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21 Jun 11 Germany detects first human-to-human E. coli transmission Anti-austerity protests spread across Europe Obama warns of new US tactical spats with Israel IMF tells EU: Stop 'unproductive debate' and integrate 'now' Obama tells Jewish donors he strongly backs Israel Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Buildup Unlikely to Spark Abrupt Climate Change, Scientists Find Obama wrong -- border not secure Obama to move US closer to leaving Afghanistan China's military build-up 'game' Ash cloud's return causes flight chaos in Australia Tracking Severe Storms Abbas: Palestinians will not turn to UN if given alternative solution Greek Streets 'Explosive' as PM Faces Confidence Vote Assad issues general amnesty as thousands in Syria attend pro-regime rally Hurricane Beatriz brushes Mexico's Pacific coast 6.5 magnitude quake strikes north of Chile Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites Hill Poll: 72% Say US Involved in Too Many Wars 22 killed in suicide car bombings south of Baghdad
Germany has detected the first case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly E. coli bacteria strain. According to the country's health officials, a female kitchen worker of a catering company near Frankfurt was infected with the strain after eating sprouts. She later transmitted the bacteria to 20 people through food she prepared for them. German officials claimed they have an evidence which shows that a human passed on the bacteria to the vegetables, which subsequently spread to other humans.
Anti-austerity rallies have been held across Europe – in Spain thousands marched to protest against high unemployment and their government’s handling of the economic crisis.
President Barack Obama warned that new "tactical" disagreements loomed between Israel and Washington, but vowed to leverage his administration's "creative powers" in the cause of peace. Obama, who has had a testy relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke at length on the stalled peace process at a fundraiser for his 2012 reelection campaign grouping Democratic friends of Israel.
The International Monetary Fund has bluntly warned the European Union it must put an end to its "unproductive debate" over debt restructuring and, in an unprecedented outside intervention in the construction of the European Union, told the bloc it must integrate faster and more deeply in order to stop a global disaster.
US President Barack Obama reassured Jewish donors on Monday he strongly supports Israel, stressing close ties between the United States and the Jewish state, but also emphasizing that changes in the Middle East will require a fresh look at the region. "Both the United States and Israel are going to have to look at this new landscape with fresh eyes. It's not going to be sufficient for us just to keep on doing the same things," Obama said at the first of two big-ticket fund-raisers where he was speaking on Monday evening.
"There might be other mechanisms by which greenhouse gases may cause an abrupt climate change, but we know of no such mechanism from the geological record," said David Battisti, a University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor.
A border enforcement advocacy organization says the murder of a Houston police officer at the hands of an illegal alien gang member proves that despite the president's claim, America's southern border is not secure.
Obama will move the United States a step closer to ending the war in Afghanistan when he announces plans Wednesday to bring thousands of American troops home, beginning next month.
A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor says the Chinese are "playing a game" in their continued efforts to fool the United States about the extent of their military build-up.
Thousands of travellers were stranded after Qantas cancelled all domestic flights in and out of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra on Tuesday afternoon, until at least Thursday. International flights have also been affected, with all Qantas planes due to land on Wednesday diverted or delayed until Thursday.
The main threats are damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.
Palestinian president says Israel, U.S., and Europe should present alternative if they want to stop UN bid, stresses Salam Fayyad must stand as head of unity government so not to 'bring about another blockade.'
The new Greek government faces a vote of confidence on Tuesday night, with the outcome critical to the survival of the government, and to the disbursal of loans from the 'Troika' of the European Union (EU), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank (ECB). Voting is expected to take place at midnight, and most analysts are predicting that Papandreou will survive the vote. By bringing more PASOK party insiders into his cabinet – at the expense of technocrats – the Prime Minister should be able to head off opposition from within his own party.
Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a general amnesty on Tuesday, a day after he promised wide-ranging but vague reforms to counter a three-month popular revolt against his autocratic rule. Activists and analysts had dismissed Assad's promises on Monday, saying they failed to engage the demands of protesters who for three months have defied a fierce military crackdown in rallying for greater freedoms, posing the gravest challenge to his 11-year tenure.
Hurricane Beatriz brushed Mexico's resort-studded Pacific coast with powerful rains and winds early Tuesday, flooding streets as tourists hunkered down in hotels. Authorities closed the ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo and urged hotel owners to tell guests not to go to the beach. As of late Monday, one tourist had been injured when a tree fell on him in Acapulco.
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the Antofagasta region of northern Chile this morning, however there have been no reports of damage or injuries. The tremor struck at 12.35pm local time (3.35am NZT), at a depth of 111km and was located 89km northeast of the city of Calama, a city of 100,000 people, the United States Geological Survey said.
Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Almost three-fourths of American voters believe that the United States is embroiled in too many foreign wars and should pull back, according to a new poll from The Hill. In addition to the 72 percent who contend that U.S. troops are spread too thin, voters polled said having U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq hasn’t made the homeland safer.
Suicide bombers detonated two explosives-laden vehicles early Tuesday near a government compound by a southern Iraqi governor's home, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens, Iraqi officials said.
21 Jun 11
Germany detects first human-to-human E. coli transmission
Anti-austerity protests spread across Europe
Obama warns of new US tactical spats with Israel
IMF tells EU: Stop 'unproductive debate' and integrate 'now'
Obama tells Jewish donors he strongly backs Israel
Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Buildup Unlikely to Spark Abrupt Climate Change, Scientists Find
Obama wrong -- border not secure
Obama to move US closer to leaving Afghanistan
China's military build-up 'game'
Ash cloud's return causes flight chaos in Australia
Tracking Severe Storms
Abbas: Palestinians will not turn to UN if given alternative solution
Greek Streets 'Explosive' as PM Faces Confidence Vote
Assad issues general amnesty as thousands in Syria attend pro-regime rally
Hurricane Beatriz brushes Mexico's Pacific coast
6.5 magnitude quake strikes north of Chile
Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites
Hill Poll: 72% Say US Involved in Too Many Wars
22 killed in suicide car bombings south of Baghdad
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