • Africa's tastiest street food April 11, 2014
      Here are your photos of the tastiest -- and most unusual -- African street food.
    • Most stylish tribe in Africa? April 10, 2014
      A South African designer is making sure that when Xhosa boys come of age, they're dressed to the nines.
    • Egypt's sex pest epidemic? April 9, 2014
      A university student cowers in a pharmacy as a mob outside threatens her with sexual violence. A law student is groped by her classmates, the dean cites her "inappropriate attire." Frightening allegations but advocates say this is an everyday reality for women in Cairo.
    • Day that changed Kenya forever April 9, 2014
      When gunmen stormed into Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, Abbas Gullet was one of the first emergency responders on the scene. As head of Kenya's Red Cross, he was in charge of coordinating services for people in need.
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Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

Another Federal Judge Rules Against Obamacare

Obama’s plan to require individual Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty exceeds the powers granted both the president and Congress by the Constitution, a federal district court judge ruled Tuesday in Harrisburg Philly.com


 Taliban Attack US Embassy, Other Kabul Buildings
Teams of insurgents firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons struck at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital Tuesday, AP

 
46.2 Million Americans Are Now Poor
The Census Bureau’s annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage said the national poverty rate climbed for a third consecutive year to 15.1 percent in 2010
Reuters
 
 

 
Emails: Obama White House Monitored Huge Loan to ‘Connected’ Firm
Newly uncovered emails show the White House closely monitored the Energy Department’s deliberations over a $535 million government loan to Solyndra, the politically-connected solar energy firm that recently went bankrupt and is now the subject of a criminal investigation ABC

 
 
GOP Wins Race for Weiner’s Seat
Obama suffered a sharp rebuke Tuesday when voters in New York elected a conservative Republican to represent a Democratic district that has not been in GOP hands since the 1920s. Washington Post

 
U.S. Scrambles to Avert Palestinian Vote at U.N.
The United States faced increasing pressure on Tuesday as the Palestinian quest for statehood gained support from Turkey and other countries New York Times

 
Duh Geithner: Economy In ‘An Early Stage’ Of Crisis
US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said we have “some ways to go” to heal the country from the crisis that we are in. Real Clear Politics

 
Bureaucrats at Work:  San Fran Eyes ‘Bird-Safe’ Building Standards
Legislation in San Francisco designed to prevent birds from deadly accidents involving high-rise windows has passed a Board of Supervisors committee and will be presented to the full board. CBS

    
NY Subways to Carry Anti-Israel Ads
Pro-Arab lobbies are funding anti-Israel posters that are to be placed at 18 New York City subway stations this month, part of a nationwide campaign supporting the Palestinian Authority and urging a halt to American military aid to Israel Arutz Sheva

 
Israel Building Fence on Border With Egypt
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that the main aim of a fence which Israel is building on its border with Egypt is now to block militants and not just smugglers and illegal migrants
AFP
 

 
CBO: Jobless Rate To Stay 9% Through 2012

The U.S. economy will grow slower than anticipated and joblessness will stay high as the fallout of the deepest recession since the Great Depression takes its toll, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. Fox Business

 
Students Stopped From Passing Out Flags
Northern Arizona University students who were passing out American flags Friday in remembrance of 9/11 got a bigger response than they expected. AZ Daily Sun
 


  
Half of North Korea’s Army ‘Starving’

As much as half of North Korea’s army is starving as food shortages that were previously affecting only the civilian population worsen and begin to affect institutions tasked with protecting Kim Jong-Il’s regime Telegraph

 
Magazine Newsstand Sales Halved From 2001-2011
The combined newsstand sales of 68 major American magazines declined by nearly half from 2001-2011, a MediaPost analysis of Audit Bureau of Circulations data revealed Media Daily

 
Islam to be Main Source of Legislation in Post-Qaddafi Libya
Islam will be the main source of legislation in post-Muammar Qaddafi Libya, the head of Libya’s transitional leadership said in his first public address in Tripoli on Monday al Arabiya

