quarta-feira, 18 de agosto de 2010
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The FBI is reportedly investigating whether a young Muslim man who spent most of his life in the United States is the editor of an al-Qaida magazine.
Samir Khan, who had been living in the Charlotte, N.C., area since 2004, is now believed to be in Yemen, National Public Radio reported Wednesday. Several Muslim men in the area told NPR they had been questioned by FBI agents and subpoenaed to give grand jury testimony.
Inspire, an online magazine, is written in correct and colloquial English and includes articles such as what to pack for a jihad mission. One headline reads "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom".
Khan, 24, a U.S. citizen, was born in Saudi Arabia. His family moved to New York when he was 7. UPI
The former head of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, Jeremy Ractliffe, has resigned from the charity's board after admitting he secretly kept diamonds received from the model Naomi Campbell.
Mr Ractliffe admitted he had the gems only when Ms Campbell mentioned him at the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor two weeks ago.
Prosecutors say she received the diamonds from Mr Taylor in 1997.
Mr Ractliffe had apologised for his secrecy, the charity's board said.
The former chief executive handed the diamonds over to South African police after Campbell testified that she had given three stones to Ractliffe because she wanted them to go to charity.
Mr Ractliffe said he had kept the stones, which could link him to illegal "blood diamonds", because he wanted to protect the reputation of Mr Mandela and his charity.
Stepping down from his role as trustee, Mr Ractliffe apologised for causing "possible reputational risk" to the charity by not informing his colleagues of his receipt of the diamonds, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund said in a statement. BBC News
MONTREAL, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Parental monitoring of aggressive and hyperactive boys has a mitigating effect on their affiliating with deviant peers, Canadian researchers say.
First author Jean-Sebastien Fallu, a Universite de Montreal professor, and Richard Tremblay, a Universite de Montreal professor and a Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center researcher, say aggressive children are more inclined to misuse drugs than their non-aggressive counterparts, and this risk increases substantially if they also affiliate with deviant friends.
"Disruptive boys typically show a proneness to act aggressively and impulsively -- these adolescents might need more external constraints from parents as compared to others who have stronger internal control," Fallu said in a statement.
The researchers used data from a long-term investigation that tracked children from low socioeconomic backgrounds and from kindergarten through adolescence. UPI
BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Twenty percent of U.S. teens suffer from hearing loss with the number jumping by about 30 percent in a decade, U.S. researchers found.
Dr. Josef Shargorodsky of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and colleagues examined two comparable databases to evaluate hearing loss among youths ages 12-19.
The databases were the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1988-1994 involving 2,928 participants and NHANES 2005-2006 involving 1,771 participants.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found hearing loss among youths ages 12-19 was 14.9 percent in 1988-1994 and 19.5 percent in 2005-2006 -- a 31 percent increase.
The prevalence of any unilateral hearing loss was 11.1 percent in 1988-1994 and 14 percent in 2005-2006, while high-frequency hearing loss -- 12.8 percent in 1988-1994 and 16.4 percent in 2005-2006 was more common than any low-frequency hearing loss 6.1 percent in 1988-1994 and 9 percent in 2005-2006. UPI
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The United States and South Korea said Wednesday they will hold more naval exercises in the Yellow Sea in early September.
The anti-submarine warfare training is directly tied to last spring's sinking of a South Korean navy ship by a North Korean submarine, the Defense Department said in a release. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said U.S. and South Korean cabinet members discussed ways to show solidarity when they met last month in Seoul.
"We said we would continue a series of exercises -- defensive in nature -- that are designed to send a clear message to North Korea," Whitman said.
It hadn't been determined which surface ships, submarines and air units will take part in the war games, Whitman said. UPI
LIMA, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Peruvian court Wednesday ordered an American to finish out her prison term for collaborating with a Marxist rebel group.
Lori Berenson, 40, of New York had been released on parole in May for good behavior behind bars but the court ruled she is to be returned to prison to complete five years remaining on her 20-year sentence, The New York Times reported.
The court revoked her parole, saying authorities hadn't been able to verify addresses in Lima Berenson had provided. She had recently moved into an apartment with her son, who was born about year ago while she was in prison, and was to work as a baker, the Times said.
Berenson was arrested in Peru in 1995 for her association with members of a group called Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, which a year later stormed the Japanese Embassy in Lima and took hundreds of diplomats and senior government officials hostage. UPI
HONOLULU, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A 6-year-old boy may have spent two days in a Hawaiian hotel room with his father's body, investigators say.
Housekeepers at the Hawaiian Princess at Makaha discovered the body and the boy Tuesday morning, KHON-TV in Honolulu reported. The last person known to have seen or spoken to the man was his ex-wife, who talked to him by telephone Sunday, police said.
An autopsy was to be done Wednesday to determine how the man died, but investigators said his death appeared to have been natural.
