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Japan – Study: Diabetes May Be Linked To Hearing Loss

December 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Japan - Diabetes has already been tied to an increased risk of kidney and cardiovascular troubles, nerve damage and vision loss, and now a Japanese study finds diabetics to be more than twice as likely as those without the disease to have hearing impairment. In a review of past research on the issue, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, scientists found that...

Beijing – AP IMPACT: China Surpasses US As Top Global Trader

December 2, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Beijing - Shin Cheol-soo no longer sees his future in the United States. The South Korean businessman supplied components to American automakers for a decade. But this year, he uprooted his family from Detroit and moved home to focus on selling to the new economic superpower: China. In just five years, China has surpassed the United States as a trading partner for much of the world...

Washington – Supreme Court to Decide if Human Genes Can Be Patented

December 2, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether companies can patent human genes, a decision that could reshape medical research in the United States and the fight against diseases such as breast and ovarian cancer. The justices' decision likely will resolve an ongoing battle between scientists who believe that genes carrying the secrets of life should not be exploited...

Ulm, Germany – Synagogue Destroyed By Nazis Inaugurated (photos-video)

December 2, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Ulm, Germany - The Jewish congregation in the southern German city of Ulm has a new synagogue, almost 75 years after it was destroyed by the Nazis. Speaking at the opening ceremony on Sunday, President Joachim Gauck said the construction of the synagogue was significant beyond Ulm, because it showed that "after all that horror and scandalous injustice" committed by the Nazi regime, Jewish life...

Washington – World’s Carbon Dioxide Pollution Up To 2 Million Pounds a Second

December 2, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Washington - The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it's now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple of degrees, which is an international goal. The overwhelming majority of the increase was from China, the world's biggest carbon dioxide polluter. Of the planet's top 10 polluters, the United States and Germany...

Israel – A Battleground for Weapons of the Future

December 2, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Israel - More than a week after a U.S.-Egyptian brokered ceasefire brought a fragile peace to Gaza, military analysts are busily assessing the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Their goal: Apply lessons from the eight-day battle to weaponry still in development. Israel’s frequent conflicts with its Arab neighbors have historically been proving grounds for the latest in battlefield...

Jerusalem – Municipality to Approve New Jewish Neighborhood in E. Jerusalem

December 2, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Municipality is expected to give their final approval to a new Jewish neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem called Givat Hamatos, the first completely detached new Jewish neighborhood over the Green Line since the construction of Har Homa in 1997. Givat Hamatos will be located between Talpiyot and Beit Safafa. The first stage of the plan, Givat Hamatos A, was originally...

Pittsburgh – Former Nazi Camp Guard To Have Deportation Hearing

December 2, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Pittsburgh - As U.S. authorities continue a long legal battle to deport a former Nazi concentration camp guard, it's not clear what will happen next if they prevail. Anton Geiser, now 88, has been living in a small western Pennsylvania town for more than 50 years. He didn't even tell his family about the Nazi service until 2004, when the Justice Department began legal proceedings. Geiser's...

La Paz, Bolivia – Bulletproof Vest And Armed Guards For Ostreicher

December 2, 2012 at 02:03 PM
La Paz, Bolivia - VIN News has confirmed that as a result of the latest developments in the Ostreicher case, Brooklyn businessman Jacob Ostreicher is under extremely tight security at a Santa Cruz clinic and has been required to wear a bulletproof vest for his own safety. Sources told VIN News that armed guards from both Venezuela and office of Bolivian president Evo Morales have been...

Washington – Schumer: Intense Lobbying Effort for Sandy Aid

December 2, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Washington - Sen. Charles Schumer says New York expects to get tens of billions of dollars in federal money to cover damages from Superstorm Sandy. However, the Democrat told a news conference Sunday that it's not a done deal. He says he and other New York officials are staging an intense lobbying effort in Washington to make sure the money is approved before year's end. The supplemental...

Budapest – Thousands Attend Anti-Nazi Rally in Hungary (video)

December 2, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Budapest - Thousands attended an anti-Nazi rally Sunday in Hungary organized by Jewish and civic groups to protest a far-right lawmaker's call to screen Jews for national security risks. The rally was unusual because politicians from both the government and opposition parties shared a stage outside parliament. Marton Gyongyosi of the far-right Jobbik party said Monday in the legislature it...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Brushes Off World Condemnation Of Settlement Plans

December 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday brushed off world condemnation of Israel's plans to expand Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto U.N. recognition of statehood. "We will carry on building in Jerusalem and in all the places that are on the map of Israel's strategic interests," a defiant Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting. In another blow to...

Washington – Geithner Predicts Republicans Will Accept Higher Tax Rates

December 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Washington - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pressed Republicans to offer a plan to increase revenues and cut government spending, and predicted they would agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest to secure a deal by year-end to avoid the "fiscal cliff." In a blitz of appearances on five Sunday morning talk shows, Geithner insisted that tax rates on the richest needed to go up in order...

New York – Sandy Disaster Zone Has 2 New Health Hazards: Cold, Mold

December 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
New York - A month after Sandy's floodwaters swept up his block, punched a hole in his foundation and drowned his furnace, John Frawley still has no electricity or heat in his dilapidated home on the Rockaway seashore. The 57-year-old, who also lost his car and all his winter clothes in the flood, now spends his nights shivering in a pair of donated snow pants, worrying whether the cold might...

Washington – US Struggles to Get Israel, Palestinians to Talks

December 2, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Washington - The Obama administration sought Friday to direct Israel and the Palestinians back toward direct peace talks, even as the two sides and much of the world seemed to be ignoring the U.S. attempts at leadership on a Mideast peace strategy. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met senior Israeli and Palestinian officials Friday, with each side locked in a pattern of actions that...
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