 
Calif. Bill Would Protect Unlicensed Drivers From Arrest
Proposed legislation would change police procedures at drunken-driving checkpoints, prohibiting officers from arresting drivers and immediately impounding their cars if their only offense is not having a license San Francisco Chronicle

Elite Disconnect CNN’s Gergen: Many Americans ‘Horrified’ by GOP Debate CNN’s political analyst David Gergen remarked Monday that many Americans were “horrified” at what they heard from the Republican presidential debate, co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express and CNN Newsbusters


 
Comcast Launching Low-Cost Internet

Comcast, the largest cable operator in the nation, on Thursday will use St. Paul’s Neighborhood House as the backdrop to unveil a program offering fast Internet access to low-income Twin Cities families for $10 a month Pioneer Press

 
Principal: Cheerleading Miniskirts Too Risque
High school cheerleaders have been told to wear sweat pants under too-short miniskirts because a Northern California principal says the uniforms are too risque. Fox

 
EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waiver for Pennsylvania
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for parts of Pennsylvania EPA

            
DHS to Roll Out New Airport Security Policy for Kids
Children 12 years old and younger soon will no longer be required to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints. The policy also includes other ways to screen young children without resorting to a pat-down Fox

 
House Weighs Bill to Make Gun Permits Valid Across State Lines
Lawmakers are considering a House bill that would give Americans who hold permits to carry firearms in their home states the right to carry their weapons across state lines. Fox

 
N.Y. Mother Arrested for Encouraging School Brawl
Police in New York have reportedly arrested a mother for allegedly driving her 12-year-old daughter to a schoolyard brawl and then egging it on. Fox

 
Fiscal Facts Only 1.75 Full-Time Private Sector Workers Per Social Security Recipient
There were only 1.75 full-time private-sector workers in the United States last year for each person receiving benefits from Social Security, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Social Security board of trustees CNSNews

 
Michigan to Require BMI Reports on Children
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to require doctors to tell state health officials where the children they treat fall on body mass indexes that can indicate if they’re overweight or obese. Fox

 
Obama Surprised To Learn Schools Use “Trailers”
While addressing college students in Richmond, VA, Obama was surprised to learn that schools use trailers, also called ‘modular buildings’ or ‘modular classrooms.’ Real Clear Politics

 
Wednesday Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: Obama At -17
22% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing his role as President. 39% Strongly Disapprove giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17
Rasmussen

  
College Grads Increasingly Among Ranks of Bankrupt
College graduates are the fastest-growing group of consumers who have filed for bankruptcy protection in the past five years, according to a new study by a financial nonprofit group
Bangor Daily
 
 

 
California Approves Pay-As-You-Drive ‘Green’ Insurance Program

State regulators have approved an auto insurance policy that rewards car owners for driving less and potentially emitting fewer pollutants into the atmosphere.
Los Angeles Times
 

  
Amish Men Jailed For Not Displaying Buggy Safety Signs
Eight members of a traditional Amish sect were behind bars on Tuesday after refusing to pay fines for failure to display orange-red safety triangles on their horse-drawn buggies.
Reuters
 

  
California Gold Rush Set for Revival

For the first time since the 1950′s, California’s Mother Lode will have more than just a tourist draw, as an operating underground gold mine is set to open. Fox 


 
California Incomes Plummet, Poverty Rises
California’s poverty rate jumped to its highest level in thirteen years during 2010, and state household income dropped by almost 5 percent, according to census figures released Sacramento Bee

 
Dining With Dictators Columbia University Students May Dine With Ahmadinejad
A group of Columbia University students may be attending a private dinner with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will be in New York City in September for the United Nations General Assembly Fox

Of Interest: Massive Default is Best Way to Fix Economy
You want to fix this economic crisis? You want to put people back to work? There’s a way to do it. But you’re not going to like it
Wall Street Journal

Top Ten Reasons to Watch the New Season of “Two and a Half Men”
1. Watch it, don’t watch it — I get paid either way (Ashton)
2. It’s like “The Odd Couple,” but we get to use the word “wiener” (Jon)   RightBias Humor

Phosphorescent Felines Fight AIDS
Black cats may be unlucky, but what about a glowing cat? Phosphorescent felines were created by Mayo Clinic researchers to help in the fight against AIDS in both cats and humans. Discovery

