May 17, 2010 Nº 907 - Vol. 8

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Shanghai Court rejects appeals of former Rio Tinto staff jailed for graft

A Shanghai court upheld the convictions and sentences of three men jailed on corruption and commercial espionage charges involving Rio Tinto Plc, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing an unnamed spokesperson from the city's Higher People's Court.

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  • Brief News

Business group joins suit on health law

At least a dozen lawsuits were filed against the Democratic health care law since Obama signed it on March 23. The National Federation of Independent Business, the leading lobbying group for small businesses, has joined officials from 20 states in their legal challenge to the new health care law. Attorneys general or governors filed cases and other lawsuits have been mounted by physicians' groups and conservative legal centers. The cases typically focus on the provision that will require most individuals to obtain commercial or government health insurance, a mandate with few precedents in American policy or jurisprudence. The lawsuits argue that the insurance requirement, by penalizing people for not purchasing a product, represents an unconstitutional extension of Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce. The federal government has responded in court filings that an individual decision to not purchase insurance is, in effect, a decision about how to pay for future medical care. Taken in the aggregate, those decisions substantially affect interstate commerce by shifting the cost of covering the uninsured to policy-holders, health care providers and taxpayers, government lawyers maintain.

Obama administration begins legal defense of health care law

The Obama administration has launched its first legal defense of the new health care law, insisting the federal government has the power to force citizens to have health insurance. "The health care industry operates in interstate commerce and there is a long recognized federal interest in its regulation," said a legal brief filed in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, by the Justice Department.

Bomb explodes inside Greek courthouse, 1 wounded

A powerful bomb exploded inside a courthouse in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki Friday, sending smoke billowing in the building and wounding one person.

Daimler to pull shares off New York Stock Exchange

German car maker Daimler AG says it will pull its shares from the New York Stock Exchange because of low trading volumes and changing investor behavior. The maker of Mercedes-Benz and Smart automobiles said Friday that the move also will reduce the complexity of its financial reporting.

New Nato strategy to be proposed

Nato is due to agree on a new strategic concept at a summit in November. The experts will present a frank assessment of the difficulties facing Nato in adapting further and deciding whether and how to take on new challenges These include terrorism, cyber security, missile defense and how to square a desire for a closer relationship with Russia with the residual suspicions of some new members about Moscow's ambitions.

Google admits wi-fi data collection blunder

Google has admitted that for the past three years it has wrongly collected information people have sent over unencrypted wi-fi networks through its Street View cars as they took photos viewed on Google maps. Google said it had "been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open networks". The admission will increase concerns about potential privacy breaches. Google said as soon as it became aware of the problem it grounded its Street View cars from collecting wi-fi information and segregated the data on its network.

EU prepares to vote on new hedge fund rules

European finance ministers are preparing to meet to vote on a controversial new directive regulating hedge funds and venture capitalists. London-based fund managers have said the proposals will make it impossible for funds based outside the EU to raise money within Europe. The European Commission wants new rules to overcome what it sees as gaps and inconsistencies in existing, national regulatory frameworks.

Iran has agreed to uranium exchange deal

Turkey and Brazil reached an agreement on a uranium exchange deal, intended to ensure Iran's nuclear program is only used for civilian purposes and remove the need for additional Western sanctions on Iran. Lula met with Iranian leaders on Sunday, and called the relationship between the two countries "strategic." Speaking in defense of Iran's right to "independently navigate its course" to seek development and improvement, Lula stressed that a peaceful nuclear research program was within Iran's sovereign rights.

Iraq election results confirmed after partial recount

Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced on Sunday that the partial recount of the March parliamentary elections will not alter seat allocations awarded in accordance with the provisional results. The commission held that the original count showed no signs of fraud or major irregularities, and confirmed the two-seat lead of the the Iraqiya coalition of Iyad Allawi over al-Maliki's State of Law coalition. The commission took 11 days to recount more than 2.5 million ballots by hand after incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki challenged the results alleging voting fraud at the polls.

UN expert urges legal reforms to fight global hunger crisis

UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter on Friday urged reforms to legal systems to fight hunger and promote the right to food. The UN High-Level Task Force for the Global Food Crisis is meeting next week in Dublin to update the 2008 Comprehensive Framework of Action on Food. In response to the global food price crisis, De Schutter has been reviewing the progress of countries' national adoption of the right to food, submitting reports on Benin, Brazil, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to the UN Human Rights Council. De Schutter emphasized the need for adequate legal mechanisms in remedying the global hunger crisis.

Child tazed with mom's approval; Cop suspended for not filming it

"Honey? Are you ready for your shower and bedtime?"
"No! I don't wanna!"
"You better, or I'll call the police and have them arrest you and taze you."
".... ummm, what?"
An Arkansas woman called the police on her 10-year-old daughter who was throwing a tantrum and refused to take a shower. Not only did the police come and attempt to bring order to the screaming pre-teen, but when the mother allegedly told the officer that he could taze the girl if he needed to, he obliged.