Police did not release the identity of the man but said he was from northern California. His former wife was believed to be flying to Hawaii to be with her son. UPI
LONDON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- British astronomers say the discovery of a rare magnetic star, dubbed a magnetar, challenges widely accepted theories about the origin of black holes.
Magnetars are a special type of neutron star with a powerful magnetic field formed by gravitational collapse after the original or progenitor star explodes in a catastrophic supernova, the BBC reported Wednesday.
Astronomers at Britain's Open University calculate the mass of the progenitor of the newly discovered magnetar was at least 40 times greater than that of our sun.
Current theory says collapsing stars of this size should always form a black hole.
The fact that this one resulted in a neutron star instead challenges established theory, scientists say. UPI
KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- China's economic advance in Africa is drawing increased Western attention. Now Beijing is readying to increase its military presence in Africa as well.
Rwanda's minister of defense, Gen. James Kabarebe, met Tuesday with China's ambassador to Rwanda, Sun Shuzhong, the New Times reported on Wednesday.
According to Sun, he discussed military cooperation with Kabarebe, telling journalists that the forces of Rwanda and China are intent on improving existing levels of cooperation in training and logistics.
"You know we have friendly relations between China and Rwanda, including our military sides, but this time I am here to talk about some future plans between the two armies. We have many programs between China and Rwanda that are coming. We have training programs coming up where Rwandans soldiers go to China for training. I think it's very important for all of us to know about the military and the development of both sides. The Chinese government supports capacity building plans for the Rwandan army. It is very important for us to have this kind of cooperation". UPI
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Brazil's press and creative industry are up in arms, albeit in a sort of deferential way, over politicians' attempts to use an old draconian law from the country's dictatorial past to stifle satire before the Oct. 3 presidential election.
The deference comes from the god-like status enjoyed by outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose protege Dilma Rousseff appears set to win the first round and a possible run-off in late October.
Lula himself is constitutionally barred from contesting a third term though has not discounted speculation that he may seek a return after Rousseff serves a term.
Reverence for Lula has already impinged on employment prospects of cartoonists and stage caricaturists. But as political campaigning heats up, funsters in the media and in the performing arts are feeling increasingly frustrated. For some, underemployment looms, and that, everyone agrees, is not funny.
Not only can cartoonists and television performers not make even the mildest fun of the candidates, whether they are winning or losing in the opinion polls, the actors, illustrators and journalists also need to tread carefully when commenting on anyone else daring to poke fun at the politicians. UPI
Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, has issued a stark warning over the amount of personal data people leave on the internet and suggested that many of them will be forced one day to change their names in order to escape their cyber past.
In a startling admission from a man whose company has made billions by perfecting the art of hoarding, storing and retrieving information on us, Mr Schmidt suggested that the enormous quantity of detail we leave online may not be such a good thing after all.
The man who – alongside Google's founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page – runs the world's largest search engine said that young people will need to go as far as changing their identities if they are to truly erase what they have left online.
"I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time," he told the Wall Street Journal. "I mean we really have to think about these things as a society".
For a man whose company is built on the ability to store information and retrieve it again in a faster and more efficient way than its rivals, Mr Schmidt's admission revealed a surprising concern among Google's leadership over the importance of data privacy.
But it has also provoked a wider debate on the sheer amount of information we give away about ourselves online and how most of that data is virtually un-erasable.
Perhaps more than any other company Google has helped created a world where we willingly deposit vast amounts of personal data into the public domain – information that might previously have taken months of investigative work by professionals to find.
Google has made billions from storing data on its customers' browsing habits so that it can use that data to target them with personalised adverts. It also runs the kind of websites that have pioneered the open sharing of information online. The Californian internet giant owns You Tube, the world's largest video sharing website; it handles billions of our emails through Gmail; and – if you live in a big city – chances are that a Google Street View car has photographed your front door. A series of recent acquisitions also suggests it is hoping to move into the social networking market, the area of the internet that most concerns privacy campaigners.
Thanks to the global popularity of social networking – an estimated 600 million people have personal online profiles – friends, prospective employers and enemies alike are able to access photographs, videos and blogs that we may have long forgotten with a few simple clicks of a mouse. Recently one columnist in The New York Times went so far as to describe our current world as an age defined by "the impossibility of erasing your posted past and moving on".
Many websites yesterday picked up on the apparent disconnect between Mr Schmidt's comments and his company's ethos. The Independent
A Hungarian independent budget watchdog has slammed as unviable a proposal from nineEuropean Union countries, including Bulgaria, to change the way debt among member countries is calculated.
"From our perspective, this (proposal) is little more than cosmetic," the chairman of the Budget Council, Gyorgy Kopits, told reporters.
According to other members of the body the proposal does not create more fiscal room for governments and markets would not take for the credible the resulting lower overall budget deficit figures.
“This would be something we would believe, but markets wouldn’t,” they said.
Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden and six other countries sent the EU a letter asking for a change in the way country debt is calculated.
The letter, addressed to the European Commission and EU President Herman van Rompuy, was signed by the finance ministers of the countries, which also include Hungary,the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia.
The proposed recalculations relate to grants to private pension systems.
The European Commission has said the proposal is relevant. It is expected to draft answers to the proposal over the next few days, before the next meeting on the Task Force on Sept 6. Novinite
Some of the greatest political figures of the 20th century are dividing opinion in France, where the former mayor of Montpellier is giving the city he loves nine statues - not all of which are welcome.
Georges Freche, a historian who was mayor of the provincial French city for 27 years until 2004, has commissioned French sculptor Francois Cacheux to produce the works, which weigh from 850 to 1,000 kilograms and cost around 200,000 euros ($260,000).
The first five are well on the way to being installed on a square in the west of Montpellier. French socialist Jean Jaures, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, French leader Charles de Gaulle and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt caused no trouble.
But then came the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, Vladimir Lenin.
French officials are not pleased. President Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing UMP was reportedly outraged to find General de Gaulle standing in apparent solidarity with Lenin.
And worse could be to come, with China's communist revolutionary Mao Zedong due to join the scene, along with India's political and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. RIA Novosti
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed on Wednesday that Moscow and Dushanbe work to improve joint responses to natural disasters, such as the wildfires in Russia and January's quakes in Tajikistan.
Medvedev made the offer during a bilateral meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon on the sidelines of a summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi involving the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Hamid Karsai and Asif Ali Zardari.
Medvedev said this year has brought severe natural disasters to Russia, Tajikistan and Pakistan, where millions have been affected by severe flooding.
"On these issues, I believe it makes sense to discuss measures for joint support and assistance," Medvedev said.
Tajikistan, a poor, mountainous country prone to natural disasters such as floods, avalanches and quakes, was hit in January by an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale that left thousands injured and destroyed more than 100 houses. RIA Novosti
World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC title against American Shannon Briggs on October 16 in Hamburg, Germany.
"[Briggs] is more experienced than me, has more professional fights on his record and is one of the hardest punchers in the division," Klitschko said on his website.
The Ukrainian, 39, will be defending his title for the fifth time since he beat Samuel Peter in October 2008 to regain the WBC crown.
Vitali's brother, Wladimir, will face off Nigeria's Peter to defend his IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles on 11 September in Frankfurt. RIA Novosti
Russia will consider participating in an ambitious project to deliver electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan, Russia's foreign minister said on Wednesday.
"The presidents paid particular attention to the project, that is currently pending, but they would like to add practical sense to it. The project is called CASA-1000. It envisages the delivery of electricity from Tajikistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan," Sergei Lavrov said during a summit of the presidents of Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan in Sochi.
Russia was invited to participate in the project, Lavrov said, adding Russia would take part in the project under mutually profitable terms.
The $680 million CASA-1000 project envisages the construction of a power transmission line to transfer surplus electricity from Tajikistan to Kabul and northwestern regions of Pakistan. RIA Novosti
NEW DELHI: Ahead of the November visit of President Barack Obama, US has stepped up efforts to push India to drop its demand on Dow Chemicals for Rs 1,500 crore compensation for victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.
Senior government sources said that almost at every level, US officials were telling the Indian government to "resolve it and move ahead".
On Wednesday, Times Now, in an exclusive report, said US deputy NSA Michael Froman wrote to Montek Singh Ahluwalia, deputy chairman of Planning Commission, in an email that the "noise" in India over Dow Chemicals could have a "chilling effect" on the India-US investment relationship.
Froman's email came as a response to a request by Ahluwalia for US help in getting India access to more World Bank loans for development. India is the world's biggest recipient of World Bank loans and would be reaching the single borrower limit beyond which it is difficult to access more funds.
In response to this request, Froman said in an email dated July 30, "We are aware of this issue and we will look into it. While I've got you, we are hearing a lot of noise about the Dow Chemicals issue. I trust that you are monitoring it carefully. I am not familiar with all the details, but I think we want to avoid developments which put a chilling effect on our investment relationship".
Apart from the compensation package, the US chemical giant must also be apprehensive of the insistence of the group of ministers on Bhopal tragedy that the polluter must pay for the clean-up of the site of the Union Carbide gas plant in Bhopal and the neighbouring areas.
Dow Chemicals, which took over the US-based Union Carbide Corporation in 2001, claims that it owes no liability for the Bhopal tragedy. It says that the incident happened much before it took over UCC. It also points out that the Indian operations of UCC had been sold off before they took over the US-based parent company.
However, the Indian government's demand for compensation marks a rejection of Dow Chemicals' plea. As does the government's decision to make Dow Chemicals a respondent in existing cases in various courts related to the liability for decontamination of the Bhopal site. The Times of India