 
Mom Donates Kidney to Son, Loses Job
A Philadelphia mother was left jobless Tuesday after she took time off work to donate a kidney to her dying son and was fired during her absence. Fox

Airlines Pocket $783M in Baggage Fees in 1st Quarter
The nation’s largest airlines reported baggage fees of about $783.7 million in the first three months of the year. That’s up nearly 2 percent from the $768.5 million they collected in the same period last year. Fox

Black Widow Gang Was Bent on Killing Husbands for Insurance Money
Police in Colombia have captured five suspected members of a criminal network allegedly dedicated to arranging marriages with men and then murdering them in an attempt to cash in on their life insurance. Fox


Amazing Video: Bystanders Lift Car to Save Biker
A fiery rescue in Utah was caught on tape Monday. A car hit a motorcycle in Logan. The bike slid under the car, trapping the rider under the car as flames burst out. CBS

Jet-Powered School Bus Reaches 320 mph
The creator of a jet-powered school bus with a 42,000-horsepower engine says he has reached a top speed of 320 mph during test runs in Nebraska. UPI
 
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President Barack Obama should give back the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

President Obama, if he a dignified man, should give back the Nobel Peace Prize that he recieved. He did not qualify in the sense of Peace as the conditions to award the prize stipulates.

This means the prize was given as a bribe. We wrote earlier that the Norwegian media has revealed that the prize was an inducement in order to get the Americans to invite the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to visit the White House.

The government of Norway has kept quiet and wishes not to comment. However, we know that the Norwegians are so eager to have their Prime Minister to visit the US just for prestigious purposes as the Norwegian media has revealed lately.

It is not a bad thing for any country to associate with the big powers, but that should not come by way of inducement, whereby a country that gives out the Peace Prize does the contrary to what Mr Nobel wanted inthe “will”  he left behind when he died.

API is now seeking for comment from President Obama’s office. We have written to the Scheduling office at the White and hope they will give us feedback on Obama’s reaction to the revelations.

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nobel peace prize, norwegian prime minister, jens stoltenberg, government of norway, and norwegian media.

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Political federation is key to East Africa’s unity

Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

By Thomas Ochieng(API Kenya) 

                                                                                  
“Seek ye the political kingdom and the rest will follow” The Late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere on the importance of political unity for East Africa
 
 
The East Africa political bureau has embarked on a discourse on the importance of political federation of the East Africa union, this is a noble initiative that has to be supported by all pan Africans. But we must embark on these discussions with a road map. We should ask ourselves what type or what
political federation model are East Africans going to opt for? Will it be homegrown or foreign? Who will be the key drivers, is it the political entities
or executive, or the bureaucrats in Arusha? Will it be based on any worldwide defined federation?
 
It must be remembered that when African countries were debating the issue of integration in the early 60s leaders such as the late Kwame Nkurumah, pressed passionately for the immediate political federation however, majority of African leaders rejected the idea with equal passion. Since then, the talk of federation has been a very emotive subject with the issue of sovereignty being the main deterrent for the federation. Yet this issue of sovereignty has always been peddled by the political leaders with no regard or consultation with the people. The Maasai of Kenya and their kin in Tanzania have lived without the protocol of border movement or even carrying national identities through ages, this is the true manifest of federation, and ordinary people are leading the way.
 
The EAC secretariat in Arusha should be applauded for initiating a dialogue with ordinary people of the member states, underlining the importance it lays on the lessons learnt from history whereby the union was a project of the leaders who never involved the general populace.
It will be important for the secretariat to espouse a federation that is people
centered, it must be owned by the people. The decisions are to be arrived
through consensus by the people of East Africa not the Heads of States or any
other organ of the union. The people have to determine through democratic participatory process the political federation they desire and which they think will best work for them.
 
It must be stated that the idea of political federation of the East Africa faces many challenges, but through participatory and consensus led discussions and engagements by the people of this region nothing will be unattainable,and as we embark on the discourse on political federation,yes we must seek ways out of the pertinent issues derailing the political federation,but we must also take encouragement from the small strides that have been achieved, the Custom union that is currently in force that allows free movement of goods and services should herald much desired the full integration of the East Africa.
 
