As many as 700 Europeans have joined opposition forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers, and Germany warned militant Islamists could pose a threat upon returning to the EU from the battlefields of Syria. bertb news feed
Oskar Lafontaine, the German finance minister who launched the euro, has called for a break-up of the single currency to let southern Europe recover, warning that the current course is “leading to disaster”. WT news feed
An influential U.S. panel is calling for HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65, regardless of whether they are considered to be at high risk, a change that may help lift some of the stigma associated with HIV testing.
The new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel of doctors and scientists, now align with longstanding recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing of all adults aged 15 to 65, regardless of their risk. It’s Not News Yet
Sri Lanka accepted Chinese aid to crush the Tamil Tiger rebels and then allowed the Chinese to built a new deepwater port at Hambantota. Now suddenly the West is up in arms about the human rights situation. bertb news feed
Hacker collective Anonymous this week called for a massive online protest against CISPA to occur on April 22nd through an “Internet Blackout Day” by asking “web developers and website owners to go dark” and to also “display a message as to why you are going dark, and encourage others to do the same.” WT news feed
Frank cautioned that there should not be a “hyperbolic” reaction to the attacks, and that he thinks Bostonians will feel safe again in the near future. However, he said that the attack is an effective argument against those who would seek to shrink government. WT news feed