Tuesday, December 2, 2008
World News Update 12/2/08
Tuesday Dec. 2, 2008
Nuclear or Bioterror Attack on U.S. Likely by 2013, Panel Warns
The United States can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or more likely biological weapons before 2013, reports a bipartisan commission in a study being briefed Tuesday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden.
President George W. Bush Receives 'International Medal of Peace' that Coincides with PEPFAR Milestone on World AIDS Day
Dr. Rick Warren Presents Award, Engages with President on U.S. HIV/AIDS Initiatives and Accomplishments at Home and Abroad During Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health
"No man in history – no world leader – has ever done more for global health than President George W. Bush, and I think we need to recognize that," said Pastor Warren.
China: 6 babies may have died from tainted milk
China's Health Ministry said six babies may have died after consuming tainted milk powder, up from a previous official toll of three, and announced a six-fold increase in its tally of infants sickened in the scandal — to nearly 300,000.
World economy 'weakest since 30s'
The United Nations says the world economy faces its worst downturn since the Great Depression. It expects world economic output to shrink by as much as 0.4% in 2009, due to a slump among developed countries - particularly the US and in Europe.
Pentagon to detail military to bolster security
Plan would dedicate 20,000 uniformed troops inside U.S. by 2011. There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military's role in domestic law enforcement.
FDA OK’s Communist Chinese poisoning your babies formula with deadly melemine
The Communist government of China and the FDA of the United States have decided to put the deadly poison melamine into America’s food supply.
Vatican thanks Muslims for bringing God back into the public eye in Europe
Vatican officials have long bemoaned the secularisation of Europe, where church attendance has dwindled dramatically in recent decades, and urged a return to its historically Christian roots.
Disney accused by Catholic cleric of corrupting children's minds
Christopher Jamison, the Abbot of Worth in West Sussex, has accused the corporation of "exploiting spirituality" to sell its products and of turning Disneyland into a modern day pilgrimage site.
Is gay the new black? Marriage ban spurs debate
The gay rights movement entered a new era when Barack Obama was elected the first black president the same day that voters in California and Florida passed referendums to prevent gays and lesbians from marrying, while Arizonans turned down civil unions and Arkansans said no to adoptions by same-sex couples.
Microchips For AIDS Patients In Indonesia
Lawmakers in Indonesia's remote province of Papua have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips — part of extreme efforts to monitor the disease.
Be careful not to offend gay worshippers, Catholic priests warned
...Priests are also encouraged to put up posters advertising 'support services' for homosexuals, a move bound to infuriate many Catholics who believe gay sexual activity to be sinful.
VIDEO - American Rabbi & Wife Among Five Hostages Found Dead at Mumbai Jewish Center
The dramatic assault on the Jewish cultural centre, where two gunmen were holding hostages including a rabbi and his wife, began shortly after dawn Friday, with masked commandos abseiling onto the roof from a helicopter.
Evidence Mumbai Attackers were Anglo-American Intel Operatives
Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe. “They did not look Indian, they looked foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed,” Amir told the BBC.
Virginians Slain in Attacks Lived Out Peaceful Ideals
Alan Scherr was an art professor with a comfortable life in the Maryland suburbs, but he spent 25 years studying Transcendental Meditation in a quest for something more. The search took him and his family to Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, where they shed their old life in Silver Spring and meditated in the complex of a New Age mystic.