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mwalimu julius nyerere, julius nyerere, east africans, kwame nkurumah, and political entities.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary: Governments need to set a goal of a land

Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

Bonn, 13 September 2011 -Speaking at a Press Briefing in Bonn ahead of the
special UN High-level meeting in New York on 20 September, UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja said world leaders must put a cap on land
degradation.

He said every year some 12 million hectares of land are degraded. ‘We should work towards a land degradation neutral world through a target of zero net land degradation. The first priority is to prevent degradation.
Where the land has already been degraded, we should reclaim and rehabilitate an equivalent area of land as an offset.’

The historic meeting to take place at the UN Headquarters next week will provide an opportunity for world leaders to provide political impetus and
guidance for a sustained global response to the world’s desertification/land degradation challenges.

It will provide a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the global land
degradation threat and the urgent need for stronger action to implement
the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

‘There is a vaccine for the disease of land degradation. It has already been tried and tested. Now we need to roll it out worldwide. We need to invest heavily in sustainable land management globally.’

‘The vaccine is being used in parts of south east Asia through agroforestry schemes, in Queensland, Australia through drought management programmes, and in Africa where Evergreen Agricultural systems have been adopted on more than six million hectares. However in many areas it is not happening fast enough.’

‘We are only four years away from the Millennium Development Goal to eradicate poverty. But poverty persists in areas affected by desertification. More than a billion people are the victims of this. But it is not just the billion directly affected. We are all at risk. Yet there is gross underinvestment in these regions largely due to misperception. The remote location of drylands, political marginalization and associated lack of infrastructure have partly led to a limited access to markets, education and health facilities.’

UN General Assembly Resolution 65/160 expressed concern over the increasing vulnerability of poor communities in Latin America, Caribbean,
Asia, Northern Mediterranean, and Central and Eastern European Regions.

He said governments need to raise this as a priority national policy
issue.

“Just 6-10 inches of top soil stand between us and extinction,” he said.
‘Productive land is a finite resource like our oceans and forests.’

Looking ahead to the tenth Session of the Parties to the Convention which
begins on 10 October in Changwon, the Republic of Korea, he urged Parties
to continue rapid progress on strengthening the scientific basis of the
Convention. He also called for major progress towards meeting the
objectives of the UNCCD 10 year strategy (2008-2018) and a clear plan to
rapidly integrate National Action Programmes into national policies for
poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

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About the UNCCD

Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment, development and the promotion of healthy soils. The UNCCD focuses on the drylands, which cover 41% of the Earth and are inhabited by over 2 billion people. Drylands account for 44% of the world’s cultivated ecosystems and have provided 30% of all the world’s cultivated plants. However, up to one fifth of the surface area is steadily degrading. The Convention’s 194 signatory countries, or Parties, work to alleviate poverty in the drylands, maintain and restore the land’s productivity, and mitigate the effects of drought.

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sustainable land management, political marginalization, political impetus, land degradation, and drought management.

 

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Kenyans always wait for calamities to come calling. It’s facilitated by the Sonko-Waititu species

Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

I’s been proved time and again Mbuvi (a.k.a. Sonko) and Waititu are best rabble-rousers available in the country for any tribal charged political rally. If not found in such meetings, they will be in the forefront of retrogressive activities such as threatening city council officers from identifying decaying old buildings, or trying to fight off public officials from reoccupying grabbed public property. They are grand apologies for MPs!

I shudder at the thought of one of them being elevated to be the minister for Internal security and the other for defense, which is not beyond imagination in Kenya if some appointments to the cabinet are anything to go by. These two are no better than rebellious secondary school students bent upon playing havoc only. If you do not believe me, please browse the clips available in the national TV channels’ archives.

The NTV had aired a prophetic programme sometime in 2009 regarding the same Lunga Lunga Senai slums, named ‘Sitting on a Time-bomb”, if I am not mistaken about the name. The main underground fuel conduits to Eldoret and Uganda pass through here. There is a way-leave for KPL but it has been entirely encroached upon by squatters. Attempts to evict the residents often fail because the likes of Sonko and Waititu incite them to violence.