  • Weekly Magazine Review

Time

The New Sheriffs Of Wall Street. They skipped the partner track. They were underestimated by men. But the women who will regulate banking and finance for the next generation are not accustomed to taking no for an answer

Newsweek

Desperately Seeking Cures. How the road from promising scientific breakthrough to real-world remedy has become all but a dead end.

Business Week

South Africa: A Big Bounce from the World Cup. The nation's economy has grown since the end of apartheid. On the eve of the World Cup, it measures how far it has come and how far it has to go.

The Economist

Britain's accidental revolution. David Cameron's new coalition government is a gamble. But it could yet prove a surprisingly successful one

Le Nouvel Observateur

Faut-il brûler l'euro ? L'euro était-il une mauvaise idée ? Taboue depuis la création de la monnaie unique en 1999, cette question trouve une caisse de résonance dans la crise économique que traverse l'Europe.

Der Spiegel

Aus Schutt und Schuld - Der unglaubliche Wiederaufstieg der Deutschen nach 1945.

  • Daily Press Review

Red shirts' military leader dies
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

No Response from Fatah on Hamas-Proposed Mechanism for Palestinian Reconciliation- Senior Hamas Official
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Dubai Court adjourns Kerry Winter verdict
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Palestinians working to stop Israeli bid to divide West Bank and Gaza residents
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

MIDEAST: New Solution for the Old City?
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

30 tons of building material to enter Gaza
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

More than 10,000 defective LPG cylinders seized
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Holding unit delays 2009 results again
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

Wounded Rogue Thai General Dies Amid More Chaos
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Israel bars academic Chomsky entry to West Bank
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Press freedom is restricted by constitutional ambiguity
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Documenting our small successes
Yemen Times, (Independent weekly), Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Thousands face ash cloud delays
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Tullow agrees exploration licence in South America
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Osborne names first Budget date
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

Iceland volcano ash cloud: UK's Heathrow and Gatwick airports to partially reopen
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Vodacom FY revenue grows 5.6% to ZAR 58.5 bln
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

THAILAND: 'Red Shirt' military leader dies in hospital
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Turkish, Iranian, Brazilian ministers agree on nuclear fuel plan, AA reports
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Carey Mulligan's Vintage Glamour at Cannes 2010
Look Magazine, London, England

Penrith New Squares development back on track?
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

Moldova Increases Energy Prices Again
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

Airports Re-Open After Ash Cloud Moves
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet: A 'Quantum Leap' in Governance of the Euro Zone Is Needed
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Osborne announces budget for 22 June - LIVE
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Iran to ship uranium to Turkey in nuclear deal
The Independent, London, England

Euro at four-year low against dollar
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Senators Declare Incomes for First Time
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

Triesman's threat to England 2018 dream
The Sun, London, England

Marilyn Monroe's 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' dress up for auction
The Telegraph, London, England

Volcanic ash cloud: travel nightmare for passengers despite Heathrow and Garwick reopening
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Vatican to claim bishops are not 'employees'
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Manpower Minister to open ISDPHI Confab in Bali
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

Wounded rogue Thai general dies as chaos continues
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Orakzai clashes kill eight militants
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Oil prices gone down to $71.61
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Bangladesh restricts night-time movement in frontiers
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

N-capable Agni-II test-fired successfully
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

65-year-old killed in Mumbai fire
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

'Honor killings' aimed at suppressing castes
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

RMAF ready to shift from Sg Besi base if required
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Politician's disappearance sparks fear in Mexico
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

Mediator Qatar says Darfur peace talks to resume later this month (2)
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Masked protesters will greet G8/G20 leaders at summit
Sify News, Chennai, India

Waterspouts whip past
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Shanghai's version
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Shandong business group to visit Taipei
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Serious about gyming? Read Arnold Schwarzenegger, says Aamir
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

Rajapaksa coming on June 8 to discuss resettlement issue
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Thai army crackdown to continue
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Guyana, France to cooperate on security, environment
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Time to step up storm plans
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Owner of famous Dominican bakery killed by gunshot
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Q&A: Fewer Protests, More Political Pressure to Fight Climate Change
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

No apology, no resignation
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Peru declares state of emergency in three regions amid concerns of narcoterrorism activity.
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Iran to ship uranium to Turkey in nuclear deal
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Fighter jets escort Cathay plane to Vancouver after bomb threat
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Co-ownership of land
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Nigeria militant backs Jonathan
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Industry Representatives Discuss Conflict Minerals at the U.S. Department of State
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

Drug ring operating within GIA
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Iran to ink nuke deal
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Shoppers flee mall gun battle
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

American Muslim leader Farrakhan speaks in Ethiopia Mosque - VIDEO
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Capital market operator drags SEC DG to court
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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