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U.S. General McChrystal submits plan on Afghanistan to President Obama

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U.S. General McChrystal submits plan on Afghanistan to President Obama

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With the War in Afghanistan approaching its eighth year, the newly appointed U.S. ground commander in Afghanistan, General (Gen.) Stanley McChrystal, is making his case for a new strategy in the recent submission of classified recommendations to U.S. President Barack Obama. A focal point for discussion is Gen. McChrystal’s recommendation for troop levels in the country of which he is expected to recommend an increase by the end of this year. The classified report was submitted this Monday morning, August 31, 2009 and will eventually find its way onto the desk of President Obama serving as the likely basis upon which he will make decisions about the future of the U.S. engagement in the country.

At this time the 20-page report is being reviewed by Gen. McChrystal’s superiors to include Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Mike Mullen, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Egon Ramms, the senior North Atlantic Treaty Organization Commander before going to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and on to the President. A public release of the report is not currently scheduled.

Although the report does not include requests for troop increases, it is possible that such a request will occur in the coming weeks or shortly thereafter. Gen. McChrystal reportedly described the situation in Afghanistan as “serious” which has caused some concerns about the overall progress of the war, driving the need for the strategy assessment. The White House has signaled its concern with Afghanistan as the Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, described the Afghan War as “under-resourced politically, militarily and economically”.

While there have been some leaks about other content in the report, none have been officially recognized by Gen. McChrystal or the U.S. government. Even still Gen. McChrystal remains resolved to ensure the maximum utilization of resources he already commands with reports that he ordered his subordinates to evaluate the need for high numbers of administrative positions vice utilizing those troops in combat roles. Additionally, the U.S. Army is considering whether or not they will utilize contractors to conduct guard duty at certain bases as well as convoy duty.

Gen. McChrystal stated, “The situation in Afghanistan is serious, but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve, and increased unity of effort”. This report will likely be the first step in what will be many of significant changes in U.S. strategy.

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Reports suggest probe into Formula One race-fixing allegations

Reports suggest probe into Formula One race-fixing allegations

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News reports are suggesting that Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, are investigating alleged race-fixing by Renault. The FIA would only confirm a probe into “alleged incidents at a previous Formula One world championship event.”

According to Brazil’s Globo TV, Renault racer Nelson Piquet Jr. was told to crash his car during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, which was the sport’s first night race. By accident or design, Piquet did indeed crash during the race, which benefited teamate Fernando Alonso, who had just pitted early for fuel. Alonso went on to win the race.

Piquet’s wrecked car is removed from the track

Piquet was fired during this season by Renault and replaced with Romain Grosjean. He claims he was treated unfairly at the team. His comments about the race at the time were “We tried two extreme strategies with Fernando quite short and me quite long in the hope of getting a safety car. If I hadn’t crashed I would have been lucky with the safety car later in the race…”

However, it is now reported that new evidence has been supplied to the FIA. The source of this evidence has not been disclosed. The world motorsport council has the power to impose harsh penalties upon Renault if the allegations are proven, including large fines.

While the debris from the crash was cleared, the safety car was out on the track. Because Alonso had pitted early, he was the only one of the leading cars that did not need to stop for fuel and new tyres. According to the BBC and The Times, if there is found to be evidence of misconduct the world motorsport council will probably meet to investigate.



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Israeli navy fires on Gazan fishing vessels

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Israeli navy fires on Gazan fishing vessels

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At least one person was injured when the Israeli navy opened fire on Gazan fishing vessels fishing off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Monday.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that the Israeli navy had opened fire on fishing vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Beit Lahia in Northern Gaza. At least one vessel suffered damage from a fire.

“[They] violated security boundaries off the coast of the Gaza Strip … out of the permitted fishing zone,” said the spokesman. Officials added that any boat that ventures beyond the boundaries will be “met with a harsh response.” The Israeli navy says the fisherman ignored several warning shots and radio calls to turn around before they were fired upon. Twenty people were reported to be on the boats when they were targeted.

