Saturday, April 28, 2007

New Blood Test For Prostate Cancer

Experimental Test Detects The Cancer And Tells Whether It Is Spreading

Prostate test could be more accurate

Johns Hopkins researchers say they have devised a more accurate blood test for prostate cancer that could eventually replace PSA screening, flagging more malignancies while reducing the number of false alarms. --- The scientists, who reported their findings today in the journal Urology, say the test could spare thousands of men painful biopsies that turn out negative every year.

Leave Turkey's presidential election alone, says EU

BERLIN - Turkey's presidential election must be fully democratic and untainted by outside interference, the EU said Saturday amid fears the army could step in to defend the country's secular system.

Turkish government hits back at army in secularism row

Turkey's Islamist-rooted government called the army to order Saturday, saying it is answerable to the civilian authority, after the military threatened action to defend the country's secular system.

Know Your Nose -- Ask Dr. Oz II

Not all sneezes are created equal. Dr. Oz demonstrates how your sinuses are vulnerable to allergies.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Afghan-born Filmmaker Raises Awareness To Help Her Native Land

New documentary traces a day in the life of a hardworking Afghan boy

Breaking the mould, or just old warlords in new parties?

IN THE 18 months since it was elected, Afghanistan's first democratic legislature has been in a peculiar limbo: it is a parliament without parties. Candidates were not allowed to declare party affiliations on the ballot paper. The result has been a chaotic parliament of individuals, often elected on the promise of patronage and by virtue of ethnic affiliation. The parliament has criticised the increasingly isolated president, Hamid Karzai. But its positive achievements have been few.

Women's Well-being Key to Afghanistan's Future, UNFPA Leader Stresses

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Afghanistan's bloody new year

Political Alliance Creates Strange Bedfellows

“We have both long-term and short-term strategies,” said Sayed Mustafa Kazimi, spokesperson for the new group. “We will begin in the short term with government reforms, and if need be we will change the system of government from a presidential to a parliamentary one.” --- “Khalq, Parcham and jihadis coming together – what a surprise!” said political analyst Mohammad Qaseem Akhgar. “They fought each other for years, but now they have a common purpose – to escape retribution for what they did over the past 25 years, and award themselves immunity.” --- “People who should be brought to justice are running away from it,” he said. “In the history of Afghanistan, the jihadi leaders and the communists will never be forgotten. They have no place among the people. They governed the country for years and did nothing, so what can be expected from this alliance?”

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sarkozy and Royal set for French showdown

Nicolas Sarkozy and Ségolène Royal were set for a head-to-head contest in the second round of the French presidential elections on May 6 following a huge turnout in the first round on Sunday, early results showed.

Bush draws up list of candidates to replace Wolfowitz

The future of Paul Wolfowitz, the embattled President of the World Bank, was in further jeopardy last night after it emerged that the White House was drawing up a list of candidates to succeed him. --- Most prominent on th list is Ashraf Ghani, the man credited with overhauling the economy of Afghanistan after September 11, The Times has learnt. Such an appointment would mark the first time a nonAmerican has held the position in the 60-year history of the global lender.

Amnesty for Afghan War Criminals?

The bill has Afghanistan's president in a tough spot. If Hamid Karzai supports the warlords in their quest for amnesty, he will anger Afghans who remember the tens of thousands killed, tortured and raped during civil war in the 1990s. If he doesn't, he risks the stability of his own government. --- Human rights groups, along with many ordinary Afghans, want a special court set up to charge war criminals. Among their many allegations is the claim that armed groups indiscriminately rained down rockets on Kabul between 1992 and 1996, laying the capital city to waste.

U.S. Stocks Gain, Pushing Dow to Record Three Times, on Profits

April 21 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks rose, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a record, after profit and economic reports were better than expected.

Bush's Afghan warrior leaves Iraq proud of role

Bush's Afghan warrior leaves Iraq proud of role

"I wish the situation was different," Khalilzad told reporters during his trip to Kurdistan. "It's not as good as I would have liked, but I think the leaders of Iraq need to make the decisions that need to be made, particularly the Sunni and Shi'ite leaders. The compromises need to be made."

CORRECTED-NATO troops earn resentment of frustrated Afghans

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - Foreign troops deployed in Afghanistan are beginning to draw the resentment of Afghans fed up with growing civilian casualties and the lack of material progress in their lives, experts say. --- There is growing resentment because of the kinds of military operations that have been carried out, not because of the international troop presence," Samina Ahmed, South Asia project director for International Crisis Group think tank, said this week in an interview.

France opts for left-right battle

Centre-right Nicolas Sarkozy will meet Socialist Segolene Royal in the run-off of France's presidential election on 6 May, according to initial results.

Row over Afghan TV station raid

Staff at an Afghan television station in the capital, Kabul, have protested against a raid by armed police who allegedly assaulted workers there.

Afghanistan 'border fence' clash

Afghan troops have torn down part of a new anti-Taleban fence being erected by Pakistan on the border between the two countries, officials in Kabul say.

Afghanistan: A job half done