Month: December 2012

‘US, Russia plunging into new Cold War’

Published: 29 December, 2012, 10:35 Edited: 30 December, 2012, 00:17   Tit-for-tat moves between Russia and the US are plunging the two nations into a new Cold War, says Russia expert Stephen Cohen. Washington’s longtime policy towards Moscow is to blame for the growing tensions. The ‘reset’ in relations between the United States and Russia…

Report: Russia Sends Landing Ships to Syria

<!—-> Dec. 30, 2012 – 11:39AM By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE MOSCOW— A Russian warship carrying a unit of marines has left its Black Sea port for Syria amid preparations for a possible evacuation of nationals living and working in the strife-torn country, news reports said Dec. 30. The Novocherkassk landing ship is the third such craft…

Population expected to post largest drop in 2012

Kyodo Japan’s population is expected to have shrunk by a record 212,000 people in 2012, the health ministry said Monday.   According to estimates by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, the number of newborns in 2012 was expected to fall by 18,000 to a record low 1,033,000 from 2011. Thus the natural population decline,…

Ford Class Action

  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Ford overstated by 10 mpg the mileage its 2013 Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrids get, a class action claims in Westchester County Court.      A similar class action was filed in Santa Ana, Calif. Federal Court.

Energy: Egypt still under blackout due to fuel shortage / 15 power stations shut down yesterday, half of country at risk

    28 December, 18:37   (ANSAmed) – ROME, DECEMBER 28 – Over 15 power stations have not produced energy since yesterday due to a lack of fuel (diesel, natural gas and mazut), according to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC).   For the first time ever, the electricity distributor announced, ”the drastic decrease in…

US may have accidentally helped to start Falklands war by encouraging Argentinians to invade islands, admits ex-CIA chief

CIA boss William Casey voiced concerns over  Argentina’s confidence in US Washington admitted they might have  inadvertently encouraged Argentina By  Brendan Carlin, Mail on Sunday Political Reporter PUBLISHED: 19:00 EST, 29  December 2012 |  UPDATED: 19:00 EST, 29 December 2012   The Americans admitted they may have  inadvertently encouraged the Argentinians to invade the Falkland…

Silent sub: Russian noiseless Borei class nuclear submarine immersed

Published: 30 December, 2012, 17:26 Edited: 30 December, 2012, 18:20   Super-modern, powerful and almost noiseless Russian nuclear submarine Vladimir Monomakh has been put in water to become the third ship of the Borei project. The cruiser is about to begin sea trials and mooring to become fully operational in 2013. ­Vladimir Monomakh was laid…

France’s High Court: 75% Tax is Unconstitutional

Sunday, 30 December 2012 France’s Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax rate to be introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande’s push to make the rich contribute more to cutting the public deficit. The Council ruled that the planned 75 percent tax on annual income above…

China doc recognized islands as Japan’s

News On Japan via presstv.com — Dec 30   A Chinese official document drafted in 1950 recognizes Japan as the owner of a group of islands in the East China Sea, which Beijing also lays claim to.   The 20-page document, revealed by Japan Times newspaper on Friday, referred to the islands, which are known…

$11.4 Million for Drug Kickbacks : Naproxen, Xodol, Fexmid, Dolgic

      SAN DIEGO (CN) – San Diego-based Victory Pharma will pay $11.4 million in civil and criminal fines for paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed its drugs, federal prosecutors said. Victory entered a deferred-prosecution agreement, agreed to pay a criminal forfeiture of $1.4 million and another $9.9 million to resolve False Claims Act…

US jet flown out of Iran

    Dec 30, 2012 20:45 Moscow Time   An American Falcon jet has been flown to Abu Dhabi after spending three weeks under repair in Ahwaz in southwestern Iran.   Its crew returned to Abu Dhabi shortly after the plane’s emergency landing in Ahwaz.   Ahwaz Airport said on Sunday it is always ready…

From UFOs to ‘tsunami bomb’: N.Z. archive secrets revealed

A new book has revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand’s national archives. -AFP Sun, Dec 30, 2012 WELLINGTON – A new book has revealed rare historical gems buried in New Zealand’s national archives, including a bizarre WWII plan to create a “tsunami bomb” and military files detailing supposed UFO sightings. Author Ray Waru…

NYC mayor pins crime rate spike on iPhone, iPad theft

  If it weren’t for Apple kit, crime would be down By Neil McAllister in San Francisco Posted in Security, 29th December 2012 06:31 GMT Free whitepaper – Media and Entertainment Goes Digital Major crime is on the rise in New York City, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the increase is due entirely to thefts of…

$600 Million Drug Cheat, Researchers Say

        By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM   SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Venture capitalists swiped the rights to a new heart drug and stand to make $620 million from it, cheating the research company that developed it, the neuroscience company claims in Federal Court. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health sued the six-member…

Egypt opposition says Islamists trying to stifle dissent: Gov’t Critics guilty of sedition, Leaving or entering with more than $10,000 cash is now banned.

  Egypt’s opposition accused President Mohamed Mursi’s Islamist allies of trying to muzzle dissent on Friday after prosecutors decided to investigate whether prominent government critics were guilty of sedition. The probe, which comes a month after Mursi replaced the chief prosecutor, further sours the political climate as the leader and his opponents face off over…

Greek ex-finance minister expelled from party for nepotism

Dec 29, 2012 07:00 Moscow Time George Papaconstantinou Photo: AFP   Former Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, under whose guidance the country went de facto bankrupt and was forced to seek EU and IMF loans, has been expelled from his left-of-center party PASOK. The ex-finance minister is at the center of a scandal after having…