The Israeli navy is ordered to enforce a security blockade by patrolling waters internationally recognized to be a part of the Gaza Strip. Fisherman complain of constant harassment from the Israeli navy which prevents boats from going more than five kilometers (three miles) from the coast of Gaza. More than 3,500 fishing boats fish off the coast of Gaza.

Yesterday, the Israeli army bombed a tunnel in Gaza that they say was used to smuggle in terrorists and weapons. The military also claimed that this attack was in retaliation for two mortar shells fired into Israel days earlier. No one was injured or killed in any of the attacks.



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Hurricane Jimena intensifies off Mexican coast

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Hurricane Jimena intensifies off Mexican coast

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5-day forecast track of Jimena.
Image: NHC.

Hurricane Jimena has quickly intensified into a powerful Category 4 hurricane off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean.

Dave Roberts, a forecaster for the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said “There’s a good chance this system could be a Category 5 in the next 24 hours”. The storm is expected to move northwestward, threatening the Baja California peninsula over coming days. “There’s no watches or warnings in effect, but we would like residents and tourists in the area to monitor the progress of the storm”, said Robbie Berg, another hurricane specialist.

Jimena formed just a few days ago, and rapidly strengthened into a dangerous cyclone. Maximum sustained winds within the system are estimated at 140 mph (220 km/h), with even higher gusts. A small storm, Jimena is currently moving towards the west-northwest at 7 kt.

The NHC recently issued a statement saying “Interests in western mainland Mexico and the southern Baja California peninsula should monitor the progress of Jimena. A hurricane watch may be required for portions of the southern Baja California peninsula later today or tonight.”

Jimena is the 10th named storm of the 2009 Pacific hurricane season.



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Former terrorist arrested for 1970s murder of top German prosecutor

Former terrorist arrested for 1970s murder of top German prosecutor

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Former terrorist Verena Becker has been arrested after new evidence surfaced linking her to the murder of German Federal Prosecutor General Siegfried Buback and two bodyguards in 1977.

The 57-year-old was a member of the Red Army Faction, a communist terror group that hoped to trigger a workers’ revolution. Most of the organisation’s other members were sentenced to lengthy jail sentences for this and other killings, but the case against Becker in Buback’s slaying was dropped for lack of evidence, and she was later pardoned from her convictions in other crimes.

Cquote1.svg [Verena Becker was involved in] “essential contributions to the preparation and execution of the attack.” Cquote2.svg

—Becker’s arrest warrant

The case was reopened last year, and new technology was able to recover DNA evidence from at least one envelope containing a letter of responsibility from the terrorists, who were also known as the Baader-Meinhof group after their co-founders. This DNA matched Becker, who now lives in Berlin.

Becker’s apartment was raided last week, and police recovered other evidence linking Becker to the killings, including a manuscript of a book she was working on about the crime. According to her arrest warrant, she was involved in “essential contributions to the preparation and execution of the attack.”

Buback was gunned down in his car by a masked assassin on a motorcycle. Which Red Army Faction member was the gunman has never been determined, and Becker has always denied direct involvement. She has been free since 1989, when she was pardoned for six attempted assassinations.



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Australian rules football: West Gippsland Latrobe Football League Finals week one results

Australian rules football: West Gippsland Latrobe Football League Finals week one results

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The West Gippsland Latrobe Football League Qualifying and Elimination Finals were played over the weekend in Australia. On Saturday Maffra played Moe in the Qualifying Final at Traralgon. On Sunday Drouin played Leongatha in the Elimination Final at Leongatha.

Qualifying Final

August 29
02:20 (UTC+10)
Maffra 8-8 56 – 14-9 93 Moe Recreation Reserve, Traralgon, Victoria
A. Burgiel 4
D. OBrien
O. Booth
B. Rathnow
J. Milham
M. Forys 7
L. Thompson 2
D. Risol 2
S. Robertson
A. Petrou
T. Long

Moe defeated Maffra by 38 points 14-9 (93) to 8-8 (56). Seven goals from Matt Forys and two each from Luke Thompson and Daniel Risol were enough to see off a determined Maffra side. Moe will now play Traralgon, who finished on top of the ladder, in the second semi final.

