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  • “Spain’s Finance Minister Luis de Guindos unveiled new rules today designed to sweep worthless property off its banks’ balance sheets, Reuters reported. The cabinet will approve the plan on Friday.”
  • “Criminal hackers have found a way round the latest generation of online banking security devices given out by banks, the BBC has learned. After logging in to the bank’s real site, account holders are being tricked by the offer of training in a new ‘upgraded security system’.”
  • “Sugar is as damaging and addictive as alcohol or tobacco and should be regulated, claim US health experts. According to a University of California team, new policies such as taxes are needed to control soaring consumption of sugar and sweeteners. Prof Robert Lustig argues in the journal Nature for major shifts in public policy.”
  • “The rebellious southern Chinese village that exploded in protest last fall, and chased its own government out of town, is in the spotlight again for something unexpected.”
  • “Russia has threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution on Syria if it is put to a vote on Friday, diplomats say. Russian officials say they need more time to consult Moscow, BBC UN correspondent Barbara Plett reports.”
  • Mr Robert: “The violence grows worse. The Arab League throws up its hands in despair. Madame Clinton may huff and puff at the United Nations. But the Syrian regime and the stalwarts of the old Baath party don’t budge. Only the Arabs are unsurprised. For Syria – the ‘Um al-Arabia wahida’, the Mother of One Arab People, as the Baathists would have it – is a tough creature, its rulers among the most tenacious in the Middle East, used to the slings and arrows of their friends as well as their enemies. Syria’s ‘No’ to anything but total Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for peace is almost as famous as De Gaulle’s ‘No’ to British entry to the European Union.”
  • “Egyptian police have fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators outside the interior ministry offices in the capital, Cairo, protesting against the security forces’ failure to prevent a football riot that killed more than 71 people. Nearly 10,000 protesters, including sports fans, rallied on Thursday demanding retribution for the deadly violence in Port Said, which most blamed on police inaction.”
  • “Leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which recently secured a majority in parliament, say they support the military’s high-profile investigation into two American nonprofit groups operating in Egypt, citing concerns that such groups could be bringing the country more harm than good.”
  • “Dozens of Palestinians staged a hostile protest as the convoy of visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon crossed into Gaza from Israel. Many were relatives of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and said they were angry at Mr Ban’s refusal to meet them to discuss the prisoners’ situation.”
  • Amy Goodman: “Although Mitt Romney has yet to win a majority in a Republican primary, he won big in Florida. After he and the pro-Romney Super Pacs flooded the airwaves with millions of dollars’ worth of ads in a state where nearly half the homeowners are under water, he talked about who he wants to represent.”

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