Whose interests are these MPs safeguarding? Of their constituents? Or of the slum landlords? Certainly not of the people..

The Kenya Pipeline Co. this time averted a much bigger disaster by shutting of the fuel flow. The Prime-minister who visited the scene was seen moved to tears. He announced the slum must be cleared to avoid disasters in waiting. Waititu and Sonko now must be itching to abuse him in their fora for this ‘intransigence’.

This the best time for the government to convince the dwellers to move elsewhere as the area is still a smoldering mess. Throw anyone who opposes the plan into the prison and forget for good the place where the keys are kept!

The same goes for Kibera slums through which the railway passes. It’s said the residents use either rail as one of the three supports for their cooking fires. Though it must be an exaggerated statement, one tends to believe it as people reside, wash, and cook so close to the rails that it’s possible to shake hands with passengers on the snail paced commuter trains.

Kenyans always wait for calamities to come calling. It’s facilitated by the Sonko-Waititu species. What a shame!

 
By Mohan Mathew
 
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slum landlords, secondary school students, pipeline co, political rally, and time bomb.
 
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Rwanda: Treating HIV discordant couples

Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

Infections within stable relationships have been identified as one of the main sources of new cases in Rwanda (file photo)

KIGALI, 12 September 2011 (PlusNews) – HIV-positive Rwandans in discordant relationships will start taking antiretroviral treatment (ART) as soon as they test positive as part of a plan to boost national HIV prevention and treatment efforts.

“There is evidence that antiretroviral treatment, once started early for eligible HIV-positive patients, alleviates their suffering and reduces the devastating impact of the pandemic,” Anita Asiimwe, head of the Institute of HIV/AIDS Disease Prevention and Control, told IRIN/PlusNews. “Antiretroviral therapy has the potential both to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among HIV-infected people, and to improve their quality of life.”

In May 2011, a landmark study – HPTN 052 – showed major reductions in HIV transmission among discordant couples due to early treatment. The authors of the nine-country study concluded that earlier initiation of HIV treatment led to a 96 percent reduction in HIV transmission to the uninfected partner.

According to the government, an estimated 7.1 percent of cohabiting couples seeking voluntary counselling and testing services in the capital, Kigali, are HIV discordant. Infections within stable relationships have been identified as one of the main sources of new cases in Rwanda.

Rwanda has a successful ART programme; Asiimwe said the country had achieved 93 percent coverage of people needing treatment under UN World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, which recommend initiation of treatment at a CD4 count – a measure of immune strength – of 350 and below.

“HIV-positive people in discordant relationships will start ART regardless of their CD4 count,” said Sabin Nsanzimana, coordinator of the HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Care and Treatment Department at the Ministry of Health’s Centre for Treatment and Research on AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis and other Epidemics, TRAC Plus. “We hope to start as soon as the guidelines are approved at the senior management meeting and [endorsed by] the Ministry of Health.”

Rwanda is going ahead despite the fact that WHO has not yet released prevention guidelines for discordant couples. At an International AIDS Society conference in Rome in July, the head of WHO’s HIV/AIDS department, Gottfried Hirnschall, said the organization had delayed the release of guidelines following the HPTN 052 results.

Nsanzimana said the added cost of putting thousands more people on treatment would be compensated for by the reduction in new HIV infections and treatment down the line.

“This strategy will help us make gains on those who will be prevented from infection since these won’t have to be treated or even followed up with much money,” he said.

Challenges

''When my wife was pregnant, she took the mandatory HIV test at the health centre and it was positive. Now why should I go for testing… If she has it [HIV], I definitely have it too''

The Rwandan government will have to intensify awareness-raising campaigns: HIV testing remains low, especially among couples.

“When my wife was pregnant, she took the mandatory HIV test at the health centre and it was positive. Now why should I go for testing to make a mockery of myself?” said Gregory Ruseesa, a taxi tout in suburb of Nyabugogo in the capital, Kigali. “If she has it [HIV], I definitely have it too.”