Elimination Final

August 30
02:20 (UTC+10)
Leongatha 13-9 87 – 7-16 58 Drouin Recreation Reserve, Leongatha, Victoria
J. Cowell 3
D. Holt 3
M. Truscio 2
S. Sperling 2
A. Govers 2
R. Mullens
M. Ablett 2
P. McGrath 2
B. Carmody
T. Kneebone
C. Dunne

Leongatha controled the WGLFL Elimination final against Drouin form start to finish. The final score, Leongatha 13-9 87 defeated Drouin 7-16 58. Leongatha will now play Morwell, who lost the Qualifying Final, in the first semi final.



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Study shows that aspirin might do more harm than good

Monday, August 31, 2009

A study performed in Edinburgh, Scotland has shown that aspirin can do more harm to your health than it can good.

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Research was carried out in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to see what the effects of taking aspirin on a daily basis, had on an individual. 3,350 patients taking aspirin aged between 50-75, who were thought to be at risk of heart disease, but not showing any significant heart symptoms, were monitored. Over an eight year time period, 181 of those people taking aspirin had heart attacks or strokes.

More than 3,000 men aged 50-75 were randomly assigned to receive a daily dose of aspirin or a dummy pill and were watched over the eight year time period. There were 34 major bleeds in people taking aspirin, or 2%, in comparison to 1.2% taking Placebo tablets. The Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis (AAA) have found that its routine use to prevent vascular problems “could not be supported”.

Some prescription Placebo tablets used in scientific research and medical practices.

Professor Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation, the company which was partly responsible in funding for the trials, said: “We know that patients with symptoms of artery disease, such as angina, heart attack or stroke, can reduce their risk of further problems by taking a small dose of aspirin each day. The findings of this study agree with our current advice that people who do not have symptomatic or diagnosed artery or heart disease should not take aspirin, because the risks of bleeding may outweigh the benefits. Because it’s been around for a long time, people think, ‘It must be safe and it can’t do any harm’. They are taking it ‘just in case’ but it’s much more dangerous than some other drugs that people get concerned about, like statins.”

Professor Gerry Fowkes presented the research from the University of Edinburgh at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, Spain, which was attended by more than 30,000 heart specialists.

“Our research suggests that aspirin should not be prescribed to the general population, although it does have benefits for people with established heart disease or other conditions,” stated Fowkes.


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Study shows that aspirin might do more harm than good

Monday, August 31, 2009

A study performed in Edinburgh, Scotland has shown that aspirin can do more harm to your health than it can good.

Generic Asprin
Image: Ragesoss.

Research was carried out in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to see what the effects of taking aspirin on a daily basis, had on an individual. 3,350 patients taking aspirin aged between 50-75, who were thought to be at risk of heart disease, but not showing any significant heart symptoms, were monitored. Over an eight year time period, 181 of those people taking aspirin had heart attacks or strokes.

More than 3,000 men aged 50-75 were randomly assigned to receive a daily dose of aspirin or a placebo pill and were watched over the eight year time period. There were 34 major bleeds in people taking aspirin, or 2%, in comparison to 1.2% taking Placebo tablets. The Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis (AAA) have found that its routine use to prevent vascular problems “could not be supported”.

Some prescription Placebo tablets used in scientific research and medical practices.

Professor Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation, the company which was partly responsible in funding for the trials, said: “We know that patients with symptoms of artery disease, such as angina, heart attack or stroke, can reduce their risk of further problems by taking a small dose of aspirin each day. The findings of this study agree with our current advice that people who do not have symptomatic or diagnosed artery or heart disease should not take aspirin, because the risks of bleeding may outweigh the benefits. Because it’s been around for a long time, people think, ‘It must be safe and it can’t do any harm’. They are taking it ‘just in case’ but it’s much more dangerous than some other drugs that people get concerned about, like statins.”

