EU confronts Washington over reports it spies on European allies

Thanks;Annika Breidthardt and Ben Deighton BRUSSELS/BERLIN — The European Union has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the group, using unusually strong language to confront its closest trading partner over its alleged surveillance activities. A spokeswoman for the European Commission said on Sunday the…

McDonald’s Israel ‘Boycott’ is 20 Years Old—So What’s the Big Deal?

Thanks;Emily L. HauserJun 28, 2013 4:15 pm EDT Israeli financial daily Calcalist reported on Wednesday that global behemoth McDonald’s won’t be opening a franchise in a shopping mall currently under construction in Ariel, Israel’s largest West Bank settlement—that, in fact, owner and general manager Omri Padan “refuses” to do so. Rainer Jensen/DPA/Landov McDonald’s Israel has…

Football body, IMG Reliance plan IPL-style tournament

Thanks;Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla Published; June 28 Indian football fans are in for a treat. The All India Football Federation and its commercial partner IMG Reliance are in talks with leading players like Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi to be part of a franchise based league, on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The visit…

Japan’s Whaling Is Not Science, Expert Witness Tells World Court

Thanks;Thomas Escritt The Japanese practice of catching and killing nearly 1,000 whales a year cannot be justified as science, an expert witness told the World Court on Thursday in a case Australia has brought against Japan. THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The Japanese practice of catching and killing nearly 1,000 whales a year cannot be justified…

Bid to cure HIV ramps up

Thanks;Erika Check Hayden Published; 26 June 2013 A baby in Lesotho is given anti-HIV drugs at birth. GIDEON MENDEL/CORBIS FOR UNICEF HIV-positive mothers who take anti­retroviral therapies while pregnant can be prevented from transmitting the virus to their babies 99% of the time — a resounding success story in the decades-long fight against the virus….

Britain plans world’s first go-ahead for ‘3-parent’ IVF babies

Thanks;Kate Kelland Reuters Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. The methods, currently only at the research stage in laboratories in Britain and the United States, would for the first time involve…

Govt bans popular diabetes drug and analgin

Originally posted on Vaniceseasonal's Blog:
Thanks; Rupali Mukherjee, TNN Published; Jun 27, 2013, 05.16 AM IST MUMBAI: The government has banned three popular medicines—the widely prescribed anti-diabetes drug pioglitazone, painkiller analgin and anti-depressant deanxit—in the wake of health risks associated with them. While it’s believed that pioglitazone can cause heart failure and increases the…

Govt bans popular diabetes drug and analgin

Thanks; Rupali Mukherjee, TNN Published; Jun 27, 2013, 05.16 AM IST MUMBAI: The government has banned three popular medicines—the widely prescribed anti-diabetes drug pioglitazone, painkiller analgin and anti-depressant deanxit—in the wake of health risks associated with them. While it’s believed that pioglitazone can cause heart failure and increases the risk of bladder cancer, analgin has…