The head of HIV and STI care and treatment at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Muhayimpundu Ribakare, said: “Here in Rwanda it’s just very few couples that go for HIV voluntary counselling and testing services; of course this means they are not aware of their HIV status – if they are positive they end up infecting their partners.”

According to Nsanzimana, the government will also need to intensify its efforts to improve ART adherence to ensure patients do not develop resistance.

“A patient on ART who doesn’t follow prescription and, say, skips a dose, is likely to get the drug-resistant HIV,” he said. “Once this happens, the resistant HIV requires another type of medication which is expensive.”

krm/kr/mw source www.irinnews.org

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Uganda: Farmers are worried the rains will decimate their crops

Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

Farmers are worried the rains will decimate their crops (file photo)

KARAMOJA, 12 September 2011 (IRIN) – Meteorological officials in Uganda are warning of tough times ahead for farmers and populations living in mountainous areas as flash flooding is set to continue.

“More rains are expected and we are seeing it [is] intense in some parts of the country,” said Paul Isabirye, assistant commissioner for data processing and applied meteorology.

Several districts in eastern, western, central, north-western and north-eastern parts of the country have been severely affected by heavy rain, which has cut off roads, washed away fields of crops and caused fatal landslides.

“Government should plan to evacuate people in these areas,” said Michael Nkalubo, a commissioner at the meteorological department.

While pastoralists in the north-eastern Karamoja region celebrate the rain, which will bring pasture for their animals, farmers are mourning the loss of their harvests because of heavy downpours.

“All my crops are gone; I planted an acre [0.4 hectares] of soya beans with maize in the hope that I would get some money when they mature, but the rain flooded the garden,” said Latang Odel.

Peter Ken Lochap, chairman of Karamoja’s Moroto District, said the rain had rendered much of the region inaccessible by road. “Karamoja is prone to hunger so in this case when the rain is causing flooding it’s a bad sign that next year hunger will be there again.”

The worst affected areas include Rupa, Napak, Patany and mountainous areas of Moroto.  

The rains have remained stable in the north-central Acholi region, and agriculturalists there are calling on the government to provide support to farmers before the second planting season ends.

“Farmers need assistance in the form of short-term maturing seeds so that they can have something in the second season,” said Alabi Ajavu, agriculture production coordinator for Moyo district in the West Nile region.

ca/kr/mw source www.irinnews.org

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Farmers are worried the rains will decimate their crops

Posted by African Press International on September 14, 2011

Farmers are worried the rains will decimate their crops (file photo)

KARAMOJA, 12 September 2011 (IRIN) – Meteorological officials in Uganda are warning of tough times ahead for farmers and populations living in mountainous areas as flash flooding is set to continue.

“More rains are expected and we are seeing it [is] intense in some parts of the country,” said Paul Isabirye, assistant commissioner for data processing and applied meteorology.

Several districts in eastern, western, central, north-western and north-eastern parts of the country have been severely affected by heavy rain, which has cut off roads, washed away fields of crops and caused fatal landslides.

“Government should plan to evacuate people in these areas,” said Michael Nkalubo, a commissioner at the meteorological department.

While pastoralists in the north-eastern Karamoja region celebrate the rain, which will bring pasture for their animals, farmers are mourning the loss of their harvests because of heavy downpours.

“All my crops are gone; I planted an acre [0.4 hectares] of soya beans with maize in the hope that I would get some money when they mature, but the rain flooded the garden,” said Latang Odel.

Peter Ken Lochap, chairman of Karamoja’s Moroto District, said the rain had rendered much of the region inaccessible by road. “Karamoja is prone to hunger so in this case when the rain is causing flooding it’s a bad sign that next year hunger will be there again.”

The worst affected areas include Rupa, Napak, Patany and mountainous areas of Moroto.  

The rains have remained stable in the north-central Acholi region, and agriculturalists there are calling on the government to provide support to farmers before the second planting season ends.

“Farmers need assistance in the form of short-term maturing seeds so that they can have something in the second season,” said Alabi Ajavu, agriculture production coordinator for Moyo district in the West Nile region.

ca/kr/mw source www.irinnews.org

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