Professor Gerry Fowkes presented the research from the University of Edinburgh at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, Spain, which was attended by more than 30,000 heart specialists.

“Our research suggests that aspirin should not be prescribed to the general population, although it does have benefits for people with established heart disease or other conditions,” stated Fowkes.


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This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Study shows that aspirin might do more harm than good

Monday, August 31, 2009

A study performed in Edinburgh, Scotland has shown that aspirin can do more harm to your health than it can good.

Generic Asprin
Image: Ragesoss.

Research was carried out in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to see what the effects of taking aspirin on a daily basis, had on an individual. 3,350 patients aged between 50-75 who were thought to be at risk of heart disease but not showing any significant heart symptoms were monitored. Over an eight year time period, 181 of those people taking aspirin had heart attacks or strokes.

More than 3,000 men aged 50-75 were randomly assigned to receive a daily dose of aspirin or a dummy pill and were watched over the eight year time period. There were 34 major bleeds in people taking aspirin, or 2%, in comparison to 1.2% taking Placebo tablets. The Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis (AAA) have found that its routine use to prevent vascular problems “could not be supported”.

Some prescription Placebo tablets used in scientific research and medical practices.

Professor Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation, the company which was partly responsible in funding for the trials, said: “We know that patients with symptoms of artery disease, such as angina, heart attack or stroke, can reduce their risk of further problems by taking a small dose of aspirin each day. The findings of this study agree with our current advice that people who do not have symptomatic or diagnosed artery or heart disease should not take aspirin, because the risks of bleeding may outweigh the benefits. Because it’s been around for a long time, people think, ‘It must be safe and it can’t do any harm’. They are taking it ‘just in case’ but it’s much more dangerous than some other drugs that people get concerned about, like statins.”

Professor Gerry Fowkes presented the research from the University of Edinburgh at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, Spain, which was attended by more than 30,000 heart specialists.

“Our research suggests that aspirin should not be prescribed to the general population, although it does have benefits for people with established heart disease or other conditions,” stated Fowkes.


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This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Study shows that aspirin might do more harm than good

Monday, August 31, 2009

A study performed in Edinburgh, Scotland has shown that aspirin can do more harm to your health than it can good.

Generic Asprin
Image: Ragesoss.

Research was carried out in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to see what the effects of taking aspirin on a daily basis, had on an individual. 3,350 patients taking aspirin aged between 50-75, who were thought to be at risk of heart disease, but not showing any significant heart symptoms, were monitored. Over an eight year time period, 181 of those people taking aspirin had heart attacks or strokes.

More than 3,000 men aged 50-75 were randomly assigned to receive a daily dose of aspirin or a placebo pill and were watched over the eight year time period. There were 34 major bleeds in people taking aspirin, or 2%, in comparison to 1.2% of those who took the placebo. The Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis (AAA) have found that the routine use of aspirin does not prevent vascular disease or conditions and the use of it “could not be supported.”

Some prescription Placebo tablets used in scientific research and medical practices.

Peter Weissberg, a professor at the British Heart Foundation, the company which was partly responsible in funding for the trials said, “we know that patients with symptoms of artery disease, such as angina, heart attack or stroke, can reduce their risk of further problems by taking a small dose of aspirin each day. The findings of this study agree with our current advice that people who do not have symptomatic or diagnosed artery or heart disease should not take aspirin, because the risks of bleeding may outweigh the benefits. Because it’s been around for a long time, people think, ‘It must be safe and it can’t do any harm’. They are taking it ‘just in case’ but it’s much more dangerous than some other drugs that people get concerned about, like statins.”

Professor Gerry Fowkes presented the research from the University of Edinburgh at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, Spain, which was attended by more than 30,000 heart specialists.

“Our research suggests that aspirin should not be prescribed to the general population, although it does have benefits for people with established heart disease or other conditions,” stated Fowkes.


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